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Kikis is a leading comedian in Mexico City. Photo: Comedy Central
Kikis is a leading comedian in Mexico City. Photo: Comedy Central

Kikis: "Comedy is the way we tickle the brain to keep it flexible"

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The jokes about small jars of good jam and short people have been done by her before. Kikis' routines are always relatable, like someone who puts on comedy glasses during a stroll as a passerby, but they are also brave enough to include exclusive LGBTQ+ issues.

It's not easy to be a stand-up in Mexico City, but it's harder to make an important career and become an icon. Kikis has also been an actress in well-known comedy series such as Drunk History: El Lado Borroso de la Historia, Laugh Factory in Spanish or the first Mexican season of LOL: Last One Laughing.

Her origins were simple when she started in the comedy open mic at Beer Hall and repeated the following week. Since then she recognizes that much has changed in her and that mutations can be seen in routines that seek not to be pigeonholed.

She has also been one of the comedians that with the crisis of the stages that brought the pandemic has adapted to digital content. En pandemia con la Kikis is a series of interviews with comedians based on an experimental model that appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1990s. Also the emotional health podcast Blessed Discomfort that she started with her therapist.

To dissect the different types of pendejo, nothing better than their routines. We wanted to dig in to better understand his method.

What is comedy for you?

For me comedy is not a literary genre or a temperamental flash, for me it is rather one of the many reflections of our society, of our state of mind, of what we are able to see and what we don't want to see. Comedy is the way we tickle the brain to keep it flexible and the most honorable way to make money.

How do you manage current events for your shows and tours?

The jokes that are static are the ones that expire faster and those that are permeated with current events, with what is happening in our environment mutate and that makes them always feel like "new". In my case I have both, the "mutable" jokes I enjoy them very much because they always involve a new challenge, the possibility of failure is what gives colour to the shows.

What patterns of identity are part of the DNA of humor?

It plays a fundamental role, because humor changes not only from one country to another, but from one state to another, and you have to have the ability to change and adapt your show, otherwise you are destined to be a one-place comedian.

Should humor have any ties to tolerance or political correctness?

I think humor has an obligation to change and evolve with the society we live in because it is a very true reflection of it and humor has the ability to enter people's psyche without permission, as well as normalize or perpetuate narratives, so that's why I think we have an obligation to at least try to stretch the league a little bit towards a much more inclusive and less violent society.

How has fame been good for you?

I don't know how much fame I have, but I think it has been good for me to reach more people, for those people to identify themselves in some way, to be able to open some topics and maybe start having that uncomfortable conversation that sometimes is so necessary for something to change, it has also helped me to be the representation that I would have liked to have in another era and that there was not in any media and having the possibility to connect from laughter is a huge privilege, it has also helped me to be sent free stuff, I love free stuff!

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