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Emmy-nominated sketch group The Latino Comedy Project invites you to a comedy fiesta “not long ago, in a barrio just around the way…”
Emmy-nominated sketch group The Latino Comedy Project invites you to a comedy fiesta “not long ago, in a barrio just around the way…”
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In a loving multimedia homage of live comedy, original videos and visual spectacle, ¡Estar Guars!: A May The Fourth/Cinco De Mayo Comedy Fiesta re-creates the classic sci-fi rebellion as a modern-day Resistencia, complete with Galactic Walls, migrant moisture farmers, fearless princesas, mystical abuelas and the targeting of Sanctuary Planetas by an evil empire determined to MAGGA (Make A Galaxy Great Again). Join us to see La Resistencia explode a Galactic Wall live on stage May 2019!

In ¡Estar Guars!, Austin-based Emmy-nominated sketch group The Latino Comedy Project (LCP) asks the question: What if George Lucas had been JORGE Lucas, a militant Chicano Studies major and film school drop-out obsessed with politics, sci-fi and Latino pop cultural references?

 In the first of what will hopefully become an annual geek event, ¡Estar Guars!: A May The Fourth/Cinco De May Comedy Fiesta promises high adventure, swashbuckling duels, and adorable furry brown creatures speaking in exotic alien tongues - like Spanglish!

You won’t need to be Latino to have a good time in a convention-style atmosphere accompanied by a one-of-a-kind live multimedia comedy show.

We’re hoping you want to see our vision become a reality as much as we do.

The Latino Comedy Project is an Emmy-nominated sketch troupe known for its political and pop culture satire in full-length, award-winning multimedia shows. The LCP’s YouTube comedy videos have amassed over 14 million views worldwide. The LCP cast also developed, wrote and starred in an MTV3 comedy branding campaign for which the group received an Emmy nomination. 

Our most recent critically-acclaimed sketch show “Gentrif*cked” has enjoyed sold-out runs from Texas to California, receiving “Best Of Austin” recognition by Austin Chronicle critics. 

The San Francisco Chronicle hailed the LCP as “hilarious” and “murderously funny.” The Austin Chronicle called the LCP "Hysterical...Snappy writing, immaculate timing, and an animated cast." The Austin American-Statesman said of the LCP, "Bitingly original sketch comedy is alive and well and Latin." 

The LCP was founded as a platform for Latino writing and performing talent. As such, it has served as an outlet to hear the voices of a community often neglected in the national dialogue and mainstream entertainment. ¡Estar Guars! will continue the fulfillment of our mission in the boldest way imaginable. Check out a few of our pop-culture mash-ups and comedy videos: Transmorfers, Accordion Hero, 300, Los Abengers, Gentrification, Explained and Port-A-Border. 

¡Estar Guars! will be an ambitious event, unlike any we’ve ever done before, requiring performers, physical and digital effects artists, costume and lighting designers, puppeteers, pyrotechnic experts, and even fight choreographers.

We already have a super-talented crew of artists lined up, all of whom are excited to make this event happen. Some of the artists already on board include visual effects industry pros at Moontower FX and Pastel Square, the action and duel choreographers at BAM Academy, and the internationally renowned commercial filmmakers at ProductionFor

These are the best of the best. Therefore, bringing the performance to stage will require substantial resources up front. Your pledges will fund the creativity of these awesome artists as well as the considerable needs of physical production like venue rental, original costumes and props, video production and the creation of an articulated, Original Trilogy-style Yola puppet.

Because ¡Estar Guars! will require a greater scale of production than our typical sketch comedy show, we have already begun the creative process, well in advance of the planned event. We, Latino Comedy Project, have a proven record of producing high-quality and award-winning comedy productions. We have the talent assembled. Now we require the resources. Together, we can make this come true.

But we can’t do it without you.

If we don’t meet our full Kickstarter goal, ¡Estar Guars! cannot become a reality. We need to raise $15,000 of capital upfront. If you believe in this project and the LCP's greater cultural mission, please support us and share the video and URL with everyone who may want to see this project become an annual event. 

Our campaign offers awesome rewards that will allow you to enjoy the full glory of the ¡Estar Guars! experience, whether you’re here in Austin in May, 2019 for the live event or not. We’re offering T-shirts, posters, buttons, pins, stickers, a video of the live performance, exclusive figurines and artwork, special personalized Estar Guars-themed perks and even a FREE LIVE COMEDY SHOW THIS SUMMER!  

