George Lopez has been working as a stand-up comedian since 1983. With four albums of live material, appearances on The Latin Kings of Comedy tours, HBO specials and a TV sitcom that ran from 2002 to 2007, to his credit he is one of the most widely recognized Latin American comics ever. Eternally proud of his background, Lopez has continually used his poverty-stricken upbringing and the immediate surroundings of his childhood as fodder for his act. He is also known for pointed social commentary and for championing the rights of Latin Americans in the U.S. during his shows and on the records. For years now, Lopez has maintained a personal feud with fellow Latino comic Carlos Mencia, accusing Mencia of stealing 13 minutes' worth of material from him. (Comedian Joe Rogan has also accused Mencia of stealing material.) Lopez' fourth full-length and most outspoken work yet, America's Mexican, came out in October 2007.