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Dear Family:

One of my favorite quotes is from "Inherit The Wind" - "You lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight." Well, I would LOVE to give you some opportunities to laugh right now...

First, my Gilmore Girls scene is online now! If ya want to see it, click here! I had a blast performing with two Tony award-winning actors Sutton Foster and Christian Borle!
Second, my comedy partner Joshua Silverstein and I are hosting a fun show next Friday night in Santa Monica! We will perform along with comedian Mattio Martinez and magician Elizabeth Messick!
Lastly, I was part of a fun web project called "RILEY: The Series." Click here to subscribe and watch the premiere episode! Click here to watch the trailer!
Come to our show next Friday night! I hope that everything is going well in your life!

Love,

Joe
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Dear Family:

HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!

Back in March, I auditioned for a role on the Netflix series "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." A few days later, I was shooting and, well, eight months later, it is finally here!! I know that numerous people are binge-watching as I type this! I had a wonderful time playing with Tony award-winning actors Sutton Foster and Christian Borle! So much fun, in fact, that I took a bunch of behind-the-scenes pics that you can view by clicking
HERE or by clicking on the above pic!

I was so inspired by these singers that, if you're in LA, I have a
singing recital next Thursday, Dec 1st! Come out and hear me SING!

And below are a few links to some comedy shorts along with a great interview series that Princeton conducted with alumni.

I hope that you're doing well, staying positive and continuing to move in that direction!

Love,

Joe


FUN LINKS BELOW!

Career and Life Vision Conversation with Princeton Career Services

I enjoyed this interview A LOT. We got pretty deep.
Tender Love - A Short Film

There's a chance that you may have not seen this comedy short and I'm very proud of it. I made with the talented Peter Alton and Benjamin Byron Davis.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show. If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
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“Your performance was captivating, moving, and exactly what I needed as an artist and a human."
-Audrey Francis
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Dear Fam!

We only have two shows left! I say "we" because the term "solo show" is a misnomer. I want to thank my director Benjamin Byron Davis for continuing to keep my work honest and enjoyable!

In fact, below is a GREAT interview that I did for Vocalo Radio about the show! Please listen!


And please come see the show if you're in Chicago!

A mix of spoken word poetry and comedy that addresses relationships, male identity, career and gender constructs. You know, the fun stuff.

I will also be hosting a writing workshop at Noon this Sat. Sept. 10th at Fringe Central in Costa Cafe.

See you very soon!

Love,

Joe

The world premiere of
SOMETHING REAL

Written & Performed by
Joe Hernandez-Kolski

Directed by
Benjamin Byron Davis

Chicago Fringe Festival 2016
Performance Dates Left:

Saturday, September 10th at 8:30pm
Sunday, September 11th at 5:30pm


Cost: $15
($10 ticket plus a one-time $5 Fringe button which gives you access to the surrounding Fringe activities)

BUY TICKETS NOW AT:

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FUN LINKS BELOW!

Vocalo Radio Interview about my new solo show!
Thanks to Jill Hopkins and Jesse Menendez for interviewing me on their morning radio show!
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there. We talked for a whole hour. If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
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What critics have said about previous solo shows:

“The actor-writer Joe Hernández-Kolski pivots on the hyphen in his name, and on other internal divisions, as exuberantly as a break-dancer.”
-The New York Times

"Hernandez-Kolski's performance is perfectly timed and delivered with a ferocity that careens from satirical to indignant."
-LA Weekly

Dear Fam!

Regardless of how long I've lived in LA, I will always consider Chicago my home. I'm SO PSYCHED to be premiering my latest solo show at the Chicago Fringe Festival this year in front of my hometown family and friends!!

ONLY FIVE PERFORMANCES!!

A mix of spoken word poetry and comedy that addresses relationships, male identity and gender constructs. You know, the fun stuff.

This is the third solo collaboration between me and my director
Benjamin Byron Davis. We're excited to share what we've been developing!

Also! I will be featuring at the historic
Green Mill's Uptown Poetry Slam this Sunday, Aug 28th! Hosted by the legends Marc Kelly Smith and JW Basilo!

