DC Comedy Collective
Danny Rolando and Gabriel Rojo launched the Habana Village Comedy & Dancing Night (HVCD) in November 2015. Wanting to choose an established local small business as the home for running comedy shows Danny and Gabriel partner with Habana Village, a Latino restaurant & night club that’s an institution of cuisine and arts in DC’s Latino community.
The overarching goal of the HVCD is to create an open and safe space where a local collective of comedians can develop their act and practice hosting and producing comedy shows. Currently there is a weekly Wednesday open mic hosted by Xavier Montes, a monthly Friday night showcase produced by Becca Lundberg, and a weekly Friday night showcase produced by Danny and Gabriel. All showcases are hosted by a variety of comedians that make up part of what we refer to as the DC Comedy Collective (DCCC), e.g. an informal and open group of local comedians supporting the HVCD.
The strength of the HVCD comes from the DCCC. The more opportunities provided to members of the DCCC to engage and support the HVDC the more creative energy gets generated leading to quality comedy shows. The responsibility for producing quality comedy shows does not fall on one or two people, but rather on a collective of comics invested in its success.
Danny Rolando made a great financial decision when he left a high paying bank job to pursue the rewarding, stable and low paying benefits of a career in stand up comedy. His material is extracted from his experience growing up Latino in America. He describes it as a double life; being Latino at home and American outside the home which has given him a slanted twist on life. He has entertained up and down the east coast and enjoys performing in front of all types of audiences.
Gabriel Rojo began doing comedy in his 40’s after becoming a father, working two decades as a social worker, and serving three years in the U.S. Army. Having immigrated to Washington D.C. at the age of five, Gabriel draws on his life experience to tell ironic and comedic stories of what it was like going through the trials and tribulations of growing up and aging.
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