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    Most Beautiful Beach in Cuba? (Trinidad)
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    Most Beautiful Beach in Cuba? (Trinidad)

    November 20, 2019

    Why don’t you show everybody how that door opens. Go ahead. Do that again. You got it, you got it. What’s going on folks. Jon episode three from Trinidad, Cuba. And today we’re going to check out the beach for the first time. Vamos a la playa. And we just negioated a taxi for 7 for 3 people. I’ve just found out that we are in a russian taxi. that is 37 years old. Wow. And the Russian car has overtaken the American car. We rented 3 beach chairs and the umbrella for 7 CUC About 7 dollars. I am walking along the beach right now. At playa maria aguilar. And I was at another beach called playa ancon. A couple of days ago. This one feels so much less touristy. So much more private. There’s a little restaurant attached. I think this is going to be a great afternoon. I’ve never felt so isolated from the outside world until I traveled to Cuba. I check the internet maybe once a day for 15 minutes. I have to pay for it. It reminds me of the days when I was kid and I’d have to log onto aol. Using the internet is an activity here. It’s not something you’re always connected to. And I think you’ve really got to think about. If you can handle these kinds of frustrations. Being in Cuba. Can you survive without having the internet around 24/7. The customer service here is not very good either. They lack a lot of supplies. Not an easy place to travel. But I think the people here totally make it worth it. They have so much patience. They’re so optimistic. I’m going to quote my Spanish teacher Juani. She said “No hay unas problemas. Solamente soluciones.” Their aren’t problems only solutions. This might be the best located restaurant in all of Cuba as far as I’m concerned . Right next to this gorgeous beach. I’m starving right now, let’s check out what they’ve got inside. I think this fish was alive like two hours ago. One thing I defiintley recommend you do if you do visit Cuba is bring some gifts or small artifacts for wherever you’re from. I was actually talking to this older guy before. He was super nice so i’m about to give him this postcard of the flatiron building in New York City. I’ve brought a bunch of postcards with me. I’ve given them to some of the people i’ve stayed with already. I really do recommend that you do the same. If you come to Cuba because They’re very cut off from the outside world here. And if you can give them a piece of where you’re from. They’ll appreciate it a lot. Gearing up for what should be a pretty incredible sunset. Beautiful isn’t it. Amazing. Well i’ve certainly seen worse sunsets in my life. I don’t even know the name of this beach. I’ve heard two different names. Playa Grille. Because it’s next to a bar and grill. And then there was another name from before which Iforgot. You can figure out where it is based on the restaurant if you hit the rewind button a little bit. Awesome beach, definitley the best beach experience I’ve had in Cuba. This shows me why their are so many resorts on this island. This is video number 3 in the Cuba series. So definitley like it, share it, subscribe for more adventures coming up. Be a part of where you go.Thanks for watchign.

    #8 The Cuba Experience | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #8 The Cuba Experience | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    November 5, 2019

    “So what’d you just find out?” Our weather unfortunately says we can’t leave till Wednesday, so we are expected home before just before the
    fourth of July. We are all well, though. We have just enough money to get by, but
    it’s gonna be tight. Now Travis – he’s getting rid of that moniker – he’s
    taking on Herardo as his new name. “Herardo wants you to come to Cuba with me.” And this is Jaime Lupo. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. We’ve had a fantastic trip, you know.
    We’ve been planning this here for a couple months. And, it’s
    bittersweet that it’s coming to an end. We have a couple days left of just cruising
    back across the Straits of Florida, but down here in Cuba it’s just been fantastic. The people were great, we stayed in a private residence. We had four bedrooms, a pool. Spent the day yesterday running around Havana, live music, and just the food and the people –
    fantastic. Bought some trinkets. We weren’t really supposed to do the tourist thing,
    but we really did do the tourist thing, and it was fantastic. We had a great time,
    with a great group of guys – including yourself, Charlie, Doug Haskell and
    Travis Connors, a couple of great dealers. And it’s just been a great
    trip. Beautiful city, Havana. I tell you, I think
    we’re blessed to be able to go, and to go in a pontoon boat. I know I shared it with
    three other guys that I don’t believe it’s gonna be duplicated ever. I think I
    remember every point, every guy waving to us. Hopefully it stays in my memory for a
    long time. It’s a journey you don’t want to forget,
    and I don’t think we will anytime soon. Marina Hemingway, the people were the
    most graceful people that I’ve met -just above and beyond for us. They were really
    pleased to see us. They washed our boat for us, filled our
    coolers with ice, kept an eye on the boat. You just don’t get that anywhere, but
    Cuba – it’s there. Our guide George stayed with us 24/7. Whatever we needed, he took care of, you know. From downtown, to taking us to the nicer restaurant, to,
    you know, making sure we were comfortable – I can’t ask for a better guide. I don’t
    know how you would navigate the waters of Cuba without a guide like George. I gotta, you
    know, throw kudos out to my team back in an Elma putting these boats together,
    because this is just a production assembly line boat, and they just did a
    phenomenal job. The boat, I’m just really proud of it, in terms of our designs and
    designers, and what they’ve been able to do. And the people putting these boats
    together – totally safe, it’s tight, it’s
    the best boat in the industry.


    #6 The Art of Cuba Fusterlandia | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    October 13, 2019

    Well, we are here in Cuba. We’re having an
    amazing time. We’ve eaten some great food, met some great people, and the one person
    that is a total stand out – outstanding – is Jorge, George, or Giorgio
    as we call him he’s basically the man around town. We get to meet him, and he’s
    taking us everywhere, so let’s go! We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. We’re off to Old Havana in Cuba. We’re
    just gonna drive around and check out the sights. Our fan base gets
    to come along with us. “Travis, any message for the guys back at Indian
    River?” Uh, stay working hard, because someone’s gotta pay for this trip, boys. This is the neighborhood, it’s named Jaimanitas. But, twenty-five years ago, this was a very old place, you know? But Fuster, the artist, came here. This was very different than it is now. This place,
    his house – it was, you know, only earth, nothing else. He began building and
    transforming everything. When he came here, everything was different. He began to build that. Everyone
    says, “I want that!” He says, “Okay, I’ll do it, but you’re helping.” He did everything. And after, that he hired people to build everything. He realized
    that it was going to be very big, and it is very big now. It’s still working, he’s still constructing, and he’s still expanding everything. But this man, you know,
    he’s a very smart guy, very hard worker. Because he’s, I think,
    73 years old now and he still works every day. That’s very hard. And he didn’t lose
    his human heart. Everyone loves him here, because he’s very, you know.. For example, “We want to do something with your designs. How much are we going to
    pay you?” He says, “I don’t want you to pay nothing to me. The one thing I want is you to do something for the neighborhood,
    you know?” Any other artists says, “Okay, you have to pay me, because those are my designs.” He says, “No, don’t do anything.” Everyone loves it. “Well, he knows that
    if everybody does better, that’s better for everybody. If he does
    good, everybody does good.” Exactly, butI hope, you know, all human beings think like that. It’s very difficult to feel like that when your work is so hard.
    That’s what he did. “That’s beautiful, thank you for sharing that story.
    What is the name of the neighborhood?” Jaimanitas, but now it’s Fusterlandia.

    #9 Pontooning Back to the USA | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #9 Pontooning Back to the USA | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    October 10, 2019

    30 miles out, we’re down around the yellow bar here in fuel, but we think we have enough to make it back. Rather not put the gas that we bought in Cuba in the tank, because we don’t know what kind of gas it is. Frickin’ awesome. Cuba is that way, Key West is that way, and there’s nothing around us but us, right here. We’re at 38.2 miles per hour, in the 27 Ambassador, rockin’ and rollin’. We’re having fun. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it’s may save our lives Alright, we’re around 75 miles out –
    77.4 miles out. Maintaining about 25? 22? We’re at 22, bringing
    it down. Again, beautiful day and beers are cold. Doug’s giving us a little update here at sixty miles out.
    “We’re actually 49.4 miles out. We’ve been running for an
    hour and 42 minutes. Running 30 miles an hour right now, and we just came out of
    the Gulf Stream area. We’ve got into a little bit smoother water, and on
    our way to Key West. Beautiful, yeah, it definitely has smoothed out
    right now. You guys can certainly tell in the back, you’re not nearly as wet! Moving right along. The sun bunnies are getting sun! “I wonder if the driver’s going to the back of the boat.” I
    think somebody’s going for a swim! Should we shut the engines off? “No. It might not start again.” (laughter) “Look out for sharks.” “Put the ladder back up when you come back.” “What’s the chance of that? It’s
    already out.” No, no sharks here. “How did that feel?” (Singing) “Pretty good?” We are 20 miles. 20 miles to go. We might be getting some cell service soon. Back to civilization… Dangit! Looks like we’re heading up to this
    little hotel up here called the Galleon. They have some slips. “Did you have a nice trip? Definitely an undertaking, I haven’t seen one of these go to Cuba just yet.”
    “I don’t think they ever have.”

    #7 The Cars of Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #7 The Cars of Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    September 10, 2019

    Just did a little shopping at the
    market. What do you got here? Whoa, Havana Club, that’s where we just were. “We’re allowed two bottles each to take back.” And this is the good stuff? “This is the good stuff.” Really? Doing some local shopping, these guys are a little hungry. They have no idea what they’re even buying What is it? “I gotta believe it’s something like hummus, is my guess. I mean with my background, I’m going with my gut.” Yeah, that’s usually how I’ve seen hummus packaged. This is our fine chariot Now we’ll head out to Old Havana. We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. This is the real Havana! So what do you get to see in Havana?
    Beautiful old American cars.

    #5 Our Arrival in Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #5 Our Arrival in Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    September 2, 2019

    While we’re here stopping, we’re gonna
    just give you a little brief report, and these guys have been amazing. They have a
    kind of damned torpedo attitude, but it’s really worked out. Today is a gorgeous
    day, just taking a moment to do some refueling before we get there, dump all
    this in there in case they have some issues with loading up fuel in the
    harbor or whatever. So, we’re 20 miles outside of Cuba. So far, no jet fighters
    or anything like that have come to buzz us… do they have jet fighters?
    “Sure, they probably have a couple..” “We got a helicopter!” … “Do we?” Yeah, fueling in the
    middle of the ocean is probably a bad sign. We’re gonna find out.. do we hear a helicopter? We have our life raft, we have procured
    our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives. You might not be able to see it, but out
    there is the Cuban skyline. That’s Havana. 14 miles out. 13 miles! “Thirteen, that’s my lucky number.” You ready to get on the radio? “Yeah, sure.. But I’m just gonna speak English… I don’t speak Spanish well enough to do it on the radio.” One of the first close encounters we’ve had..
    a nice catamaran. They’re like, “No big deal, really.” “They weren’t like waving their arms,
    ‘Don’t go!'” Alight, we’re looking at under six miles to go. We can see Havana out this way. Travis now trying to take credit for this trip.. “Yeah, it’s all my idea, my planning. Basically I thought of everything so far.” Well, somebody had to. 4 miles out. Beautiful day in downtown Havana. “What do you think we’re gonna find down
    there?” I think we’re gonna find some cool cars, great culture, hopefully some good food, and a cold Modelo. And here we come in. You can see already a little bit
    different look to their buoys. The navigation lays are a little bit different. “Pontoon boat in Cuba!” “Here they are here, Trav.” “This is it? Customs?” We are in Cuba, baby. “You guys did it! Amazing, great job.” It just feels like the Bahamas. This is a lovely day here.

    #4 Pontooning to Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons
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    #4 Pontooning to Cuba | Clearwater to Cuba Pontoon Adventure | Avalon Luxury Pontoons

    August 23, 2019

    Every guy who has put up the white flag on life moves to Key West. (laughter) “Stella is a draft beer.. and get it straight, she’s Belgian.” We’re done here. There’s the southernmost part, dead ahead. Hey I’m Charlie Keyara. Today, we’re taking a pontoon boat to Cuba. What could go wrong? We have our life raft, we’ve procured our life raft. It’s a rental, but it may save our lives! That’s all the reefs over there. Travis is still not sure exactly where we are or we need to be.. Now we’re 70 miles out. Cuba is that way. Key West: that way. The boat’s running awesome. We’re here at the halfway point of taking a pontoon boat to cuba. Never been done before, this is a world record. I don’t know if it’ll ever be done again! ..until we come back next year with a Tahoe. But this year it’s Avalon to Cuba, and we’re just excited to get there. 55 miles to go. I don’t think the audience knows, we’re running 37 miles an hour in 4-foot swells, drinking cocktails which we don’t even need a lid for! See that?! “And you didn’t even chip your tooth!” “Clearwater to Cuba! On a pontoon boat. Just another day of boating.” That’ll be the challenge next year, do it in a day. “Maybe we’ll get home in a day!”

    National Agenda, 2017: Chris Garcia
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    National Agenda, 2017: Chris Garcia

    August 23, 2019

    DR. HOFFMAN: Good evening everyone. Thank you for joining us at the Seventh Annual
    National Agenda Program brought to you by the University of Delaware’s Center for
    Political Communication with support from the Office of the Provost as well as the College
    of Arts and Sciences. Tonight’s event is also cosponsored by the
    Center for Black Culture. Thank you. I am Dr. Lindsay Hoffman. I’m the Director of National Agenda and
    the Associate Director of the CPC. This year we’ve delved into the many divides
    facing Americans in 2017. Tonight is our final event of the year and
    we’re going to examine cultural divides and how humor plays a role in crossing some
    of those divides. If you’ve been following us you know we’ve
    hosted a variety of nationally known speakers including former Vice President Joe Biden
    and the Governor of Ohio John Kasich. We’ve heard from Brianna Wu, a congressional
    candidate who has suffered from her experience with online harassment and used that to run
    for her campaign. We’ve heard from David Joy; he’s an Appalachian
    novelist who talked to us and gave us a unique perspective on the American south in 2017. Asma Khalid, a Muslim reporter told us about
    her experience covering the 2016 Presidential campaign, and former Congressman Mike Castle
    and David Bonior gave us a look at how politicians have and can communicate across the aisle
    and work across the aisle. You can watch all of these talks at They’re well worth it. I promise. And if you appreciate these events please
    sign up for the Center for Political Communication email list which is located in the foyer outside
    before you leave and consider supporting the CPC so we can continue to bring you this high
    quality programming. Just go to Tonight’s event is free and open to the
    public like all of our National Agenda events to create an open space for thoughtful dialogue. I encourage audience participation both from
    the audience here in Mitchell Hall and via Twitter. Just tweet at the account @udelagenda to join
    the conversation. And we are live streaming so I’m hoping
    to hear from some folks live streaming as well. But, as always before we get started I’d
    like to remind the audience that civil and courteous dialogue is expected and is vital
    to the success of this program. It may seem like we’re more divided today
    than at any time in recent memory but are still bound together as Americans and as human
    beings. 2017 brings us into an era of discord, racism,
    violence, and the seeming inability to communicate across differences. But it is possible. My students have shown me this semester that
    it is possible. That’s what we do here. We demonstrate civil dialogue so you can see
    that politics isn’t just cable news pundits on a split screen yelling at each other. We can communicate with each other. We can tamper down the heat. We can abate the anger, and we can recede
    from hate. We can inspire curiosity. We can foster compassion. And we can offer real communication, real
    solutions for constructive communication. So, let’s all agree to be candid but also
    respectful of each other’s views. If you’ve been to our previous programs
    you know that we’re a little more interactive this year. We’re using a catch box, a microphone that
    we’re literally going to toss back and forth throughout the audience and we’ll have two
    students to facilitate that conversation. This year is also new for our Voices of the
    Divide Audio Essay Contest. It’s examining the impact of a nation divided
    on UD students. Do you, as UD students, think America has
    become even more polarized? This is your opportunity to reflect on your
    personal experience of living in a divided society. Join the campus-wide conversation and submit
    your essay by December 1st. That’s coming up. Added bonus: cash prizes. So tonight our speaker is a standup comedian
    and writer who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Chris Garcia started his comedy career in
    the San Francisco Bay Area where he was named “A Comic to Watch” by the San Jose Mercury
    News, “One of the 7 Funniest People in San Francisco” by 7×7 Magazine, and a “Rising
    Comedic Star” by the SF Weekly. He’s also the first American-born son of
    Cuban refugees. He moved back to LA in the summer of 2012
    and he has appeared on numerous shows and podcasts including Comedy Central’s “At
    Midnight”, NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daily, NPR’s “This American Life”, the
    WTF podcast with Marc Maron, and one of my favorites, “2 Dope Queens”. Most recently Chris was a new face at the
    2016 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival where he was bestowed the honor of “Best
    of the Fest.” As a writer Chris has worked as the editor
    for, he’s written for the 2015 CBS Diversity Sketch Showcase, he’s
    contributed to numerous shows including the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, the
    MTV Movie Awards and the list goes on and on. Chris has also written and recorded music
    and he recently completed the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s television writers program
    for the second time, as intensive scriptwriters’ workshop that prepares Latino writers for
    success in network television. So, please join me on our last National Agenda
    night in welcoming Chris Garcia with a big Blue Hen welcome. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] CHRIS GARCIA: Hello, everybody. Hi, thanks for, thank you Dr. Hoffman. Well how about a round of applause for Dr.
    Hoffman, everybody? It’s a pleasure to be here. You’ve had John Kasich, Joe Biden, and now
    me. Thank you. I love this set. I feel like I’m about to give a TED talk
    about furniture. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: So, its chairs, we sit in them. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Why? Okay, no, here we go. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Um, thank you for the nice intro. I am — my parents are from Cuba. One of my Cuban’s aunt in Florida, okay. Are you Cuban? That’s great. That’s awesome. Do you guys know Cuba? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Have you been? You’ve got to go. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You got to go. Everyone’s going. You got to go. Ride around in an old car. Smoke a cigar. Come on. Um. Gross, just kidding. Okay, ah —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My parents are from Cuba and a lot
    of standup comics these days they get on stage and they make fun of their immigrant parents. You know what I mean? You always see that and you’ll see someone
    just like kind of making fun of their parents like, my dad calls it a yamba use [sp.], isn’t
    that funny. Ha, ha, ha, ha. My mom can’t roll her; my mom can’t say
    anything in English. Isn’t that great? And, I think it’s — I don’t like it. I think it’s overdone. I think it’s very rude. It’s very hackneyed at this point and I
    think it’s unfair. Because my dad has never gotten on stage and
    shit on me, you know? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My dad never once has travelled; he
    has not travelled the country and performed to half empty theaters —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — to make fun of me publically. My dad never once got on stage and he wasn’t
    like, hey Rice, anybody have an American-born kid? Heh? No? Okay. I’m going to talk about it. Oh, my. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My son Christian, he goes by Chris. Okay, what a bitch, you guys. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You believe this guy getting on stage. Ooh, I’m Cuban. Wow. He doesn’t look Cuban. He looks like he works at Trader Joe’s or
    something. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He a little skinny. He’s worth a piece of crap, you know what
    I mean? Me and his mom, Martika [sp.], we’re refugees
    from Cuba. Okay? In our 30s we moved to the United States. A year later, boop, Chris popped out, you
    know? I’m so excited. I’m so excited. He’s my only American-born kid, my only
    son. He’s my second chance. I’m like, oh, man, this is, he’s going
    to be an astronaut one day, you know? And I am so excited I do everything for this
    boy. I sacrifice my life for this boy. I work blue-collar jobs, graveyard shift. I put him in a escuela privada [sp.], a private
    school. I had to get him tutors because he’s stupid. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He’s a slow kid. You know, he came out a little under cooked. You know what I mean? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You know, mom didn’t heat, preheat
    the oven enough. But what are you going to do? He’s my son, I love him. I say Christian, this is America. This is the land of opportunity. You can do for whatever you want. You can do forever you want. You’re a good person. You pay your taxes. You don’t mess around. You can do it. You can do it, you can do it, you can do it,
    you can do it. Chris goes to UC Berkeley for college. One of the best public universities in the
    United States and you want to know what he studied? Anybody want to take a gander? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: On what this dumb motherfucker studied? He studied poetry. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Poetry. Are you telling me I floated through shark-infested
    waters on a hump so this motherfucker can read Haiku’s? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My dad never did that. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He could’ve and he should’ve but
    he didn’t. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He’s a good man. I was; my parents raised me in Los Angeles. A rough neighborhood. I lived on the corner of go raiders and fuck
    haters. I don’t know if you know where that is. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: There’s going to be some cussing
    here, guys. Ha, ha, ha. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I went to a rough school. Our mascot was Cypress Hill and —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And, one day I got in one little fight
    and my mom got scared — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — and she sent me to school in Manhattan
    Beach, California. I think you guys are familiar with Manhattan
    Beach. It’s a very affluent beach, like a surfer
    town. It’s all flip-flops and Adam’s apples as
    far as the eye can see. It is just, just, Daniel Tosh everywhere. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I call is Toshstralia [sp.] He could just — and it was such a culture
    shock and it was a crazy part of my life because I was a sophomore in high school and my dad
    was out of a job and he couldn’t, he; we went to like a cheap private school. He couldn’t afford it anymore so he lied
    about where we lived so I could go to school in the good district because in LA it’s
    not a great school district. So, and we had to lie about going to, living
    in Manhattan Beach. I don’t know how we found another family
    with the last name Garcia in Southern California but we did it. And —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — I, ah, and so we lied about that. And to make matters worse — this was tough
    — my, my dad had to, my dad was convinced he lost his job because his English was not
    good so he went, he enrolled in the adult English as a second language program at my
    new school during the day — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — when I went there. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: So I went to school with my dad and
    the, at this rich surf school where the most popular guy in my class was named Brogan Donohoe
    [sp.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Can you believe it? Brogan Donohoe. He ran for class president. His poster said, Brogan that’s my slogan. Ha, ha, ha. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He just walked around, he just like,
    he would just walk like this all the time. He just looked like, he looked like a, like
    if C3PO was holding like an invisible surfboard. He’s just like, what, ha, ha, ha, ha. Just like, like the, like, his name was Brogan;
    Bro is the first syllable of his name. Hoe is the last one. Technically his name is Bros before Hoes. That’s how much of a bro —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — this guy was. So it was just me, my dad, and a bunch of
    Brogans. My dad was not shy about the situation. Hey Chris. Hey stupid. You forgot your lunch. You don’t forget your lunch, dummy. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Okay? You’re not one of these rich kids. Don’t forget where you come from. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Manhattan Beach. You come from Manhattan Beach. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: 1807 Matthews Avenue —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — Manhattan Beach, California. Also vote for Brogan. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He has a very good slogan and you
    can’t vote in Cuba so take advantage [indiscernible]. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: That’s right. That’s just something you kind of have to
    get used to or where I grew up I grew up — where you grow up kind of determines; the zip code
    you grew up in kind of determines the rest of your life. My parents are very aware of that. They’ve always been very aware of that. When I was a little boy we had to lie about
    where we live so I could go to another school, a, a Catholic school. We’re not Catholic. So we had to lie about living in another neighborhood
    to go to this school. I had to get baptized and at my baptism my
    parents not being Catholic but they have, they’re like I guess we’re supposed to bring
    your Godparents. And I was like, cool. And they’re like you don’t have Godparents. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And I was like, word. And they’re like, you’re older sister and
    our mechanic are your Godparents. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: So my dad brought my 17-year-old sister
    and a 40-year-old grown mechanic man to church pretty much to lie to God for me to get a
    better education. And, ah, I was talking, I was telling some
    of these stories about growing up and I was performing in Minneapolis recently, which
    is a lovely place. It’s not very diverse. I was the only black guy there. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I was the only black guy they’d
    ever seen. They’re like, are you BJ Armstrong — who’s
    like from the ’93 Bulls. Read a book. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But, I was performing there and I
    was talking about some of these stories and growing up and everything that I’ve been
    through and I got heckled. And this is right before the election and
    I knew the climate was a little; the waters were a little murky. And I was talking about this stuff and this
    gentleman, I’ll call him, he’s kind of like a Trump-ass dude. That’s right. He kind of looked like; he looked like, kind
    of like Santa Claus if he was wearing all cammo. You know? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Just wearing cammo all of the time. Just wearing cammo. He wears cammo to Thanksgiving like he’s
    hiding from gravy or something and — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — so this guy gets up and hears my,
    my jokes I’m talking about and he, he, he gets up and he’s like, he’s like shut
    up. Shut up you Mexican faggot. Wow. What-oh. Triggered. You know? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: What is; this guy; what, I, what? Calling me a Mexican fag — I had been talking
    about being Cuban and married for 35 minutes at this point. And this gentleman calls me that and he’s
    like, you snowflake. You’re a snowflake. And then he says where do you put the burrito? In your mouth or in your butt? What? What is this guy talking about? He’s not in his right mind and, you know,
    he got kicked out by security and I was so, what is wrong with someone to be, become so,
    what is wrong with someone to become so emboldened to yell some, that, just yell that to someone. This is my childhood dream to be a comedian. I grew up in a shitty situation. I’ve tried my best to live a good life. You know? To be called that? My parents are refugees from Cuba, okay? In real life. My father, while he was there he was studying
    to become a physicist to, to, and he was in the university and he was not a communist
    and because of that he was taken out of the university and he was put in a camp where
    he was put in solitary confinement and he pulled sugarcane with his bare hands for two
    years. He was beaten, he was spit at, he was tortured,
    he was given electroshock therapy. People would yell, the guards there would
    tell him, they’re like, hey there’s no Papa Dios, there’s no God. There’s only Papa Che and Papa Fidel. And they would spit on him. And he survived on dirty water and moldy food
    for two years. He is; he was 20 or 21 years old. He’d been, been married to my mom for like
    a year or two. My sister was two years old. And, by the time my dad got out he came home
    — my mom has told me this story — my dad came home and knocked on the door and my sister
    opened the door and didn’t recognize who it was because he was unrecognizable at this
    point. After that my dad flees, he goes to Spain
    where for two years — and he wasn’t allowed to bring my mom or my sister — he worked
    and he, he did any job he could. He worked on a tow truck. He worked as a handyman. He did some, he worked as a machinist. He did all of these things for two years to
    make enough money to get my family over to Spain where they lived for a couple of years. Then they made the jump — they’re like we’re
    going to do this, we’re going to come to the United States. My dad came to America, right — this was
    in the 70s — and he was so excited. He was like, all right — because he grew
    up in Cuba always looking at the, he was sit on his roof and listen to baseball games or
    he’d look up at the stars and he was like, I — and it was just around the time where
    the space shuttle and like all of the NASA stuff was going on — and he was like I’m
    going to work in aerospace. So he comes to Los Angeles where all the big
    aerospace companies are. He’s a smart guy. He doesn’t have the biggest degree. He got pulled out of school but he’s like,
    I can be a machinist which is a decent blue-collar good job and he’s looking for work in a
    machinist. He can’t find any work. He tries to kill himself because he was so
    distraught that the dream was a nightmare immediately. Right? Shortly after that I’m born. He gets all pumped up. He’s like, I got a second chance. Let’s do this. He, you know, he finally gets jobs in Aerosmith
    — Aerosmith, my dad was the lead singer of Aerosmith —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My dad was Steven Tyler — did I leave
    that out. My dad is Steven Tyler? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You know, he kind of looks like a
    hippy mom with a seven scarves on. And I left that part out of the story. That’s not [indiscernible]. Okay. So —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — in aerospace and he gets a job. My mom gets situated. He comes to America and doesn’t know anybody. He’s poor. He’s got nothing. We grew up in Englewood. Not the best place. He, very quickly somehow works hard, buys
    a house within five years. I don’t know how you do that. I can’t buy a house ever I think. And, he works his ass off and he gets me in
    a school that’s better than the area that we lived in and I wasn’t the brightest kid
    when I was little. I had like learning disabilities and stuff
    like that, and I couldn’t write the number two until like second or third grade and so
    my, I remember my dad took me to a, like a learning center — not like a Kumon, do you
    guys know Kumon? It’s like some Asian guy will throw chess
    pieces at your face until you get a perfect score on the SAT. Not one of those. We; Kumon was not in the budget. So, my dad took me to this place where this
    guy, and there was like some old, some guy in a lab coat sat me down on a Lazy Susan
    and spun me around for like a couple of minutes and then he would stop me and he would show
    me flashcards and I was supposed to like identify the things on the flashcards. I don’t know why. I don’t know why. And, like he was supposed to like reverse
    the poles of time or something and make me do the number two right or whatever but this
    place was too expensive and my dad was so hell bent on making me be good at school that
    he couldn’t afford the learning center but this motherfucker my dad went to Home Depot
    and he made a Lazy Susan for me to sit on —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — and I was a fat kid. And we had a carpet. I was like; I was like a bag of leaves with
    little stick legs. I was like a little fat kid. So he made the stupid thing for me and I was
    so fat that it got stuck in the carpet. It couldn’t even spin. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: So then my dad, and rather than taking
    me, I was like, he took me into the garage — isn’t that hilarious? This is the lengths that this man went for
    me that he made this Lazy Susan and then he took it out to the garage and I always thought
    why didn’t he do it in the backyard, you know, he could have done it in the backyard,
    it’s like oh because we had like a fence you could see through and he, he was like
    a neighbor’s going to call child protective services if they see like just spinning like
    I’m a Guantanamo detainee. Just like, where’s the number two or whatever. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Anyway, he made this thing for me
    and I think, I don’t know if it helped me to remember the number two but it, it helped
    me put a lot of things in perspective like the depth that my parents would go for me
    to be good at school. And I became better at school just so that
    my dad made like a Lazy Susan that’s a thing that you put soy sauce on at the restaurant. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He made this and I remember becoming
    like most improved in school. You know how they had that for like this spacey
    kid, like that would get that at the like, and so I like didn’t, like I, I didn’t
    get Honor Roll but I got most improved. And then I got most improved again. And I got most improved again which is not
    a real sign of improvement if we think about it —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — if you always have to improve. And so, eventually I became a good student
    but I always think about this. And so, when we, I went to, I was supposed
    to go to this, I went to this school that we lied about to, in a fancy neighborhood. I went there. I was really tough and it was, you know, I,
