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Broken Home (aka Gentle Hustle)

Somewhere in the middle of the country and in the middle of a big, extended family, Ramon Rivas II is trying to figure it all out. He hopes to find all the good things in life that most people want. But every time Ramon makes his push, it seems that life pushes back a little harder. He’s not passive. He’s just chill. He’ll work the angles to get by, remaining hopeful that his smarts and a little luck will be enough. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Set in the working class suburbs outside Cleveland Ohio where he grew up, Ramon faces down the ongoing challenges that he sees as his birthright. Born into a family where everyone has always struggled to get by, Ramon isn’t sure if his latest entrepreneurial enterprise of designing cool t-shirts will pan out. In the meantime, Ramon will try to go back to his college to see if he can get a refund for his degree eight years after graduation. After all, he’s not using it. His beater of a car barely gets him from place to place. And since he can’t afford Triple-A, he figures out that it’s cheaper to call an Uber to get a jump for his dead battery, buying and returning the jumper cables before and after. Life is a game and Ramon is always drawing up new plays.

Years after leaving home to live with his female best friend and her three chickens, Ramon now finds himself needing to move back in with his dad. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, his mother needs to move back in as well. Watching his divorced parents become roommates again may prove to be too much for Ramon to handle. And there’s not enough weed in his stash to make it all seem okay. While Ramon’s childhood bedroom will work as his home base for the time being, he does not want to see it as a permanent situation. But he’s going to have to try to make the best of it because it may be more permanent than he is ready to admit.

Ramon, 30ish, is neither an alpha male, nor a beta. He found a happy medium that worked for years inside his family and he’s now putting those coping skills to use out in the world. Ramon keeps his money in an old i-Phone box in his room because he doesn’t trust the banks. Besides, he’s got mad overdraft fees, so fuck the banks. He’d like to get in shape so he bought a spin bike thinking he’d work out while playing video games. But he just wound up playing video games. The bike sits in his room, a reminder of his good intentions, draped in his dirty clothes. Dating remains a mystery to Ramon answering what he thinks will be a 1am booty call but turns out to be just a friendly hang in the mind of the girl who wants his opinion of her dream to start a food truck as a small business. He’s a good dude, but seriously, WTF?

  • Ramon Rivas
    The Half Hour (2016)
    The Guest List (2017)
    @midnight (multiple)
    "Debt is no joke" segment
  • MTV2
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    Comedy, drama
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  • Life
    Awkward 1st Date
    July 1, 2012
    Whispiest moustache, chillest vibes 1999-now
Writer Biography - Ramon Rivas

RAMON RIVAS is a stand up comedian and eminent latino from Cleveland, OH. Resonating a low-fi swag with a fine taste in jokes, juices and dope sandwiches, Ramon made a name for himself by spending time in Chicago, New York & Los Angeles while building up the independent comedy scene in Cleveland through his ACCIDENTAL COMEDY shows, performing as often as possible for a gently employed stoner. In 2016, he recorded his television debut, an episode on the newest season of THE HALF HOUR with COMEDY CENTRAL. Rivas was one of 17 artists selected, an outlier from the middle of the country, an independent artist with no manager or agent.

Since taping, Ramon has appeared on @MIDNIGHT (winning July 21), MTV Decoded, VICELAND & more. He also joined the management team at BRILLSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT.

In addition to performing, Ramon has been featured on numerous podcasts like YKWD with Robert Kelly & tour video, The K-Ohle Podcast with Kurt Braunohler, Doug Benson's DOUG LOVES MOVIES, Sklarboro Bros Country and more. Ramon's positive vibes and chill comedic momentum earned him a coveted spots as a performer in 2014's San Francisco SketchFest and the inaugural Chicago Comedy Exposition. The following year, Ramon was invited to take part in the first NBCUniversal & Second City Breakout Comedy Fest and ended the year being selected by COMEDY CENTRAL as one of 2015's COMICS TO WATCH for the New York Comedy Festival.

As the founder of the Accidental Comedy Fest (Est 2011) and curator of Accidental Comedy Club, Ramon brought indie, DIY comedy shows to a new generation of Cleveland artists & audiences by producing open mics, showcases, and professional shows featuring emerging local & regional talent paired with top, headlining acts like Hannibal Buress, Kyle Kinane, and The Lucas Brothers at some of the best venues the greater Cleveland area has to offer.

His work and the overall growth of the Cleveland scene was featured in the documentary film MAKE FUN (2013). ACCIDENTAL was named BEST COMEDY VENUE by Cleveland Scene Magazine in 2016, even though the group has no physical home. So they had to add (SERIES) in parenthesis. It's some real pied-piper shit, which is dope.

Ramon now lives in Los Angeles, returning home frequently to feel happiness.

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Cleveland is a great place to fail anonymously