Dominican artists will gather in New York Sunday to pay tribute to the late comic.
Veteran Dominican comedian Cuquín Victoria can’t help but crack jokes that recall nearly 40 years of collaboration with his compatriot Freddy Beras Goico, the influential funnyman who died in November. “One of the things Freddy always wanted was that we remember him with cheer and humor, with happiness, like if he was still with us,” Victoria said in Spanish from Santo Domingo, “and that’s what we intend to do.”
Victoria, 63, will be part of a gathering of the Dominican Republic’s top comedians on Saturday at 8 p.m. for a posthumous tribute to Beras Goico at the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights.
He will be joined by another veteran comedian, Felipe Polanco, known as Boruga; the duo of Raymond [Pozo] & Miguel [Céspedes], Jochy Santos and newcomer Carlos Sánchez.
Merengue star Johnny Ventura, whose tune “El carbonero” was written by Beras Goico, will also perform, said the show’s producer, Vidal Cedeño, who called the late pioneering comedian the “father of Dominican humor.”
Beras Goico was part of the annual Spanish-language show “Amor con humor se paga,” since it was first held, in 2007. At the time, he was returning to the stage after initial treatment for pancreatic cancer.
He lost his battle to the disease last Nov. 18 at the age of 69, after more than 50 years in Dominican radio and television.
“It’s the first time that we are going to work in New York without Freddy’s physical presence,” said Victoria. “He’s still in the minds and hearts of those of us who worked with him for so long.”
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