Stand-up comedian and actor brings jokes and jabs of life in East LA to
downtown Springfield

MGM Springfield Presents Felipe Esparza at Symphony Hall September 29
Stand-up comedian and actor brings jokes and jabs of life in East LA to downtown Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, MASS (June 25, 2018) – Opening this summer, MGM Springfield, the region’s newest entertainment destination, is bringing stand-up comedian and actor Felipe Esparza to Symphony Hall Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m.  Best known for his stand-up special “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You” (2012), as well as recurring roles on “Superstore” and “The Eric Andre Show,” this 2010 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” will entertain audiences with his signature style of comedy and storytelling that speaks to his childhood and family life growing up in the projects of Boyle Heights (East Los Angeles), California.
“As the world’s leading provider of entertainment experiences, we are committed to presenting a terrific line-up of entertainers from a variety of genres,” said Talia Spera, Executive Director of Entertainment for MGM Springfield. “With its opening in August, MGM Springfield is committing to creating entertainment experiences that will appeal to everyone and give people reasons to visit the community time and again.”
Tickets for Felipe Esparza at Symphony Hall go on sale Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m.(EST) for $25 and $35, not including applicable taxes and service charges, and may be purchased at the CityStage and Symphony Hall box offices, online at or by calling the box office at 413.788.7033. 
From living in a family of nine in the most gang-infested neighborhood in the country to winning NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” selling out live comedy shows all over the country and acting in TV shows and movies, Felipe Esparza’s story is anything but ordinary. Before going out on his own, he worked as a stand-up comedian, opening for fellow comedians Gabriel Iglesias and Paul Rodriguez. Capitalizing on his success on “Last Comic Standing,” he went on to produce his first hour-long stand-up comedy special “They’re Not Gonna Laugh at You” (now on Netflix) and went on to make several TV appearances including recurring roles on “The Eric Andre Show” and NBC’s “Superstore,” TruTV’s “World’s Dumbest” and “Russell Simmons Presents Stand-Up at the El Rey.”
Esparza hosts a weekly podcast on the All Things Comedy Network called “What’s Up Fool?”  focusing on interesting stories from just about anybody. In addition, he is developing a sitcom with fellow comedian Dustin Ybarra and writers Bobby Bowman and Peter Murrietta. Last year, he produced his second hour-long stand-up special with his wife Lesa called “Translate This,” which premiered on HBO in September 2017.
About Symphony Hall
The historic Symphony Hall theatre is home to Broadway-style theatre, top-quality children’s programming, internationally recognized speakers and numerous concerts and performances. Built in the early 1900s, the historic building underwent an extensive renovation in the fall of 2004. Symphony Hall is also home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Public Forum and public and private graduation ceremonies for the Springfield Public Schools and surrounding communities.
About MGM Springfield
MGM Springfield covers three city blocks in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mass.  Igniting a cultural and economic renaissance in a historic New England city, the approximately 2 million square-foot development, which combines new construction with revived historic buildings, will offer more than 125,000 square feet of gaming space, a 250-room boutique hotel on Main Street and superior spa services, inspired dining and diverse retail. MGM Springfield also will feature a luxury cinema, high-energy bowling complex, a seasonal skating rink and outdoor marketplace displaying local art, events and talent. MGM Springfield is scheduled to open August 24, 2018.
Media Contact:
Saverio Mancini
MGM Springfield
(413) 309-2113