George Lopez brings his one-man show to bergenPAC in Englewood on Saturday

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George Lopez has a lot to say, and when he says it, it’s a safe bet that it will have people laughing. That’s what’s in store for fans when Lopez brings his one-man show to the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood on Saturday night.

George Lopez will bring his one-man act to the Bergen Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
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George Lopez will bring his one-man act to the Bergen Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
“I take on a lot of things at this show,” said Lopez, speaking by phone from Los Angeles, where he’s preparing to hit the East Coast amid a packed schedule of tour dates and press appearances.

“We clearly have to talk about Donald Trump and his rise to the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party,” he said of the controversial candidate. “I always saw myself as Mexican, but now you have this dude pointing out that we’re Mexican, and that’s a different story. And I talk about it because it’s part of the world I live in.”

Lopez spares presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but not out of love. “I’ve never had any affinity for Hillary Clinton, but I just have nothing to say about what she says. She’s just like a talking head.”

But there’s more than just politics on his mind, like how futile it is to fight nature with all the current fad diets out there.

“Listen, no one’s gonna live forever,” he said. “We’re predisposed to what we got, and I don’t think gluten or wheat or white sugar is powerful enough to change that.”

Lopez is considered a legend in the entertainment world, with a career that’s spanned television, film and late-night hosting. After many years performing stand-up, he was approached in 2000 to produce a sitcom that would bring Hispanic actors to American television and spotlight the Hispanic-American community.

The result was “George Lopez”, the groundbreaking show he wrote, produced and starred in, which ran for six seasons on ABC and remains a hit in syndication.

“So many stand-up comedians made their way to television, like Redd Foxx and Freddie Prinze, and I never thought I’d be in that line,” he said of the beloved funnymen. “And when I thought that nobody like me would ever be on television, I made a place for myself that wasn’t there.”

In addition to his former late night talk show on TBS, Lopez has been featured in several films including “Real Women have Curves” and “The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl”, and has been the voice of beloved animated characters like Rafael in the movie “Rio”.

As a best-selling author, awards show host and star of a new sit-com, “Lopez on TV Land”, he has more than earned his 2006 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But no matter how busy his schedule is, he’s always made time for stand-up.

“As a kid I always saw things that were funny in a different way than my friends did, and I would write stuff down and do it in class,” Lopez said. “I always had something to say when all our friends were together.”

And he feels lucky to have made it to where he is in life.

“Most actors are at the mercy of a writer, so they’ll only be as charming or as evil as a writer makes them. They have no say in it,” Lopez said of the television world.

“So stand-up is what any performer would love to do,” he said. “And in the TV I’ve done, the shows were named after me, so if I didn’t like something, I could always change it. I’m really fortunate to have that ability.”

In addition to his solo show, Lopez is on a cross-country tour, “The Comedy Get Down,” with comedians D.L. Hughley, Charlie Murphy, Eddie Griffin and Cedric the Entertainer.

His many stand-up comedy specials for cable TV and audio have garnered him Grammy nominations, among other acclaims, and have solidified his role as one of the funniest men in Hollywood.

In 2005, Time Magazine named Lopez one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America.”

But even though his comedy often examines race and ethnic relations, his fan base is anything but narrow.

“I’ve always covered a lot of topics doing stand-up, and the audience has always been very diverse,” Lopez said. “It’s never all Latino or all African-American, so I always look forward to it. I think that people who have seen me and seen my HBO shows try to come by when I’m in town.”

And though this is his first time performing at bergenPAC, he’s looking forward to visiting New Jersey.

“Listen, I’m from L.A., so I don’t know enough about the things that people who live there know. It’s still new to me when I go there,” Lopez said of the sometimes skewered state. “So I really like New Jersey,” he said with a laugh. “I think it’s great.”

And he hopes to see a lot of its residents on Saturday night. “I just hope people come out to see the show,” Lopez says. “I want them to have a good time.”

For tickets, visit bergenpac.org, ticketmaster.com or call the box office at 201-816-8160. BergenPAC is at 30 North Van Brunt St., Englewood.

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