We had the good fortune of connecting with Ricardo and Adriana and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ricardo and Adriana, why did you pursue a creative career?
Our mother always stressed the importance of pursuing ones dreams. From an early age that dream manifested itself in different ways.

With MTV being our main source of entertainment; it was no question that the stage was our first love. It didn’t matter if it was singing, acting, or comedy; one way or another the lights beaconed to us like the siren calls of greek mythology.

In 2022 that stage just happens to be in the den of a one bedroom apartment overlooking the Dallas north tollway. Our podcast, Chismes and Menudo, allows us to express our creativity in an unexpected medium.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My brother Ricky and I have always had a relationship based in humor. Our father was always cracking jokes and teasing us so our love of laughing and making people laugh is an art form that is best rooted in family. The jokes we say are things we’ve said to each other since we were children. There’s a certain level of trust that we have with one another that is required to be able to put ourselves out there to the public and display the dynamic in our brother sister relationship. What separates us from the rest is that, while we were raised in a Mexican American home, we were not brought up in the traditional machismo Mexican household. Our parents were liberal and progressive with their teachings, and conservative in our everyday life so there were aspects of our own being that we were able to explore and to allow to flourish at home. I, the sister, was able to nurture my masculine side with the help of Our father, who would teach me to shadow box in the yard, and allowed me to curse at an early age (only in front of him, and never in front of my mom) as a way to express my emotions. My brother was more connected to our mother and was raised to be able to trust his feelings and display his emotions without shame. We have the trust in eachother that we will tell each other what is needed, regardless of our feelings, in order to get to where we want to be in our career because of the way we were raised. That level of confidence in each other is exactly how we get through the challenges of our craft. the biggest lesson that we have learned from our experoience as business partners, is that above all else, we will respect each other. Through this partnership we have learned that although we had the same experiences as children, we definitely do remember things differently, and that that’s ok. The one thing we would like for people to take away from listening to our podcast is that before anything else we are brother and sister ALWAYS and that even the best of relationships can flourish and grow with respect, communication, and a little bit of humor.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Mornings at Jonathon’s in oak cliff near the Dallas zoo, a must. Pecan lodge in Deep Ellum for lunch, and Gloria’s in Addison for dinner and dancing!

Dallas has so much to do, but I would definitely take a friend to the Dallas zoo, the arboretum, and go to as many farmers markets as we can find during the day. Deep Ellum for everything else!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
To our mother, Elena; to our supportive spouses, John and Jesenia, to our editor Carlos, and to Pedro, the person who first pushed us to get started in the first place, we thank you for the unconditional love and support.

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Dylann Gumpert

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