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Sometimes Miamians like to think they have a monopoly on immigrant angst. But that just ain’t so, bro. Long before ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? and Sábado Gigante were floated as pilots, there were some heavy-duty culture collisions on the West Coast. And most of that involved our Chicano brothers. Three of those vatos — Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Siguenza — recognized the comedy and humanity in their daily struggle to fit in with the rest of America and decided to bring their experience to the stage. That was 20 years ago, and their act, Culture Clash in AmeriCCA: Real People, Real Stories, is still really funny. But it’s more than just laughs. They get all of their material from interviews with people all over the country. Of course, they present it using all the tricks of the trade, including satire, vaudeville, mime, and spoken word. Call it slapstick meets Mexi-shtick. And although it still presents a distinctly Mexican-American perspective, the act has evolved to incorporate a spectrum of cultures, including the Muslim experience. Culture Clash will ram into the Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus Auditorium this Friday and Saturday.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 12. Continues through Nov. 13, 2010


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