    I felt poor and dumb and you’re a sophomore. It’s a terrible time to transfer. But eventually I was like, okay, I found Model
    United Nations which I really loved. I really loved public speaking. I really loved talking about politics. I was like the funny kid in Model UN where
    I’d dress up like Mr. Rogers and I’d change my clothes when I got to the podium and then
    spoke. I was an idiot. And —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — so, I’d do that and then I was
    like, oh, I’m good at school. I’m taking — I started with Honor’s Spanish
    class which was a breeze. I was a sophomore —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — in AP Spanish 5 and I was like,
    pfff, this is, I’m a genius. And then I started take, slowly I was like,
    oh, I’m in another Honor’s class and another Honor’s class and I was just around other
    kids that were thriving. They had all — this was normal for them. This was very new for me. Until Model UN I didn’t even know that,
    that I could go to college and it took for me to go to, I went to Georgetown on a trip
    to do Modeling UN. I went to Berkeley on a trip to the Model
    UN. I was like I can do this. And I was so excited to go to a big college
    and I found out that I couldn’t because when I transferred schools to this new school
    for some reason — that I chock it up to maybe my parents, you know, speaking with funny
    accents and coming to take me to the school to the adviser and dressed in like smocks
    from working in a factory and us being in a school that’s not in a good neighborhood
    — that I was put in remedial Special Ed classes the first year I was there and I didn’t
    know it. The first year at, at this school I thought
    I was like a super genius. I was like I’m the smartest kid in the world
    but it just turns out that I was put in the slower classes. And because of that I couldn’t go to a four-year
    college. So, I went to, I went to a local community
    college. I went there and I kicked ass for two years. I was like, I’m not going to stay, I’m
    not going to live this close to my parents. I’m outta [sic] here. I love them but I’m outta [sic] here. And I studied and I got straight A’s for
    two years. Did the Honors Program. I wrote about that shitty experience with
    being put in a remedial classes and I got into UC Berkeley. And at Berkeley I studied there and it was
    harder than I thought, ha, ha, and, but I was up for the, the challenge. I worked really hard and I had to drop out
    for a little while because my parents needed money and I got a job doing improv about the
    human brain for little kids. I would dress up in a brain costume and perform
    for like elementary school kids. And, I, I finally graduated after seven years
    of school. And, my father was so proud that he, you know
    when you graduate and you get like a fake diploma? You get like a, when, oh you guys don’t
    know yet but you get up there they’ll give you like a holding place diploma, just like
    a fake one — HOFFMAN: It’s true. GARCIA: — and, it’s true right? Yeah, you get this fake diploma and then they’ll
    send you a real one. You have to pay for it. It’s kind of a rip-off. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But, my dad took this fake diploma
    and he kept it. He folded it up and he kept it in his wallet
    for as long as I can remember and he was so proud and he would take it out and he would
    show it to people. And he would say here is my son. He studied science or something — like he
    would change my major — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But he, but he was very proud that
    I went to school. And, so this guy in Minneapolis has the gall
    to call me a snowflake? Like, maybe because I’m unique and I’m
    beautiful and I have ice running through my fucking veins. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And this guy, where I put the burrito? In my butt or in my mouth? In my mouth, dude. Who puts a burrito in their butt? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I don’t want to burrito butt-shame
    anybody. Don’t get me wrong, after a couple of cocktails
    I’ll put a [indiscernible] down there. But —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — certainly not — ha, ha, ha — but
    I eat the burrito in my mouth. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: That’s all I want to say up top. Thank you for listening. Yeah. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: Thank you. Thank you so much, Chris. GARCIA: You’re welcome. HOFFMAN: Um, pardon me. So I want to remind the audience and those
    who are watching live stream on that you can tweet at us @udelagenda and your
    question could end up in the conversation tonight. But, I think one, pardon me, one of the most
    compelling things about you that, that really drew me to, to invite you to this conversation
    was not just the comedy, I love the comedy — comedy is a great way to, to bridge some
    of these divides — but you had a very unique relationship with your parents and particularly
    with your father and I’m, this is a tweet you posted last week that you were on This
    American Life with your father four years ago about a week ago and you said his laugh
    at the end is how I will always remember him. I was wondering if you could tell us a little
    bit about your parents, what they were like, and especially your dad and your experience
    with him. GARCIA: Okay. I’m like, I’m going to cry. Ah —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: No, ah, thanks. Yeah, my dad is a great, just a real fighter. Just like very full of life, very smart man
    that was just like hell-bent on our family. Like he couldn’t have cared about us more. He couldn’t have fought for us more. Like, he was always like, I remember he was
    like an intellectual, like he could tell you about Celtic folklore, or figure out, he would
    do my science projects when I was a kid and I went to like the LA County Science Fair
    three years in a row for stuff I did not understand. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like, he was just like, ah, he; there,
    there was an Exxon Valdez oil spill when I was a kid and my dad did a science fair, I
    think I was in third grade, and he was like, ah, it wouldn’t have happened if the boat
    had an extra hull. And so he designed a boat that wouldn’t
    have like leaked like that. And he was like; let’s pretend you did it,
    or whatever. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But he was like very caring like that. Also very tough. I remember; just full of; one time my, we
    were walking down the street on Thanksgiving and someone catcalled my sister and this guy
    was like just, it’s like saying gross things in Spanish to my sister and he, there was
    like a fence between, there’s like a, it was like his front lawn and there was a fence
    and my dad tried to get through the fence to like talk to the guy and the fence was
    locked so my dad jumped over the fence and just clocked the guy and the guy fell. And my dad was like happy Thanksgiving and
    just like — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — kept on walking. So he was just like, he was a very loving,
    sweet man. And so this is in reference to my dad had
    Alzheimer’s disease and one time early when he had it I was driving around with him and
    he started acting weird. And we knew, I knew that he had, he was a
    little loopy and that came with the disease. I didn’t know the full scope of it. But, you know, he would forget his keys or
    sometimes he’d call me by my mom’s name. Just stuff that happens at the beginning. But, I was on this drive that I’ve done
    a lot, many times with my dad driving from the beach to where we lived and he was acting
    very strangely and he just forgot who I was. And it was the first time he ever forgot who
    I was and I, it was so weird that I just, I don’t know why, but I was like I need
    to record this for some reason. And I just recorded it and like a year or
    so later someone from This American Life had hurt me, or had heard me on this WTF with
    Marc Maron podcast and they’re like we, do you, we would like to do something with you
    and your dad and Alzheimer’s and I was, do you have like the, and I told them stories
    and I was like, oh, yeah and then I have this tape. And so there’s a segment on This American
    Life where I walk through the story of my dad forgetting who I was for the first time
    and it’s like a very meaningful piece that, it’s the thing I’m most proud of but my,
    like people from all — I didn’t know the scope to which this would become popular — but
    people from all over the world like Australia, and China, everywhere were just like so moved
    by it and at the end — so the story is that I’m driving around with my dad, he doesn’t
    know who I am, we drive by my baseball field where I played baseball in like high school
    and he’s like, hey what’s that thing? And I was like, oh, it’s a baseball field. He’s like, oh yeah, you play baseball? And I was like, yeah I played baseball. Like when you’re a Cuban kid and your dad’s
    Cuban, that’s like what you got, you know? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Its like baseball and mangoes basically,
    or whatever. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And, so he was like, I was like, yeah
    remember I played. And he was like, oh really? What position? And I was like, first base. And he’s like, oh, wow. Lefty or righty? And like, he just totally forgot who I was
    and at the end of the drive I dropped him off at our house — he didn’t even know
    how to get to our house — and he was like, wow, and he was just like thank you young
    man. Thank you so much. This is something I’ll never forget for
    the rest of my life or something like that. And, then I’m like, Dad, it’s, Dad it’s
    me. It’s me, Dad. And he was like; oh it’s been you this whole
    time? Ha, ha, ha and he has this like cackle with
    me. And that’s how the segment ends and it’s
    just such a beautiful memory to have with someone. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Well, so, you grew up in a Cuban
    American home with Cuban parents. When did you first realize that you were culturally
    very different from them? GARCIA: Oh, from them? Well, I didn’t know, well, you know, you
    go to school and it just changes. Like, when I was a kid, like, you’re like,
    you just grow up. And you’re like, oh, I’m just living with
    my parents and stuff and then I remember the first time I realized I was Cuban was, like
    I didn’t know, I just thought everyone was Cuban or that everyone’s like the same thing. And, I was like a very blond child. I was like super blond if you can believe
    it. I was blond until I was like five or six. And then going to school or being out at the
    park and people thinking my mom was my nanny. They’re like is that Latino woman your nanny? And I was like nanny? What’s that? They’re like, that lady; it was like the Latino
    lady. And I was like, oh, what’s, like, I basically
    did not know who I was. And then I went, oh yeah, I’m a, I guess
    I’m Latina or whatever. I’m Latino. And, and then going to school I just — you
    know, your parents, my parents generation they want everyone to grow up to be like a
    macho kid, you know? And I, I use the word journal as a verb, you
    know? I’m not like —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — the most masculine person and my
    mom wants me to be Pitbull. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like, she doesn’t like how I dress. She’s like I don’t like how you dress. You dress like a teacher that no one respects. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I’m like, Jesus. She’s like you need to dress more Cuban. I was like what’s more Cuban? She was like, like Pitbull. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I was like, oh cool. A penis with sunglasses on. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You want me to dress up like a bald
    cap in a tuxedo, you know? And, but I, I was just always, I was always
    a sensitive kid and then I just got, and I was like a crybaby kind of like my mom. And I was just emotional and my dad really
    hated it. And he was accepting of me but I was just
    not, I was just not the tough kid he wanted. I wasn’t into using tools and stuff. And, but I guess in high school when I got
    really into like performing and stuff like that I was like, oh I’m not like what they
    want me to be exactly. You know? Like I’m, they, they accept me but they,
    they don’t want me to be a poet. I was talking earlier that I went to Cuba
    last year and I met my family for the first time. Like a lot, I have a lot of family in Cuba
    and my, my, my aunt was like your mother is so proud of you. She says you’re a very successful journalist. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And I’ve been doing standup comedy
    for 12 straight years. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: So, now she, she, I mean, they understand
    it more but there is like quite a divide between their expectations of me and what I chose
    to do with my life. HOFFMAN: Do you feel like your experience
    growing up as, as an American influenced them at all or did they kind of retain that Cuban
    identity? GARCIA: They’ve retained it. Yeah. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: They’re older and you just can’t,
    I feel like I can’t change their generation. But I think they are more, I think a lot of
    it starts with food, you know? I’m like, Mom, do you want some Pho? She was like what’s Pho? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I was like its like Vietnamese soup
    and she’ll be like, no thanks. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I’m like, Mom, it’s delicious. And she’s like, all right. And then she’ll be, and she’s like that
    was delicious. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And it’s, I feel like that’s how
    it always was, like Mom, you want some Indian food and she’s like, I heard it’s spicy
    and it’s like, it doesn’t have to be spicy. And I feel like in my family that’s like
    the gateway to get my mom to be more accepting of any culture or situation. HOFFMAN: But that makes a lot of sense. GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: Food. GARCIA: You’re like, oh; my mom loves food
    so, yeah. HOFFMAN: That unites us I think. GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] I’m going to pull up another tweet. This is from last year after Fidel Castro,
    Cuba’s revolutionary leader, died at age 90 on November 25th of last year. And you tweeted that you were dancing in the
    streets. What did his death mean for Cubans and for
    Cuban Americans? GARCIA: Well I can’t speak for all Cubans. HOFFMAN: Of course. GARCIA: Yeah. But for this Cuban and for my family I think,
    you know, my parents, there’s, it’s interesting. I was talking earlier that, like every five
    to ten years there’s a different diaspora that comes from Cuba for different reasons. Every five or ten years there’s like a whole
    different, you know, like, there’s like, it’s very different from generation to generation. I think my dad’s generation had a really
    tough time where they were, you know, to be taken and put in the sugarcane field and abused
    and stuff like that. And like, I remember there’s a story where
    my grandma, like, when my sister was like three they changed the rules in like the rationing
    of how much milk you can get, give to a child and my sister, and my mom and sister, my whole
    family had been going to this bodega their whole lives and all of a sudden like the bodega
    guy was just like, he kind of, he knew it was in his best interest to be like a communist
    guy. And so he telling my grandma that they couldn’t
    have milk anymore and just my grandma, my sister was like a little girl and she still
    remembers the force with which she destroyed that place. She just like threw everything around and
    just like when my sister was a little girl she, like my parents refused, in her generation
    they, you, you, to show your support for communism you had to wear like a red ribbon in your
    hair and my parents refused to let my sister wear a red ribbon in her hair. And so they would give candies, candy to the
    other kids and not my sister and like make fun of her and stuff like that. So, that generation, my parents suffered a
    lot. And when I went to Cuba they, they’ve all
    had different experiences in different generations but they suffered a lot as a result because
    of Fidel. So, because of that I felt like I was like
    oh, what a relief. HOFFMAN: Hum. Well, in the wake of, we’ve seen many mass
    shootings this year and in the past decade or so, and we see that a lot people are quick
    to blame immigrants, quick to blame Muslims, quick to blame foreigners. What goes through your mind every time you
    hear about a mass shooting? GARCIA: I first, I, I, this is maybe not cool
    to say but I want to know if it’s a white guy or not. I’m like is it a white guy or not. I mean, I’m always like sad and I’m always
    like this is terrible but like if it’s one of us it’s crazy. It’s like we have to get them all out of
    the country. And, of course, first I get sad for the people
    and I want to make sure everyone’s safe and I think it’s such a tragedy but I think
    it’ll, it’ll like, we’ll all get swept together if we’re, people of color always,
    like, oh, you know, you can’t, we got to close the doors. HOFFMAN: Why do you think people make assumptions
    like that? What, what is going on in America today that,
    that people are quick to make that kind of judgment? GARCIA: I think maybe for some people they
    don’t get to experience what it’s like to live around those people. You know? Maybe the only time they see a Latino or something
    is on the news and, or like on TV where they’re always like a criminal. You know? It’s never, we were talking earlier today,
    it’s like never anything aspirational. It’s never like a, a, hey you, you remember
    that Latino doctor sitcom? No. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like, it’s always like it’s a
    drug dealer that chops up bodies or like it’s a mechanic that also sells drugs or something. Like, it’s never in a positive light and
    I think that would give some people a kneejerk reaction to just like associate bad things
    with our cultures, yeah. HOFFMAN: That’s interesting. Well, you know, I can’t go without talking
    about the, the many allegations of sexual misconduct that we’ve been hearing about
    in the entertainment and comedy industries and, and a lot of my students have been asking
    questions about this. I’m curious if you’ve witnessed any, this
    kind of discrimination and is this — GARCIA: What do you mean witness what type
    of discrimination? Sorry. HOFFMAN: Sexual assault, sexual discrimination
    in comedy and if this is something unique to comedy and would, would certain comedians
    be, I guess, would it change comedy if we sort of brought to light all of these issues
    that, that many men have engaged in? GARCIA: Well, I think that it’s really unfortunate
    the way men in general and in comedy have treated women for years. And, whether it’s something that’s blatant
    like its sexual harassment and stuff or sexual abuse but also in these like smaller versions
    like just a comedy lineup like if you watch a show, if you go to any comedy show it’s
    like ten dudes and maybe a lady, you know? And so, there’s all sorts of discrimination
    from top to bottom whether it’s of the sexual nature or just any, when it comes to inclusion. And I think, I mean ratting these guys out
    that they’re doing terrible things is correct. It’s like you can’t do that. Like, what are you doing? It’s like morally not cool. HOFFMAN: Do you think it’s unique to comedy
    and the entertainment industry or is it something more widespread? GARCIA: No, I think it’s everywhere. Like I talk to my wife who, you know, she
    has an office job and it’s just like the small, even the micro aggressions have to
    go. There’s like these small latent things where
    like hey you should smile more. They’re like why don’t you wear makeup? You look nice. And there’s not a real place for it I don’t
    think. I think it just, even that just assumes a,
    a power dynamic that shouldn’t exist anymore. Like, you know? You just shouldn’t be able to talk about
    how someone looks in a place. Or tell them how to act —
    HOFFMAN: Um-hum. GARCIA: — and behave like you want them to
    and you, you can’t have that power on people. HOFFMAN: Well, this brings something else
    up about comedy is that there’s sort of this myth that comedians sort of come from this
    dark childhood. That in order to be a successful comedian
    you have this like dark background. Is that true and are you defying that myth
    because you seen to have grown up in a very happy household? Are you proof that it’s a myth that you
    have to come from a dark childhood to be good at comedy? GARCIA: No, I wouldn’t say I came from like
    the, I had like loving parents and stuff but I was like a latchkey kid. Like I spent a lot of time alone. I was like, my sister moved out when I was
    a little boy and I was real sad about it. I was like a sad kind of lonely scaredy-cat
    kid and so, and like, since my sister was older and moved out I became like an only
    child and all of this stuff. And I think if I think about it I was like
    oh, of course I want to get in front of people and feel adoration and attention. Like it comes from a source and I feel like
    that is like, I could see why people with dark childhoods or sad childhoods aspire to
    be a comedian. But I don’t think it’s necessary. Like I think with some of these like recent
    things that have happened like, you know, Louis C.K. I, I used to really like his standup
    and stuff but a lot of comics are just like maybe gross losers, you know —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — that never got, like, were just
    kind of in the corners, in the periphery area of everything and then they become popular
    and rich and the center of attention and finally they get around women or anything like that
    and they totally abuse it. And I think that’s, you can’t do that. I think that’s really shitty. Or you’re just like, just this gross guy
    urrgh. This is how you treat girls, baah. It’s like grow up man, that’s not, that’s
    not cool. HOFFMAN: All right. I agree. That’s not cool. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: So, we’ve been doing some polling,
    public opinion polling around our National Agenda issues this semester and so we just
    released some polling yesterday about American’s perceptions of things like Donald Trump’s
    support for the wall, or wanting to build the wall between the United States and Mexico
    and unsurprisingly if you look, take a look at the graph here Democrats and Republicans
