Bayardo Joseph (Joe) Rocha, of San Francisco, CA, passed away in Brooklyn, New York on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the age of 49.
Bayardo was born to parents Bayardo and Norma Rocha on March 3, 1968 in San Francisco, CA. He grew up as the eldest of four and attended St. Paul’s School, and Sacred Heart High School. After high school, Bayardo jumped right into comedy and improv and became active in the San Francisco comedic community as a host, stand-up comedian and comedy teacher. In 1999, he moved to New York to further pursue his creative endeavors and quickly figured out that the Big Apple was the place where his comedy could reach a broader audience.
He loved comedy and especially loved working with others to find their own comedic voice. As a little boy, Bayardo quickly discovered he was born to entertain and make people laugh. At family parties, he began honing his artistic skills by imitating family members and nearby small business owners. This resulted in the creation of two life-long characters he consistently wrote into his stand-up routines: Shaky Gonzalez and his infamous Italian Pizza Maker.
His sister, Veronica Sophia; brothers, Isaac Antonio, Cesar Augusto; and niece Milagro Apollonia Rocha, along with countless friends that he considered family survive Bayardo. The Rocha family would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love for their beloved big brother and invite you to a memorial honoring his life and comedy.
Tuesday, August 29th from 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm
The People’s Improv Theater
123 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010-290
**More information on San Francisco services to come.
This memorial fund is intended for services for our beloved Bayardo and also to assist with honoring charities and organizations that were near and dear to him whose objective it is to help uplift others, or be a meaningful source of comfort to whomever may need it. As we all know, he lived a full life and whenever he could, offered a hand, ear, shoulder to cry on, words of comfort and love, and most of all, his heart to whomever needed it and for however long they needed it. We want you all to know that your words of comfort, your hilarious stories of our beloved brother and dearest friend, have provided such comfort during this most difficult time. We absolutely thank you from the bottom of our hearts...