CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Dip a cracker in salsa and the taste is hilarious.
Alex Reymundo’s family moved from Mexico to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was 2 years old. He said he thinks in Spanish but, when he speaks English, he has a Southern drawl. He married a Southern woman and they live in Kentucky.
“I married a hillbilly,” Reymundo said. “I met my wife in Missouri, The Show Me State, and she did.”
Reymundo, who performs Tuesday in the Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room and four times next week at Reno’s Pioneer Underground, lived briefly in Hollywood where he caught his big break.
Paul Rodriguez attended his comedy act and afterward told him, “I like what you do. You’re true to yourself.”
Reymundo began to share shows with Rodriguez who later started the Latin Kings of Comedy, which featured several Latin comics such as Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Reymundo, who said he knew his career was validated when he shared an $800 bottle of tequila with the comics and their producers.
“Being with Cheech, Paul and George was like being with the Mexican Beatles,” he said.
Reymundo also has a close working relationship with Ron White, a member of the Blue Collar Comedy crew. White is married to Reymundo’s sister, a contemporary pop singer whose show business name is Margo Rey.
White’s first comedy appearance was at an amateur night at the Arlington, Texas, Funnybone Comedy Club. Before going on stage, White bought a sip of courage (tequila). Reymundo was the bartender. After the show, the two got drunk together and they’ve been buddies ever since. Reymundo began doing standup eight months after White did, and the two “circled the country” performing together before each teamed up with their respective comedy teams.
“Paul Rodriguez did for us what Jeff Foxworthy did for the Blue Collar guys,” said Reymundo, whose mother approved of White marrying Margo.
“He wrote this letter to my mother and the first page was about his friendship with me,” Reymundo said. “She thought, ‘Oh my God, Ron and Alex are gay.’ She was so happy when he started talking about Margo.”
Reymundo and White continue to perform together one week each month.
“It’s just like old times but now there’s nice (stuff) everywhere,” Reymundo said.