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Andres Lopez

Foto: Universidad de Palermo. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

"Andres López is the hottest, up-and-coming Spanish-language stand-up comic in the world." South Beach Comedy Festival. Festival sponsored by IMPROV and Comedy Central.

Beginning of his career

Andres Lopez (born Andrés López forero in June 25, 1971 in Bogota, Colombia) is a comedian and actor. He is considered a pioneer of stand-up comedy in Colombia. Lopez gained notoriety in Latin America after releasing his show called La Pelota de Letras (The Ball of Letters) which earned him a Double Diamond award from Universal Music. La Pelota de Letras is the highest-selling DVD in Latin America. Andrés López has been all over the world through 10 years of international touring and theatrical residencies.

When the international media comments about the greatest representatives of Latin American stand-up comedy he is one of the most significant in the region.

As a student of Systems Engineering and Anthropology in 1990 he began performing in the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. Later the University assigned a classroom for him to teach the art of stand-up comedy to people interested in performing dramatic and comedic theatre. He also created the University Newspaper "El Mercurio" which provided a vessel for people to express themselves artistically by placing their stories, paintings, poems and photographs.

Andres traveled to Toronto, Canada to study Experiential Education and became a dedicated reader and a researcher of human behavior. He returned to Colombia to work at "La Mega RCN". A pop-music radio station which was aimed mainly at young people.

Due to the rising popularity of the morning show, he started to work as a creative for TV show by RCN TV. Pido La Parola was mainly based on sketches, spoofs and prank calls, many of which were led by Andrés López. He was also the Host for The Other Me for CityTV. (Mi Otro Yo)

Andres most recognized stand-up comedy show, The Ball of Letters-La Pelota de Letras,consists of a subtle sociological analysis of life in Colombian families between the 1960's and the 2000's. He has been performing live since 2004 touring non-stop Colombia and internationally.

According to Revista Semana, López is one of the 40 Most Influential People in Colombia under 40. The most important newspaper in Colombia, El Tiempo, has also described his show The Ball of Letters-La Pelota de Letras as: "The performance portrays the customs of recent generations of Colombians, which is better than any sociology study".

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Portfolio

Andres IS...
1.

THE STORYTELLER

In the beginning of his career Andrés performed many types of stories at public places or universities. The most successful shows where the comedy style ones. Later he learned that his profession as comedian had chosen him. Later he began to be a researcher of human behavior and developed his career as a comedian applying anthropological concepts learned in university.
2.

