This year’s Lummis Day Festival MC’s come from the worlds of radio, film, comedy and community. All three live here in Northeast L.A. and reflect the extraordinary creativity of the Northeast neighborhoods.
At Sunday’s festival, Robin Reiser and Patrick Perez will split hosting duties on Stages 1 and 2. Bill Murray (not that Bill Murray), a founding member of the Lummis Day organizing committee, will host Stage 3.
Robin Reiser grew up in the suburbs of New York City where she made her glamorous T.V. debut at six months old in diaper commercials. Within a few years she hit the big time when she landed a gig on "Sesame Street." After taking some time off to have a normal childhood and seventy-seven different part time jobs, she now works primarily as a comedian and writer. Her list of credits includes the first season of TBS' "Love Bites," NBC's "Last Comic Standing," commentary on E! and Oxygen. She was also a finalist in the online competition “The Last Comic Sitting.”
Patrick Perez, returning for a third year as a Lummis Day MC, is co-host of 90.7FM KPFK’s “The Pocho Hour of Power," a hilarious weekly Latino political satire show. In his real life, he is an Arroyo Seco-based film and television maker. Educated at Columbia University and UCLA Film School, he has produced, directed or edited many hours of television. He has also translated and dialect coached a number of television shows and feature films. He recently co-wrote and directed his first feature film, the teen comedy "Lola's Love Shack."
Host of the Monday to Friday, Internet-based talk radio shows Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) and Sunday's Community Matters This Week, the nationally respected public safety advocate Bill Murray has a special mission: to address issues of child abuse. But his concerns and activism go much deeper than that. Bill is best known as the founder of L.A. Community Policing, his reaction to the events of 9/11. For the past 12 years he's published its web site, at LACP.org, which encourages residents to engage in public safety, homeland security and in helping their neighbors reduce crime, the fear of crime and improve the quality of life. For the past seven years, Bill Murray has also served as the Lummis Day webmaster.