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Comedian Rex Navarrete on finding humor through struggle

Courtesy of Rex Navarette

Growing up in South San Francisco during the ‘80s, Rex Navarrete secretly studied comedy. He says Eddie Murphy's records gave him his first lesson in real stand-up and storytelling in middle school.

After a college professor convinced him to bring his own jokes to the stage, Rex found comedy as a way to celebrate his Filipino heritage and voice his thoughts on important issues that weren’t always being talked about. 

"There's a lot of other immigrant kids like myself who need to laugh at our experience."

KALW’s Jenee Darden talks to Rex about how a talent he once hid from his family turned into a career going thirty years strong.

You can catch Rex Navarrete perform at Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco from December 21st through the 23rd.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.