(Free Comedy Show Details here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/adrianvillegas/estar-guars/posts/2218871)

T-shirts!
T-shirts!
Yola!
Yola!
More T-shirts!
More T-shirts!
Chingos de T-shirts!
Chingos de T-shirts!
Exclusive Campaign Art Design by Seattle Artist and Activist JAKE PRENDEZ - Available Individually Or In This Reward Package of T-Shirt, Sticker and 18 x 12 prints
Exclusive Campaign Art Design by Seattle Artist and Activist JAKE PRENDEZ - Available Individually Or In This Reward Package of T-Shirt, Sticker and 18 x 12 prints
"F*ck The Empire" T-Shirt - Exclusive Campaign Design by Seattle Artist and Activist JAKE PRENDEZ
"F*ck The Empire" T-Shirt - Exclusive Campaign Design by Seattle Artist and Activist JAKE PRENDEZ
Enamel Pins!
Enamel Pins!
Buttons!
Buttons!
Buttons!
Buttons!
Stickers!
Stickers!
Stickers!
Stickers!
Bumper Stickers!
Bumper Stickers!
Bumper Stickers!
Bumper Stickers!
Exclusive Posters!
Exclusive Posters!
Exclusive Posters!
Exclusive Posters!
An Exclusive Collectible Yola "Vintage-Style" Figurine! (Concept Image)
An Exclusive Collectible Yola "Vintage-Style" Figurine! (Concept Image)

We know you're out there! Please visit, like and subscribe to our social media to stay informed about all Latino Comedy Project events and productions!  

http://www.facebook.com/latinocomedyproject 

http://www.facebook.com/estarguarscomedyfest

http://www.instagram.com/latinocomedyproject

http://www.instagram.com/estarguarscomedyfest

http://www.twitter.com/thelcp

http://www.twitter.com/etstarguarsfest 

http://www.youTube.com/latinocomedyproject

http://www.latinocomedyproject.com

If you would like to know more about The Latino Comedy Project’s history and most recent work, here is a selection of articles and interviews: 

Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2017: Arts & Entertainment Critics Picks

NPR "Arts Eclectic" Interview: "Gentrif***ed" From the Latino Comedy Project"

Your City Is About To Be Gentrifucked: The Latino Comedy Project returns with a fierce new skewering” 

NPR "Arts Eclectic" Interview: "Adrian Villegas: 'Barrio Daze’” 

VIDEO: A Cup of Joe with Comedian Adrian Villegas 

VIDEO: "'GENTRIF*CKED' In East Austin"

"Five Of The Funniest Moments In Latino Comedy Project History"

Coming soon...with your help. :)
Coming soon...with your help. :)

Risks and challenges

The Latino Comedy Project has proven over the years that we know how to produce high-quality, award-winning, and commercially successful comedy productions. "¡Estar Guars!: A May The Fourth/Cinco De Mayo Comedy Fiesta" represents an ambitious community-building vision, one that requires a greater scale of production than the typical sketch comedy show, which is why the creative process has already begun over a year in advance of the planned event. We have the talent assembled. Now we require the resources. Together, we can make this come true.

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    THE OUTER RIM

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    TROOPER #1 (Logo Sticker!)

    At this level, you’re our brave foot soldier in the galactic struggle. You get the social media shout-out plus an exclusive Latino Comedy Project vinyl “Estar Guars” logo sticker to stick onto the dash of your favorite speeder bike, Corellian freighter or tricked-out Impala.

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    TROOPER #3 (Sticker Sheets!)

    At this level, you’re our brave foot soldier in the galactic struggle. You get the social media shout-out plus an exclusive Latino Comedy Project vinyl mini-sticker sheet of your favorite “Estar Guars” characters, images and phrases to stick onto the dash of your favorite speeder bike, Corellian freighter or tricked-out Impala.

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    PERSONALIZED "¡ESTAR GUARS!

    For this donation, we'll create a personalized "Estar Guars" meme of your choice from among the many created for this Kickstarter with a message or line of text YOU provide to us! You provide the joke, we'll provide the personalized "Estar Guars!"

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    PERSONALIZED YOLA ANIMATION -YOUR Words!

    For this donation, we'll create a personalized digital animation of the galaxy's greatest Yedi maestra Yola saying a line of dialogue YOU provide to us! You provide the Yedi "wisdom," we'll provide the Yola!

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    You may be Rebel Scum, but you’re OUR kinda scum. You get a social media shout-out, the “Estar Guars” vinyl sticker PLUS an exclusive “Estar Guars” pinback button. You’ll also get regular email and video updates about everything that’s happening with this ambitious production.

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    EXCLUSIVE JAKE PRENDEZ VARIANT ART PRINT

    At this level, you get a social media shout-out, the “Estar Guars” vinyl sticker PLUS a cool 8" x 12” “F*CK THE EMPIRE” variant art print by Jake Prendez available EXCLUSIVELY through our campaign. You’ll also get regular email and video updates about everything that’s happening with this ambitious production.

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    LA CHINGONA YOLA FIGURA!

    Be the envy of all your comadres and be the first on your block to own a special exclusive limited edition vintage-style “1st Annual Estar Guars: May The Fourth/Cinco De Mayo Comedy Fiesta” YOLA FIGURE! Own this figure and you'll always have Yola's wisdom, chisme and chingazos nearby.

