Felipe Esparza is a Mexican-American actor and stand-up comedian. Born on June 11, 1976, in Sinaloa, Mexico, the 43-year-old won the seventh season of Last Comic Standing, beating out a field of 35 hopefuls.
He has been a fixture of television, appearing in such shows as The Shop, Campus Law, and Superstore. On the big screens, he credits include El matador, The Deported, I’m Not Like That No More, and The Taco Shop.
He recently played Crazy Dave in the Netflix original series, Gentefied.
Here are seven facts about Felipe Esparza:
7. Plays Crazy Dave in Gentefied
Most recently, Esparza plays Crazy Dave in the Netflix original comedy series, Gentefied. Centered around the lives of three Latin-American cousins who have to learn to co-exist to keep their grandfather's taco shop from closing down as the neighborhood gets more gentrified.
6. Married since 2014 to Lesa O'Daniel
Esparza has been married since 2014 to Lesa O'Daniel. They tied the knot on December 13, 2014 (12/13/14).
Esparza has four children from his previous relationships, although he has managed to shield them from the rigors of the spotlight.
5. The host of the Weekly Podcast, What's Up Fool?
Since 2014, Esparza has hosted the weekly podcast, What's Up Fool?
The first episode of the podcast aired on March 31, 2014, and to date, there have been 287 episodes.
According to Esparza, the guests he invites on his podcast don't necessarily have to be famous people; he much rather they are interesting and have a story to tell.
4. Winner of Last Comic Standing in 2010
Esparza is the winner of the seventh season of the NBC comedy competition, Last Comic Standing.
The series premiered on June 7, 2010, and had a panel of judges that consisted of Natasha Leggero, Greg Giraldo, and Andy Kindler.
Esparza beat out 35 other hopefuls to bag the crown of the last comic standing. Among the esteemed field that he beat out included comedians who would go on to become a huge name in the comedy scene: people like Nikki Glaser, Tiffany Haddish, Kurt Metzger, Jimmy Dore, Rachel Feinstein, David Feldman, and Kirk Fox.
3. Television Appearances in The Shop, Campus Law, and Superstore
Esparza has been a regular fixture of television. He has made recurring appearances in shows like The Shop, Campus Law, and Superstore.
He starred as Felipe in the first season of comedy series, The Shop. As of now, the show is on an indefinite hiatus after its first season aired.
Esparza also played Alan in two episodes of the comedy series, Campus Law. The show was canceled after one season.
He also made guest appearances in the NBC sitcom, Superstore, as Cody, making intermittent appearances throughout the second and third seasons of the show.
2. Star of HBO Comedy Special, Felipe Esparza: Translate This
Since 2017, Esparza has hosted his stand-up special on HBO. The special, titled Felipe Esparza: Translate This, tackles a whole gamut of issues, from such dire topics as immigration to something not-quite-as-crucial like dating and parenthood.
Before his HBO special, Esparza also hosted another stand-up special on Showtime, They're Not Gonna Laugh at You.
1. Has a Net Worth of $3 Million
Felipe Esparza has a net worth of $3 million, as of May 2020. The 43-year-old actor/comedian is the winner of the seventh season of Last Comic Standing.
A major fixture of television, he has appeared in such shows as The Shop, Campus Law, and Superstore. He recently played Crazy Dave in the Netflix original comedy series, Gentefied.
On the big screens, Felipe's credits include roles in movies like El Matador, The Deported, I’m Not Like That No More, and The Taco Shop.
The host of a weekly podcast What's Up Fool?, he also stars in his HBO stand-up special, Felipe Esparza: Translate This.