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 oftenimitated phrase, “what’s up, fool?”, he has been associated with his 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 produced and released his first one-hour stand-up 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 started by Bill Burr and Al Madrigal. In its first week, it entered the top 15 comedy podcasts and the top 70 podcasts in all categories. It quickly became a fan favorite with a strong, loyal following. It is available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud/
Felipe is a product of the streets of Boyle Heights/East L.A. 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 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… “I know I’m not a tough guy, but I’m pretty sure I could beat up everyone who shops at Trader Joe’s. But at Food 4 Less, I shut the hell up.”
Felipe’s other television appearances include a national Honda campaign, a national Target commercial, The Eric Andre Show, 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 Galavision’s first English-speaking show, a stand-up comedy show called “Que Locos” (which spurred the careers of both George Lopez and Gabriel Iglesias). Felipe is currently touring comedyclubs and theaters across the country and is working on his next our standup special.