Paul Rodriguez, appearing at Cache Creek on Saturday, Jan. 30, has high hopes for a new sitcom “Three Generations.”
“We’ve got three generations in one family,” Rodriguez explained recently by phone. “Cheech Marin is one end of the spectrum, sort of an Archie Bunker type. I’m the middle, moderate figure, and my son is way out there, practically an anarchist.”
The project is being shopped around and Rodriguez is optimistic that it will find a home soon. “I think we may be going to ABC but all options are open,” he said. “We’ve got three of the writers from ‘Empire” (working on it). We’re looking at Netflix (too), and the sizzle reel is very hot.”
A sizzle reel is a collection of the show’s highlights used to woo buyers. The son he’s referring to is his real-life son Paul Rodriguez Jr., aka P-Rod, the professional skateboarder and X-Games champion.
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“His being on the sitcom will help,” Rodriguez said. “My kid has a large following. I’m proud of him and the fact I borrow money from him all the time has nothing to do with it.
“(My son) is almost 30,” Rodriguez continued. “No, he IS 30 and that’s getting a little old for skateboarding, so he’ll have to live on his endorsements and investments. He pays no attention to my advice at all. He bought a brewery and I said that microbreweries are not a good investment anymore. A little later he sells it for like a million dollar profit.”
Rodriguez has not been entirely unsuccessful with his own investments. He owns a farm outside of Fresno. He also owns part of the Laugh Factory where “we just opened a new franchise in Scottsdale,” he said. “We want to get bigger and go public.
Rodriguez’s appearance at Cache Creek (and a follow-up May 20 at Jackson Rancheria) is a return to what he loves – stand-up, a field in which “even if I get as old as George Burns, I’d still do it. I need it. Humor is absolutely essential in life and more so as you get older. I’m 60. I don’t feel 60. The other day I was working on the roof and all of a sudden I stopped and asked, ‘What the hell am I doing on the roof at 60?’
“Thank God for American Indian casinos like Cache Creek,” he added. “They have kept me out of the poorhouse.”
Rodriguez long has been outspoken about politics, having supported Meg Whitman for governor and Mitt Romney for president, and his Cache Creek show promises to spend some time on the subject. His support for the 2016 presidential election is still up for grabs at this point, he said. He’s moved from supporting Bernie Sanders to Marco Rubio to Donald Trump, whose “rhetoric is too harsh for (most) Hispanics, but the comedian in me wants him (to win).” (8 p.m.; $30-$55; cachecreek.com)