Santiago is the
first born of at least four children. He became a standup after narrowly
escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was
funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. It’s been said he was born
to Puerto Rican immigrants, which is technically untrue, as Puerto Ricans are
US citizens. Although, he’s got an uncle who was once deported to the Bronx.
the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents:
Bill Santiago,” he
won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice
the vocabulary and half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque
led to his hilarious new book: "PARDON
MY SPANGLISH ¡Porque Because!" a full-immersion comedic
excursion into Latino USA, via the unofficial, all-American language: Spanglish. It's
the only humor book about Spanglish ever written entirely in Spanglish! And
some universities are already using the book in their classrooms.
In "PARDON MY SPANGLISH
¡Porque Because!" Santiago chronicles the quintessentially
American alegrías of his mother tongue: the quirky, hilariously improvisational
fusion of inglés and español spoken by millions (even if they don't know or
admit que están doing it). With crash-course efficiency, cada página de este
libro empowers your every step toward Spanglish mastery.
And if you don't speak any Spanish, no problemo! Pardon My
Spanglish is essential reading for Latinos-and the Latino-curious. The book is
available at www.amazon.com and www.pardonmyspanglish.com
Television, in addition to his Comedy Central Presents special, Bill has
also appeared “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,”
“Que Locos,” “American Latino,” and “The Late Late Show with Craig
year, he hosted the Latin Grammy Person of the Year Award ceremony, honoring
Juan Luis Guerra (the tallest Dominican he’s ever met), at the Mandalay Bay
Hotel in Las Vegas.
an awarding-winning journalist (despite his worst efforts), he contributed
regularly to newspapers including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los
Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer. While
living in Puerto Rico, he worked as a staff writer for the San Juan Star. He
was also a humor columnist for Mother Jones magazine online.
not on stage, he enjoys curling up with a good book or a well-read,
Spanglish-speaking woman. He lives in New York City.