George Lopez Retires ‘Latino’ Gimmick, Returns With New 3 Minute Special
Famous stand-up comedian George Lopez announced last Tuesday that he is toning down his ‘Hispanic’ image for his anticipated new special airing on HBO. After 25 years of picking apart his Mexican family and culture, Lopez returns this Saturday with all new topics for a hilarious, eye-opening 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
“There is so much more to me than my ethnicity. I’m proud of my past, but I need to move on and prove that I’m not just a one-trick pony,” Lopez said of his show.
Though this upcoming special, titled Other Material That’s Kinda Been Hanging Around in My Notebook For a While, covers new territory for the comedian, Lopez is confident that it will be a hit. “No more stalling,” the comic shouted near the end of his special, “I’ve got some things on my mind, and you’re going to hear them!” This set off an unprecedented, 40 second standing ovation from the audience.
Other Material represents a new phase of the stand-up’s career. The comic’s last special, Mexican’t, was his longest routine since his infamous ninth special, Little Taco Boy and as scathing as his fourth, I Ain’t Your Amigo.
Spending his previous performances analyzing his rich heritage and the socioeconomic implications it brings, Lopez will bring his biting insight to new topics this time, including hot dogs and parking spaces at the mall.
“What’s with hot dogs?” Lopez asked his predominantly Hispanic audience. “You know, my buddy told me they put pigs’ anuses in there. Gross!” When the crowd failed to react even after realizing this was indeed supposed to be a joke, Lopez moved on to his closing bit: a critical, yet meditative observation on nail clippers.
Insiders report that viewers will likely have mixed reactions to Lopez’s new style.
“I guess it was kind of funny when he pretended that the microphone was a telescope,” said Lupita Avere, an enthused fan, “but I kind of miss Lopez Classic. Who else is going to use stereotypes and broad generalizations to point out the differences between Latinos and whites?”
Originally Published Mar 2014