George Lopez is tapping into his very personal experiences and public life to give fodder to his new TV show “Lopez.”
The show, which premiered Wednesday night on TV Land, follows Lopez playing a version of himself in a darkly comic and slightly exaggerated look at this life as a recently divorced comedian living in Los Angeles.
It has a “Curb Your Enthusiasm” kind of feel to it and the 54-year-old actor and comedian said there was definitely some inspiration taken from Larry David’s hit show.
“We just looked at the things that I had around me and the situations that I’ve been involved in and the people that I had working for me and the good deeds that I tried to do that kind of backfired on me,” Lopez told Fox News Latino ahead of the show’s premiere.
“It was simple to use ‘Curb’ as a template for the show. I think [it is important to showcase] a Latino that has to deal with two cultures and two languages and that sometimes people don’t think you are Mexican enough or because you are success you sold out."
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This dual culture becomes an expected comic foil throughout the show. It starts from the pilot, when Lopez is mistaken for a valet at his daughter’s fancy school and then he mixes up former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa – who makes cameos throughout the season – with a valet parking guy as well.
“I think he is really funny on the show,” Lopez said of the former mayor. “If you can make fun of yourself, I think it diffuses a lot of things people think about you.”
Lopez, who has had three other shows bearing his name, doesn’t shy away from making fun of himself and his very public incidents, including divorcing his ex-wife after she gave him her kidney and his bouts of public intoxication.
“If I had been in a situation that they weren’t out, I probably wouldn’t bring them out,” he said. “But since they’ve been out, I think it’s great to deal with them and I think it actually helps me in my real life.”
He continued: “Fortunately or unfortunately, I had a life that has so many different angles to it – the marriage and the kidney and the kid and business and drinking and the shows and friends – so I tried to do this.”
Much of the humor in “Lopez” comes from playing up certain kinds of stereotypes and also slightly dwelling on a self-deprecating comedian who, while successful, is frustrated and stymied from other problems surrounding his life.
“There is not a show like this on TV. There is not a line of shows like this waiting to be made,” he said. “People think that because you succeed, that you have no problems, and nothing can be further from the truth.”
“Lopez” airs Wednesday nights on TV Land.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang is a Reporter for FoxNews.com.
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