I will also be hosting a 
writing workshop at Noon on Sat. Sept. 10th at Fringe Central in Costa Cafe. 

See you very soon!

Love,

Joe

 

Chicago Fringe Festival 2016
Performance Dates:
Friday, September 2nd at 7pm
Saturday, September 3rd at 8:30pm
Sunday, September 4th at 4pm
Saturday, September 10th at 8:30pm
Sunday, September 11th at 5:30pm

Tickets: $10
(plus a one-time $5 Fringe button which gives you access to the surrounding Fringe activities)

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FUN LINKS BELOW!

Subscribe to "Riley The Series" on YouTube!

An original comedy series about a former teen pop star. Watch how life can sometimes take a nosedive in the aftermath of fame.
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show.  If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
 
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there.  We talked for a whole hour.  If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
 
Do you feel my pain?

I'm embarrassed.  I made a bad decision.  
 
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Comedy is here this weekend!

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We won the Encore! Producers Award and got extended!!
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“So smart, so fun and so deeply original!”

“Charming, introspective, funny as shit and fast.”

“The theme of male identity confusion came through clearly, as did the desire of each for love, albeit in completely different ways.”

“A masterful show.”

Come Fux With Us
Winner of the Encore! Producers Award

Two Shows Added
This Sat/Sun July 9th – 10th at 8:30pm

Dear fam:

My comedy partner
Joshua Silverstein and I are getting incredibly positive reviews of our show so we got extended! PLEASE JOIN US! Like I said before, the show is titled "Come Fux With Us" because, c'mon, Joshua and I may make each other laugh in my living room but we know that the true magic doesn't happen 'til we're in front of YOU.

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See you this weekend!


Love,

Joe

FUN LINKS BELOW!

Subscribe to "Riley The Series" on YouTube!

An original comedy series about a former teen pop star. Watch how life can sometimes take a nosedive in the aftermath of fame.
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show. If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there. We talked for a whole hour. If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
Do you feel my pain?

I'm embarrassed. I made a bad decision. This important topic had to be discussed.
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Dear fam:

My comedy partner Joshua Silverstein and I have been working hard to create a fun show that's a part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The show is titled "Come Fux With Us" because, c'mon, Joshua and I may make each other laugh in my living room but we know that the true magic doesn't happen 'til we're in front of YOU.

Buy your tickets NOW by clicking
here. The show dates are as follows:
  • Fri. 6/17 at 9pm
  • Sat. 6/18 at 9pm
  • Sun. 6/19 at 7pm
  • Sat. 6/25 at 8:30pm
In addition to the Fringe show, I also have the below performances that will be a lot of fun!
  • Sat. 6/25 at Noon - Poets & Painters Festival, San Diego, CA - Joshua and I will be performing at this fantastic event put on at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.
  • Thur. 6/30 at 7pm - Free Stand-Up Comedy Show, Haha Comedy Club, North Hollywood, CA - I'll be premiering all new material!
Love,

Joe

FUN LINKS BELOW!

Subscribe to "Riley The Series" on YouTube!

An original comedy series about a former teen pop star. Watch how life can sometimes take a nosedive in the aftermath of fame.
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show. If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there. We talked for a whole hour. If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
Do you feel my pain?

I'm embarrassed. I made a bad decision. This important topic had to be discussed.
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Dear fam:

I hope that your summer is starting off well. I have a lot of shows happening in Los Angeles (and one in San Diego) this summer. I'd love for you to join me.

The main show that I'm performing this summer is with my writing partner
Joshua Silverstein as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. The show is titled "Come Fux With Us" because, c'mon, Joshua and I may make each other laugh in my living room but we know that the true magic doesn't happen 'til we're in front of YOU.

