EXCLUSIVE: As a Latina standup, Cristela Alonzo is already a rarity in Hollywood. She will take that a notch further with a shot to create and star in her own comedy series. 20th Century Fox TV and Marty Adelstein and Shawn Levy‘s studio-based 21 Laps/Adelstein have signed a deal with the comedian for a multi-camera comedy inspired by her life/standup as a hard-working, truth-telling, straight-down-the-middle blue-collar Latina from south Texas who navigates the white-brown world she lives in. Based on Alonzo’s experiences growing up in Texas, the project is expected to be centered around a blue-collar Mexican-American family. Search is under way for a writer to co-write the script with Alonzo, who will co-executive produce.
Alonzo, repped by WME and managed by Andy Corren & Joe Meloche, moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and got her first break in 2006 when she was hired to write for a Comedy Central show. She was a semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2010, has appeared on standup specials for Showtime and Comedy Central and has been touring college campuses. She recently made her late-night debut on Conan. Here is the clip: