George Lopez calls himself Americas Mexican. While that might be a slight exaggeration, he is certainly the countrys most widely accepted Hispanic actor and comedian these days. (Hes gained the largest U.S. audience of any Latino comedian/actor since Freddie Prinze.) His television series, The George Lopez Show, ran for five years before it ended in 2007, and his current late-night television talk show, Lopez Tonight, has steadily gained momentum (recent guests include Tyler Perry, Terrence Howard and Snoop Dogg). So why would the comedian leave a cushy television set to go out on the road? Because at his heart, Lopez is a comedian. Sure, his résumé also includes actor and talk-show host tags, but Lopez is a comedian first and foremost.
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His stand-up, like his television series, is based on his experiences being raised by a, shall we say, under-affectionate woman (it was his grandmother in real life and his mother on the show). Lopez has never claimed abuse, but if his stories are to be believed, his grandmother invented tough love, with an extra heavy dose of tough. Expect some new material (all those hours on the couch with his famous guests have given him plenty of fodder) and some classics (such as his signature Why you crying? as in Ill give you something to cry about, one of his grandmothers favorite sayings to the young George.) 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas. For information, call 713-230-1600 or visit www.livenation.com. $49.50 to $60.
Fri., June 10; Sat., June 11, 2011