THE STAND-UP COMEDIAN

- LA PELOTA DE LETRAS / THE BALL OF LETTERS
After almost two years of La Pelota de Letras season in Teatro Nacional in December 2005 he launched La Pelota de Letras on DVD under the Universal Music label.
In 2005 he performed for few months in Medellín at the Teatro metropolitano and since then he has been touring many cities and towns in Colombia and in other countries.
International Tour:
His first international shows were in 2005: Miami at Macondo Restaurant and at Hotel Hyath and Nueva York at the Repertorio Español.
Andres began the La Pelota de Letras international tour in July 2006 performing in:
Madrid at Palacio de Congresos de Madrid; Atlanta at Center Stage Theater (Earthlink Live); Los Angeles at the Alex Theatre; Panamá at Teatro Balboa; Quito at Teatro Nacional; Toronto at the John Bassett Theatre; Madrid at Teatro Gran Via; Orlando at Osceola Performing Arts Centre; New York at the Town Hall; Miami at James L. Knight Center; Greenville at the Peace Centre; Houston at Stafford Centre. An average of 1,500 people attended each show in United States.
From May to June 2007 Andrés performed in Spain. It was the biggest Latin comedy tour after the famous Les Luthiers.
He performed in Spain: Alicante at Teatro Principal Plaza Ruperto Chapí; Barcelona at Teatro Apolo; Palma de Mallorca, at Auditorium Palacio de Congresos; Murcia at Teatro Romea; Málaga at Teatro Alameda; Bilbao at Teatro Ayala; Barcelona at Teatro Apolo; Madrid at Teatro Capitol; Valencia at Palacio de Congresos; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at Teatro Loyola;
In 2007 he also performed in United States: Boston at The Symphony Hall; Elizabeth (Nueva Jersey), NJ at The Ritz Theatre and Performing Arts Center.
In Ecuador Guayaquil at Teatro Centro de Arte and Cuenca at Auditorio Banco Central.
For the first time in Venezuela in San Cristóbal at Centro de Convenciones Sambil.
In 2008 Andrés also performed in San José, Costa Rica at Teatro Popular Mélico Salazar.
In Canada: Montreal at Cente Pierre Péladeau; Toronto at Ryerson Theatre
London at Centennial Hall.
In Venezuela: Caracas at Teatro Municipal de Caracas; Valencia at Teatro Bárbula,
Mérida at Teatro Tulio Febres Cordero; Maracaibo at Aula Magna de la URU Universidad Rafael Urdaneta; Barquisimeto at Hotel Trinitarias Suite; Puerto La Cruz at Hotel Maremares; Puerto Ordaz at Hotel Intercontinental; Punto Fijo at Hotel Brisas de Paraguaná; Maracay at Teatro Opera; Isla Margarita at Anfiteatro del Sambil.
On December 2008 performs in Mexico City at Lunario.
2009 performs in West Palm Beach, FL. at Intercontinental West Hotel.
In 2011 he performs in Australia: Melbourne at Athenaeum Theater; Brisbane at The Trivoli; Sydney at Enmore Theatre Newtown as part of the Sydney Comedy Festival.
In 2012 Andres performed La Pelota de Letras Recargada (The Ball of Letters Recharged) in Venezuela in the cities of San Cristobal at Sala de Convenciones del Centro Sambil and Barquisimeto at Auditorio Magdalena Seijas UPEL.
He also performed in the United States; Los Angeles at Club NOKIA; Orlando at The Plaza Live Theatre; Miami at Teatro Trail; Charlotte at The Neighborhood Theatre; New Jersey at Ritz Theatre and Boston at Lynn Memorial Auditorium.
In 2013 Andrés performed La Pelota de Letras for the first time in Buenos Aires Argentina at Teatro SHA and was invited to perform a comedy sketch in Palermo University.
In August 2014 to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of La Pelota de Letras he performed this show in Bogota at Gimnasio Moderno. The shows were sold out.

- ME PIDO LA VENTANA / I HAVE THE WINDOW
On April 23, 2007 Andrés launched a new DVD called Me Pido La Ventana (I have the Window!).
International Tour:
On September 2007 Andrés toured the USA with Me Pido la Ventana: Orlando, FL at Bob Carr Performing Art Center; Queens, NY at Colden Auditorium Queens College; Elizabeth, NJ at The Ritz Theatre and Performing Arts Center; Atlanta, GA at Center Stage; Houston, TX at Stafford Center Theatre.
On January 19, 2008 for the first time, a Colombian artist Andrés, performed in the South Beach Comedy Festival sponsored by IMPROV, Comedy Central, The Miami Herald and others, at The Fillmore, The Jackie Gleason Theatre.
Andrés performed with comedian Kathy Griffin, and others, Dave Attell, Jeff Dunham, Jeffrey Ross, Katt Williams, Kristina Wong, Louis C.K., Ralphie May and Stephen Lynch.
In January 2008 Andres toured Spain with Me Pido la Ventana: Alicante at Teatro Principal Plaza Ruperto Chapí;
Barcelona at Teatro Apolo; Palma de Mallorca at Auditorium Palacio de Congresos; Murcia at Teatro Romea; Málaga at Teatro Alameda; Bilbao at Teatro Ayala; Barcelona at Teatro Apolo; Madrid at Teatro Capitol.

