I noticed an upsurge in traffic on this blog last night... quite odd for a Saturday. So I checked my Sitemeter.
Turns out a lot of folks were googling “George Lopez” and “Erik Estrada” and “feud”... which led them to this post from 2007. (I didn’t even mention Estrada; commenter dez did.)
This alerted me to the fact that Lopez had a new comedy special on HBO last night – “Tall, Dark & Chicano.” So I decided to watch the West Coast feed.
I’m on record with my opinion that Lopez’s 2004 Showtime special, “Why You Crying?,” was a great one. But he hasn’t been hittin’ since then, for me.
Last night, he did about 80 minutes. I laughed probably eight times. (And never at one of his many fart jokes.) Not an All-Star-caliber performance.
Deeper still, George Lopez seems to be revealing more and more of his fucked-up emotional state onstage. The man is filled with contempt. Just seething with it.
I know all comedy is hostile. But the art of standup is in disguising the hostility... or at least turning it in surprising directions.
Before I get to that, let me share with you some of Lopez’s best jokes from last night.
“Sarah Palin is Latina. Pay-leen. She has an infant and a grandkid the same age. Latina!”
“Tasers don’t work on us. When you grow up poor, you get shocked by shit every single day. Toasters, lamps...”
“We didn’t have a ‘baby-proof’ house. Sometimes a 2-year-old with a hammer woke your ass up from a nap!”
And he cracked on Lou Dobbs pretty good. Dobbs hates illegal immigration... and he’s married to a Latina. Lopez said: “Just ’cause you can’t control yours, don’t throw us all out!”
Okay now... to the straight-up hostility. His relentless mockery of white people is tiresome and unfunny. (Come on, George. At least give white folks credit for inventing transplant surgery, you kidneyless bastard.)
Lopez also started and ended this live concert – in front of 14,000 fans in San Antonio – by bragging, “I sold this motherfucker out! In a down economy!”
People cheered, but I wouldn’t have. That was George Lopez expressing contempt for his audience. Dude, these people paid money to see you. Don’t congratulate yourself; thank them... and then work to please.
Anyway, at the end of the concert, he took another swipe at Erik Estrada:
“Even novelas don’t want you... and they’ll hire anybody.”
Why is Lopez mad at Erik Estrada? Because when he was 17 years old and Estrada was a star on “CHiPs,” Estrada wouldn’t shake his hand.
Thirty years later, Lopez is rich, Erik Estrada is broke, and George is still holding a grudge!
That’s. Fucked. Up.
UPDATE (08/09/09): Holy shit. It’s 8:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and it’s happening again. Google is pointing people here 50 at a time. They’re all searching George Lopez + Erik Estrada.
Must’ve just been shown on HBO again.