Since his first appearance in 1996, Ernie G. (Ernesto Tomas Gritzewsky) has made a name for himself in the Los Angeles comedy scene with his energy, social awareness, and literate-but-street-smart humor.
In Mama’s Boy, he finds humor in the pretensions of club dwellers, the incongruity of his Russian surname and Mexican background, and the changing face of Latino identity.
To knowing, appreciative hoots from a live audience, Ernie G laces his routine with Spanish phrases (even while he makes fun of his imperfect command of his ancestral tongue) and jokingly translates Spanish love songs into English to get laughs.
Gritzewsky is the first person from his Mexican, American, Puerto Rican, Russian, and French family to graduate from college. In 1994, he graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. degree in psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies.