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On This Day In Comedy… In 1970 Comedian, Actor, Writer Freddy Soto Was Born!

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On this day in comedy on June 22, 1970, Comedian, Actor, Writer, Freddy Soto (Alfred Soto, Jr.) was born in El Paso, Texas.

Soto broke into comedy at the top: he was a limo driver for the legend, Richard Pryor.  Before long he was on his way downhill – he became the doorman at the World-Famous Comedy Store.  Next thing you know he changed up again. Soto became a national headliner.

Things moved fast.  Soto toured with Pablo Francisco and Carlos Mencia as “The Three Amigos” in 2001 and 2002.   He cranked out two comedy specials; one for HBO the other for Comedy Central. Soto appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.   He also had a role in the Adam Sandler film, Spanglish.    Everything was going fine and then tragedy struck.

Freddy Soto died on July 10, 2005.   He had performed a set at the Laugh Factory, went to a friend’s house, fell asleep and never woke up.   Four months later, the coroner’s report stated the cause of death was a combination of alcohol, fentanyl (a morphine-like substance) and Xanax.    He was 35 years old.

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