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


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.

By Darryl “D’Militant” Littleton

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