George Lopez: 5 Things to Know About the Comedian

1:16 PM PST 08/11/2011 by Sofia M. Fernandez
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A few facts about the native Angelino in honor of his final "Lopez Tonight" broadcast Thursday.

George Lopez's TBS talk show signs off Thursday after two years on the air. The TBS series premiered in November 2009, and struggled to garner broad viewership in an increasingly crowded late night landscape. Lopez Tonight was bumped back an hour to a midnight slot to accommodate Conan O'Brien's Conan late last year.

Thus far this year, Lopez Tonight has averaged only 546,000 total viewers on a Live +7 basis. Compared with Season 1, the series fell a staggering 40 percent with viewers, 28 percent in the 18-34 demo and 34 percent in 18-49.

Lopez joked about the cancellation on Wednesday's penultimate show: "In case you did not see the news on unemployment, it's at an all-time high and for Latinos, it just got a little higher."

He also tied in race and the state of cable into a couple of zingers: "Big news: Sony just announced they're doing a sequel to the Smurf's movie, so today I lost some work because I'm brown, but I got some work because I'm blue"; and "We're not saying goodbye, we're just saying cable doesn't work."

Lopez played the Smurf Grouchy in the live-action hybrid.

Here are some facts about Lopez, who has worked in film, television and radio.

1. Lopez has one kidney, and it's his wife's.
Lopez's wife Anne gave the comedian one of her kidneys during a 2005 transplant operation. A genetic condition caused Lopez's kidneys to deteriorate.

2. Lopez testified at Michael Jackson's 2005 molestation trial.
Lopez met the boy that accused the recording artist of molestation through a Laugh Factory-sponsored youth camp. While testifying, Lopez managed to throw in a new jokes. When asked if her expected his George Lopez sitcom to go on another four years, Lopez answered, "I'd like three more, and then to retire."

When asked if he knew how the boy's family got to the camp and if they impressed him in any sort of way, he said, "Absolutely, I mean, anybody that rides the bus in Los Angeles is a hero to me."

3. Lopez was a stand-up comedian for decades before having his own ABC show.
He also hosted a morning show on the Los Angeles radio station Mega 92.3 and released several comedy albums, beginning with Alien Nation in 1996.

4. George Lopez: Why You Crying? was his first stand-up special.
It premiered on Showtime in 2005. Other cable specials include America's Mexican and Tall, Dark and Chicano.

5. He played a recurring role as the mayor of Reno, Mayer Hernandez, on Comedy Central's Reno 911!
Other roles include The Smurfs, Rio, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Balls of Fury, and Ken Loach's Bread and Roses.

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