George Lopez has lots to say, but finds not everyone appreciates his politics

July 25, 2018 GMT

George Lopez has lots to say, but finds not everyone appreciates his politics

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who speaks in lower-case ... Mike McIntyre.

Thank you, Cleveland. Twitter was going nuts over the president’s upper-case tweet this week in which he trolled the president of Iran. Elections have consequences, people. We were warned what would happen if we gave him control of the caps lock button.

George Lopez at the Hard Rock: He had to do it. George Lopez says he hasn’t focused his comedy on politics in his four-decade comedy career. But with President Trump’s immigration policy and rhetoric about a border wall, he had to address it in his act.

Last year, his HBO stand-up special pulled no punches.

“You want to make America great? Resign!” Lopez said in his act. A video this month also went viral in which he pretended to urinate (it was a water bottle) on Donald Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The former host of “Lopez Tonight” on TBS and “The George Lopez Show” on ABC says he is learning, as are other comics, that political humor doesn’t play everywhere.

“Clearly, when you don’t sell as many tickets as you do in other places, you know that it’s an issue that people don’t want to come because of my politics,” he told me this week. “Myself and other comedians I know, it’s the same. Their business is not as robust in all of the states as it is in some of the states, and that’s related to the political factor, and one person is responsible for it.”

Lopez says he has no regrets about the special.

″ ‘The Wall’ had to be done that way, with that particular tone. But as you go through the country, you have to have a sliding scale of how important it is to be political,” he said. “I did it because I felt that, as a representative, I had a duty to at least point out things from the Latino side,” he said, noting that his grandfather was not a U.S. citizen, held a green card, and worked harder than others to provide his family with the American dream.

“Here’s the sad part. People will despise you because of your political views, when in reality, what’s more American than to have an opinion and express your political views? People always say don’t talk politics at a party, or a wedding, or a barbecue, because it changes the dynamic of the party. And now you can’t talk politics in comedy in some areas.”

Yes, he’s bound to make some political comments in his Rocksino show. But most of the show is the trademark Lopez rant. He’ll talk about family, and he’ll talk about how kids have adults wrapped around their finger.

“They’re masterminds. They get you to believe they don’t want their food to touch or they can’t eat it. Or they cry until you buy them something, at an age when they can’t even talk. They’re masterminds,” he said.

“That they have to be entertained 24 hours a day is a mastermind. My grandmother would say, ‘Get out of here and don’t come back until, like, eight o’clock at night.’ And you were like, ‘All right, I’ll just go ride my bike and find someone to play with.’ Can’t do that anymore. Masterminds.”

Lopez will headline the Hard Rock Live stage at the Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield  at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets ($65-$125) are at ticketmaster.com or 1-800-745-3000. For more info, call the venue at 1-855-660-7625. The Hard Rock Live is inside the Rocksino, 10777 Northfield Road in Northfield.


Watch this spot next week for our interview with Cleveland’s own Arsenio Hall. He’s still all about the Land. Hall headlines the Hard Rock Live stage Saturday, Aug. 4, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25-$45.

At the Improv: Sommore is back to headline the Cleveland Improv at at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25. The Improv is at 1148 Main Ave., next to Shooters on the west bank of Cleveland’s Flats. Call 216-696-4677 or go to clevelandimprov.com.

At Hilarities:

Actor-comedian Adam Ferrara headlines the Hilarities

stage inside Pickwick & Frolic restaurant at 8 p.m. Thursday ($23), 7:30 p.m. Friday ($25), and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday ($28). Pickwick & Frolic is at  2035 East Fourth St., Cleveland. Call 216-736-4242 or go to pickwickandfrolic.com. You might know him from “Rescue Me” on FX or his more recent gig hosting “Top Gear USA” on the History Channel.

Unmarried Mary: Cleveland comedians take care of their own, and they put on a fabulous wedding reception for comedian Mary Santora Tuesday at Hilarities.

Thing is, Santora – resplendent in the actual wedding dress she found on sale for $1,000 – didn’t actually get married. The engagement broke off more than a year ago, but she was determined to wear the dress and comedian Mike Polk Jr. decided his weekly Hilarities showcase was the perfect place for her to do it.

Cleveland comics played the roles of the wedding party, wedding DJs and wedding guests. There were plenty of roast one-liners directed at each other and the unlucky groom not-to-be, who was not in attendance.

The highlight of the night had to be comedian Wilson Rivera, inexplicably in boxer briefs and a leather vest, removing Santora’s garter with kitchen tongs and a spatula. The culmination was a group call to the ex from Santora’s phone. He actually answered as the crowd, on Polk’s cue, shouted in unison: “You blew it!”