    differ dramatically in their support for this, this wall. How, how do you communicate to both Democrats
    and Republicans who are seemingly so divided about the issues facing immigrants and refugees
    in this country? How do you help them understand some of the
    common issues that, that are faced by immigrants and refugees? GARCIA: Oh, well, that is so crazy to me. Like, first of all, it just doesn’t make
    a, it’s more of a symbol of hatred. I feel like that. Like, people will get around anyway. It’s just like, just like stay out Mexico
    and it’s like such crap. I think, I don’t know how people are going
    to change. Maybe an open dialogue. I don’t know if that’ll help but I think
    people are set in their ways and it’s really unfortunate in this country and some people
    just scapegoat the new guy. Like my family, say you’re someone and you
    live in the middle of the country, you’re, you know, your job doesn’t exist anymore,
    like, you’re frustrated, you’re poor, you’re broke and you’re like well let’s take
    it out on the Mexicans. You know? And I don’t think that’s exactly fair. Like, we’re all trying to support our families. We’re all, like my dad worked in an industry
    where he, his job became obsolete. I feel like they’re, they have more in common. Like a coal miner and my dad have more in
    common than like sometimes a coal miner and his own neighbor, you know? Like we’re just people that are trying to
    make due for our families and I don’t know if it’s a, a, a better leadership from the
    top to open these types of discussions or what. But, I mean, I don’t have a solution for
    this but I think its, its dark times but I, I hope we can swing it around. On my end what I could do is, like I was talking
    about it earlier, is to create entertainment and content that is more aspirational, that
    humanizes and normalizes what it’s like to be Latino personally, to you know have
    a, a leading role or write, to drive the narrative more. Because so far the narrative has just been
    we’re just the help. You know? We’re just here to help you. We’re a nuisance. We’re illegal, a term you shouldn’t use
    to describe a person. It’s a term that should be described an
    action, you know? And, just to, more shows like we were talking
    about it earlier like the Mindy Project or Master of None —
    HOFFMAN: [Indiscernible]. GARCIA: — Insecure —
    HOFFMAN: Yeah. GARCIA: — Atlanta, stuff like that where
    it just normalizes our experiences and shows us just like regular people, not just pests
    on society. HOFFMAN: I think that’s a really good point. I do have one other poll finding from our
    recent research and then we’ll jump into a couple of quick rapid-fire questions and
    then some questions from the audience. So, this a chart demonstrating, and this poll
    was just conducted over the past few days, age differences in perceptions of trust or
    distrust towards different types of foreign people in the United States, documented immigrants,
    undocumented immigrants, and refugees or those seeking asylum in the United States. And, I was surprised and interested to see
    that there’s a really clear relationship between age group and trust of these other
    people. You know, when you ask about trust it’s,
    it’s really about seeing the humanity in another person or in another group of people
    and what we see here is that young people 18 to 29-year-olds are much more likely to
    say they trust these groups of people of course documented immigrants trusted more than others
    but, but we’re seeing young people trusting refugees —
    GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: — like, like your parents, and,
    and illegal or undocumented immigrants more so than older generations. So, what do you predict is going to happen
    from here on out? We now have millennials as the largest voting
    bloc in the country. Are we going to begin to see some change in
    perceptions of refugees and immigrants and, and people who come from foreign countries? GARCIA: I certainly hope so. I think it would be nice. I think younger people are more open to situations,
    more open and hopeful and, yeah, it would be like, we’re not the devil, you know? And we’re, like in, you know, at universities
    you get to be around people that are different than you and like in big cities and stuff
    in like Los Angeles — I lived in the Bay Area and it’s so diverse as is New York
    is so diverse and just like people that are open to that diversity and not just — yeah,
    I think, I, I mean I hope. There, there’s a lot of millennials here,
    it’s like a lot of college kids, you know? You know, and like you’re all —
    HOFFMAN: Yeah. GARCIA: — stay —
    HOFFMAN: College kids. GARCIA: — stay hopeful and bushy-eyed —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — or bushytailed. Like, it’s important, yeah. Um. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Okay. So I think that’s, that’s an interesting
    finding there in terms of how young people perceive people coming from different countries. You know, I’m a great granddaughter of immigrants. I know a lot of people in the audience, we
    come from immigrant families and that’s part of what makes up the fabric of the United
    States and so, I, you know, I think the dialogue could change if, if millennials are sort of
    open to thinking about these things in different ways. Okay. So, we have a few minutes. I’m going to do a couple of rapid-fire questions. GARCIA: Sure. HOFFMAN: So, give me maybe two or three words
    in response to some of these. Maybe expand on them if you feel you need
    to. Some of your favorite things about comedy? I’m a big comedy nerd, I love comedy. I always bring a comedian into these conversations. Who was your favorite comedian growing up? GARCIA: Eddie Murphy. HOFFMAN: Eddie Murphy. GARCIA: Um-hum. HOFFMAN: Why? : He’s wild. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: He’s wild. When you’re a little kid and you see a guy
    in a purple jumpsuit and you’re like what the hell is this? And, you know, some of his material hasn’t
    aged as well as others but I just really love the energy that he had. Yeah. HOFFMAN: What was the first comedy album you
    ever bought? GARCIA: Um, it was a, well my parents have
    these Cuban albums of this guy Alvarez Guedes who was a great comedian, over 40 albums,
    and but as a kid I had my sister’s Wild and Crazy Guy by Steve Martin —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — which I really liked. HOFFMAN: Did you listen to George Carlin growing
    up? GARCIA: Yeah, but not until like junior high
    and high school. When I was a little kid I was like Steve Martin,
    you play a banjo and you put an arrow through your head and that’s comedy. Yeah. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: Did, did George Carlin influence
    you at all? GARCIA: Yeah, I think so. He’s —
    HOFFMAN: Because you like the cursing. GARCIA: I, yeah, I guess I curse —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — I don’t know. Yeah, I liked, you know, when I started reading
    more and getting more into school and studying English and stuff like that I loved — you
    know, Carlin has an obsession with language and picking it apart and word, wordplay like
    that and I think that influenced me too. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Well, and so I’ll go to, I’ll
    jump ahead then because you have a background in poetry and creative writing. What is your best metaphor for where we’re
    at in 2017 right now? GARCIA: Ugh, gosh. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: That’s and easy one. You mean like a garbage fire or something? HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: [Laughter.] A garbage fire? HOFFMAN: A dumpster fire? GARCIA: A dumpster fire, yeah. HOFFMAN: Yeah. Well, what’s the funniest thing about what’s
    happening in the United States right now in 2017? GARCIA: These are very tough questions. Let’s see. Oh, man, I, I can’t stop loving a, like
    a just a terrible typo. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like if someone gets really mad and
    they’re like, ugh they’re idiots and they spell they’re wrong. It still cracks me up every time. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like, ah hah, and just, I don’t
    know why it’s such a mean catty thing but just, yeah, that really gets me. HOFFMAN: I saw something on Facebook today
    that was, was making fun of people, it said, oh people on social media they’ll never
    be in a spelling bee and it was like they misplaced a comma —
    GARCIA: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: — and then it was like or a grammar
    bee or like, you know? So, yeah, no I get it. So, the final question before I, I toss it
    to the audience, literally I’ll toss it to the audience — and I’m going to ask
    Katie and Sirandou if you’re ready to go back and get the, the catch box — Robin Williams
    actually called your comedy fearless, funny, straight and from the heart. Can you tell me a little bit about what that
    was like? Did you meet him? Did you talk with him? How did he, how did he interact with you? How did he know what your comedy was like? GARCIA: Yeah, I did a going, when I lived
    in San Francisco I did a big going away show because I was moving to Los Angeles and my
    home club is the San Francisco Punch Line which is a club that I, I really loved. It’s my favorite club in the whole world. And, I invited a bunch of friends to do it
    and I, I’m friends with — do you know Bobcat Goldthwait? HOFFMAN: Um-hum. GARCIA: We’re like friends —
    HOFFMAN: I love him. GARCIA: And Bobcat was in town so I texted
    Bobcat and I was like, hey will you do my show as a surprise guest? And he was like of course. So it’s before the show and I’m standing
    like in the back, like behind the, the club and Bobcat walks up with Robin Williams because
    they’re best friends. So, and I, he didn’t tell me and I was just
    like oh, hi. And, Robin, I just jokingly, I was like do
    you want, want me, want me to give you some time like five or ten minutes and he was like
    that would be great. And I was like woo, Robin Williams is going
    to do a set like on my show. And so, we go back, we’re like in the green
    room and I’m talking and I talked about how it was my big going away show and all
    of this stuff and he was like cool and I look out into the crowd and my therapist —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — is like sitting in the front row. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: My therapist has never seen me do
    comedy. I’m like, I’m like, I turn around and
    I go, huh, and Robin’s like what’s going on? I do a terrible impersonation. But he’s like what’s going on and I’m
    like my therapist is in the front row and he goes oh shit. [Laughter.] And he was like what are you going to do? And I was like I don’t know. And he was like, well figure it out. And, so I was just like thinking about it
    and then Robin before his set was just like puttering back and forth and he was like nervous
    before his set. And, he’s like, he has this like sweet thing
    that he does sometimes, like, if you’ve seen him in movies like sometimes he’ll
    like he’ll do this thing where he rocks back and forth and it’s like really endearing. And he was like rocking back and forth and
    he like walked and I was like, I was are you all right and he’s like it never goes away. It’s like the jitters never go away. And I was like, whoa, this is like a comedy
    legend and he’s nervous and he’s like pacing in this small area and he’s like,
    you know what’s really good I could pace in the smallest of areas. And then he just started like —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — he like starts pacing like behind
    this little thing and then it was really cool. And so, he was like I don’t know how end
    and then Bobcat was just like end with a dirty joke. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And so he started his set and then
    he ended with a dirty joke and it was really fun. And then I was going to follow him but I was
    like I’m not going to follow Robin Williams. So I pulled one of my friends out of the crowd
    and I was like can you do five minutes please? I am like not a superhero. I’d like a comedian friend of mine to take
    the bullet. He did. And then I did the set. It was a very emotional set where I talked
    about living in San Francisco and why I was moving, it was to help out my dad who had
    dementia and all of this stuff. It was very heartfelt and I felt like it was
    one of the first times I actually — it was seven years into it but I felt like it was
    the first time I just let it all really fly. And it was really, it felt cathartic and great. It felt like everything I had worked for,
    for seven years, and doing standup. And I leave the stage and like Robin’s right
    there and he like, he’s like that’s, and then he said that quote, he was like that
    was beautiful and, and — HOFFMAN: He said that to you? GARCIA: He said that to me and then I gave
    him a hug and it was like one of the, just probably the coolest moments in my whole life. And for someone like that who was like such
    a real, just a comedian, a comedy legend, but also a good person. It was really incredible. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Well, thank you for sharing that. GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: All right. So, have I got my catch box people? My special handy assistants. We’ve got Katie and Sirandou. So —
    GARCIA: I’ve been dying to see this thing in action. HOFFMAN: Yeah. This is pretty cool. So —
    GARCIA: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: — what’s going to happen is you
    just raise your hand and one of my trusty assistants will toss the box to you. It’s a microphone so you can just speak
    right into it and ask your question and you can toss it right back to one of my two assistants
    here at the front. I sound like a magician, like, oh my two assistants
    with the magic box. [Laughter.] So, first question for our esteemed guest? Yeah, right in the front here. GARCIA: [Laughter.] Q: All right, so —
    GARCIA: [Laughter.] That’s really, that’s really funny. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] Q: Wow, that’s pretty loud. But —
    GARCIA: [Laughter.] Q: — I guess a lot of TV now, especially
    like political comedy, like some people say like affects people or actually reaches them
    sometimes on a like deeper point than some of the news does and in some ways they do
    a better job of calling out like lies and falsehoods and stuff. So I just was wondering what you thought about
    that. GARCIA: And I think its true when it’s done,
    like, there’s ha, ha, that’s so funny. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Ah, ha, ha, ha. There’s a great, great serious question and
    then you’re like — HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — you take the beach ball. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I think it’s true if it’s well
    done. I think some people make hackneyed jokes about
    Trump and be like you know he looks like a mango or whatever or, or like —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — just make fun of how he looks. But then there’s people like Samantha Bee
    and John Oliver and stuff that are like really incredible satirists that think about things
    on a deep level and kind of just like, they’ll make about, they’ll make you think about
    stuff in a different way and also their, some of their pieces are so thoroughly researched,
    it’s incredible. And to be able to come at something with like
    facts and a strong point of view like that I think is important and, you know, could
    very well educate. Sometimes when I watch John Oliver — I don’t
    know if you guys watch This Week Tonight — or like I’ll look through like HBO and like
    I’ll flip through HBO Go and see if I’ve missed a bunch of John Oliver shows and I’ll
    be like what do I want to learn about today because I always feel like he’s doing some
    sort of expose or something. On a different level there’s that show like
    Adam Ruins Everything — HOFFMAN: Um-hum. GARCIA: — that I think is a really good show
    that’s very thoroughly researched and it’ll kind of make you, yeah, think about things
    that you’ve assumed for a long time. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Do you think that people are beginning
    to turn to a comedy, late night comedy, and other things to learn something rather than
    just be entertained? GARCIA: Yeah, I think with certain shows like
    the Daily Show and stuff like that for sure. There’s other shows where you’re like
    okay it’s just like another late night show. But I think there’s people that, you know,
    if there’s especially if it’s a good speaker or stuff like I’ll always turn in to the
    Daily Show and watch it. Yeah. HOFFMAN: Well, you and I both grew up — we
    discovered we’re the same age — we both grew up with a very different media environment. I mean, I feel like now none of my students
    are watching the same programming. They’re all watching entirely, they’re living
    entirely different media lives. GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: They’re understanding of what’s
    happening, not just in the news but more broadly is, is just so disparate from each other and
    I wonder how comedy might bring some of those ideas together. Like is there — I feel, to me, again, comedy
    nerd that, that comedy has this way of putting us all in the same room, on the same page
    together and I just wonder if there’s, there’s something that, if you think we’re at a
    kind of like a turning point where comedy could play a really important role in uniting
    people in this period where we feel so divided from each other? GARCIA: Yeah. There is a bunch of like mixed media, the
    media is all over the place and people aren’t always in the same thing but the stuff, the
    real, like the bangs some people but it will like will always bubble to the surface. You’ll, it’ll always reach people whether
    it’s like, even if it starts like as a video and then it turns into a meme —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like it’ll get to you somehow. Or like through hearsay and like that Trump
    tweet from last week where he goes after Kim Jong-un —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You know? And I think it has like 500,000 likes or something. HOFFMAN: The short and fat one? GARCIA: The short and fat one. I forgot the exact tweet where he’s like
    — HOFFMAN: Short and fat. GARCIA: — he’s calling me old but I’m
    not calling him short and fat but he does. But I feel like even liberal people were like,
    ooooh bah bah bah. Like —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: That was a good one. You’re an idiot but that was a good one. And —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — I think that was a way that he
    almost reached across the aisle. And you’re like, I thought it was terrible
    but like, people were like, oh that’s funny. But, I think so. I mean, I mean, it’s tough because it also
    kind of backfires. When people are like, oh well Jon Stewart
    and John Oliver and Colbert were coming together and then they’re like well the coastal elites
    feel this way but what about us in the middle of the country, or whatever. Like, it kind of, it’s hard to tell because
    like there’s a back, you just, it’s such a yin and yang. It goes both ways so hard. HOFFMAN: Yeah. GARCIA: But I think, I, you know, when I see
    Elizabeth Warren tell a joke I always crackup and I love it, you know? I’m always like, oh what a cute, that’s
    such a cute joke. HOFFMAN: She tells jokes? GARCIA: Sometimes she’ll have like —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — a nice little like, she’s like
    riffing up top and — HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — I’m always like ah, that’s
    so funny. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But if she punched it up I think she
    could really — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: So maybe we need more not just more
    comedy about politics but more comedy in — GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: — our politics. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Well it’s already, I mean it’s
    a big joke right now so — ha, ha, ha. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: All right. Another question from the audience please. Raise your hand. ASSISTANT: [Indiscernible.] Q: Nice. A little loud, that’s weird. Okay. So, you use comedy to talk about serious topics
    and like political aspects and all of that. This is slightly morbid, but like by the time
    your career is over — GARCIA: Humph. Q: — what do you hope to like have accomplished
    with your career? Like, do you hope to reach greater, like,
    do you want the rich and the fame of just like the comedy, or like are you trying to
    like reach people more in terms of like the political aspects and like all — like what
    — yeah. HOFFMAN: What legacy do you —
    Q: Yeah. HOFFMAN: — want to leave? Q: Like at your funeral. What do you want people —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] Q: — to say about you? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: [Laughter.] I want people to laugh. I want people to go nuts at my — I want my
    funeral to be a party. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But, I think, you know, I don’t
    have a huge political agenda. I’m actually; I’m not a big political comedian
    as you could tell by my very caveman answers that I have. I’m like, Trump’s a bad guy. Ah. Like I’m not an expert but I would like
    to impart something to people like me that grew up on the fringes marginalized parts
    of society. I would love to leave a legacy where they
    feel a sense of belonging. I think that would be like a great gift to
    be able to give people. So I’d be like, you have parents that you
    know maybe they speak funny or they eat funny food or whatever and it’s like who your,
    you belong to. I think that’s an important thing that I
    would like to pass on. Yeah. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] HOFFMAN: Thank you. GARCIA: Well, thank you. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] HOFFMAN: I think that’s well deserved. GARCIA: Thank you. HOFFMAN: Um, um, I have a, a daughter and
    I’m sure she thinks I’m weird in many ways. So, I’m hoping she still feels like she
    belongs in, in many ways. GARCIA: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: I’ve gotten a few questions and
    this one comes from Twitter about performing on college campuses. So a lot of standup comedians have said nope,
    not doing it, it’s too PC, it’s too politically correct. Are audiences too sensitive or are they right
    to call out performers on in, on offensive jokes or potentially racist jokes? GARCIA: Um, you know, I think a lot of this,
    the problem that like comedians like Seinfeld’s come out and talked about and how colleges
