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Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Laughing Through the Pain

    The popular television sitcom, "George Lopez", is full of jokes and humor, but not many people realize that much of the show is based on his actual childhood. In his book, "Why You Crying?: My Long, Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter", published by Simon & Schuster New York in 2005, George Lopez reflects on how his discouraging childhood lead to his rise to fame. With no father, and an extremely unstable mother, George went to live with his grandparents at the age of ten. The title, "Why You Crying" represents a phrase commonly used by his grandmother, who showed George little love and encouragement throughout his childhood. In his show, George's mother is based on his real life grandmother. George turned his brutal childhood into comedy and lives his life to the fullest. When he first started stand-up comedy, George was incredibly nervous. His best friend Ernie would accompany him and reassure him as much as he could, yet a lot of the time he ended up leaving before his turn. When he was on stage, he struggled to think of what to say. His focus was always on the clock and how much longer there was left in his act. He decided to quit a few times, going on to new careers, but always ended up going back. As he went on, with a lot of encouragement from his wife, he ended up to be successful. He also discusses his comedic influences, Freddie Prinze and Richard Pryor, and how they inspired him to be who he is today. Although most of the book was about how George's struggle to survive his childhood led to his career as a comedian, he also includes his signature humor. About every other chapter is used as comic relief. He compares Mexicans to Anglos several times throughout the book. It is, at times, very racist, but it is also very funny. The thing is, he is racist to himself, as well as anyone else, so no one can really complain. This book is very enjoyable throughout. It is inspirational, yet humorous at the same time. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves the George Lopez show or inspirational stories, although I would limit the audience to PG-13 because some of the language is explicit.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    MY GOD! One of the funniest books I've ever read. You'll cry your eyes out and laugh your ass off. Seriously, if you love his stand-up act and have watched his show, read the book!

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