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The Comedy Zone Presents Gina Brillon

March 9, 2024 | Polsky Theatre

Past Event

Gina Brillon was the first Latina comedian to be a finalist in season 16 of “America’s Got Talent.” See her live on stage at MTC! Andrew Rose joins her as the opening act.

Gina Brillon

Gina Brillon was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. The Puerto Rican actress, comedian, writer and mom has been a stand-up comic since she was 17 years old.

Her one-hour special, "Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava" (Amazon Prime Video), won a 2021 Gracie Award and was nominated for an Imagen Award. Her half-hour special, "Easily Offended," was one of the top shows from the Entre Nos franchise on HBO Latino, and streams on all HBO Digital Platforms. 

Brillon has made appearances on "The View," "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." She's appeared on "Kevin Can Wait" on CBS and "The Conners" on ABC. In 2012, she became the first (and only) Latina winner of NBC's "Stand up for Diversity Showcase." The following year, she was a "New Face" at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival.

She is singer, published writer and poet. Her pieces have appeared in the New York Post and Daily News, among others. Brillon and co-host Katherine G. Mendoza dole out advice on their podcast, "Mess in Progress: The Homegirls Guide to Self-Help." Most recently, she was the first Latina comedian to be a finalist on season 16 of "America’s Got Talent."

Andrew Rose

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, Andrew started his comedy career in the summer of 2012. He crafts his jokes to mirror the likes of his influences in life such as Demetri Martin, Jimmy Carr and Mitch Hedberg. Giving one-liners and short stories about his life in Oklahoma and the trials and tribulations of a crazy family and dating life of a young 20-something gives crowds a great experience to tell friends about. His demeanor and boyish good looks hook the crowd in with the thought of southern humor but only to turn heads when he tackles more creative material in the form of puns, plays on words and rhetorical questions that leave the crowd laughing all night.

Andrew is a local host at the Loony Bin Franchise based in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. In 2014 he started touring with The World Series of Comedy across the United States as a host and right-hand man to the owner. He currently lives in Oklahoma and is ready to take the comedy bull by the horns so he can finally stop working in kitchens and burning his damned hands.