    are too PC and stuff like that and I think that’s not it. I think there’s just such an age gap between
    us that sometimes it falls on deaf ears and it’s a little frustrating. And like, like, like kids today maybe don’t
    know what Alf is. Like I knew Alf or something. So, you have a joke about Alf, no one laughs,
    you know? HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: You’re like who, who’s Alf? You know? And it’s like frustrating and sometimes
    you perform in — HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — see you’re trying to explain Alf
    to, you’re like — AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: 70, yeah. GARCIA: Alf was like this Muppet with a, from
    another planet. It was the 80s. It —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — was stupid. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: But there’s like, there’s an age
    gap and it’s just weird when an old man comes to talk to you about Alf or has gross
    sex jokes or something. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: It’s just like not always the time
    and place for it. Like, in the comedy club you’re like okay
    people are of all ages and stuff and maybe drinking and stuff but on a college campus
    its like read the room. Don’t —
    HOFFMAN: There’s no drinking — GARCIA: — be a weirdo. HOFFMAN: — on a college campus. GARCIA: Yeah. There’s not. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: That’s what I’ve heard about this
    school. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: The driest school —
    HOFFMAN: So it’s — GARCIA: So —
    HOFFMAN: — it’s a tougher crowd? GARCIA: I, well sometimes. Sometimes when you’re performing at a college
    — I’ve performed at a college before where you’re like you perform at noon and it’s
    in the middle, it’s like five hours north of Minneapolis, it’s at noon, there’s
    15 kids there and there’s like that’s it. And then you’re like this is not ideal and
    your standing on top of like a lunch table —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — as a stage. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And it sucks. You know? And it’s not cool. And it’s not a full room. And so it’s frustrating to go to a college
    sometimes if it’s not like well attended or people don’t know who you are and stuff
    like that it could be difficult. In terms of being PC and stuff, it’s just
    like you know it’s like what I was talking about, like I really liked Eddie Murphy and,
    and but I would go back and I look at his act the stuff that was acceptable in the 80s
    people have progressed and it’s not, you know, like it’s pretty homophobic, it could
    be like low key racist sometimes and I think we’re beyond that. And so comedy, some comics from an older guard
    that ascribed to that will come and try to present that to the next generation and it’s
    falling on deaf ears,. And it’s, you know, that’s correct. HOFFMAN: Are there some really outstanding
    up and coming millennial comics that you think have really got a feel for what this generation
    is, is witnessing and what they’re feeling? GARCIA: Oh yeah. There’s a really great comic, comedy coming
    right now. There is I think Solomon Georgio [sp.] — I don’t know if you know him — but he’s
    out of Los Angeles. He’s really funny. He happens to be gay and Ethiopian. He’s really good and Jo Firestone out of
    New York. HOFFMAN: Right. GARCIA: Oh, you’re right in this — you’re
    a real comedy nerd. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — out of New York. She’s —
    HOFFMAN: You have ideas for next [indiscernible] —
    GARCIA: Yeah. Oh, you should —
    HOFFMAN: I’ve heard of Jo Firestone, yeah. GARCIA: Yeah, Joe Firestone so good. Aparna Nancherla if you —
    HOFFMAN: Yes. GARCIA: — know her. She’s so good. John, John Mulaney is not a millennial but
    he’s great. HOFFMAN: They like him though —
    GARCIA: You like John — HOFFMAN: — they ask me —
    GARCIA: — Mulaney. Oh, he’s —
    Q: [Indiscernible.] HOFFMAN: Oh, he is. Q: Yeah. HOFFMAN: He’s going to be here? Q: [Indiscernible.] HOFFMAN: All right. Well —
    Q: [Indiscernible.] HOFFMAN: Stephanie at CPC will have to post
    that when he’s going to be here. [Laughter.] GARCIA: Yeah, Jo Firestone, Ramón Rivas. There’s like a —
    HOFFMAN: Do you — GARCIA: — or Hari Kondabolu. Do —
    HOFFMAN: Um-hum. HOFFMAN: — you know him? He’s really great. HOFFMAN: All right. I’m taking too many notes. Another question from the audience. Maybe over on this side of the room? Anyone want to tell a joke to see how well
    it goes over? AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Oh you’ve got a question back there. HOFFMAN: We’ve got one way in the back here,
    Sirandou. Oh my goodness. Are you going to try it? GARCIA: Are you going to do it. I think you should
    ASSISTANT: [Indiscernible.] GARCIA: — I think you should just try it. HOFFMAN: You want to try it? ASSISTANT: I’ll try it. GARCIA: Oh. HOFFMAN: Nice. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] Q: I just want to know what you’re doing for
    Thanksgiving. GARCIA: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Ah, I’m going to Japan with my wife. Tomorrow we leave —
    HOFFMAN: Oh. GARCIA: — and we’re going to spend a couple,
    like a week in Tokyo. Yeah. Q: Cool. GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: It’s very patriotic. GARCIA: Yeah, very patriotic. [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Just like the original. HOFFMAN: Yeah. The original Thanksgiving. GARCIA: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: It’s very, you know —
    HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] Thank you. You can, you can, can you toss it all the
    way back? Q: Can you catch it? ASSISTANT: I’ll try. HOFFMAN: All right. GARCIA: Oooh. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: Come on folks, other questions? Yes, right here in the middle. Sirandou, it looks like you’re up again. ASSISTANT: Oh, okay. Okay, let’s try. HOFFMAN: You can do it. You can do it. See? GARCIA: [Laughter.] Q: I got it. GARCIA: [Laughter.] Q: Um, okay, so this is more of like a gross,
    well it’s not really like a personal question but I’m also an immigrant. I was born in Ecuador. I came here like 11 years ago. My parents did, my dad is the same story as
    yours. Like the story with your dad. The hardworking, did everything, don’t know
    how the hell he managed to do all that but did it. And so, you know, I struggle a lot with a
    lot of like the rhetoric that’s going on right now in the political and social climate
    regarding immigrants whether its undocumented, illegal or documented immigrants. So I was just wondering if you have any advice
    on how to cope with that or how to handle a situation like that where you’re, where
    you have somebody you know saying racist or troubling remarks at you or around you and
    like what in your opinion is a good way to diffuse that in that situation but also cope
    with it in your own like self? GARCIA: Um, well I cope with things with humor. So, if that happened to happen, the thing
    that happened in that set happened to me in the comedy club so I just like made fun of
    the guy, you know. And that’s how I dealt with it. But I think humor in general. Also, kind of being proactive, you know? I just, I’ve just been more active. Like, I just, I, I don’t have a ton of money
    but where I can I contribute to causes that I believe in. Um, I’ll just like I’ll listen to my wife
    more. Like, not that I don’t listen to her —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — but like the, conversations that
    we’ve never had. Like, and I was like do you, do people hit
    on you at work? Like, in a way that’s not like me being
    jealous — it was like who hits — it’s just like —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — just listening to her stories and
    stuff like that and just like on like a very micro level and people in my life and just
    like having these types of discussions and listening to her and just having in terms
    of, I, I also cope with it, yeah I put it in my work but also to just have the, the
    confidence to work on it that I am a contributing member of society and I’m living my life
    in a way that I think is special and unique. And to kind of, and I am, um, pushing my parents
    legacy forward and their, you know, my family’s legacy in this country and just keeping my
    eyes on that and just like shining on the other crap. You know? You know? HOFFMAN: I think it’s a common theme that
    we’ve heard throughout this semester is just being open to listen to other people’s
    stories and to not be so judgmental right off the bat. Um, I think that so many of us are so protective
    and defensive right now in a period of, of great divides that we’re facing in this
    country. And sometimes you just need to hear a good
    story and listen to another person’s story. So just ask them about themselves. So, let’s open it up to another question
    from the audience. Come on. All right, there’s one way over here. Okay, first over here and then we’ll hop
    way over to the other side, Katie. ASSISTANT: Okay, I’m going to [indiscernible.] GARCIA: Wow. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] Sirandou’s getting a workout. GARCIA: [Indiscernible] its [indiscernible]. Q: You are [indiscernible]. How do you see comedy changing? You talked about being politically correct. There’s some issues, politics for [indiscernible]
    have a pretty good run on political jokes, things like that. In your writing and in your comedy how do
    you see you progressing? Do you kind of follow a trend of we have a,
    a president we can kind of pick at and we’re going to run that until he’s not there anymore
    and then pickup something else? Or do you try to lead your, your writings
    and your, your standup act by picking other issues? You know, your, you, you pick on, well I don’t
    say, I don’t mean pick on, but, you know, you use your family, you use your background. Do you see your political or you see your
    writings and your comedy starting to evolve into another direction? And do you see other comedians doing the same
    thing? GARCIA: Yeah, I, I think so. I think it’s just, it comes with the times
    and I was talking to a class, a class earlier about when I first started I would do kind
    of like hackneyed jokes about my family. And I would actually make fun of how they
    talked. Like I would joke about like my parents learned
    English through watching TV and movies so after they watched Jurassic Park I was like
    what’d you think Dad and he was like welcome to Jurassic Park. And —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — what’d you think Mom and she
    was like awwwk. And then, I like make fun of them, but it
    was like, in a way it was like punching down. I was punching down at my parents who had
    done all this stuff to me. Do you know what I mean? All, all this stuff for me and I just matured
    as I went along and I realized, oh it’s my, I should actually lift them up. And I’m the one that they should be making
    fun of. And I think as you mature personally as an
    adult and stuff like that you realize the sacrifices that your family has made for you. And then in terms of like my own comedy, like
    a lot of, a lot of jokes have been done and a lot of the same types of jokes have been
    done and, you know, to make fun of marginalized groups. It’s been done to make fun of everyone’s
    make done [sic]. So I kind of mostly focus on my own life and
    family and I try to do it in a way that, you know, just doesn’t make fun of them in a
    cheap way. I, I’m trying to bring dignity to my family
    and my personal experience through humor and always just trying to find a new take on that
    like the joke where my dad does standup about me. That’s a new take on making like your, bringing
    up your parents on stage. And, as a writer and a creative person I’m
    just always looking for that new take and times are changing and people are becoming
    more open and people are realizing the right way to do things and people that should be
    included and that more people should be included in the dialogue and stuff like that. And, I think comedy is start, starting to
    change in that direction where you do something with crappy people are, we’ll just call
    you out, you know? And, even, I don’t know, sometimes even
    when a joke is messed up they can still be funny. But, it’s got to be not, but at what cost. You know? And I don’t know where that line is but
    there definitely is a line somewhere and sometimes the point of personal preference, you know? What’s okay for you? But I think in general that line is like it’s
    rising up, its, its moving in a way that it wasn’t before. Yeah. HOFFMAN: It just occurred to me. This is kind of a fun thought exercise to
    think of your parent, one of your parents doing a standup routine about you. [Laughter.] What would they say? I’m just curious. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: Hum. Food for thought. All right, we had one question over here. Sirandou, if you want to give it to Katie
    and Katie can toss it over and then we have one in the middle here after that. Thank you. ASSISTANT: Okay, ready? HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] Yes. Q: Ah, and my question is how do you think,
    or what role has social media played in the material that comedians can use and reach
    at different audiences. You know, like politically how has that affected
    the material that you can use in, in different areas of the country? GARCIA: I think it’s been — that’s a
    great question — I think it’s been, like Twitter has been like the most effective way
    so far to bring a, a voice to people that usually don’t have a voice to like a big
    audience. Like we were talking about DeRay earlier —
    HOFFMAN: Um-hum. GARCIA: — and there’s like just people killing
    on Twitter so hard, you know? And, like, there’s been just, there’s so,
    like Twitter I feel like it’s like women, African Americans, like kill it on Twitter
    so hard. And it’s been two voices that haven’t been
    around like in the mainstream for a long time and so social media has given them a platform. They can just tweet from anywhere and anywhere,
    anywhere at any time someone could read it. You know? And, the people that are really good at it
    like DeRay have like, just like blown up through it and given voice to like their platforms
    which I think is, yeah, which are great. HOFFMAN: And so I’ll just refer you to in
    2015 on this stand we had DeRay Mckesson who is a Black Lives Matter activist and he has
    since become very well know in the twitter sphere and beyond. So he didn’t necessarily have a vocal presence
    but Twitter sort of allowed him to have that. So if you want to go back and watch that program
    cpc.udel — GARCIA: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: — .edu/nationalagenda. GARCIA: Do you guys know DeRay? Have you read —
    HOFFMAN: Its, it was a pretty fascinating —
    GARCIA: So, it’s so — HOFFMAN: — conversation. GARCIA: — tight. It is so good. You’re like oooh. Like every day I feel like I’m learning
    and cracking up. It’s so good. Twitter —
    HOFFMAN: Yes. GARCIA: — is like so fun. HOFFMAN: Well and you know podcasting too
    has just exploded you know — GARCIA: Oh yeah. HOFFMAN: — like in the past year and he does
    the Pod Save America I think. GARCIA: Oh, yeah, yeah. HOFFMAN: Um, so there’s a lot of podcasts
    that are really also I think exploding in the same way that social media has. But it’s offering sort of more of a long
    form forum for — GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: — [indiscernible.] GARCIA: It’s just not like short form joke,
    joke, joke. You actually get to know someone with depth. Like you got to know me through WTF and 2
    Dope Queens — HOFFMAN: This is true. GARCIA: — which are podcasts which you would
    have never heard of me otherwise unless you tuned into those —
    HOFFMAN: That’s probably true. GARCIA: — podcasts. Yeah. HOFFMAN: But now I know you and now we’re
    BFF’s. GARCIA: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: All right. We had a question right in the middle here,
    Katie. Q: Hi. Um, so first I want to say I really respect
    and appreciate what you do and — GARCIA: Finally. No, I’m just kidding. Oh, I’m sorry. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Thank you though. Q: So my question is, so there was some protesting
    on campus today and — HOFFMAN: Thank you. Yeah. Q: — a lot of students had some very serious
    — HOFFMAN: We saw that when we were on campus. GARCIA: Yeah I saw it. Q: A lot of students had some serious things
    on posters and then others had very humorous posters. Some were offensive humor and some were just
    humorous in general and I wanted to know what was your thoughts and opinions on using humor
    in protests in this way? GARCIA: I mean, a good protest sign rules. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: Like my, oh, like my wife and friends
    will get together and we’ll go to protests and stuff and we’ll have like dinner the
    night before and someone will bring over markers. Like we all bring stuff and it’ll be like
    brainstorm like who could out joke each other. Like who has, but they’re from truth, like
    not just like spicy food hurts my tummy, or something like —
    AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: — or random stuff. But the person that beat the joke of the night
    is always, oh, it’s so good. I can’t think of any right now but I think,
    I, you know, it’s effective. And then someone takes a picture of it and
    it ends up on Twitter and then more people like it. Like, I don’t know, I love a good sign. I think a good funny sign — unbeatable. HOFFMAN: I, I totally agree. I was delighted to have gone to, a lot of
    you guys might not remember this but in 2010 there was the Daily Show and Colbert Report
    rally to restore sanity and or fear. Do you remember this —
    GARCIA: Yeah. HOFFMAN: — in D.C.? [Laughter.] And, I think one of my favorite signs from
    that, which is kind of ironic now but I saw someone with a sign that said show us your
    birth certificate so we know when to get you a birthday present. [Laughter.] GARCIA: yeah, oh it’s so funny. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] HOFFMAN: That was a good one. So, yeah, I think that it’s, it can be productive. I think it can, you know, part of what I’m
    doing here is to try to tamper down that, that, that hate and aggression. Like, you know, signs of, showing you know
    fetuses and, and things like this they might generate anger, they might generate passion
    but are they going to generate the kind of dialogue that a funny sign might. Like, you might just go like hey that was
    pretty funny. I get it. GARCIA: A well thought out articulate sign
    beats a, you know, scandalous picture any day. Hum. HOFFMAN: I agree. All right, I think we have time for one more
    question before I wrap things up. ASSISTANT: Ready? HOFFMAN: Nice. Q: Hi. GARCIA: [Laughter.] Q: Do you ever feel like uncomfortable being
    asked to provide political commentary on like just about anything related to social justice
    or — because it’s like, it, it doesn’t seem like that was necessarily your choice
    of career path because you’re a comedian. GARCIA: Oh, yeah, totally. It is like I, I hate it. [Laughter.] And I’m just going to — no, but sometimes
    I feel like, you know, I’m just, I’m just a guy that happens to be Cuban that has my
    own personal experiences. I am not a voice for the, all the disenfranchised. I am not a scholar. I have some opinions on things. Some that are well formed, some that are not,
    and I’ve got some strong feelings but I’m not always the person to bring out. I’m always very flattered but sometimes
    it can be frustrating because you’re like okay now let’s go to the Latino guy. HOFFMAN: [Laughter.] GARCIA: And it’s like oh, just because,
    it’s because I’m Latino isn’t it. And it almost feels as backwards as not being
    asked, you know? And it’s almost like you almost sometimes
    you could feel like a token, you know? Not in this situation. AUDIENCE: [Laughter.] GARCIA: I’ve had a very nice and meaningful
    day with you and your students. I think the students are here, yeah? It was so fun —
    HOFFMAN: Um-hum. GARCIA: — talking on such a deep level about
    some things and being so funny. This has been a very pleasant experience for
    me. HOFFMAN: I’m so pleased. GARCIA: Um, and you provided a very nice day
    for me and your students I thought. Like, it was so fun. HOFFMAN: Well, and I think that, that, you
    know, what you do in your comedy and what we’re doing here is again personal stories,
    sharing our own personal experiences. I think that sometimes, you know, that’s
    going to get us to a place where we can understand each other better and it just comes down to
    listening and being open to others. So, I — before I want to thank Chris for
    being here tonight. I do have a, a couple of closing remarks. I want to remind students in the audience
    about our Audio Essay Contest, The Voices of the Divide. You can visit — you should know
    that website by now — to find out more and before the December 3rd, December 1st — sorry
    — December 1st deadline. There are cash prizes for this. We’ve already gotten some incredible personal
    entries that are moving and we’re very excited to hear what the students have to say about
    their experiences with polarization and divides in their lives whether they witness them or
    experience them and how we can sort of begin to overcome those. So, wow, this is our concluding event for
    2017. If you’ve been at our other events some
    of these speakers may have made you smile, some may have made you cry, others could have
    inspired anger or fear or excitement or passion. And these are all inherently and uniquely
    human instincts. Our emotions bind us together as a society
    and they provide the connective tissue that lets us see each other not as adversaries
    but as fellow human beings with the same desires and flaws who want the best for ourselves,
    for our families, and for our children. Let’s take away from this semester’s program
    that it is possible to communicate about difficult issues even when we seem more divides than
    ever before because if we don’t we risk deepening these fissures making it all the
    harder to come back together. So go out there after this, find someone,
    tell them that they matter, ask them about their story, listen and understand that their
    perspective matters, your perspective matters, and let’s engage in a positive constructive
    dialogue about it. Thank you so much for being here this series. Be sure to check out Chris’s comedy on iTunes
    and on YouTube and elsewhere. And let’s give a big thank you to Chris
    Garcia. AUDIENCE: [Applause.] GARCIA: Thank you everybody. Thank you. Thank you.

