'George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You' - 'To really be effective, you have to be edgy'

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Zap2it: What's your main thought about doing your third live stand-up HBO special, "George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You" (Saturday, July 14)?

George Lopez: I am probably the only person who still does them live. It scares a lot of people, but I'm a big fan of boxing, and you don't get knocked out and get back in and say, "Let me try that again. That didn't work out too well the first time." I believe that doing it live the night of the show is more compelling and more exciting.

Zap2it: You've had so many different identities - including your current one as a dating contest host on FOX's "Take Me Out" - is doing stand-up material the most comfortable one for you?

George Lopez: I've been the family sitcom guy and the talk show guy, but inside of me is still the comedian ... and to really be effective, you have to be edgy. I'm trying to trust that again, because a lot of times, you have to knock that down for advertisers and people you're responsible to. I'd like to forget all of that and just go and be myself, like I was before I made it.

Zap2it: How do you look back at your experience hosting the weeknight TBS talk show "Lopez Tonight"?

George Lopez: Doing a talk show was something I'd never imagined. Being as much a fan of Johnny Carson as I was, and having been on "Late Show With David Letterman" and all those shows, it was fun to do. That's kind of a lifetime gig, though, and I'm not sure I would have wanted to do that for the rest of my life.
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