The campaign is led by Cuban Eduardo Rodríguez, coordinator of American Eagle at the international airport in that city in southern Florida.
“I continue, without rest, asking all the competent authorities of this great city in South Florida, that a street in Miami be named after Álvarez Guedes, in honor of his memory and all his legacy,” Rodríguez wrote when requesting community assistance from Facebook.
The legend of the Cuban comedy scene already has a star on the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame in Miami, where the names of Celia Cruz and Emilio Estefan are also immortalized.
The star was placed in 2016 as part of a tribute to the humorist born in Unión Reyes, Matanzas province, in 1927.
Álvarez Guedes’ artistic career was characterized by the particular use of popular language that led him to transcend in Cuba, Puerto Rico, other Latin American countries and the United States until his death in 2013.
On the island, his work was widely known for several generations, despite the fact that the government imposed an official silence against it when the comedian decided to go into exile in Miami.
Álvarez Guedes is considered one of the founders of the stand-up comedy artistic genre in Latin America.
The comedian from the age of five began acting with appearances in the theater of his town and as a teenager he was working in traveling circuses. Years later, he starred in radio and television appearances.
Álvarez Guedes demonstrated his talent in skits, comedies and musicals until he became a humorous icon of Cubans with his character of the drunkard and also worked alongside the legendary actress Rita Montaner.
He founded the GEMA label on the Island and after his exile he established the Gema Records company together with his brother in Puerto Rico.
In the 70s and 80s he recorded humorous albums in which he expressed his desire for political change in Cuba. He also wrote books and participated in several films.
Before passing away from stomach problems, he hosted a 3-hour radio program on the Clásica 92.3 FM station in Miami, with a wide Hispanic audience.
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