1926 – 2013
Today we learn the sad news that Cuban American comedian Alvarez Guedes has passed away at his home in Kendall at the age of 86. Many of us grew up listening to Guedes’ hilarious and sometimes raunchy jokes as our parents and grandparents played his comedy LPs and 8-Tracks in our homes, get-togethers, and parties. Besides being an incredibly talented and funny comedian, Guedes understood the Cuban mind and knew how to make us roar with laughter. Above that, he also understood our pain of loss and exile and helped us cope with it by making us laugh when most of us wanted to cry.
The world today is a sadder place without Alvarez Guedes and the Cuban exile community has lost yet another icon. Thankfully, his jokes remain recorded on media, our minds, and in our hearts.
We will miss you, Alvarez. Thank you for making us laugh.