Cristela Alonzo

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  • Standup Comedian, Writer & Actress
  • First Latina to Create, Produce, and Star in a Network TV Sitcom, Cristela
  • Author of Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up
  • Social Advocate


Cristela Alonzo uses humor to shine a light on the issues of today, and makes us laugh while she opens our eyes. As a standup comedian, podcaster, humorist, and writer of books and tv shows, Cristela spreads the funny around. 

Cristela made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, Cristela for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between LA and NYC to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show The View.  In 2017 Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of 'Cruz Ramirez' in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix.  

Cristela's memoir, Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up, is a memoir full of humor and heart, in which Cristela shares personal stories of growing up as a first-generation Mexican-American in Texas and following her dreams to pursue a career in comedy. 

Her podcast To Be Continued mixes sketch and social commentary in a conversation that never ends...thus the title: To Be Continued.

Aside from comedy, Cristela focuses on advocacy work, fighting for issues that range from immigration, universal healthcare and lower income communities with numerous organizations including Special Olympics Texas, People for the United Way, Planned Parenthood, LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) and serves as advisory board member for Define American.

 

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Comedian CRISTELA ALONZO made history as the first Latina woman to create, write and star in a network TV show titled, what else, but 'Cristela.'  Since then she has developed a Netflix comedy special Lower Classy, a podcast To Be Continued, and a bestselling book Music to My Years: A Mixtape-Memoir of Growing Up and Standing Up.  Her comedic p.o.v. was honed through her experiences growing up as a first-generation Mexican-American in Texas and choosing to follow her dreams in comedy- of all things! Her stories range from the ridiculous to the sobering, some of which she shared in her interviews on NPR , the Chicago Tribune and It's Been A Minute With Sam Sanders.

Cristela is a dedicated advocate for a variety of philanthropies focused on immigration, citizenship, economic opportunity. As she says: I am a first-generation American born to an undocumented mother that taught me to love this country. I believe it is my duty to give back and fight so that everyone can get the same thing my family got: a chance.

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Cristela Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, “Cristela” for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between LA and NYC to serve as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show, “The View”.  In 2017 Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of “Cruz Ramirez” in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix.  Cristela’s memoir, “Music to My Years,” was released in October of 2019 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Cristela also has a podcast called “To Be Continued” which can be streamed on all major podcasting platforms.