South City Stars Ready
For Big Time
“Oh I’m not a comedian, but I love comedy!” says South City local Erica Menjivar, a former South San Francisco High School student who graduated from Armijo High School in 1993.
Well that seems to be an understatement as Menjivar is the co-creator of the animated ‘The Guzman Show’; a very funny, over the top, edgy, politically incorrect, raunchy show. Think ‘The Family Guy Becomes Latino’. The latest episode makes fun of the whole Kardashian pregnancy. “It’s definitely not for those easily offended, but if you like Family Guy or South Park, then you will think it’s funny” Menjivar explains.
After watching a few episodes, we have to agree this show is going to make it big time. And to think this idea was conceived while Menjivar and her sister, Claudia Menjivar, the show’s co-creator, were on their way to the gym one day. “My sister said ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be funny if there was a family guy for Mexicans but instead of a dog they had a goat?’ I started laughing so hard and then said, “Hey!!! We can do it!”
With Erica’s boyfriend, Soyel Sheen Gon, on board the show began to take shape. “I come from ten years in the video game industry (Sony PlayStation) so I know how much entertainment sells.” Ericka explains “My dream for The Guzman Show is to be as well known as Annoying Oranges and eventually make its way to TV. We will come out with a mobile app for iPhones soon, so I am looking at my cartoon as an interactive cartoon using all forms to stay connected with our growing audience.”
With an amazing team and an amazing animator this show is ready to hit the next level. “Currently, we are looking for a partnership that can help us take this to the next level, since I am funding this myself at the moment.” Ericka told us “The startup budget needed is between $50,000 and $100,000 with us growing as our funding grows. We really look forward to putting out more episodes more often. But we mainly started this because this is what we love to do and it’s true, laughter is the best medicine.” When we asked her how much her own humor came into play she told us, “I don’t consider myself that funny even though many people tell me I am. But I LOVE comedy and I love bringing in local stand up comedians to do voices, because I give them the freedom to improv a lot of the lines. We all enjoy working together creating this and look forward to the next step; we know this is going to go big!”
And we know so too, so be sure to check it out at http://theguzmanshow.com and follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GuzmanShow But remember this show is NSFW (not safe for work) so enjoy it on your own time on your own devices!
Meet the extremely talented & experienced team
A native San Franciscan, Erica comes to the project having previously spent 10 years in the video game industry, working for such notable companies as Sony Playstation. After discovering her passion for film, Erica first lent her expertise in marketing and public relations to the film Una Pelicula de la Mision (Mission Movie), directed by Lise Swenson, which went on to win Best Feature at the New York International Latino Film Festival in 2004. She is co-creator of Cardboard House Productions and The Guzman Show.
Claudia Menjivar: Producer, Co-Creator
A native San Franciscan that graduated from Ex’Pression College in Animation and 3D modeling. She currently works at SiXiTS Inc., a company that specializes in mobile apps. She is also co-creator of Cardboard House Productions and The Guzman Show.
A native from East Los Angeles. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after high school, and is the owner and proprietor of a local distribution company. He has been a lover of animation since he was a boy, and took animation courses at Cal Poly. He is also a big fan of stand-up comedy. He is co-creator of The Guzman Show.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has been living in the Bay Area on and off again for the past 10 years. Having attended classes at the Academy of Art university majoring in Illustration and Animation, he now currently works as a freelance Flash Animator, most notably as the lead animator for the Guzman Show. Past projects have included music videos for Bay Area bands, and animating pilots for the Fox Cartoon Network.
A Producer for film, and mobile games. She is the owner of Jus Guerrilla Films, and Justastic Interactive. She has produced and directed short films; most notably, “Surprise”, nominated for best short film at Indie Fest 2010. Her career spans from Sony Computer Entertainment where she was a Producer and writer for many popular video games and marketing media for PS1 & 2, to Industrial Light and Magic where she helped coordinate R&D issues for hit films like Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3, and Harry Potter. Her focus is developing new IP’s for multi-media platforms and mass appeal.
Is a San Francisco Bay Area native with 10 years of video production and TV broadcasting experience. Recently he has been active in digital filmmaking taking on the roles of writer, producer, director and acting(when needed). Jesus also spent a lot of his childhood in the Guadalajara area of Jalisco, Mexico and his work and style reflects his experiences living in both countries. In addition to video and film, he is also involved in event promotions in the Bay Area such as, art exhibitions, Lucha Libre, music shows and fundraisers.
Meet The Guzman’s