After selling out venues like The Improvs throughout the country, JR De Guzman is excited to announce that he will now be touring theaters. At the Irvine Improv this past weekend, JR sold out 9 shows to the capacity room of 490+. Fans enjoyed his comedy so much that they stayed for meet and greets post every show for the opportunity to take photos and meet him.

Tickets for JR's first ever theater tour will go on sale this Friday 4/8. Pre-sale starts Tuesday 4/5 at 10AM, go to jrdeguzman.com and use the password: EVENING to get your tickets before they go on sale to the general public. The tour stops throughout the West Coast through San Francisco, Sacramento, Vancouver, Seattle & Portland with more dates and cities TBD. JR will also continue to play comedy clubs throughout the country and tickets can also be found on his website.

He said on his instagram, "This is really a dream come true & it’s thanks to your ongoing support. See you soon! Mahal Kita!"

JR has been working on his craft for years that include not only stand-up comedy, but he also plays music during the show and has gone viral for his famous improvisations of crowd interactions.

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ABOUT JR DE GUZMAN:

JR DEGUZMAN was born  in the Philippines and raised in California, JR De Guzman began performing comedy while working as a music teacher, which he quickly learned just meant teaching Taylor Swift songs to teenagers. He has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, and countless other international shows. Combining music and comedy, JR serenades the audience into laughter with songs, jokes, and stories. 

Winner of 2016 Stand-up NBC & named as a prestigious "New Face" at Just for Laughs 2017, you can catch his quarter hour Netflix special on "The Comedy Lineup." You can also see him on Comedy Central's Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City. Check out his debut album on Sirius XM Radio's Laugh's USA which debuted #1 on iTunes and Billboard.

Keith Pedro is one of Canada's most known comedians. Known for his crazy funny improv skills, Keith has been performing everywhere from comedy festivals to tours. Recently, he was part of Roast Battle Canada, the show where the funniest people go head-to-head to take bragging rights on who's the funniest. Now, huge congrats are in order! The series was nominated for the Canadian Screen Awards in the Best Performance, Sketch Comedy (Individual or Ensemble) category.

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The Fil-Canadian comedian was featured on Kevin Hart's new Laugh Out Loud Network and headlining legendary Yuk Yuks. He toured on Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival to CBC's Halifax Comedy Festival & the Filipino Kings of Comedy Tour alongside Jo Koy. Here's to more comedy and episodes of Roast Battle Canada.

Want to know more about Keith Pedro? Check out our episode with him on Making It in Canada!

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Mark Rivera plays an important character, Ritche on the CBC series, Son of a Critch. The series is based on Canadian commedian Mark Critch's memoir about his upbringing in 1980s St. John's. As he navigates through the awkward pre-teen stage and try to overcome his old-man-in-a-young-man's-body disposition, he just really wants friends. We all can relate.

Ritche (Rivera), a Filipino kid living in Newfoundland is Mark's best friend and is the only person of color at the entire school. They bond over being outsiders, but the other kids really targeted Ritche for being Asian. Although Ritche is having trouble at school, he has his friendship with Mark to lean on leading to many funny moments. Rivera shared that he genuinely felt connected to the actual Ritche Perez and wowed the producers with his energy. “When I read the script, I couldn’t stop laughing – it was so funny, I couldn’t even put it down,” says Mark Rivera.

The character is based off a real-life Ritche, Ritche Perez who even appears in one of the episodes. According to CBC.com, Critch got approval from Perez to include his experience in the show. The series even got help from Fil-Newfoundland-born writer, Romeo Candido. "I wanted to try and really tell his story of being a person of colour in a school with the diversity of a snowbank."

Catch Son of a Critch, Tuesdays at 8:30 EST (Toronto time) on CBC.

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Comedian Keith Pedro just battled it out on the premiere of Roast Battle Canada on the CTV Comedy Channel. He faced his opponent, fellow comedian Daniel Woodrow and went in joke for joke in front of judges Russell PetersSabrina Jalees, and K. Trevor Wilson.

