Raised in the urban city of Compton, California, Richard Villa always knew he wanted to make people laugh. After completing a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering, Richard felt there was something more out there in stored for him. While driving home one night, the neon lights of the Irvine Improv called his name. Hey Richard!
Seizing the moment of amateur night, Richard grabbed the microphone, went on stage, and has not stopped since. Using stories of his childhood, Richard Villa turned what he thought were basic experiences into autobiographical satirical humor that depict life for Latinos and other minorities in the United States. Amid his newfound talent in improvisation, Richard was accepted to The Groundlings Theatre Group.
With his comedy and thorough understanding of his audience, Richard Villa became the first Latino to ever host the renowned Hollywood Improv on Friday nights. Sharing the stage with various other talent such as Jeff Garcia, Carlos Mancilla, Gabriel Iglesia, Mike Epps, Orlando Jones and Dat Phan, Richard Villa quickly took over co-host duties at the Ha-Ha in North Hollywood, and the Ontario and Brea Improv.
His ability to appeal to the audience earned him a special invitation by the U.S. Military to perform for the troops on the Combat Comedy Tour which included Iraq, Unit, May, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia.
In 2005 Vanguard Cinema released Richards 1st DVD, called
Richard Villa: Performing This Way.
Now being hailed as the leader for the new generation of Latino Comics, Richard Villa exemplifies dedication to making other people laugh. With his television appearances on Mun2s Loco Comedy Jam, HBO Latino and Los Angeles based LATV, Richard Villa has turned his talent into animation, becoming a writer and voiceover for MTVs Latin animation, Chico y Guapo.
In a personal project, Richard Villa is aiming at introducing his audience to Border Patrol Tales, a sketch comedy show depicting the social impact and influence of immigrants in the United States.
Cisco has been referred to as brilliant, profound and a must see performer that can go from 0 to funny in a matter of nanoseconds. His electrifying show is full of non-stop laughs with material about true life events which he portrays with his natural talent and maximum funny. Cisco has been praised for his ability to deliver clean, thought-provoking humor, enabling him to perform in front of a broad spectrum of audiences and in several countries around the world. The one common opinion shared by all audiences is that “He is really funny!”
Cisco, of Mexican heritage, takes great pride in being a “Latino Comedian”, but would rather be called “best comedian” or “funniest comedian” first. “I work hard and it doesn’t do me justice to be labeled as simply just a Latino comic. I can make anyone laugh without a doubt.”
Cisco recently wrote, produced and starred in his own sketch comedy show called “CISCOLUTION!” The show is set to release in the summer (2011) on the Hollywood Outlaw Network (Powered by Google).
Cisco is most proud of becoming a paid regular at 3 of the major comedy clubs in the country (Comedy Store, Improv & Laugh Factory), and having his name put on the “Wall of Fame” at the Comedy Store, amongst comedy legends.
Producer and host of ”Refried Fridays”, Richard Villa, never fails to entertain. In addition to his own brand of heavy-hitting comedy, he brings out the best up and coming talent such as Bret Ernst, Owen Benjamin, Steve Trevino, and Chris Porter, as well as some of the best veteran comics. Past performers on Refried Fridays include Jeff Garcia, Carlos Mencia, Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Rogan, and Ron White – to name a few.
**Arrive by 8:15pm for Dinner and get pre-reserved show-room seating (best available)
**For guests 21+ front bar available for pre-show drinks and first for general admission seating – arrive early, space is limited at the front bar