Interview by: Milwaukeño
The Bucks were eliminated from the playoffs, the Brewers are flailing, the west coast is on fire, the polar ice caps are melting, Breonna Taylor’s killers are still free, we have been quarantined since March, unemployment is at an all time high, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, we’ve all gained “la cuarentina cuarenta”, and we are uncertain of when the next season of “My Brilliant Friend” will be released.
No matter how you look at it, we could all use a laugh, if only there was some sort of event taking place where one could, purchase a ticket, sit in a socially distanced atmosphere, buy a drink, and enjoy a Latino comedy show. Lucky for you, dear reader, there is indeed such an event taking place this weekend (September 11-12) at Zócalo, and it is being put on by Laughwitmee Productions. Your compas reached out to the founder of Laughwitmee, Telethia Lebron to learn a little bit more about her, and what inspires her art form.
MKÑ: Who are you and where did you come from?
TL: My full name is Telethia Lebron. I was born and raised in New York. I lived in three out of five boroughs in New York. I lived more in The Bronx and worked in Manhattan. I am technically a New York Rican. Yes, this is a thing, lol. Both of my parents were born in Puerto Rico and my parents emigrated to New York. I already had family in Milwaukee that left New York and Puerto Rico. It was a safe easy transition to leave New York to provide a better situation for my now 17 yr old son.
MKÑ: Why did you start doing Comedy in Milwaukee?
TL: I started in New York and I always was trying to be a comedian actress but hardships continually pulled me away from following my dreams and developing my skills. In 2016 while living in Milwaukee, I started to realize how depressed I was that I pretty much gave up my dreams. So I got angry and it motivated me to do something about it. I started writing jokes and took a deep dive into studying the craft of stand-up comedy. To build my confidence and prove to myself I can make others laugh, I got on the road to perform in New York, Atlanta and Florida at open mics. I picked these locations because I had places to crash. Family and friends were very supportive. I got so confident I started my own business and called Laughwitmee Productions and I now provide three services. Zocalo is one of my clients. I collaborate with establishments to produce and host comedy nights for them. I don’t charge a service fee so it’s pretty easy to get business, lol. My second service is getting a corporation to hire me to do a stand up show at their events, etc. My third service is to coach a new comedian to learn how to be prepared for their first show.
MKÑ: How would you categorize your comedy?
TL: I am a storyteller, super dramatic (or maybe it’s just me being latina lol), straight forward and creative with my writing. I can do clean comedy or raunchy. No matter what I do my NYC flair follows me and my east coast accent that most enjoy hearing.
MKÑ:What inspires you?
TL: My inspiration actually comes from fighting depression my whole life. Laughter has been a fighting tool for me. My ability to channel that negative energy into making myself laugh, writing and to help others laugh is the reason I get such gratification from my career. Plus I hated having a 9-5.
MKÑ: How do you want your audience to experience your art?
TL: I want them to leave feeling happy. I want them to say they had a great time and motivated to enjoy their life with love, joy and happiness.
MKÑ: Where and when can we find you and your comedy?
TL: Laughwitmee Productions on FB and IG.
MKÑ: When’s the next show?
TL: The next shows are on 9/11 and 9/12, 2020 from 9-11pm at Zocalo. Ticket link Here https://cashdrop.biz/zocalo
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