Se Habla Español

A few years ago, I was asked to perform a show entirely in Spanish. What I hadn’t fully realized was my Spanish at the time wasn’t 100% accurate. If you’re a 2nd generation mexican like I am, you might understand my situation. In my case, I would use 60-70% spanish and 30% mixed up words like parkea la troka. We call this Spanglish. This was due to my lack of intent to correctly learn the spanish language. Needless to say, I did just ok performing for spanish audiences sometimes but very rarely felt I did a great job. But everytime I did perform, I saw it as an opportunity to grow and step out of my comfort zone. Tonight I was asked by my older sister to perform at her and my brother in laws company christmas party at restaurant in Cerritos called Frida. I was hired to perform a magic show and announce the numbers for the raffle prizes at the end. I didn’t realize the majority of the audience only spoke spanish until I got there. Well…I did the show, handed out the prizes, packed my stuff and said good night thinking I did just okay again. But as I walked out, I got a sincere response from everyone that said great job! Then someone from the audience asked for an autograph like he really enjoyed the show or probably thought I was Micheal Peña. In any case, that really made my night and let me realize how glad I am to have stepped out of my comfort zone many years ago. I’ve come a long way. I’ve still got a lot of work to do though.
#TheGreatOmar #SeHablaEspañol

LAPD Holiday Party City Hall

It was a pleasure performing at the 27th floor of the LAPD holiday party. We parked underground, rode 5 different elevators, answered the ferrymans 3 riddles which allowed us to cross the bridge and walk up a flight of steps that led us into a beautiful room at the top of City Hall overlooking all of Downtown Los Angeles. The microphone was attached to the podium and there was no spotlight but we made it work. #Comedy #Magic #GreatCrowd