The Florida Entertainment Summit kicked off to a bit of a late start leading up to an intimate taping of Aida Rodriguez’s Model Behavior at Tempo Live in Hollywood, FL. The night started off slow. Guest arrived with girls wearing color-blocking dresses that reflected the vibrancy of the South Florida nightlife. Gentlemen showed up in hip hop attire dressed in baggy jeans, sneakers and graphic t-shirts.
DJ Cam, the self-titled number one college DJ in South Florida, played a mixture of hip hop classics from Camp Lo and Mary J. Blidge and new school joints from Beyonce which was an unexpected departure since the South Florida hip hop scene is usually centered on Southern rappers and good ol’ fashion booty music. His homage to the best of hip-hop was a welcome surprise and it really brought a class to the night.
A few people helped themselves to the cash bar but most were too busy mingling and passing out business cards, advertising their respective occupations. There were model agents, television production companies, writers and photographers. All of it was a mixture of South Florida creatives.
Around 9 p.m. Rodriguez, who is the LA Hispanic Examiner, took to the stage in her hometown. In the back of the club stood a cameraman operating a jib and alongside him stood a boom microphone operator. White lights shown on Rodriguez who wore a white, satin short jumpsuit and snakeskin heels and stood atop a makeshift stage decorated like a jailhouse lineup.
Here’s a bit of background information on Rodriguez. She grew up in a dysfunctional Puerto Rican family in Miami and became a Miami model and married a professional football player. After both the modeling career and marriage failed she turned to comedy and traveled the world. The title of her comedy DVD, Model Behavior, is an homage to her former profession and also an answer to her L.A. fans that think that everyone who is from Miami is a model.
Rodriguez’s set was many things, but it was all her. Many comedians will tell you that comedy comes from pain and it’s apparent that Rodriguez has had her fair share but she takes it all in stride. She’s even brash about it. Her three brothers were in attendance that night and sat to the left of her as she performed. She didn’t talk about them as if they weren’t there. She talked about them and then told you that they were there. It was an interesting family dynamic and it was so refreshing to see someone unearth dark family secrets like the fact that her mother told her that she was her greatest disappointment despite the fact that her mother had six kids by five fathers and see that there was no bitterness about it. When she talked about her brothers’ failures, all eyes fixed on them and they thought the jokes were just as funny as the rest of us. That’s one cool family.
The rest of her set included jokes about race, sexuality, masturbation, religion and politics. She was truly an equal opportunity offender much in the same vein as popular comedians like Daniel Tosh and Kathy Griffin. It just goes to show that it’s okay to be offensive as long as you’re funny and Rodriguez definitely is.
One of the funniest moments of the night was a joke Rodriguez told about dating. Rodriguez has recently returned to the dating scene. She told a joke about a man she once dated who was a preacher’s kid that used the Bible to justify his bad behavior. One night she told him, “you can’t be sleeping with everybody.” His response, “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
You can’t beat a joke like that. If you would like to get a copy of this DVD, visit Rodriguez’s twitter page and read her Examiner page. For more on The Florida Entertainment Summit come back to this page, where I will be covering the film screening of Note to Self by Trey Haley which takes place on Thursday, November 29 at 4 p.m. at O Cinema in Miami.
If you liked this article, hit ‘subscribe’ at the top of the page to get instant notifications when Niema Hulin posts a new article. You can also follow her on facebook and twitter.