How does a kid from the Bronx, with Dominican parents, end up with a Russian name? “My father was very into reading left-wing political stuff,” comedian Vladimir Caamano explains. “He read a book on Vladimir Lenin and he said, ‘That’s a great name.’” The only problem was, with his thick Dominican accent, the elder Caamano couldn’t pronounce it. “My name is Vladimir but he says, ‘Blah.’ He just yells that instead of my name.” It was his older brother and a cousin who exposed him to Eddie Murphy, which would change the course of his life. “I just thought it would be great to make my older brother and cousin laugh the way Eddie made them laugh.” Humor also served another purpose. “We each have our own set of anxieties and traumas that lead us to humor,” he says. “Growing up in the Bronx we had some rough times. You develop humor as a coping and defense mechanism.” That’s what makes his comedy relatable, he feels. “Funny is funny,” he states. “I don’t care if you’re in Missouri, New York, or Canada. The more you trust the funny, and it comes from a true place, people will connect with it.” 16+.