Now available on Netflix is Colombian comedian Liss Pereira’s new hour-long stand-up show Reteniendo líquidos. Pereira has been on the Comedy Central circuit for several years now, so she’s been due for her own special. Her show covers love, sex, and lies in the modern age. About looking attractive in shapewear, she explains, “Que me salude, pero que no me abrace. Que me salude, pero que no me toque.” Basically, look but please don’t touch.
Oh, speaking of due, “reteniendo líquidos” is a reference to the state that her body is in as she is filming the special, heavily pregnant (a la Ali Wong for both her Netflix shows Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife). Pereira’s show was filmed last fall in her eighth month of pregnancy, wrapping only a week after her husband Ricardo Quevedo’s show Los amargados somos más. “Caravanas con una semana de diferencia, mi especial fue el último, tenía las hormonas al 100 y ya no podía moverme o respirar muy bien por el avanzado embaraza,” she shared this week on Instagram, citing her surging hormones and inability to breathe or move.
Quevedo, also a comedian hailing from Colombia, repped his wife’s show on his feed as if he were a total stranger who was not at all biased toward Reteniendo líquidos. “No la conozco pero me pareció incredible, me reí muchísimo y la recomiendo mucho. Un show muy especial para las mujeres,” he wrote, encouraging women, especially, to tune in.
Both of their shows are conducted entirely in Spanish, reflecting the streaming platform’s expanding Spanish-language offerings. Though One Day at a Time was recently canceled to the vocal dismay of fans, cast, and crew, other Netflix originals are thriving, including the popular Narcos and Narcos: Mexico, Spain’s International Emmy-winning Money Heist and YA fave Elite, and of course Mexico’s dark comedy La Casa de Las Flores and Alfonso Cuarón’s critical darling, Roma, which starred first-time actress Yalitza Aparicio (who became the first indigenous woman to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards).
A newer series that has made waves in critical circles is Siempre Bruja, which features a time-traveling slave witch played by Afro-Colombiana Angely Gaviria who falls in love with the son of her slave master and is on a mission to get back through time to be reunited with him; the show has received mixed reviews for its handling of time-traveling, its lack of depth from a creative standpoint, as well as its troubling carelessness with racist tropes.