Sunday, February 25, 2007
George Lopez steals from himself
Standup comedians are supposed to have some pride. Man, I still can’t believe what I saw on HBO last night.
I was looking forward to George Lopez’s HBO special. His 2004 Showtime special, “Why You Crying?” caught me by surprise. In terms of his fearlessness and stage command, and his mix of ethnic pride and dirty-laundry-airing, it reminded me of Chris Rock’s breakthrough special, “Bring the Pain.”
“Why You Crying?” was really, really funny.
Lopez must’ve thought so too… because he told some of the same jokes last night. At least three of ’em. (The crazy aunt with the crooked thong; Latinos who hide when a census taker knocks on their door; the Latino method of landscaping, taking measurements by closing one eye.)
Other material seemed familiar too… maybe from Lopez’s appearance on HBO’s “Comic Relief” last November. Routines aimed at White America – like “Everything you touch, we touch first,” about Latino farm labor – he has definitely performed on television before.
Now what kind of comic, for his first HBO special, tells jokes from his old Showtime special? When Dave Chappelle made the opposite transition, he came with all-new shit for the new gig. This is pay cable; it’s costing people money to watch your ass. Tell some fresh fuckin’ jokes!
Really, what else do you have to do, George Lopez, except write jokes, play golf and tape a sitcom that nobody watches? And you get on HBO with three-year-old jokes? Pinche cabron…