‘Frankie Quinones: Superhomies’ On HBO Max, A Sketchy Showcase For And About L.A. Natives

HBO Latino’s Entre Nos sequence enters a brand new part by permitting one in every of its earlier stand-ups to report a particular that features two of his characters in a number of sketches. Does that make Frankie Quinones the Superhomie himself?

The Gist: Frankie Quinones, a Mexican-American comic from Los Angeles, beforehand carried out on the second-ever Entre Nos showcase for HBO Latino again in 2017. By then, Quinones already had damaged by way of on-line with viral sketches of his CholoFit character on Más Mejor, which was Broadway Video’s on-line entry into Latino comedy, reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers on YouTube. He’s additionally offered voices for the Cartoon Community sequence, Victor and Valentino.

In between then and now, Quinones joined The Dress Up Gang, an LA-based sketch group that received a sequence order from TBS. That sequence by no means aired on TV, though TBS put all the episodes on-line throughout the pandemic (for no matter cause, they’re not but additionally out there on HBO Max?!). However Quinones, his characters and his comedy companions all get an opportunity to shine in Entre Nos Presents: Frankie Quinones: Superhomies.

The opening shot options Quinones driving his two alter-egos, Creeper and “JC” Juanita Carmelita, to the particular’s taping. They (and members of The Gown Up Gang) function prominently all through the half-hour.

What Comedy Specials Will It Remind You Of?: In a promo clip, Quinones says he grew up watching Paul Rodriguez’s specials. That’s begin. When you’re acquainted already with The Gown Up Gang’s on-line movies, you then’ll really feel proper at house right here.

Memorable Jokes: The opening sketch establishes that you just received’t be seeing a conventional stand-up particular. Then Quinones establishes his bona fides with a gap joke about Los Angeles tradition, responding to anybody who thinks it’s uncommon to satisfy an L.A. native. “It ain’t that uncommon, homie,” he replies. “Subsequent time my tio has a barbecue, I’ll take you, see about 37 motherf—rs all born in LA simply chilling proper there of their pure habitat like nothing, you realize, ingesting Modelos.”

He jokes about himself, his household and his tradition, however actually, it’s all arrange for the sketches.

One sketch finds his “JC” and her mate (performed by Donny Divanian) visiting the physician to diagnose a suspicious bump on his penis. One other finds “Creeper” attempting to win over his cruising mates, regardless of his primary journey.

And there’s a recurring bit bringing the Cholofit world into the half-hour, with Creeper and his purchasers understanding within the driveway.

Our Take: Quinones has apparent appeal and expertise. Except for his characterizations, which win you over extra with subtlety than by overpowering the scene, he additionally exhibits off his capacity to sing and beatbox throughout the stand-up parts of the efficiency.

That he’s singing a couple of girl’s “wolf coochie,” or that his “JC” character is equally obsessed along with her intercourse life, hits a bit too under the belt, so to talk. But it surely’s a begin.

Our Name: STREAM IT. I stay intrigued by HBO’s “Entre Nos” technique to bridge the language and cultural hole by programming English-language comedians on its HBO Latino channel, after which giving them wider publicity by way of HBO Max. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see the place each Quinones and The Gown Up Gang go from right here.

Sean L. McCarthy works the comedy beat for his personal digital newspaper, The Comic’s Comic; earlier than that, for precise newspapers. Primarily based in NYC however will journey anyplace for the inside track: Ice cream or information. He additionally tweets @thecomicscomic and podcasts half-hour episodes with comedians revealing origin tales: The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First.

Watch Frankie Quinones: Superhomies on HBO Max



Linh is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Linh joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: linh@interreviewed.com.

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