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George Lopez “I Wouldn’t Be Here Without You” Tour

Undoubtedly, the only good thing about the prospect of Donald Trump winning the upcoming presidential election next Tuesday is that if that happens, George Lopez promises to move to Canada. Or so he stated to a sold-out house at Casino Rama last Saturday night, on his most recent visit to our country, part of the “I Wouldn’t Be Here Without You” Stand-Up Tour. He would be joining Russell Peters, he said, and make Canada his home. We definitely wouldn’t mind.

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We heard the Los Angeles-based comedian would be bringing his act to Casino Rama a few months ago. As we very often do, we put in a request for media accreditation hoping that doing so early would ensure getting the request approved with plenty of time before his appearance. We (very wrongly) thought that since the comedian had been kind of out of the mainstream spotlight for a long time (given his very popular sitcom “George Lopez” has been out of the air since 2007), there would be plenty of time for tickets to sell. Well, obviously stand-up loving audiences know something we didn’t. To our surprise, we were informed the show was already sold out and it had been almost as soon as it was announced and tickets became available. After the show had ended that night we came to the full realization that Lopez has never been in more optimal comedic form. He literally killed it that night. No joke: “killed it” (no pun intended).

Opening act Bryan Kellen warmed the audience up in just the right way: so full of comedic gems and physicality— giving way to George Lopez’s calm, cool and collected entrance to his go-to theme song of— what else— “Low Rider”. He honestly came out comedy-guns a-blazing. From the minute he uttered his first sentence— of course a reference to US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump— he had the audience (ourselves included) in tears and holding our stomachs because we couldn’t contain the laughter.

Lopez gave the audience a plethora of parenting tips. Well, let me tell you something (like George himself would say but without the accompanying expletive), Barbara Coloroso George Lopez is not. Definitely not. But the comedian, as many of you know, has a lot of insight— a well earned PhD almost— on life’s hard knocks and difficult childhoods, having lived through it all himself. He would fool us into thinking he was going to get philosophical with introductions like “Life is very short. Signs will remind you every day. Like when you walk around this casino.” Then he would go on a hysterical rant about aging. “Do not get old. You won’t like the way it smells.” And if you want to ensure your child is safe in the car by buying the best car seat? “No f**ing kid is that important,” said Lopez. On Amber Alerts: “you’re stupid enough to lose your kids? Why do WE have to go look for him?” Oh, and his grandma thought Amber was the same girl getting lost over and over again. “That (expletive) is at it again.” And of course he had to say something about those parents (you know who you are) putting their one and only child on a leash, afraid he’d get lost. “My aunt had nine kids and would walk out of Walmart without even look back, while her kids would be desperately running after her yelling, ‘Mom!’”

But in the middle of every hilarious story that had everyone (and I mean everyone) almost on the floor— literally, just like the emojis “rolling on the floor laughing”, he would then give the audience some insightful pearls of wisdom, “Tell your kids to always do things for themselves. It’s good for them to be bored every once in a while. Be nice to women. Respect them. Love them.” Then a couple more rants about politics would ensue: “Canada, consider yourselves lucky. You don’t have the orange clown who doesn’t like immigrants yet he marries two of them”. Then more on kids allergies, Starbucks and of course Mexicans (and all Latinos) not being terrorists and being hardworking people who all they ever want to do is work. “We found out about 9-11 in the middle of October. ‘For Real? Do you have anybody to clean it up?’” Mexicans would see slaves working at the plantations, says Lopez, and they would go up to the owner saying, “We’ll do it cheaper.” Good old Latin work ethic.

Judging by the audience response and non-stop raucous laughter, everyone— Latinos and non-Hispanics— were getting the point and they could fully identify with his hysterical anecdotes that night, so much so that the one-hour long show left us all feeling like we wanted more. For the time being, George Lopez fans can be sure to enjoy a lot more of his political side of comedy in the next few days as the election day looms near. And after that (if he hasn’t moved to Canada or been deported to Mexico (where he says “Build your f***ing wall. We can make tunnels!) be sure to tune to TVLand to watch the second season of his show “Lopez”.

 

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