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Alonozo stars as a fictional version of herself trying to become a lawyer, living with her traditional Mexican-American family, who don't quite understand her ways.
One of comic Cristela Alonzo's oldest jokes involves being a child and her Mexican immigrant mother pointing to a big, fancy house and saying: "Cristela, you're an American. You go to school, you work hard, you graduate, you make something out of yourself. And one day, you can clean that house."
On Friday, when ABC viewers hear a clipped version of it on Alonzo's new sitcom Cristela, it will make TV history. The 35-year-old virtually unknown comic is the first Latina to create, produce, write, and star in her own primetime comedy.
"No one else has a deal like this," said Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition. "It is very, very significant and it calls to the fact that she's an exceptional artist."
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