Buy your tickets NOW by clicking
here. The show dates are as follows:
  • Fri. 6/17 at 9pm
  • Sat. 6/18 at 9pm
  • Sun. 6/19 at 7pm
  • Sat. 6/25 at 8:30pm
In addition to the Fringe show, I also have the below performances that will be a lot of fun!
  • Mon. 6/6 at 7:30pm - Vitello's E Spot Lounge, Studio City, CA - I'll be performing a 15min set as part of Wilhoite's Living Room Series.
  • Sun. 6/12 at Noon - Secret City, Bootleg Theater, LA, CA - I'll be performing an original poem for one of my favorite events in LA. It's like church for artists.
  • Sun. 6/12 at 7pm - Shine Storytelling, Santa Monica, CA - I'll be hosting a storytelling event with Joshua!
  • Sat. 6/25 at Noon - Poets & Painters Festival, San Diego, CA - Joshua and I will be performing at this fantastic event put on at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.
  • Thur. 6/30 at 7pm - Free Stand-Up Comedy Show, Haha Comedy Club, North Hollywood, CA - I'll be premiering all new material!
Love,

Joe

FUN LINKS BELOW!

Subscribe to "Riley The Series" on YouTube!

An original comedy series about a former teen pop star. Watch how life can sometimes take a nosedive in the aftermath of fame.
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show. If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there. We talked for a whole hour. If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
Do you feel my pain?

I'm embarrassed. I made a bad decision. This important topic had to be discussed.
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Dear fam:
I'm guessing you struggle with this question too: "Should I really share this on social media??" So when I got cast in the Netflix reboot of "Gilmore Girls," I wasn't sure if I should post the above photo or just wait until I shot the episode and it was about to air. Then I smacked some sense into myself, "Um, dude, this is a big deal! Of course you tell people! You're an actor! It's important that people know that you're working!" So I posted the pic on FB and IG (Facebook and Instagram, Dad.)

Well, I'm VERY happy that I shared the above pic because my buddy, comedian Jason Pickar, saw the photo and got really excited. He's a huge fan of the show. He sent me a message asking, "How can I be involved? I'll play ANYTHING." I passed his info along to my talented dear friend, casting director Jami Rudofsky, and guess what? She brought him in for a role and he booked it! He got cast! Shortly thereafter, with permission from the producers, he brought his girlfriend on to the set, stood at the center of the Stars Hollow gazebo, and proposed to her!! How cool is that?? The moral of the story? My Facebook posts change lives, people! ;-)

As for my experience, I had an AMAZING time on set and, unfortunately, yup, that's all that I'm allowed to tell you right now. Pics and stories to follow as soon as it airs.

Now if ya wanna see me IN PERSON:

This Sunday, April 10th at 7pm - I will be SINGING as part of SINGERS REDUX at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe. I'll be singing a Jamie Cullum song and a Hamilton medley. :-)


Tuesday, April 12th at 7:20pm - If you have a high school performer, please bring them to Downbeat 720 in Santa Monica. We've been running strong for fourteen years now!

Monday, April 18th - I'll be performing at Oklahoma State University.

Tuesday, April 19th - I'll be performing at Princeton University.

And, lastly, I have a TON of fun links below:
  • You can watch my Subaru commercial that's been running non-stop during March Madness!
  • You can listen to my MORTIFIED podcast!
  • You can watch a silly video that I made about bad decisions.
  • You can watch a very intimate interview that I did where I break down in tears at one point.
  • And, lastly, PLEASE go see my comedy partner Joshua Silverstein's new solo show "Tell Me I'm Pretty" at the Bootleg Theater. You really do NOT want to miss it.
Love,

Joe

IMPORTANT LINKS BELOW!

"Tell Me I'm Pretty" Solo Show

"His loud delivery and comic timing beg for your attention, but his unwavering honesty is the foundation for his performance." -CultureSpotLA

I'm telling you. You want to go see this show.
My Subaru commercial!

Hopefully this will keep running for a looooong time.
Mortified Podcast #53: "Diary of an Ugly American"

This is always a fun show. If you've never seen it live, there are shows all over the country! The founders, Neil Katcher and David Nadelberg, are awesome!
Breaking Into...Conscious Entertainment with Joe Hernandez-Kolski

The host, James Lott Jr, is one of the nicest men out there. We talked for a whole hour. If you ever wanted to know EVERYTHING about me, here ya go.:-)
Do you feel my pain?

