Twenty-two years ago, after dropping out of college, Manny Maldonado, from Modesto, Calif. began his career as a standup comedian. Determined to transform his passion for laughter into a career, he stepped onto the stage and unleashed his funniest jokes. Since he’s transformed into one of the most recognizable Latino comedians.
Beyond his long listing of comedy clubs and theater performances across the country, Maldonado has appeared on a number of festivals like the Latino Laugh Festival and television series including — Comedy Central’s Comedy Rehab, ABC’S Comics Unleashed, B.E.T. Comic View, Starz Network’s Stand UP and appeared as a guest panelist on the Dr. Phil Show.
In addition to his hefty collection of television appearances, he’s also worked with an array of star-studded comedians including Dave Attell, Dave Chappelle, Tommy Davidson in addition to music artists Shelia E, Julio Iglesias, Eddie Money War and was also featured on The Latin Kings of Comedy Tour with Paul Rodriguez.
Maldonado attributes his success to The Latin Kings of Comedy Tour with Paul Rodriguez in the early 2000s, where he performed alongside some of the greatest Latino comedians. When sharing insight and advice to the new generation of comedians — “My advice for new comedians — it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”
Maldonado candidly shared with fellow comics. On the topic of personal cannabis use, he’s not picky. Indica, sativa or even a hybrid, he’ll try them all, “as long as it’s good,” he added.