It has been over a year since Texas-born comedian Cristela Alonzo’s self-titled ABC sitcom Cristela was cancelled after only one season. Not only was Alonzo
the star of the show, she was also the creator, writer and executive producer, so the cancellation was extremely personal. “Since the show was named after me, the first thing I thought about was how I let the cast and crew down,” Alonzo wrote in her blog a few days after she found out her series was cut. “I thought to myself, ‘I should’ve done more to promote the show. I could’ve done more.’” Alonzo, however, had done plenty, including becoming the first Mexican American woman ever to create, produce, write, and star in her own U.S. network TV show and doing it on her own terms. “Whether this show fails or succeeds, I want to do it my way and make sure I did everything I could to keep it authentic,” Alonzo told the Current in 2014 prior to the show’s debut. Since then, Alonzo has released her first stand-up CD through Comedy Central, guest hosted on The View and voiced an avian grandma in The Angry BirdsMovie. $29.75, 7pm & 10pm Sat, Aug. 20, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 226 N. St. Mary’s St., (210) 226-5700, majesticempire.com.