I did a phoner with funny man George Lopez this morning to talk about his return to El Paso on June 15 (and again July 8) at the Chavez Theatre, his next HBO special and some of the other projects he's working on, including a new sitcom.
I briefed him on the whole Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.- Andy Lee debacle, including the fact that UT Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa had reversed, after a strong outcry from city officials, his decision to cancel the fight over security reasons.
When I told Lopez that Cigarroa agreed to let the fight go on June 16 at the Sun Bowl (prompting Chavez officials to move a second G. Lo show that night to July 8), but forbade the sale of beer at the stadium, his reply to the ludicrous situation was almost as fast as Chavez's right hook.
"If they can achive a boxing match in El Paso without serving alchohol," he cracked, "that's the equivalent of running a two-minute mile. It's never been done before."
"Kudos to them," he added. "I'm not sure I'd want to go to a boxing match where they didn't sell beer."
We'll see if people around here feel the same way.
Read more of the interview tomorrow in Tiempo and on this website.