Mayan Lopez is a rising star in the comedy scene, but she is also the daughter of a famous comedian, George Lopez. The two have recently teamed up for a new NBC sitcom, “Lopez vs. Lopez”, that is based on their real-life relationship. But how did they get to this point, and what is their story?
Mayan Lopez: A Comedian in Her Own Right
Mayan Lopez was born on April 2, 1996, to George Lopez and Ann Serrano Lopez in San Fernando, California. She studied comedy writing and performance in college, with the goal of being on Saturday Night Live. She has also studied Sketch Comedy and Improvisation, finishing the conservatory in Second City, Chicago.
Mayan Lopez has appeared in a few TV shows and movies, such as “Mr. Troop Mom” and “Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie”, but her breakthrough came from an unexpected source: TikTok. In 2020, she posted a video of herself twerking upside down on a wall while addressing some rumors about her dad’s infidelity and divorce. The video went viral and caught the attention of TV producer Debby Wolfe, who saw the potential for a show based on Mayan’s life and family.
George Lopez: A Comedy Legend
George Lopez is one of the most successful and influential comedians of his generation. He is best known for his stand-up specials that examine race and culture, especially Mexican American culture. He has also starred in several TV shows and movies, such as “The George Lopez Show”, “Lopez”, “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”, and “Rio”. He has won numerous awards and honors, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
George Lopez was born on April 23, 1961, in Mission Hills, California. He was abandoned by his parents and raised by his maternal grandmother, who was abusive and unsupportive of his dreams. He started doing stand-up comedy in the late 1970s and rose to fame in the 1990s and 2000s with his observational humor and social commentary.
Lopez vs. Lopez: A Reconciliation Through Art
George Lopez and Mayan Lopez have not always had a smooth relationship. After George’s divorce from Ann in 2012, Mayan felt resentment toward her dad and the two didn’t have much contact until they reconnected during the pandemic. Mayan realized that her dad’s communication style was influenced by his own childhood trauma and that he didn’t always know how to relate to her. She also learned to appreciate his talent and experience as a comedian and actor.
The two decided to work together on a new sitcom that would reflect their real-life dynamics and challenges. The show, “Lopez vs. Lopez”, premiered on NBC in November 2022. It follows George and Mayan as they try to repair their relationship after years of not getting along. They play fictional versions of themselves, but the stories are inspired by their own experiences and personalities. The show also features their mom/wife/ex-wife Ann, who is supportive of their project and attends every live taping.
The show is a way for George and Mayan to heal their wounds, express their love, and make people laugh at the same time. It is also a way for them to represent the Latin community and share their unique perspectives with a wider audience². As Mayan said, “It’s kind of the Lopez way of doing things, making our life art so that people can enjoy” .