Cris­tela finds the funny side of life

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CRIS­TELA Alonzo was raised by a sin­gle mother in poverty. The fam­ily was so poor they had to squat in an aban­doned diner un­til Alonzo was eight.

The co­me­dian taught her­self to speak English watch­ing US sit­coms.

To­day, at 36, she’s the first Latina to cre­ate, pro­duce, write and star in her own net­work show, Cris­tela.

Alonzo (left) says she honed her sense of hu­mour dur­ing her child­hood.

“I had no idea we were poor when we were squat­ting be­cause my Mum did such a great job at mak­ing us laugh at ev­ery­thing,” she says.

“I’ve learnt to han­dle ev­ery­thing through hu­mour,” she says.

Cris­tela is an au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal take on her own life but the ma­jor dif­fer­ence to Alonzo’s own life is that fic­tional Cris­tela cops grief from her fam­ily for work­ing as an un­paid in­tern for a law firm whereas in real life she was given the third de­gree for pur­su­ing stand-up.

“I wanted to show how much of a sac­ri­fice it is for some­one who comes from a poor fam­ily to say, ‘Hey I have this great job where I’m be­ing paid noth­ing, but trust me – it’s a good thing’.”

CRIS­TELA SUN­DAY, 6.30PM, FOX8 By An­drew Fen­ton

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