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    CHUY-BACCA #1 (Tee-Chirts!)

    At this level, you’re our trusty co-pilot and you got our backs! You get a sticker, button, social media shout-out, production updates AND an exclusive commemorative “1st Annual Estar Guars: May The Fourth/Cinco De Mayo Comedy Fiesta” t-shirt with your choice of original or "Empire"-style title logo! Wear it proudly to let the whole galaxy know that La Fuerza esta contigo!

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    At this level, you’re our trusty co-pilot and you got our backs! You get a sticker, button, social media shout-out, production updates AND an exclusive commemorative “Estar Guars” t-shirt with your choice of character or logo! Choose from designs featuring Yola, La Princesa or La Resistencia! Wear it proudly to let the whole galaxy know that La Fuerza esta contigo!

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    "F*CK THE EMPIRE" EXCLUSIVE ART T-SHIRT

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    "F*CK THE EMPIRE" PACKAGE (All Items)

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    TOTAL YOLA PACKAGE (Figure + T-shirt!)

    This package gets you all things Yola! And it’s an even better deal than pledging a Yola T-shirt and figure separately! At this level, you get a sticker, button, social media shout-out, production updates AND your choice of two Yola t-shirt designs and the special exclusive limited edition vintage-style “1st Annual Estar Guars: May The Fourth/Cinco De Mayo Comedy Fiesta” Yola figure! Be the envy of all your comadres: With the figure you'll always have Yola's wisdom, chisme and chingazos nearby and the t-shirt proudly lets the whole galaxy know that La Fuerza esta contigo.

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    YEDI APPRENTICE (Show Video!)

    La Fuerza es FUERTE con éste! You get everything in the above package PLUS a big “Thank You” in the credits of the live show AND access to the professionally-produced video of the actual show! So whether you end up attending the event in person and want to re-live it, or if you want to enjoy the “Estar Guars” experience from whatever part of the country you’re in, you can with this reward level! To make this package complete, we’ll even include an exclusive show program!

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    HAN CHOLO (Mas y Mas!)

    We’ll admit it: We need more scoundrels and intergalactic smugglers of controlled substances in our lives. For this generous donation, you’ll get a sticker, button, social media shout-out, production updates, a “Thank You!” in the show credits, video of the live show, a show program PLUS a special exclusive 1st annual “Estar Guars” commemorative poster signed by the The Latino Comedy Project cast!

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    DARTH VENDIDO (Inside Chisme!)

    You don’t know the power of The Brown Side! With our combined strength and your donation, we’ll include everything in the Han Cholo package plus exclusive access to Director/Writer Adrian Villegas’ personal blog and video diary, where he’ll share his creative process and detail the joys and challenges of writing, directing and producing “Estar Guars.” From costume design to visual effects work, fight choreography, puppet creation and even rehearsals - you’ll get to watch the intimate details of it all taking shape!

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    DJ-D2 (El Baile!)

    This level not only grants you everything in the level above, but it guarantees you one (1) ticket to the exclusive closing night “Estar Guars” after party. This separate ticketed event will be a celebration of the show and a chance for fans to mingle with the shows’ cast and creators, complete with food, drink, incredible DJs and a few other surprises. Capacity for this closing night event will be very limited but with your donation, you’ll have an early free reservation!

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    YEDI KNIGHT

    “You’ve just taken your first step into a larger world.” This level not only grants you everything described in the DJ-D2 level, but it guarantees you one (1) free ticket to the “Estar Guars” show in Austin, Texas. Tickets won’t officially go on sale until spring 2019, but you will have yours reserved almost a whole year in advance!

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    THE VIP EMPEROR EXPERIENCE (TODO!)

    “Now witness the power of this fully armed and operational comedy show!” Take everything else included in every other tier, and add two (2) reserved tickets to the exclusive after party and two (2) reserved tickets to the show PLUS reserved prime front row seating AND a pair of drink tickets! It’s the ULTIMATE “Estar Guars” experience!

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    LA PRINCESA CHINGONA EXPERIENCE

    “Help me, Tio Juan Kenobi! You’re my only homie!” You get not only the ultimate “Estar Guars” show experience, but you get an opportunity to hang out in Austin with the hilarious members of the cast for a very special evening exclusively for donors of this level! Date and Austin location to be mutually determined.

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    YEDI MAESTRA YOLA

    “Do or do not, mijo!” At this level, LCP Artistic Director Adrian Villegas will perform his acclaimed one-man show at a venue of your choice and arrangement wherever you are in the continental United States! Date to be mutually determined.

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    QUE LA FUERZA TE ACOMPAÑE

    "May The Force Be With You!" Trust your feelings and The Latino Comedy Project will go wherever you are in the continental United States and perform a full-length sketch show at a venue of your choice and arrangement! Date to be mutually determined.

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