Roast Battle Canada brings in two pairs of Canadian comics who hurl ruthless jokes at each other in hopes of coming out unscathed and crowned the victor by a distinguished panel of judges. You can tune in to CTV on Mondays at 10:30 PM Eastern to see it all go down. This winter, you can also catch Keith on the new MYX Original series "Making it in Canada!"

About Kieth Pedro

With his new critically acclaimed Comedy Album “Trillipino” hitting the airwaves, comedian Keith Pedro has been one of North America’s rising stars. Now with a few viral videos and recently featured on Kevin Hart’s new Laugh Out Loud network, along with his covid based comedy EP, entitled the Vaccine. Keith has been touring all across the globe spreading his hilarious wit to many different audiences. From Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival all the way to performing in Honolulu. Keith is known for his off-the-top improvisational and crowd work skills displaying his in-your-face persona and his fast-talking, smart-ass swagger. Even aside from stand-up comedy, Keith has done everything from being a part of the Sketch Crew “THE BOOM” all the way to acting on Degrassi The Next Generation. Catch Pedro at one of his shows and you’ll definitely get a new ab workout.

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Jo Koy is bringing the funny back to a city near you! The Fil-Am comedian just announced new dates for the Just Kidding 2021 World Tour. We've all been stuck at home for a while now and we're all in need of a laugh. Tickets can be purchased at JOKOY.com using the presale passcode: KIDDING.

He continues to sell-out and break records at some of the biggest venues around including Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. His latest Netflix special, In His Elements was filmed at Mall of Asia with special guests like Inigo Pascual. Jo Koy carries his Filipino heritage proudly and he shares who he is on a world stage while introducing us to other Filipino talent. He pays it forward by helping his kapwa Filipinos.

If you haven't heard yet either, Jo Koy just released a book and is working on a feature film. The book, Mixed Plate: Chronicles of an All-American Combo landed the shelves just last month and is sure to be a hit seller! It's "A funny, sad, at times pathetic but also kick-ass tale of how a half-Filipino, half-white kid whose mom thought (and still thinks) his career goal was to a become clown became a success." There's tons of stories about his family, especially his mom and son. He alludes his success to when he was able to embrace the craziness of his Filipino family that's widely relatable.

Lastly, he's starring and producing a film called Easter Sunday. The film is loosely based on his life experiences and an Easter Sunday celebration. We all know how these parties go. Recently added to the roster is Yellow Rose actress Eva Noblezada and Brandon Wardell. All we know so far is that Brandon Wardell will play Jo Koy's onscreen son.

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Earlier this year, we heard about a casting call for a film involving a popular comedian. Jo Koy is starring in the film, Easter Sunday which is loosely based around his life experiences. The plot takes place around an Easter Sunday family celebration. For Filipinos, Easter is a big deal. Holy Week leads up to Easter and is filled with tradition.

Just announced from Deadline, Eva Noblezada and Brandon Wardell joins the cast. Noblezada comes from a Broadway background and the award-nominated film, Yellow Rose. A film that follows Rose, an undocumented Filipina, who dreams of leaving her small town in Texas to pursue her country music dreams. Wardell, a comedian known for his work on Comedy Central and appearances Curb Your EnthusiasmLike and Subscribe, and more. He also has a podcast called "Yeah, But Still" with Jack Wagner. It's also featured on Vulture's list of the 10 best comedy podcasts of 2020.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jay Chandrasekhar is directing the film and Ken Cheng will write the script. Jo Koy and Cheng are executive producing, along with Joe Meloche, Jessica Gao, Jimmy O. Yang, Rideback’s Nick Reynolds, and Seth William Meier. Although there's no other details about the film besides possibly beginning shooting this spring, we can expect a good time full of laughs. It's exciting to see more representation of the Fil-Am life on the big screen. First we get Yellow Rose and now we look forward to Easter Sunday. We hope this puts more of a spotlight on a Filipino families living in America.

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