The 7 Funniest Latino Stars on TV This Fall!

Ten years ago, Latinos were featured in just four comedies: The George Lopez Show, Will & Grace, That 70’s Show, and Scrubs. But just like our population numbers, which grew by 43 percent from 2000-2011, the number of Latinos on TV—specifically, primtime comedies—has more than doubled in the last decade! Meet the Latinos who will have you—and all of America—laughing this fall!

Fall TV Calendar: Premiere Dates for 30 Shows Starring Latinos!

1. Funny on Fall TV: Aubrey Plaza

Aubrey Plaza, 27

Show: Parks and Recreation (season premiere Thursday, Sept. 22 at 8:30 p.m. EST on NBC)

As April, Amy Poehler’s slothful college intern in the parks and recreation department in the fictional town of Pawnee, Ind., half–Puerto Rican actress Aubrey Plaza never does any work and has exactly one face: a straight face. Moved by nothing and annoyed by nothing, April is indifferent to just about everything, which is supposed to reflect the state of youth today. An alum of New York City’s Upright Citizens Brigade (the theater group known for its improv and sketch comedy where others, like Poehler, have cut their teeth) this self-proclaimed “improv dork” adds a dose of snark to a show that satirizes this country’s highly bureaucratic system. She and Oscar Martinez from The Office would have lots to talk about!

Famous funny words: “My mom’s Puerto Rican—that’s why I’m so lively and colorful” (she says this in a monotone voice and a blank expression).

2. Funny on Fall TV: Naya Rivera

Naya Rivera, 24

Show: Glee (season premiere Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. EST on Fox)

Never has unadulterated meanness been this fun to witness. Bitchy since birth (“Legend has it that when I came out of my mother, I told the nurse she was fat”), half–Puerto Rican actress Naya Rivera plays Santana Lopez, a closeted lesbian and cheerleader-turned-Glee- Club-member who is ridiculously crass and judgmental. Santana’s character is so bitchy, in fact, that she makes Tina Fey’s Mean Girls look like a bunch of amateurs—seriously, what kind of a person tells her peers that they need to visit a plastic surgeon ASAP?

Famous funny words: “Only straight I am is straight-up bitch!”

3. Funny on Fall TV: Chuy Bravo

Chuy Bravo, 54

Show: Chelsea, Lately (weeknights at 11 p.m. EST on E!).

On the late-night talk show Chelsea, Lately, the show’s host, Chelsea Handler, often turns to her “little nugget” Chuy Bravo (who’s Mexican) to get his take on pop culture stories. Chuy does one of three things after he’s asked to comment: he trashes Chelsea herself, usually achieving something only few can do—outsmart-ass her, delivers a one-line joke or simply says the words “I don’t care.” We defy you to find a more hilarious, irreverent comedian!

Famous funny words: “No, I don’t know the number” (when Chelsea asks if he’s ever called 911).

4. Funny on Fall TV: Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz, 40

Show: Hung (season premiere Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. EST on HBO)

In the raunchy HBO comedy about an out-of-work high school teacher named Ray (Thomas Jane) who moonlights as an escort, half–Puerto Rican Ugly Betty alum Ana Ortiz joins the cast as a cop with serious anger issues and a desperate need for a male prostitute. The hilarity ensues because, while Ray is not keen on having any drama in his life, Ana’s character has a voracious sexual appetite and strong emotional needs. Count on her to bring the escándalo and further complicate Ray’s ability to understand the women who inhabit his world.

Famous funny words: “So you probably think ’cause I’m a woman, and you’re good looking . . . that you can just get away with littering. Well, you have a choice. You can go to jail or you can f**k me. Oh God! Was I too rough on you?”

5. Funny on Fall TV: Oscar Nunez

Oscar Nuñez, 52

Show: The Office (season premiere Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. EST on NBC)

For eight seasons, Cuban actor Oscar Nuñez has portrayed Oscar Martinez, an uptight, grumpy, know-it-all accountant working in the Scranton, Pa., office of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. He is logical, pessimistic and devoid of any charisma or creativity—but this is where his comedic genius lies. Constantly stuck in awkward situations, Oscar clashes with those around him, not least of all his over-the-top boss, Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. (Remember when Michael kissed Oscar in order to “understand” his being gay?) The most memorable moments are when Oscar lets the Latino in him all hang out, like when he cursed Michael out in Spanish during an office roast—showing just how much of a grouch he really is!

Famous funny words: “It wasn’t hard—I just wrote down some of the stuff that I usually yell on my car ride home” (on coming up with material for Michael’s roast).

6. Funny on Fall TV: Sofia Vergara

Sofia Vergara, 39

Show: Modern Family (special one-hour season premiere on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC)

In the Colombian actress’s Emmy-nominated role as Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, Vergara is so completely lost in translation she’s incredibly endearing. She’s constantly mispronouncing things (Shia Lebeouf turns into “She Leboof” and ultimatum becomes “old- tomato”) and is out to prove she’s the number one woman in her son Manny’s (Rico Rodriguez) life—so much so that she starts a war with his 12-year-old girlfriend over chocolate milk! Like Eva Longoria, who paved the way on the same network since 2004, this is sexy and funny at its best.

Famous funny words: “Batman doesn’t get picked on and he wears a cape. A poncho is just a cape that goes all the way around!"

7. Funny on Fall TV: Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria, 36

ShowDesperate Housewives (season premiere Sunday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. EST on ABC)

The thought of Desperate Housewives ending in 2012 after 8 seasons makes us want to cry. Vain, materialistic, selfish and greedy, Texican Eva Longoria’s character, Gabrielle Solis, is capable of doing almost anything to get what she wants—including lying, cheating, manipulating and stealing. Yet, whether she’s having an affair with the neighborhood’s teenage gardener or forcing her pudgy daughter to exercise by tying her to her own moving car, we always find ourselves rooting for her. It’s a bummer she always gets caught!

Famous funny words: (To daughter Juanita on Halloween) “You’re either going as a dog or a little Mexican girl. And in this neighborhood, we both know which one’s getting more candy!”

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