When: Fri., May 19, 8 p.m. 2017
In his most accessible movie in at least a decade, stand-up comedian Paul Rodriguez (The Original Latin Kings of Comedy) cameos as himself in the a recently released Netflix original comedy and Adam Sandler bomb Sandy Wexler. In the film, Rodriguez is seen drinking wine at a wedding alongside filmmaker Judd Apatow, reminiscing with him about the title character’s life as a hapless Hollywood talent manager, and later square-dancing with the Trainwreck director to an Irving Berlin song. While most of Rodriguez’s choices in comedies have been questionable over the last 30 years (his best film is the 2005 drama The World’s Fastest Indian), his consistent work in front of a live audience has always been his forte. Making people laugh from behind a mic is what the 62-year-old Rodriguez was born to do, which is probably why he opened the newest Laugh Factory comedy club two years ago in Scottsdale, Arizona. He might not be acting beside Clint Eastwood (Blood Work), Will Smith (Ali) or Anthony Hopkins (Indian) like he has in the past, but Rodriguez has never needed help commanding a stage.