“Valls is as true to her ethnicity as she is to her sexuality; knocking TV audiences on their behinds!” Curve Magazine
Fasten your seatbelts! Sandra Valls is a brash, high energy, outrageously funny, latina, comic and then some. Voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics, she sure packs a punch with her frank, in-your-face comedy performing all over the country as one of the world’s only out Latina comics!
Sandra ignites the stage with a powerful and electric performance in Showtime’s hit comedy special, The Latin Divas of Comedy, which was just recently nominated for an Alma Award. Her other television credits include Outlaugh Festival, One Night Stand Up (LOGO), Comic’s Unleashed with Byron Allen (ABC), Habla !(HBO), to name a few. From hosting the GLAAD Media Awards to sharing the stage with Eva Longoria at the HBO Comedy Festival, Sandra still finds time to give back to the community by volunteering and producing comedy shows for various causes including benefits/fundraisers for AIDS, sobriety, domestic violence and LGBT rights. Always an activist of human rights, GLAAD has honored Sandra’s work at Mun2 with a Special Recognition Award for her groundbreaking achievements in production for promoting fair and accurate representation of the lgbt community in english-speaking latino TV. The California Senate presented Sandra with a Certificate of Recognition for her relentless support of people in recovery in the LGBT community as exemplified by her leadership in producing an annual comedy show “One Gay at a Time.”
And now she’s a published author fresh off the press in “Out on the Edge: America’s Rebel Comics.” A funny and illuminating piece about what it’s like to be a lesbian and a woman of color in the comedy world!
But the story begins much earlier in a little town called Scottsbluff, Nebraska when Sandra was born into a Mexican family (what’s a Mexican doing in a red state?) who quickly moved to Mexico where Sandra spent her formative years. At age 6, they subsequently, made the “big move” to America (for the record, there was no swimming involved) and then settled in Laredo, Texas (yes, the very one made famous by that annoying song.) Sandra attended catholic school but experienced a very difficult first day of school as she didn’t speak one word of English (que?) and the nuns would charge 5 cents for every Spanish word spoken. (dios mio!) Needless to say, she never had lunch money throughout the first grade. As the years passed by, the only way Sandra coped with catholic school was acting a fool, playing in a garage band, and the assurance that, every now and then, a strong gust of wind would come along and blow the girls’ blue plaid skirts up to the heavens. (Thank god for uniforms.)
Sandra attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied acting and starred in numerous musical productions including Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Merrily We Roll Along, for which she won an Austin Circle of Theatres Best Actress Award. She then ventured forth to New York City (What? An unmarried, childless, Mexican, catholic girl off to NYC by herself?) to study Musical Theater and then found herself in Boston fronting an eight piece R&B horn band. Yes, this girl can sing! I mean, really sing! R&B, rock, blues, you name it! Just ask her when you see her. She’ll break into song for you! This girl can SAAAHNG! It was in Boston where she began doing some serious comedy after an ex-lover broke up with her then signed her up for comedy classes as a consolation prize. (That’s no joke!) It wasn’t until after yet another breakup that Sandra moved, um, ran, well, escaped, clear across the country to Los Angeles to start anew and take the world by storm!
Learn more about Sandra Valls at WeLoveSandra.com.
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