Hailed as one of the top 50 Latino comics in the U.S., Bronx native Angelo Lozada attributes his upbringing in the boogie-down for his comedic stylings. His career has included stand-up, sketch comedy, writing, theater and film. His television stand-up credits include NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comic View, SiTV’s Latino Laugh Festival, and most recently, Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment on the STARZ cable television network.
Housed at the famed Nuyorican Poet’s Café for twelve years, his acclaimed comedy troupe, Nuyorican Rule appeared in Showtime at the Apollo and veteran comic Robert Klein’s New Joke City. As co-founder and head writer, Lozada wrote and performed about urban experiences, challenging race, class and gender stereotypes through comedy. This revolutionary comedy troupe has inspired numerous other urban comedy troupes and is often recalled and invited to return to large and small stages.
In addition, Lozada has numerous writing credits on different media, including animation, digital, print and commercial. Lozada has been a head writer on the animated series, Lugar Heights, featured on Galavision, MTV3, MUN2, MTV3, a head writer for comedynet.com, and monthly columnist focusing on Latina/o culture for the New York Daily News. He has also found commercial success in head writing for a national advertisement campaign for Burger King.
His acting experiences include both theatre and film. In 2009, Lozada was invited and accepted to perform in the New York Stage and Film’s production of A Shoe Story, written by acclaimed New York City Hip Hop Theater writer/artist Ben Snyder and directed by In the Heights’ Tommy Kail. His film appearances have included Destination Unknown, Arrangement, The Start-up, and Blind Leading the Blind, one of the 2007 New York City’s Latino International Festival’s featured short films.
Proud to perform in English and Spanish, Lozada enjoys using his Puerto Rican heritage to unite folks of all backgrounds to understand the human experience through laughter.
Dante Nero was born in Brooklyn NY. He attended Catholic school and was an alter boy.As a clever young boy he began a lucrative business of loosening soup thermoses for kids with over protective thermos tightening moms. At age 11 he began his martial arts journey as well as training in modern dance, tap and jazz. At 13 too young to work legally, Dante taught himself how to ride a unicycle and handed out flyers for $50 a day. He ran an icy stand, worked in a library as well as ran slips for the local bookie.
He learned how to fence at Tompkins recreation center in Bed Stuy, which earned him a scholarship for fencing to SUNY New Paltz. Tired of Ramen noodles he got a job with emotionally disturbed kids and on the side did strip shows for sororities on campus. When he got home to Brooklyn he bounced at some of the biggest clubs in the city with his brawler friends and fought them in closed factories at night for money. Always looking for a new hustle, he started a male strippers troop with 13 members. He then took a job with the phone company and became a cable splicer while still dabbling in exotic dancing and bouncing. He later became involved in his labor union. He quickly moved up the ranks to become a delegate with over 200 employees.
In 2001 he tried his hand at stand up comedy and loved it and has done it ever since. He always enjoyed comedy especially when he hired some well known comics such as Tracey Morgan and Mike Epps to open his self produced strip shows. His extensive life experience, philosophical point of view and an even sense of cynicism make his wit truthful and relevant.