When you hear George Lopez talk about his difficult childhood, it sounds like a plot ripe for a Lifetime movie of the week -- not a sitcom or stand-up routine. But Lopez's childhood is a huge source of comedic material, and with his raw comedic edge and impeccable sense of timing, he manages to convert it to effective fodder for both his family television sitcom (George Lopez) and his much edgier stage show.
In mainstream circuits, Lopez is the hot new guy on the scene. His show was just renewed for a third season, and his CD, Right Now Right Now, which captures the energy of his live show, has been a hit with critics and fans alike. In the past two years, he has been in two critically acclaimed movies, Bread and Roses and Real Women Have Curves, and this summer he'll co-star in a new flick, Latin Kings of Comedy.
George Lopez's acclaim has been a long time coming. He actually hit the stand-up scene in the very early '80s. With Freddie Prinze (Chico and the Man) as his guiding inspiration, Lopez set out to make a name for himself as a Latino comedian -- no easy quest in this land of milquetoast and honey.
But a combination of experience and tenacity, along with a keen eye for culture and Lopez's I'm-just-an-everyday-guy approach have finally brought the comedian to the comic mainstream. Always one to remember his roots and maintain a political conscience, George Lopez performs with no holds barred.
-- Suzanne Becker