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Felipe Esparza is a comedian and actor, best known for his raw, real-life comedy that audiences everywhere can relate to. With his signature wild hair, and his often-imitated phrase, “what's up, fool?”, he has been associated with his good friend Gabriel Iglesias, who often recounts (and imitates) his experiences with Felipe in his act. After 17 years of stand-up comedy, various television appearances and two movies, Felipe walked away with the title prize on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” in 2010. In 2012, Felipe starred in and produced his first one-hour special, “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You“, for Showtime. It is currently available on DVD and Netflix. In 2014, Felipe launched a podcast entitled, “What’s Up Fool? Podcast” on the All Things Comedy network. In its first week, it entered the top 15 comedy podcasts and the top 70 podcasts i all categories. It is available on iTunes and Stitcher as well as soundcloud.com/WhatsUpFool.
Felipe is a product of the streets of the Boyle Heights neighborhood near East Los Angeles and much of his material is the result of trying to find the humor in the struggles of everyday life. “Over the years I've noticed so many changes in all the neighborhoods around me. Gentrification starts to happen and “bad” neighborhoods start to become “good” but I like to show the other side of it... the guy who hasn’t changed and probably never will. I have a joke that kind of shows that. It starts off, 'I know I'm not a tough guy, but I'm pretty sure I can beat up everyone who shops at Trader Joe's'.”
Felipe’s other television appearances include regular
segments on TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest...”, “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “Comics Unleashed”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, and “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey”, Showtime's “Comics Without Borders”, TBS’s “Lopez Tonight”, and Galavisión's first English-speaking show, “Que Locos” (which spurred the careers of several successful Latino comedians). He is currently touring comedy clubs and theaters across the country and is working on his next hour stand-up special.