Comedian George Lopez credits golf with teaching him all the things his extremely dysfunctional family didn’t: temperament, patience, respect. Those traits, learned only after years of tossing clubs and walking off the course after missed shots, have helped him as he’s climbed to the top of the comedy game. He’s become one of the most well-paid comedians ever, led a successful self-titled sitcom (only the third Latino ever to do so), was a popular late-night talk show host and has played to record-selling crowds.
While he sometimes mentions his new, affluent lifestyle in his routines, his early days as a poor kid with a mean, unfeeling grandmother remain at the center of his comedy. On his current That’s the America I Live In tour, he remembers his grandmother’s unorthodox way of grocery shopping. Seeing her fellow shoppers prompted her purchases. “She’d never make a list,” Lopez says. “She’d see a chinito and say, ‘Get some rice.’ She’d see someone from the Middle East and say, ‘Get deodorant.’”
Lopez, an avid supporter of President Obama, has been to the White House three times during the present administration. Not bad for a guy born in a charity hospital in L.A., he says proudly. “And every time I go to the White House, I steal something.” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas.
Fri., Aug. 10, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 11, 8 p.m., 2012