Richard Villa: 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.
Tobe Hixx: Tobe Hixx was born in Miami, Florida. At six months old he went to Omaha, Nebraska to be raised by his grandparents. Because he was a skinny kid he was often ridiculed by his classmates. Now today Tobe Hixx is one of Americas's Funniest Comedians. He credits that time for developing the thick skin needed in this business.
Tobe Hixx began his Comedy career in San Diego, California. Where he was voted San Diego's Funniest Man! During his Comedic journey, Tobe Hixx has done thousands of shows across the world. He is one of the most well traveled and respected Comedians in the industry. Tobe is also a Military favorite performing in over 15 countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the highest medal of recognition for entertaining our troops.
Tobe is a versatile Comedian who can make an audience erupt with clean or adult material. When you come to see Tobe Hixx you will appreciate the Comedic ride he will take you on.
The La Times writes "Tobe Hixx is a true comedian". He works the crowd until everyone is laughing and then he gets even funnier. Great Show! Tremendous Artist! He is worth every penny of admission! Tobe Hixx has been seen in sketches on " The Tonight Show w/Jay Leno. The Doctors (Man Cave Segment). Operation Repo, 1000 Ways to Die! As well as numerous stand-up TV performances. Tobe resides in Studio City, California where he's close to all the action in Hollywood.