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.
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)
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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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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