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    “All right, everybody’s made it!
    Jim is speaking directly to the Coast Guard right now,
    clearing us for our passage to Cuba. “They’re telling us the wind is going to be
    so low it’s probably going to be a disadvantage.” “It’s gonna be what?”
    “Another 50 mile-an-hour as we go 850 yeah that’ll be dismissed.” “All right, well we’re heading out that away. Correct? that’s the way it is?” “almost due
    south. More South than that, but.” “Alright.” JIM: “We have our life raft, we have procured our life raft, it’s a rental but it’s may save our lives.” “We’re getting ready to go. There’s Doug.
    Trav, where we going?” “Hey, Charlie. We’re going to Cuba, are you goin?” “Let’s go!”
    “Let’s make it happen.” “Let’s get er done!” “We have our life raft, we’ve procurred our
    life raft. It’s a rental but it may save our lives!” “I thought he would have had a
    little more pizzazz going while we arrived you know maybe a marching band
    or something, but I get it. You know we’re on a fixed income because we’re doing an
    Avalon trip.” “This is all work, Charlie. We’re not relaxing!” “I think it’s gonna be
    a lot of fun. Nice challenge. Gulfstream ought to be interesting.” “You know there’s
    a lot of things you can run into out on the open ocean for 90 miles not seeing
    land, and you know, if you’re battling swells and chop and the boat’s just going
    up and down, and up and down for hours, it’s it’s a physical beating.” “Yeah, ready to rock.” “And it’s a commitment once you start heading, you know, turning around at a
    certain point is not an option. This is a big step in the adventure series for sure.” “Jim how fast we running?”
    “36.” “36 right now. Pretty good speed for us, huh?”