- ME PIDO LA VENTANA CON FRUTICA PICADA / I WANT THE WINDOW WITH SLICED FRUIT
In 2008 he launches his DVD Me Pido la Ventana con Frutica Picada / I Want the Window With Sliced Fruit.
International Tour:
2009 January and March 2009. Andrés begins the international tour of Frutica Picada in West Palm Beach, FL at the Intercontinental West Hotel; Miami Beach, FL at Teatro Byron Carly and Fort Mayers, FL at Hotel Crown Plaza.
June 2009 in Costa Rica at the Teatro Mélico Salazar.
June 2009 López performs in Queens, NY at the Teatro Stage Fest
Medellín at the Teatro Metropolitano; in Barranquilla at the Teatro Consuegra Higgins.
In May in Caracas Venezuela at Santa Rosa de Lima Theater.
López performs Frutica Picada in Venezuela from August to November 2009 with huge success and sold out shows, in Margarita, Caracas, Maracay, Valencia, Maracaibo, Mérida, San Cristóbal, Barquisimeto and Puerto Ordaz.
In 2012 Andres performed Me Pido la Ventana con Frutica Picada in Venezuela in the cities of San Cristobal at Sala de Convenciones del Centro Sambil and Barquisimeto at Auditorio Magdalena Seijas UPEL.

SOMOS LOS COMEDIANTES / WE ARE THE COMEDIANS
December 2009 López produces and launches the new DVD We are the Comedians Somos los Comediantes with the Colombian comedians, Alejandro Mejia, Pasus3 y Gonzalo Valderrama. Andrés´s sketch was called Si Llueve Éntreme los Tenis (If it rains, take my running shoes inside)

LLEGAR A MARTE / LANDING ON MARS
In 2013 he launched the Stand-Up Comedy show Llegar a Marte with means Landing on Mars but also Llegar a Amarte which is monophonic means Falling in Love.
He tours Colombia performing in Bogotá at Hard Rock Cafe and Teatro William Shakespeare, Medellín at Teatro Metropolitano, Manizales Teatro Fundadores, Bucaramanga at Auditorio Luis A. Calvo, Ibagué at Teatro Tolima, Armenia at Centro de Convenciones, Barranquilla at Hotel Dann, Montería at Centro de Convenciones, Cartagena at Centro de Convenciones Getsemaní and Cali at Teatro Jorge Isaacs.
Llegar a Marte season in Bogotá from May to September 2014. Check this page for more information about the shows.
International Tour:
He has performed the new show in Guatemala, Costa Rica , Miami at Teatro Trail, Orlando at Plaza Live Orlando, Washington at The State Theatre and Houston at Stafford Centre.
In 2014, Andrés López performed Llegar A Marte in Costa Rica and Panamá.
He is performing in November in Miami at Teatro Trail. Check this page for more information about the shows.

3a.

THE HOST


March 2, 2010. Andrés performed to golfers at the Club Country de Bogota as a welcome to the Nationwide Tour after the Celebrity Pro-Am of Juan Pablo Montoya.
On April 10, 2010 Andrés performs a Stand-Up Comedy show at the Plaza de Bolívar Bogotá for a Red Bull event, where David Coulthard did a show with his Formula 1 car.
Andrés has been performing opening acts before concerts, events with more than 44,000 spectators such as the concert of Alberto Plaza in Bogotá and Rock al Parque in Bogotá. He also performs before government official events.
In 2014 Andrés performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá a series of events to help the new generations to learn about classic music.
3b.

THE TV HOST


In 2010, 2011 and 2012 Andrés López was the host and performed his Stand-Up Comedy at the International Humor festival for Caracol Television, Colombian Television Network. In January 2011 DirecTV bought the rights from Caracol Television to air the International Humor Festival where Andrés was the host.
On 2013, DirecTV Latino America launched the first and second season of the Talk Show Andrés López de Noche (Andres Lopez at Night). Andrés López role as host with interviews of the most influential show business people in Latin America.
The third season of Andrés López de Noche which will be transmitted in DirecTV in September 2014.
On October 16, 2008 Andrés López was part of the host at the MTV Latin American Awards 2008. MTV Awards Latin America which took place in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Andres Lopez also performed at the Latin GRAMMY Acoustic Session 2013. In 2003 Andrés was the host for Mi Otro Yo for Citytv (Bogotá).

