Comedians Mimi Gonzalez and Sandra Valls represent women, Latinas and lesbians

Culling material from their own lives, the pair’s brand of humor speaks honestly and openly to audiences as they represent those who are often underrepresented in society: women, Latinas and lesbians. Though they generally perform for predominantly gay audiences, the pair promises there’s something in each show for everyone. “Boy, girl, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter,” Gonzalez said. Valls added, “Our show appeals to everyone. Besides, what straight guy doesn’t want to hear about how to please a woman? … Funny is funny.”

The two first met about five years ago in Provincetown, though they’d known of each other for years without crossing paths. “She was the only other Latina lesbian [comic] out there,” Valls said. Their meeting was inevitable, and from a business standpoint, they thought it would be a smart move to tour together — giving fans more bang for their buck and drawing out a larger audience. But as they toured with the first incarnation of their show, “Taco the Town,” they quickly realized it was about more than just making money doing what they love. “We saw we really liked working with each other. It wasn’t just about [money],” Gonzalez said. “We have the same goal in life: to entertain, enlighten and empower. We have the power of collaboration. Plus, having a Mexican and a Cuban performing together is an exotic combination platter.”

Sandra Valls
  • Sandra Valls
Since then, Gonzalez and Valls amassed a series of misadventures together on the road, which often evolves into fodder for their improv and personal routines. Even as they sit at the bar at Play, the pair can’t help but relate some of their stories — from mistaking a husband and wife at a rest stop for a father and son to retelling how Valls injured her wrist hacking through a large root while planting trees on Gonzalez’s Michigan farm (that’s right, farm. “We’re like city mouse and country mouse,” said Valls, who is based out of Los Angeles, sporting a brace on her injured wrist as she showed the video on her phone of her trying to chop the aforementioned root.)

Gonzalez and Valls took different paths into the comedy world. For Gonzalez, it was a no-brainer as a teenager. “I knew comedy was it for me when I was a freshman in high school making the seniors laugh in the parking lot,” she said. “When the seniors were laughing at my material, I knew laughter was the key.”

It wasn’t so cut-and-dry for Valls, who was a musical theater major and aspiring singer, though she said she had always been the class clown. “I just never thought of [comedy] as a career.” Then, when a girlfriend broke up with her, the ex told Valls that as a parting gift of sorts she had signed her up for comedy classes. “A friend of mine told me, ‘She took all of your friends.’ I had to go make more friends somewhere and went to [those classes]. Then I realized, ‘Hey, I kind of like this.’ It was like therapy for me.”

Mimi Gonzalez and Sandra Valls will be at Play in Ybor City tonight at 9 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15. Go here for more information.

Mimi Gonzalez
  • Mimi Gonzalez

Fresh off a plane from Michigan last night, comics Mimi Gonzalez and Sandra Valls headed right to Play in Ybor City, where the comedic duo will be taking the stage tonight at 9 p.m.

Sitting at the outdoor bar, despite the fact that they spent the day traveling, they were energetic and excited while discussing their show “Lezberados.” With solo routines by each, as well as a collaborative improv segment, tonight’s performance will even feature a musical number or two. Listening to and watching Gonzalez and Valls interact with one another, one thing becomes very clear right away: Comedy fans are in for a high-energy and hilarious show.

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