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Cipha Sounds

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About Cipha* In 1996, Cipha Sounds started as an intern with Wildman Steve and DJ Riz of New York's Flip Squad, and eventually Riz asked Cipha to spin at clubs with him as an opening DJ. Later on, the opportunity of a lifetime presented itself when Lil' Kim asked Cipha to go on tour with her. For a year and a half Cipha worked with Lil' Kim, the country and Europe. After he returned to the U.S., Hot 97's Funkmaster Flex asked Cipha to join his Big Dawg Pitbulls crew. Cipha became a mix show DJ on Funkmaster Flex's evening show on Hot 97, and he eventually got his own show called *Cipha Saturdays* at the same station. On Sirius Satellite Radio's Shade 45 channel, he hosted a show called *The Cipha Sounds Effect* along with Angela Yee, DJ Wonder and the Emoticon. He started the show in 2004, and his last show was on July 1, 2008. Before moving on from Shade 45, Cipha started a podcast that became the weekend morning show on Hot 97 with Peter Rosenberg. It aired every Sunday from 4am to 9am. The show was called The Cipha/Rosenberg Experience. After the shows following grew they were giving a Saturday morning slot from 6am to 10am. The show's extremely high ratings for its time slot was unheard of so hot 97 moved The Cipha/Rosenberg Experience to Mon-Fri 5am to 7am and in August took the entire daypart from 5am to 10am. It is HOT 97's new morning lineup. *About Sergio Chicon* Sergio Chicon was born and raised in New York City’s Lower East Side. His energy and stage presence brings out the natural performer that he is Always the entertainer amongst friends and family, its no wonder that in the short time he has been doing stand up, he has moved along very quickly, performing in clubs all over the city. Sergio’s comedy style cannot easily be labeled, though it can fall in the categories of urban, physical and self deprecating humor. His uninhibited animated style and high energy capture the audience's immediate attention. His mannerisms and facial expressions allow him to dip in and out of characters such as his favored "construction worker". With few limitations on and off stage, Sergio is the producer of his own new talent show, *Serg’s Fresh Faces*, at New York City’s *Laugh Lounge,*featuring some of the freshest and hottest new talent in New York City. Sergio was featured Comedy Central’s “*Funaticos*” & Comedy Central’s “*Los LOL*”, *MTV TR3S*, *Miami Comedy Festival*, *SITV*, *Comedy Net*,*BET* *on Blast,* and performed at the *Comedy Café* in Amsterdam. Sergio is currently on tour with “*The Gangsta of Comedy*" *Capone and the 5 M.I.C.s.* *About Angelo Lozada* Hailed as one of the top 50 Latino comics in the U.S., Bronx native Angelo Lozada attributes his upbringing in the boogie-down for his comedic stylings. His career has included stand-up, sketch comedy, writing, theater and film. His television stand-up credits include NBC’s Showtime at the Apollo, BET’s Comic View, SiTV’s Latino Laugh Festival, and most recently, Martin Lawrence Presents: First Amendment on the STARZ cable television network. Housed at the famed Nuyorican Poet’s Café for twelve years, his acclaimed comedy troupe, Nuyorican Rule appeared in Showtime at the Apollo and veteran comic Robert Klein’s New Joke City. As co-founder and head writer, Lozada wrote and performed about urban experiences, challenging race, class and gender stereotypes through comedy. This revolutionary comedy troupe has inspired numerous other urban comedy troupes and is often recalled and invited to return to large and small stages. In addition, Lozada has numerous writing credits on different media, including animation, digital, print and commercial. Lozada has been a head writer on the animated series, Lugar Heights, featured on Galavision, MTV3, MUN2, MTV3, a head writer for comedynet.com, and monthly columnist focusing on Latina/o culture for the New York Daily News. He has also found commercial success in head writing for a national advertisement campaign for Burger King. His acting experiences include both theatre and film. In 2009, Lozada was invited and accepted to perform in the New York Stage and Film’s production of A Shoe Story, written by acclaimed New York City Hip Hop Theater writer/artist Ben Snyder and directed by In the Heights’ Tommy Kail. His film appearances have included Destination Unknown, Arrangement, The Start-up, and Blind Leading the Blind, one of the 2007 New York City’s Latino International Festival’s featured short films. Proud to perform in English and Spanish, Lozada enjoys using his Puerto Rican heritage to unite folks of all backgrounds to understand the human experience through laughter.

 

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