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Care to Laugh (USA, 77 Min) Opening Event, Midwest Premiere

AARP Studios presents Care to Laugh a feature length documentary following Jesus Trejo, a rising star in the comedy world who is pursuing his dream of becoming a successful comedian while caring for his aging parents. 

Jesus' world changed when his mother Adelaida, underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumor. While most aspiring comedians build their careers on the road, Jesus juggles his responsibilities at home in Long Beach with open mics and auditions in the Los Angeles area, often driving more than two hours each way daily. As the pressure of his budding career mounts the family receives more devastating news, Jesus’ father Antonio, is diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. 

As an only child, Jesus becomes his parents’ sole caregiver. Transforming adversity into comedy, Jesus uses his life experience as material for his routine. He continues to reach for his dream while also taking over his father’s landscaping business to keep the family afloat. When his set catches the eye of producers at The Late Late Show with James Corden Jesus may have scored the big break he’s been banking on. 

Born and raised in Long Beach, Calif., Jesus was recently named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch 2017. A regular at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, Trejo often appears on Comedy Central’s ROAST BATTLE, and can be seen on ADAM DEVINE'S HOUSE PARTY, Season 2 of STAND UP & DELIVER (Nuvo TV), UPROARIOUS (Fuse), and as a recurring cast member on TBS’s sitcom SULLIVAN & SON. Jesus was selected to be a NEW FACE comedian in 2016 for the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. 

For fans of Uproarious and I Am Comic

For fans of Uproarious and I Am Comic

Special live stand up show by Jesus Trejos at 7:20pm following the screening.