4.

THE LECTURER/SPEAKER


June 2009 and August 15 and 19 launches at the Hotel Dann Carlton, Bogotá a Seminar to teach Successful Comedy in Business and Life / La Comedia Exitosa en los Negocios y en la Vida.

HUMANITARIAN
With his particular comedy style Andrés created a unique show in which he fully presents the precepts of The Way to Happiness (El Camino a la Felicidad) based in the book with the same name.
Through these performances and events, he has influenced not only tens of thousands of citizens, but many of the country’s top civil and military officials.
His shows such as La Pelota de Letras and El Camino a La Felicidad have been donated to nonprofit organizations and foundations such as the Colombian Red Cross to benefit children and youth that live and in the street.
March 7 2009, together with other celebrities he performed Un Día por la Paz /One day for the peace in Cartagena, Colombia and Caracas, Venezuela.
Since March 14, 2010 Andrés is the appointed messenger for the Prevention of Crime, a project lead by United Nations in Colombia.
September 2010 Andrés is part of the campaign Sexuality with Sense Sexualidad con Sentido lead and financed by Ministry of Social Protection and the Population Found of United Nations (UNFPA), Ministry of National Education Special Programs of the Presidency.

5.

THE MOVIE ACTOR


In 2013 he was the main character in the movie De Rolling por Colombia by Director Harold Trompetero.
In 2014 he also records the movie De Rolling por Colombia 2. Por un Sueño Mundialista (Rolling in Colombia. For a World Cup Dream) where he performs nine main characters in the movie.
6.

THE WRITER

18 August 2010. López launches at the Book Fair in Bogotá his book La Pelota de Letras, original manuscript with the editor Ediciones B, according to President of Ediciones B, Philippe Vergnaud, the book turned into a Bestseller at the 2010 Book Fair in Bogota.
7.

THE CREATOR OF MARKETING CAMPAIGNS. TELEVISION, RADIO AND DIGITAL MEDIA


Andrés has been voice-over, creator and actor for marketing campaigns in radio, television, web content and cartoons.
Andrés has creatively collaborated with many companies and brands. In 2014 Andrés is the image of the marketing campaign to promote in Latin America the shows Duck Dynasty for A&E and Brooklyn Nine Nine for TBS. He also was the image of the marketing campaign of the product Ariel Pods, Fan Trainer and Minigols for P&G, Procter & Gamble; Samsung laptops; Debit cards Maestro for Mastercard; and more.
With his particular style in comedy he was the host on screen at the Person of the Year 2013 for Latin GRAMMY.
López has been on TV Campaigns for Video On Demand for Comcast Argentina, Family Talk with Roll Over for AT&T, Long Distance calls in USA for Orbitel.
You can see some of the videos in this page.
8.

THE PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR


Andrés not only has been the producer and director of his own stand-up comedy shows, he also is the producer and director of his animated series (cartoons) such as 'Tratame Suavemente' (Treat me Softly) better known as 'Cata y mi Andy', 'Juan Bracitos' (Juan Little Arms), 'Jason Libardo'. These skits made him famous when he was working for the radio station La Mega in RCN.
In 2008 he uploaded new material of those skits on iTunes.
Other animated series: Zurdoman, La Escuelita de las Américas, El Payaso de la Muerte, La Guerra de las Galaceas, and many more.
9.

THE THEATRE ACTOR

López has also been performing in various venues as part of the cast. In 1998 he performed in the Colombian version of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare or Las Obras de William Shakespeare directed by Juan Angel and co-starred by David Guerrero and Fernando Solórzano. Andrés played Juliet Capulet, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Ophelia and other Shakespearean women on this work.
10.

