With roughly 55 people in attendance, La Verne’s new late night show “Late Night La Verne with Rico Selva” aired with a launch party last Friday night in the Student Center. The show is the first of five that will be airing throughout the semester.
Senior television broadcast major Rich Uranga created “Late Night La Verne with Rico Selva.”
In order to graduate in the communications department, students must complete senior projects with approval by an adviser.
For Uranga’s senior project, he has taken on the role of creator, producer and star of the late night show.
“Rico Selva” was thought up when Uranga took a trip to Brazil. He was staying in the Amazon and became friends with the natives.
The natives called Rich by the Portuguese translation, Rico. Selva was added in jest and Uranga’s alter ego, Rico Selva, was born.
“Late Night La Verne with Rico Selva” is a comedy talk show that is much like “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” or “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
There is an opening monologue, special appearances, sketches and a live band.
“It’s really funny,” freshman Lilia Cabello said. “I’d watch it again.”
The first show had guest stars Miss La Verne Jennifer Barlow and Bonita High School track coach Stan Whitley. Whitley was more than happy to appear on the show.
“It makes me feel like part of Hollywood,” Whitley said.
“Late Night in La Verne with Rico Selva” will air on La Verne Community TV Channel 3, KWST Channel 10 San Dimas and Claremont Access Channel 29. Additionally, Covina, Pomona, Whittier, Hacienda Heights, La Puente, Bassett and Valinda will air the show.
The show is created bi-weekly; one show will air on these public access channels at different times throughout two weeks until the next show.
With the first show done and a lot of technical stuff out of the way Uranga is hoping to focus on the more creative side of the show along with providing more rehearsal time.
“It’s a work in progress,” Erin Zabarnick said.
Zabarnick hosted the launch party as part of her senior project.
Zabarnick is a public relations major and is also completing a senior project. Hosting the launch party, creating flyers, writing press releases is a portion of Zabarnick’s senior project.
The launch party had a few snags, like the TV breaking right before the airing of the show and the non-stop noise from the basketball players above, but Zabarnick handled it like a true professional—calm, cool and collected.
“The party turned out great, a lot of people showed up from family to friends and people on campus,” Zabarnick said.
“It’s great that one of our students has taken such a big job,” senior communications major Mary Ann Borer said. “It’s different from any other student’s senior project.”
Since creating a television show requires an absurd amount of work, there are several seniors working to make Uranga’s vision a reality.
Other students are helping with graphics, editing, promotion and talent, among other things.
It will be interesting to watch how the show evolves over the next few months.
Sarah Weaver can be reached at email@example.com.