I'm embarrassed. I made a bad decision. This important topic had to be discussed.
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COME TO SANTA MONICA THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!
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I sometimes hate the question, "How are you?"  

I sometimes wanna yell in their face, "Don't ask me such a personal question in public!" Okay, maybe I'm a bit sensitive sometimes and maybe I just need to eat or take a nap. I know it's just meant to be a general greeting but, as I get older, I wanna answer more honestly and sometimes, well, I'm not doing too well.

Tomorrow marks the sixth anniversary of my mother's death.  Her passing was the first major experience that forced me to understand that pain, real pain, is a critical and defining part of life.  And that type of pain never goes away, you learn how to put it away.  

She was my biggest cheerleader.  When she disappeared, I lost all confidence and faith in my ability.  But, as I've learned, these experiences are there to challenge us.  Do these experiences hold us back or do they propel us forward?

I have chosen to find the beauty in her passing.  I have worked very hard at rebuilding and restructuring my life.  I've asked myself the tough questions about my career as an artist.  I've grown to learn and understand that, yes, my career is not as stable as I'd like it to be at this age but also, yes, there is nothing that I would rather do.

I've worked at restructuring my friendships.  When my mom died, it was like a massive redwood tree at the center of my existence was uprooted and, with its removal, a massive amount of love disappeared. I have found a way to fill that empty space with the love of numerous important family members and friends.  I have grown closer to my dad, my sister, my godfather and my Uncle Mike. In my social media, I do my best to give honest testimonies about the people who have chosen to step forward and fill that void in my life.  We cannot live healthy lives without the support of our friends.  I wouldn't believe in my voice as an artist if not for my friends' encouragement.

I am finding a new way to move through the world.  I am turning off the Netflix, pressing Command-Q as soon as I start scrolling through Comparisonbook, I mean, Facebook.  I am working harder at my skills as an actor, a poet and a comedian.  I am far from where I want to be in my self-expression but my new year's mantra is "Do not give those voices any chance to breathe."  I'm done doubting, I'm only doing.  I'm no longer worrying, I'm only working.  

I shot a national Subaru commercial this past Wednesday.  I'm really psyched.  Hopefully it came out well and hopefully you're gonna see it on your television and computer screens A LOT in the next few months.

Tomorrow, I'll be on a fun internet show called "Breaking Into" with host James Lott Jr. I think the homie is going to interview me for a FULL HOUR.  You can watch us LIVE at 11:30am PST/2:30 EST.  Just click on the above link and it will lead you to where to watch it.

And last but not least, my writing and performance partner, Joshua Silverstein, and I will be performing this Friday night in Santa Monica as part of the "Fireside at the Miles" series. It will be a mix of spoken word poetry and comedy that's guaranteed to make you laugh.  We will also be having a very special guest singer/comedian named Jackie Tohn.  You do NOT wanna miss her.  

Please rsvp NOW at milesplayhouse@smgov.net

So, with all of that said...how am I?  I'm doing pretty well these days, thanks for asking.

But enough about me, how are you?? 

Love,

Joe

Comedy you can watch right now!

I warmed up the NCLR crowd for Hillary Clinton.

Here's the article that I wrote about my experience at this year's National Council of La Raza conference along with the performance video!
MiTu Network presents "Pocho Joe & Silverstein"

Joshua Silverstein and I shot a web series and we think each episode is funny...and SHORT.
"Tender Love"

Please take 5min and enjoy this comedy short that I wrote, co-directed by Benjamin Byron Davis & Peter Alton.  
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Pocho Joe & Silverstein team up with MiTu and the SyFy Channel!

What would happen if aliens landed and started taking over our brains? What if there really is a utopia under indirect alien rule? But ‪#‎AtWhatCost‬ to human identity and culture is this alien utopia?

Well, Pocho Joe & Silverstein have slightly different perspectives! Joshua and I wrote this for We are mitú and Syfy's new mini-series Childhood's End.

A world with no war, illness, or poverty is upon us.
‪#‎ChildhoodsEnd‬ lands on @Syfy on Dec.14th at 8/7c.