• Will Arturo Castro be Comedy Central’s next sketch comedy star?

    Arturo CastroComedy Central released a trailer for its next (hopefully) hit sketch series, Alternatino with Arturo Castro. Alternatino will showcase star and creator Arturo Castro’s perspective on relationships, life’s awkward moments, and what it means to be a Latin millennial. The sketch series premieres this summer.

    Viewers may recognize Castro from his role as Jaime on the recently departed hit Broad City. “Comedy Central has been my home for the past six years, my literal home,” the Narcos star said. “They have big offices and central heating.” He continued, “I’m honored to be a part of this family and to have the opportunity to amplify the voice of a community that seems to be under siege at the moment.”

    The Guatemalan actor is likely referencing President Donald Trump’s neverending onslaught against Latino immigrants.

    Aside from Broad City and Narcos, Castro only has a handful of roles in some smaller films and an Australian digital comedy series No Activity.

    Comedy Central searches for next comedy star

    Comedy Central appears to be positioning Alternatino with Arturo Castro as its next sketch show to launch their next comedy star. According to a press release, the network hopes the show will use “modern Latino identity (misconceptions and all) as a fresh filter to cultural commentary about our daily lives and the zeitgeist.”

    The release mentions Comedy Central’s past sketch stars who broke out on the network: Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Nick Kroll, Key & Peele (but noticeably excluded admitted joke thief Carlos Mencia). With staple shows leaving ending like Broad City and Nathan For You, network execs are looking for the next big hit in their programming. Many critics think The Other Two will be that hit, but right now the schedule is wide-open for a new, young comedy darling at the Viacom network.

    Alternatino with Arturo Castro premieres June 18 at 10:30 p.m. New episodes will stream the next day on the Comedy Central App and at cc.com.

    Get excited now and watch the trailer below.

    Billy Procida

    Laughspin editor-in-chief Billy Procida is a stand-up comedian in New York City. He hosts The Manwhore Podcast where he talks to women he's hooked up with about sex, dating, and why they didn't work out. Reach him on Twitter.

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