Bill Santiago is one of the top comedians in the country: smart, clean, charismatic, politically astute and culturally relevant. Credits include: Comedy Central Presents half hour special, Showtime LOL half hour special, Chelsea Lately, Craig Ferguson, Conan, CNN, GMA, NPR, etc. His book, "Pardon My Spanglish," published by Quirk Books and distributed by Random House, is based on his Comedy Central special. And he is currently a blogger on Huffington Post.
Bill Santiago performs both a mainstream standup act for any audience demographic, and a Latino show emphasizing his Latino roots, depending on the audience and the gig. His appeal is affirmed by popularity on both coasts, across the midwest and southwest. And of course there's Florida.
He performs smart, clean standup for Corporations, Professional Organizations, Non-profits and other Private Events, as well as maintaining a full club and theater schedule. He peforms as a comedian, a keynote speaker, an emcee. And he also works as a Lecturer, speaking on Cultural Identity and Language, based on his book, "Pardon My Spanglish," currently being used in universities.
Bill Santiago is a former journalist, having written for publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The San Juan Star, Mother Jones Online.
What the critics say:
"Playfully explores the subject of biculturalism"
-- New York Post
“Like George Carlin in his prime, Santiago is expert at honing in on the way language reveals society's bizarre fixations.”
-- The San Francisco Examiner
“He gets the audience roaring”
-- New York Press
“Santiago proved political satire is alive in America”
-- San Francisco Chronicle
"Comedian Bill Santiago's recent book ?Pardon my Spanglish' shows more linguistic
insight and accuracy than anything I've read by Ilan Stavans. "
-- Kim Potowski, Director, Spanish for Heritage Speakers, Executive Editor, Spanish in Context, The University of Illinois at Chicago
"Santiago's book is an inspiring contribution to a moral and political debate, with
comedy thrown in."
-- LA Language World
“Santiago records and studies Spanglish with reverence and analytical gusto. His
new book “Pardon My Spanglish ¡Porque Because!” makes you laugh
out loud. ¿Por qué? ¡Because!
-- El Tecolote
"Through his offbeat and funny analysis of how Spanglish is used in everyday
conversations and in different situations, Santiago underscores the sophistication and
intellect needed to seamlessly carry on a conversation in two languages, under two
different sets of rules.
-- Latina Lista
“A reporter's curiosity about culture and a writerly lover of words”
--East Bay Express
“A real knack for pointing out the hilarity of life's dramas.”
-- Theater Bay Area Magazine
“With his lean, rubbery frame, cartoony facial expressions and Groucho Marx eyebrows,
Bill Santiago has no trouble impersonating the histrionic gyrations of Colombian
-- East Bay Express
“Freewheeling associations and bull's-eye commentary on life's absurdities.”
-- Knight Ridder
“Santiago is a captivating performer. His handsome, boyish face registers his lightningquick
-- East Bay Express
“Santiago is both a keen observer of human relationships and a quick-eared dissector of
-- Contra Costa Times