Corpus Christi is known for its many exports; oil, gas, agriculture, to name a few.
When it comes to entertainment, names like Selena, Eva Longoria and Farrah Fawcet come to mind.
But now, we can add comedy to that list of Coastal Bend commodities exported and shared with the rest of the world, and the name Steve Trevino heads that list.
"Yeah, you know what, from fourth grade to like, freshman or sophomore year in high school, this was it man," Trevino said. "My whole world."
He always knew he wanted to do stand up, from the time he told jokes in his second-grade talent show to the day he graduated. He grew up in the shadow of the Harbor Bridge, a proud native of both Gregory and Portland, proud of his small town heritage that now provides fuel for his act.
"I wouldn't change it for the world, you know, but I'm able to draw my comedy from this place," Trevino said. "And I have a different perspective than most. I mean, take a look at this truck. Look at this. This is what I was driving, what I drove in L.A. You can see that I have the California plates on it, which the truck hates. You know, I tell people all the time, 'It's a hybrid. It burns both gas and oil.'"
Trevino calls himself a hometown boy who has never forgotten his roots.
"I'm still that Texas boy man, you know," Trevino said. "I live in L.A. I live in Hollywood. I'm just that Texas boy."
And like every good Texan, barbecue is king. He makes himself at home at Mac's Barbecue in Gregory, and calls it his kitchen.
Trevino's life had been exclusive to comedy clubs and other venues throughout the country, but on Oct. 4, he was shared with the world. Entertainment giant Showtime premiered his first comedy special, Grandpa Joe's Son.
"Nothing makes me happier than to come home, have a little bit of sense of pride and say, 'Look what I did,' and say, 'Look guys,'" Trevino said. "Because people thought I was crazy. Even my dad. 'Por que? Are you crazy? You're not going to make it, you know. Go get a job at Reynolds. Be normal.'"
You can catch Trevino being his normal self when he brings his comedy show case to the Harbor Playhouse this Friday and Saturday for four shows. He's hoping for a sell out. He also said plans are in the works to film his next Showtime special in Corpus Christi. He calls it Hometown Pride.
To check out a preview of his Showtime special, click here.
So who is Steve Trevino? Here's his biography from SteveTrevino.com:
Steve Trevino always knew he wanted to do stand up from the time he told jokes in his 2nd grade talent show. A small town boy, Steve stayed up late watching "Evening at the Improv" on TV and knew that if he wanted to be a comedian he would have to move to a city with an Improv. After high school, Steve got a job as a door man at the Addison Improv in order to garner stage time. He quickly earned his stripes to become the house MC, opening up for big acts traveling through the club who encouraged him to bite the bullet and move to Los Angeles.
After moving to California, he hit the road with the Three Amigos Comedy Tour starring Freddie Soto and Pablo Francisco. Coming off rave reviews he went on to become one of the youngest comedians ever to headline the Improv Comedy Club and continues to be a top draw.
Steve performed in Spanish on Despierta America on Univision. He is a regular doing short sketches and man on the street for the syndicated program American Latino. He has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy.TV, Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, BET Comic View and Que Locos. He's become a staple at large events such as the Latino Laugh Festival, New Faces at Just For Laughs in Montreal and the Doghouse Comedy Jam in San Francisco. Steve was also a writer for and appeared on Mind Of Mencia.
Recently, Steve was featured in the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Festival at the California Theatre of the Performing Arts in San Bernardino along with comic greats Jay Mohr, Rita Rudner, Tommy Chong and Bill Bellamy. During the LOL Comedy Festival, his first hour-long comedy special was filmed and will air on Showtime Oct 4th, 2012. Steve is currently developing a ½ hour comedy show about his life.
He currently lives in Los Angeles and performs in comedy clubs throughout the country.
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