November 20 @ 8:00 pm
Watergarden Park outdoor events presented by American Bank Center.
Comedian and actor Felipe Esparza got his start as a comedian all because someone asked him to list 5 goals in life. During a stint in rehab before he was 21, Felipe was asked what he wanted out of life. As a young immigrant growing up in the projects in Boyle Heights (East L.A.) and then as a teenage father with a drug and alcohol problem, it was a difficult task because he had never thought that far ahead. Among the items on that list, “to be happy”, and “be a stand-up comedian” – because of how he connected to an old Bill Cosby album when he was younger. Up until that question, Felipe was under the impression that life was over at 18.
If you had told him back then that all this life experience would one day make people laugh, he wouldn’t have believed it. From being raised in the projects in a family of 9 living in the most gang-infested neighborhood in the country to winning NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, to selling out live comedy shows all over the country and being able to act in TV shows and movies, Felipe’s life has been anything but boring. He worked for years as a stand-up comedian, opening on the road for fellow comedians such as Gabriel Iglesias and Paul Rodriguez, then took a leap of faith and went out on his own – which led to very little income and opportunity at first.
After the 16-year “overnight success” of winning Last Comic Standing, Felipe went on to produce his first hour long stand-up comedy special, “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You” (now on Netflix). He has also made several TV appearances such as recurring roles on “The Eric Andre Show” and NBC’s “Superstore”, TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest” and “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey” and was the spokesman for a national Honda campaign and a national Target Mobile campaign. During his early years as a comedian, Felipe was part of the successful stand-up comedy TV show, “Que Locos” on Galavisión (the only English-speaking show on Spanish television). That show and the resulting tour helped launch the careers of several other Latino comedians such as George Lopez, Gabriel Iglesias and Willie Barcena.
Today, in addition to his live stand-up touring, Felipe hosts a weekly podcast on the All Things Comedy Network called “What’s Up Fool?” that focuses on interesting stories from just about anybody. From renowned author and humanitarian Father Greg Boyle from Homeboy Industries, to actor Damian Chapa (Miklo from Blood In, Blood Out), to the lead detective on the Night Stalker serial killer case, to actor Emilio Rivera (from Sons of Anarchy) to even the “Incredible Hulk” who takes photos with tourists on Hollywood Blvd., Felipe believes everyone has a story to tell about how they got where they are, no matter who they are.
Recently, Felipe produced his second hour-long stand-up special with his wife Lesa, entitled “Translate This”, premiering on HBO September 30, 2017. He is also developing a sitcom with fellow comedian Dustin Ybarra and writers Bobby Bowman and Peter Murrietta – Felipe and Dustin will play brothers in a single-camera comedy to be produced by 3Arts Entertainment. He also continues to do live stand-up shows in comedy clubs and theaters around the country.
Tickets ON SALE NOW! Purchase tickets with the link below or at American Bank Center Arena box office.
- VIP – Table + 6 chairs + Parking: $185
- PL2 – Pod + 6 chairs + Parking : $170
- PL3 – Pod + 6 chairs + Parking: $135
Tickets are sold as one group ticket. All group tickets allow up to 6 persons.
You’ve Got Questions, We have Answers.
How do Pod Concerts Work?
There are 250 pods for sale for each concert. Pods consist of a 7′ x 7′ defined space. You are purchasing the entire Pod for up to 6 people. It is not required to have 6 people attend but have access to all 6 seats. No other patrons will be included in your pod. All Pods will be at least 6 feet a part to ensure social distancing.
Why Pod Concerts?
We think the time is right to start hosting live events once again with social distancing elements the top priority. This concept and location creates a unique setting for the performers and patrons.
Where are the events taking place?
In the Watergarden green space between the Selena Auditorium and Art Museum.
What is included with the Pod ticket price?
When purchasing the Pod, you get access to You + 5 guests. 6 seats in each Pod. Parking is included in ticket price. Pod allows you to view the show in your own person viewing area.
What is included with a VIP ticket price?
The first 3 rows are VIP tables, you get access to You + 5 guests. 6 seats to your VIP table. You will have access to pre-order your Concessions items direct from your seat. Personal cooler to keep your drinks cold.
What social distancing elements are being considered?
We know how essential it is to maintain social distancing right now so we’ve made sure there will lots of space for all as well as coordinated traffic flow plan.
Are outside food and beverages allowed?
No, but our phone app will allow you to order concessions and pick up through an express pick up lane.
Will the Bag Policy be in place?
Yes. Any bags larger than a clutch bag will need to be clear. Bags no larger than 12″x12″x6″ will be permitted at this event. We do allow each member of the party to bring in a large clear ziploc bag, including children, of their belongings. Guests who have bags larger than this size will be asked to return them to their vehicles. All bags will also be searched for prohibited items at entry before walking through the metal detectors.
We have considered the following:
- Minimum of 6 feet between all Pods
- All individuals must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) when entering/exiting the Pods. Masks are encouraged when in your Pod but not mandatory (similar set up as a restaurant)
- Social Distance Capacity is set for 25% of total potential ‘normal’ capacity
- Traffic Flow plan to maximize social distancing including pre-determined parking locations, points of entrance/exit, and traffic flow inside the venue. Plan determined by location of your Pod and designated on purchaser’s ticket
- Parking fee included in ticket price eliminating person to person contact
- Excess number of bathrooms to minimize lines/congestion including use of American Bank Center bathrooms in addition to porta johns
- Hand sanitizer stations throughout the outdoor venue
- Garbage Cans in each Pod
- Phone App to purchase Concession items and pick at Express Lane Pickup
- No Cash Policy. Credit/Debit Cards only
This event is set up in accordance with safe social distancing rules.