THE MOTIVATOR - PRIVATE SHOWS AND CORPORATE BRIEF

Other activities López has created a motivational speech product for employees and clients which includes parts of his shows and these products have been used by businesses to bring about radical internal changes. Companies using López include: Hewlett-Packard, Alquería, Oracle Corporation, Roche, Microsoft, Merck & Co., IBM, The Coca-Cola Company, BAT, Unilever, Grupo Santander, Porvenir, ETB, Pharmacia, Pfizer, Intel Corporation, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Nestlé, Avantel, Alpina, Bavaria, Altria Group, Colsubsidio and more. López has also taken part in numerous talk shows, hosting TV programs as well as a multitude of interviews on TV and radio; he has also written for newspapers and various magazines.

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HIS RECORDS

The Ball of Letters / La Pelota de Letras is the highest-selling DVD in Latin America.
Between May and June 2010 RCN, Colombian Television Network, aired "La Pelota de Letras". They received their highest ratings for the week. "Frutica Picada" was aired exclusively on OnDIRECTV, from 11 to 14 of June to the countries: Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and the Caribbean. DirecTV officially published a document on its website that indicates that the show had the highest rating in Latin America in June and July second only to the Opening of the World Cup FIFA 2010.

AWARDS

“La Pelota de Letras” was twice awarded sales milestones, first Diamond DVD sales in March 2 2006 from Universal Music Group. Attending this celebration was the dominican singer Wilfrido Vargas who took the stage and thanked Andres for spreading his work to the new generations.
On April 23, 2007 Andrés López was presented with Double Diamond DVD sales for La Pelota de Letras DVD.
After unprecedented success with “La Pelota de Letras”, Andrés released his second DVD “Me Pido La Ventana” in 2007, after only 2 months of its release it was awarded with Diamond DVD sales.

In 2005 he won the "HOLA" Award for the "Outstanding Solo Performance" after his sold out shows in New York and Miami
December 5, 2006 was presented with the Premio Orquidea USA for best international talent 2006.
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In December 2007 Andrés was presented by El Tiempo Newspaper and the Ministry of Culture with the award "The 10 people of the culture", 10 most important artist of the last 10 years, Andrés was ranked fifth.
On November 2008, The Second Commission of the Senate of the Republic of Colombia presented Andres Lopez with the Order of Merit to the Democracy in the Degree of Great Gentlemen.
In 2008 the Minister of Defense bestowed upon Andrés an award for his work as a “Soldier of Happiness.
Other awards:
"ON Award to the Creative Mind" by Universidad Autonoma de Occidente, Cali Colombia.
Recognitions by Casa Militar de la Presidencia de la República de Colombia (Military Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia), Ministerio de Defensa Nacional de Colombia (Ministry of Defense Colombia), Ejército Nacional (National Army), Base Aérea Palanquero (Air Force Base Palanquero), Dirección de Protección y Servicios Especiales de la Policía Nacional de Colombia (Director of Protection and Special Services of the National Police of Colombia), Escuela Naval de Suboficiales de Barranquilla (Naval Sub-Officers School in Barranquilla), Cuarta Brigada de Medellín (Fourth Brigade in Medellin), Central de Inteligencia Militar (Central Military Intelligence), Comando de Apoyo Logístico de la Infantería de Marina (Logistics Support Command Colombian Marine Corps), among others.

Videos - vintage

VIDEOS 1994-2004

Stand-Up comedy Piloto Estandar. Live show for Labor Fair (Show en vivo para Expocamello). Creative for Pido la Parola TV show (Creativo para Pido la Parola programa de TV). I´ll get you mouse (Stand-Up Comedy A que te Cojo Ratón). (The Vietnam Way) Stand-Up Comedy A lo Vietnam. Host for The Other Me (Presentador de Mi Otro Yo para CityTV)

SHORT VIDEOS STORYTELLING / VIDEOS MUESTRAS DE CUENTERÍA

FOTOS VINTAGE

 

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