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Cristela Alonzo          

Mexican-American Stand-Up Comedienne, Actress, Writer & Producer; Creator & Star of ABC's "Cristela"

Cristela Alonzo made TV history by being the first Latina to create, produce and star in a network TV sitcom, Cristela, an achievement which caps a whirlwind year. She was also the first Latina to star in a Disney Pixar movie, where she appeared as Cruz Ramirez in "Cars 3."

She released Some of the Hits, her first stand-up CD through Comedy Central, was a viewer favorite as a featured guest host on ABC's The View and made her feature film debut in the hit Angry Birds movie. She released her first hour stand-up special Lower Classy on Netflix in January 2017.

She's performed at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, the Bonnaroo Music Festival and is a favorite at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal. She also taped The Half Hour, her first half-hour special in Boston, which premiered in June 2013 on Comedy Central.

Aside from comedy, Alonzo focuses on advocacy work, fighting for issues that range from immigration, universal healthcare and lower income communities with numerous organizations including Special Olympics Texas, People for the United Way, Planned Parenthood, LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) and serves as advisory board member for Define American.

Alonzo released her first book in 2019, Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up. The book shares her story of growing up as a first generation Mexican-American and her journey in comedy.

Alonzo is based in LA and when not on tour, can be found performing at various clubs around town, including her home club, the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA.

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Trailblazing Comic Cristela Alonzo Takes the Empire’s Stage on Saturday

It has been over a year since Texas-born comedian Cristela Alonzo’s self-titled ABC sitcom Cristela was cancelled after only one season. Not only was Alonzo the star of the show, she was also the creator, writer and executive producer, so the cancellation was extremely personal. “Since the show was named after me, the first thing I thought about was how I let the cast and crew down,”

Cristela Alonzo Wants to Make America Laugh

One day in 1987, an 8-year-old girl named Cristela Alonzo was sent to the principal’s office at her elementary school in San Juan, Tex. Ordinarily a good student and a teacher-pleaser, she felt something welling up inside her that day that could not be contained. The offense that landed her, for her first and only time, in the hands of the school authorities was this: She would not stop singing the theme song of “The Golden Girls” in class.

All Jokes Aside, Cristela Alonzo Makes TV History

One of comic Cristela Alonzo’s oldest jokes involves being a child and her Mexican immigrant mother pointing to a big, fancy house and saying: “Cristela, you’re an American. You go to school, you work hard, you graduate, you make something out of yourself. And one day, you can clean that house.”

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