I'm with Coco Lopez

After watching Erick Esteban’s Minny Pacquiao series, I recently realized that I’ve seen this talented Fil-Am artist in person before. I remember Erick Esteban back in Chicago when I caught one of his performances in the Romance of Magno Rubio at the Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park when I was a undergrad student at DePaul University. Watching that play meant a lot to me as it showed how much Filipinos contributed to America in the past and that all their hard work should not go unnoticed. As a Filipino from Chicago, I’m proud of Erik Esteban’s work, which is hilarious. He is a product of Chicago Theater and last appeared onstage at the Lakeshore Theater performing his one-man show A Fight Club for One. Erick also wrote, composed, directed and performed in NEO! A Matrix Musical, which had successful runs.

Erick has also worked at the Goodman, Northlight, Collaboraction, Strawdog and Second City in Chicago. In Los Angeles, he has performed his one-man show “A Fight Club for One” at Improv Olympic West, and performed the role of Serge in the critically acclaimed production of Art at East West Players. What Erick is best known for is his web-series Minny Pacquiao: Manny Pacquiao’s Shortest Biggest Fan. The web-series has been a success with over 3000 fans on Facebook and over 150,000 views on YouTube.

What got me interested in this Fil-Am comedian’s work was seeing him in the Bombshell Beauty’s makeup tutorials. No, I don’t watch makeup tutorials as I have no use for them. Erik Esteban’s performance as Manwell Coco Lopez shows how he is versatile and talented as an actor. Bombshell Beauty is comprised of Colijia and Starlynn with Manwell Coco Lopez providing his commentary, which will surely bring out laughs.

I don’t think I would have been able to last through those typical makeup tutorial videos floating around YouTube, but for some reason the addition of Manwell Coco Lopez on Bombshell Beauty is magic. My only question is, why aren’t Fil-Am comedians like Erick Esteban on Saturday Night Live? I know two other talented Fil-Am comedians based in New York, Air Tabigue and Kevin Nadal, who would be perfect for the NBC show. SNL is long overdue for an Asian cast member. With the success of Betty White’s facebook campaign to get her to host the show and now George Takei’s campaign, I think a facebook campaign for these Fil-Am comedians to be cast members of SNL would be a great opportunity. For more on Erick Esteban and Manwell Coco Lopez, visit theerickesteban.com

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