Andy catches up with comedy icon and lifelong Lakers and Dodgers fan, George Lopez. Lopez was on tour when the pandemic broke and is now taking time to focus on charity by giving back through The George Lopez Foundation.
“I think people can be much more willing to share their time under these conditions,” Lopez said.
He also recently participated in a virtual commencement ceremony on iHeartRadio. Lopez reminded graduates that, “dreams are impossible but goals are possible.”
Although the world looks slightly different for the class of 2020, Lopez shares his hopes for graduating seniors and recounts what his life was like when he graduated from San Fernando High School.
Less than a week before graduating high school, Lopez had his first standup comedy gig. He dedicated himself to the craft and seven years later, debuted on the Tonight Show.
Throughout his comedy career, Lopez remembers the words of his baseball coach and the impact that team sports had on his life. He also shares how reconnecting to his baseball coach helped shape his life later.
“Never forget your first coach or your first team. I was an only child, I spent a lot of time alone. Being on teams really meant everything to me growing up,” Lopez said.
In addition to playing baseball from an early age, Lopez became a Dodgers fan when he was six years old.
His grandparents took him to a Dodgers game in 1967 and he describes seeing the stadium for the first time, “I’d never seen a baseball stadium before…I saw Dodgers stadium for the first time and it was the most beautiful thing I’d seen in my life.”
Lopez and Bernstein discuss the most recent World Series and whether the MLB can come back from the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Lopez also has a special place in his heart for the Lakers. He recounts getting his first courtside seats in 2004 and being able to experience Lakers championships and witness Kobe Bryant’s last game.
“He left us with an incredible amount of memories on the basketball court. He was a great husband and a great father,” said Lopez. “The mamba mentality of never giving up is a wonderful thing to leave behind.”
Finally, Lopez shares the details on his latest Netflix show “We’ll Do It For Half,” and his hopes for resuming his comedy tour.
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