San Antonio.- firstname.lastname@example.org, Felipe Esparza is one of those guys who looks funny, but not in a funny “haha” way. He’s different. He’s tall and burly and has long flowing hair reminiscent of a wrestler in his prime so you wouldn’t think he’s a comedian but when he’s on stage he’s beyond “haha” funny.
Esparza’s jokes are original and his delivery is effortless. When you leave his show it’s common to find yourself trying to retell them to you own friends, minus the Felipe-effect.
But, come to think of it, he kind of looks like a wrestler from the early 90s and that could be why he got a role as a former wrestler. In the film “Taco Shop,” which comes out later this year, Esparza plays the role of Mugres and ex-wrestler who had one too many concussions in his day.
Esparza describes his character as mentally challenged at times who mostly mumbles. He also has a sidekick named Cookie. Mugres and Cookie go way back from his days as a wrestler when she managed him, but today she’s more of a tagalong than anything.
Standup remains Esparza’s main gig and his popularity is steadily growing since winning the Last Comic Standing in 2010.
This week, Esparza makes his return to San Antonio at the River Center Comedy Club, March 14-17. The last time he was in San Antonio was January 2012, and it went much better than one of his first times ever to perform in San Antonio. He missed all his interviews, a TV went missing and he was a lot less famous back then, according to Esparza.
If you’ve never seen his show, it is a must. His 2012 Showtime special, “They Not Gonna Laugh at You,” is on Netflix and has exposed himself to fans in areas of the country he never imagined.
“I get Instagram photos from people who took pictures of themselves next to the TV saying look at this funny Mexican…and the live in Iowa,” Esparza said in his unique, baritone voice. “It’s cool. I have fans I don’t even know about know.”
The success of his special on Netflix has encouraged Esparza to release his next comedy special directly to Netflix, the working title is “Where You From Fool,” he said.
“It’s going to be funny bro,” Esparza said. “It’s all about how I got here from Mexico.”
The comedy never stops with Esparza and you can follow him @felipeesparza or visit his website FelipesWorld.com.
If you miss him while he’s in town, you may be able to catch him in his new movie “Taco Shop” later this year or in his fantasy comedy show where he spoofs novellas and American soap operas that may or may not ever happen.