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Rodriguez brings family-friendly comedy to Civic Center Saturday

January 30, 2014 • Local News

Paul Rodriguez will bring his family-friendly comedy show to Roswell Saturday.

The popular actor and comedian has entertained audiences across the country and in Latin America for 30 years.

“I’m just there to have a good time with the audience,” Rodriguez said. “It’s worked for me for 30 years and I don’t think I’m going to change horses now.”

Though he is billed as the “Latin King of Comedy,” Rodriguez said he talks about everyday, “human” things during show.

“I’m as country as country can be,” he said. “I still farm and wear overalls. I try to connect with people on mundane, ordinary things: my dogs, my life, my failures — why the color of skin has had so much importance to our lives.”

The accomplished actor, writer, director and producer said he enjoys visiting with audiences everywhere. He has always believed in making himself understood by his crowd. He doesn’t use profanity. “It’s not necessary,” he said.

“After the show, I will stay there until the last person wants a photograph,” he said. “I’m a people person.”

Rodriguez has appeared in some 45 films and several television series and comedy specials.

His film credits include “Without Men,” “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” “The Deported,” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.” He has also made guest appearances on several shows, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Politically Incorrect.”

Rodriguez grew up “the poorest of poor” in an immigrant farming family, he said. When he was able to make some money, he bought his folks a farm.

Recently, his most important work is fighting for water rights for farmers in central California. He is chairman of the California Latino Water Coalition and a driving force behind the California Water Bond Measure. He was awarded with Humanitarian of the Year by the City of Fresno for his work on behalf of water conservation.

“We’ve been fighting the environmentalists right now for six years. These laws were passed without taking in mind the interests of the farmer,” Rodriguez said. “The minnows have better lawyers in their pockets than the farmers. The day they cut the water off to my mom’s farm, they made a mistake. And we will win.”

Rodriguez’s show will start at 8 p.m. at the Roswell Convention Center. Comedians Juan Villareal and Adrian Washington will be the opening acts. For tickets, visit showtimeconcerts.com, or call 575-622-4919.

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