George Lopez is continuing to balance time between stand-up comedy, acting roles and producing films and TV. The comedian and actor takes a break from his current all-star arena tour to do a side headlining show in Reno on Oct. 14 at Silver Legacy.
That tour is called "The Comedy Get Down" and features Lopez with Cedric the Entertainer, Eddie Griffin and D.L. Hughley. The fact that Lopez is one of the headliners speaks to his popularity in his first foray into show business: stand-up. Born in Southern California, Lopez started his rise in live comedy in the '80s and had several small film roles before work in TV helped catapult him to mainstream success.
That was with a sitcom called “George Lopez,” in which he played a fictionalized version of himself as a family man working in an aviation factory. The TV show was produced by actress Sandra Bullock.
“George Lopez” ran on ABC for six season from 2002-07, and it remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite. In fact, it ranks as one of the top-rated shows on that cable network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication, according to Lopez’ bio.
In 2009, Lopez continued his TV work on “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night talk show on TBS that ran from 2009 to 2011. A 10-episode comedy called “Saint George” followed on FX in 2014.
Lopez’s work in films continued throughout his work on TV and stand-up comedy tours. Among his roles are ones in the films “Real Women Have Curves,” “Swing Vote” and “Valentine’s Day.” He’s also become a go-to guy for voice acting in animated and children’s films, including “Rio,” “The Smurfs” and three “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” films. He has another voice role in the film “Gnome Alone,” which is set to be released on Oct. 13.
As for new projects, Lopez is now starring in a new, 12-episode comedy series, “Lopez,” on TV Land. In film, Lopez recently produced and had a role in the Lionsgate inspirational drama “Spare Parts.” The film is based on a true story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who team up to build an underwater robot that wins a national robotics competition.
Among his stand-up comedy specials are “Why You Crying?” in 2004, “America’s Mexican” in 2007, “Tall, Dark and Chicano” in 2009, and “It’s Not Me, It’s You” in 2012. His most recent stand-up concert film, “The Wall,” was shown live in August on HBO. He’s also released several comedy albums, including his self-released debut “Alien Nation” in 1996. There’s also been “Right Now Right Now” in 2001 and “Team Leader” in 2003, the latter of which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.