First generation Mexican American, Willie arrived at age six and grew up in East and Northeast L.A. with a tough single mom, no father, streetwise, among gang bangers and blue collar. Early on, Willie learned to question everything. A devoted road comic for over two decades, Willie regularly headlines comedy clubs sharing his unique voice and provocative personality. Unrepentant and outspoken, Willie is reliably funny and twisted, an old school badass — and he’s garnered a widespread underground fan base across America from his live and TV appearances.
Between 1996 and 2011, Willie had eleven appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (the most of any Latino comedian), and three broadcast one-hour comedy specials: WILLIE BARCENA: DEAL WITH IT (2009 – Comedy Central), WILLIE BARCENA: I GOTTA BE HONEST (2012 – Showtime, Netflix, now streaming on Amazon Prime) and WILLIE BARCENA: THE TRUTH HURTS (2016 – Netflix, streaming on Amazon Prime).