Comedian Bill Santiago returns to the Bay Area for a limited run of The Immaculate Big Bang.
Comedian, Author and TV Commentator Bill Santiago, appears Saturday Mornings on CNN w Randi Kaye, and has appeared on Comedy Central Presents, Showtime.
Friday thru Saturday, February 26-27, 8pm, at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.
TICKETS: $12 adv & Senior / Student; $15 door
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for understanding existence, life and death (not necessarily in that order).
The latest project in his one-man show pipeline, Bill takes on some of the biggest questions since the Big Bang, including:
– Is Bill’s father still alive in a slice of the spacetime loaf, and just how many calories are there per slice?
– Are you better off praying to God or Siri?
– Can’t the Hindu’s consolidate their pantheon of deities, just a little?
– Can you work out an installment plan for paying off your karmic debt?
– Why is the Virgin Mary such an attention whore?
– Could an infinite number of monkey’s, texting away on an infinite number of smart phones, for an infinite amount of time, have written this show?
Come share a little space-time with Bill and watch him try to figure it all out…
In The Immaculate Big Bang, devout comedian Bill Santiago lampoons his way past a personal face off with the death of his dad, and across the spectrum of religious belief and scientific theory. Enlightenment may prove elusive, but humor prevails. Free Virgen de Guadalupe Pez Dispensers may or may not be included with purchase of ticket. Probably not. Maybe. In another universe.
Bill Santiago is the first born of at least four children. He became a standup after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. It’s been said he was born to Puerto Rican immigrants, which is technically untrue, as Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Although, he’s got an uncle who was once deported to the Bronx.
While connecting solidly with his Latino fans, Santiago is just as as popular for his savvy mainstream material, reminiscent of George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld, showcasing his journalistic roots, obsessions with language, and keen insights on everything from family to culture to cats to politics to religion. Oh, and he did a whole great big show about dance.
With the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago,” he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice the vocabulary, half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque Because!” which led to his first book, “Pardon My Spanglish. ¡Porque Because!” The book is now being used at universities and high schools across the country to stimulate discussions about identity, language and multiculturalism. Santiago’s second half-hour special aired on Showtime. He appeared Saturday mornings on CNN with Randi Kaye, delivering comic relief commentary via Santiago’s Weekly Pop Wrapup. And last year he hosted a Sirius XM Radio show called, “Total BS,’ which will be relaunched as a podcast as soon as podcasting is replaced by something else.
Other credits include: Craig Ferguson, Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Chelsea Lately, Comics Unleashed, Good Morning America Now, ABC News, NBC TV Visiones, BBC World, CNN en Español, NPR’s Latino USA.
“Like George Carlin in his prime, Santiago is expert at honing in on the way language reveals society’s bizarre fixations.”
— The San Francisco Examiner
“He gets the audience roaring”
— New York Press
“Santiago proved political satire is alive in America”
— San Francisco Chronicle
“A reporter’s curiosity about culture and a writerly lover of words”
–East Bay Express
“A real knack for pointing out the hilarity of life’s dramas.”
— Theater Bay Area Magazine
“Freewheeling associations and bull’s-eye commentary on life’s absurdities.”
— Knight Ridder
“Santiago is both a keen observer of human relationships and a quick-eared dissector of 20th-century euphemism”
— Contra Costa Times