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    “Do you know how to drive in rough water?” “In rough weather, you just need to… be aware of the boat, how fast it’s goin, you don’t want to be pounding real hard, so you want to find your sweet spot kind of. Like right now, we’re cruising along, the boat’s not banging too hard. Just keep a straight line. You know? Pick a destination or pick a point on the horizon and go for it. These boats essentially drive themselves, so.” JIM: “We have our life raft we have procured our life raft. it’s a rental but it’s may save our lives.” “Probably left the dock around 8:30 or so, after loading it up, fueled up and just put the pedal down and started heading
    towards Marco.” “Well here, by Cape Coral. Then you gotta go all the way down the coast, tuck into the side of Sanibel.” “Well we ran 608 miles and that consisted of about three days of
    actual boating. Pretty impressive. I don’t know of too many people that get the opportunity to run that many miles in boat. A lot of people don’t get to do that in a summer let alone a free day.” “We are about one hour into our trip. The
    waves are actually kind of like backed off a little, it’s not quite as choppy.”
    “Yeah.” “And Jim has backed it down to 30. We’ve got a nice kind of ride.” “Nice clip going.” “We’re going along Sanibel Island right now. Been out for just under 3 hours. About 110 miles to do the trip.” We’ve got, what, 50 miles I think to go to Cuba. And weather’s good. We’ve been running real strong. We’ve been anywhere from 35 to 50 miles an hour.”
    “Yeah, been pretty good huh?” “Good trip, yep. Notched it around a little bit of a storm of to our west. I think we’re gonna go right around it.” “Nice, so what’s the next three hours look like?” “Gonna be wet.” “Alright, settle in for some wet weather.” “Yeah, we’ve got the first hundred out of the way. That was pretty easy.” “How’s the boat running?”
    “Oh, the boat’s running awesome. Everything’s good. Crew’s good. All feel good. Now it looks bad out here but we’ll make it.” “Yeah it looks like it’s gonna move a little bit to the to the west, and we’re heading south so, we it looks relatively lighter over there.” “Pretty out here.”
    “Looks a little dark over there.” “Yeah, it’s a great day for a boat ride though.” “What’s your impression of pontoon boats?”
    “Oh it’s just uh it’s a cruiser and it’s a usually a smaller motor, and it’s a girl on the front and cooler full of beers. It’s usually not a “pontoon to Cuba,” you know. Travis gave me a heads up that you guys are gonna be stopping and needing fuel so I met you guys over here on my half day work and get you guys fueled up and say hello before you take off for Key West.” “So what are you thinking we’re gonna put 100+ in?” “I think we’re gonna put 120 in.” “We’re at 30 so.” “And any concerns for your friends about this passage?” “No, not at all. No. I mean, I’m sure that Jim is taking care of a
    lot of things that need to be done and it should be pretty fun. Guys are making history here before too long.” “I like what you said, thank
    you so much.”