Bill Santiago is the first born of at least four children. He became a standup after narrowly escaping a career in journalism, facing the fact that as a comedian he was funny, but as a reporter he was a joke. It’s been said he was born to Puerto Rican immigrants, which is technically untrue, as Puerto Ricans are US citizens. Although, he’s got an uncle who was once deported to the Bronx.
Currently he appears every Saturday morning on CNN with Randi Kaye, delivering comic relief commentary via Santiago’s Weekly Pop Wrapup.
While connecting solidly with his Latino fans, Santiago is just as as popular for his savvy mainstream material, reminiscent of George Carlin and Jerry Seinfeld, and showcasing Santiago’s journalistic roots, obsessions with language, and keen insights on everything from family to culture to cats to politics to religion to life and death to dance to Facebook.
With the premiere of his first television special, “Comedy Central Presents: Bill Santiago,” he won over fans nationwide with his dead-on observations about Spanglish – “twice the vocabulary, half the grammar!” and his beloved catchphrase “¡Porque Because!” Which led to his first book, “Pardon My Spanglish. ¡Porque Because!” The book is now being used at universities and high schools across the country to stimulate discussions about identity, language and multiculturalism. Santiago’s second half-hour special for Showtime LOL aired in 2011.