Rudy Moreno, widespread Latino comic who helped the careers of others, dies at 66

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Rudy Moreno, a preferred comic who was usually referred to by followers and colleagues as “the Godfather of Latino comedy,” has died. He was 66.

Moreno died Friday at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena from issues as a result of a stroke and sepsis, his son Nathan mentioned Sunday.

Born July 24, 1957, and raised in Lincoln Heights, Moreno was a frequent performer on the Ice Home comedy membership in Pasadena, and hosted reveals titled “Rudy Moreno and Buddies” that may function different comics. He additionally labored at prime comedy golf equipment across the nation, and opened for Smokey Robinson, the Black Eyed Peas and different acts.

“My coronary heart is actually damaged,” actor-comedian Ken Jeong posted on X,” noting that Moreno was the primary particular person to guide him on the Ice Home.

“Actually, the primary time my spouse ever noticed me do standup was on the Ice Home on Rudy’s present,” wrote Jeong. “All this finally led to me doing my Netflix particular on the Ice Home, due to Rudy Moreno continually supporting me and letting me get stage time on all of his reveals. There are numerous comedians who owe their begin to this man. And he was hilarious, the consummate comic.”

A biography for the comic mentioned that he obtained his begin in present enterprise in 1991 when he was approached by Rudy Salas, the chief of the rock group Tierra, who requested him to open for the band.

“He mentioned that I used to be so humorous that I must be a comic and if I needed to, he would assist me and let me open for the band,” mentioned Moreno.

After seeing Moreno carry out, tv producer Jeff Valdez booked him for “Comedy Compadres,” which showcased Latino comics.

Throughout his profession, he appeared on quite a few TV sequence, together with “Everyone Loves Raymond,” “Legal Minds” and “Arrested Growth.” In 2022, he appeared within the Mark Wahlberg movie “Father Stu.”

Along with being an completed guitar participant, Moreno and his household created Komics for Children, an occasion designed to help inner-city youngsters.

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