Episode 71: Punching Up with Christian Cintron

In Episode 71, Dan talks to comedian Christian Cintron about creating uplifting comedy, processing trauma through stand-up, and punching up instead of down.

Christian Cintron is a jack-of-all-trades, master of fun. He’s a writer, comedian, actor, and spiritualist. His work has appeared in Hollywood.com, Queerty, The Authentic Gay, and Ranker to name a few. He’s also a regular contributor to Backstage.com about comedy. He’s a graduate of The Second City: Hollywood, iO West, and Vassar College. As a Nuyorican, he’s committed to social justice and making the world a better place. 

You can find Christian on Twitter @StandUp4YourPower and online at standup4yourpower.carrd.co and linktr.ee/standup4yourpower.
You can purchase the first book/lesson of the Stand Up 4 Your Power book series on Amazon. (Link: https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Your-Power-intersectional-self-improvement-ebook/dp/B09HJ9JC7T

This episode was recorded on July 19th, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod

CW: mental illness, generational trauma, genocide, abuse, rape, suicidal ideation

Texts Mentioned in the Episode

“You don’t have to lose your edge to make comedy that’s uplifting for the masses. It should be about something deeper.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Having someone understand what I’m saying is one of the most important things to me.” @StandUp4YourPower

“I personally believe that rhetoric is stronger than grammar–and more important. I think grammar is part of gatekeeping in society.” @StandUp4YourPower

“That’s sort of the weird rub of college, that you learn a lot of skills that don’t always serve you…I wish that college was a little more integrated.” @StandUp4YourPower

“For me, writing is more the way a sculptor cuts away at rock.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Writing is best when it comes from a place of being healed.” @StandUp4YourPower

“The deepest [writing] is the most universal. But sometimes that’s the most specifically you.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Do you have a relationship with yourself out in the world or do you have a relationship with the world inside yourself? I think what we don’t realize as human beings, and where there’s a lack of empathy, is that everyone has a world as complex inside them as you do.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Wouldn’t a pandemic that affects the entire planet usher in a new age for humanity?…There is a collective trauma, there is a collective eye-opening, there is a collective awareness, there is a collective enlightenment. We cannot pretend anymore.” @StandUp4YourPower

“I’ve always been more concerned with being respected than being liked.” @StandUp4YourPower

“I didn’t realize how angry I was until I started doing stand-up in drag.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Stand-up is shadow work.” @StandUp4YourPower

“If you’re going to take a shot at anyone, they should be the first ones laughing.” @StandUp4YourPower

“I think inspiration is misunderstood. Inspiration is energy from something higher than us…but the writing still needs to come from you.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Part of the need to attack other people is the hurt inside.” @StandUp4YourPower

“I feel like world peace would be installed if the final level in Call of Duty was to process your issues.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Say it because no one else can say it.” @StandUp4YourPower

“Some of my writing has been informed by the times that I didn’t write…I think we get so stuck on having a voice. Your voice is kind of always going to be there, but you might not always have something to say.” @StandUp4YourPower

The inaugural Humanities Podcasting Symposium will open new conversations between podcasters in the Humanities, guided by the aims of the Humanities Podcast Network. The event will gather instructors, scholars, and independent creators working in the Humanities, and build support for those who are interested teaching with podcasts and/or making their own podcasts. It will be free to attend and open to all.

Our featured guest will be Latif Nasser of WNYC’s Radiolab.

The conference will take place virtually over Zoom (link will be provided closer to the date). You can register to attend in advance on Eventbrite.

Sessions will include:

  • Roundtable discussions about different elements of Humanities podcasting, including questions about tone/style/form/aesthetics, audience, interview techniques, accreditation, peer review, open access, and more
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