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Comedian Cristela Alonzo talks upgrading her life in new Netflix special, ‘Middle Classy’

After two decades of stand-up comedy, Cristela Alonzo said she’s finally joined the ranks of the middle class.

The 43-year-old Texas native, who currently lives in Los Angeles, shared the hardships she and her family faced growing up in poverty in her first Netflix special, “Lower Classy,” in 2016. And now, Alonzo said she’s upgraded to “Middle Classy,” her new Netflix comedy special hitting the streaming platform worldwide on June 28.

“It was all starting during writing ‘Lower Classy,’ where I was barely breaking into this level of life that I wasn’t used to,” Alonzo said during a recent phone interview. “Being able to take care of yourself is a whole different level than just getting by, and that’s a lesson I had to learn. That’s the difference between lower and middle classy.”

Alonzo made history for being the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own primetime ABC sitcom, “Cristela,” which aired during the 2014-2015 season. Two years later, she was the first Latina to voice a lead character in a Disney/Pixar film when she starred as Cruz Ramirez in the “Cars 3” animated feature. Throughout her career, she’s broken several barriers and said she hopes she’s inspiring others to do the same within their own lives.

“It’s incredible, and also hard to believe, that you’re the first at something,” she said. “I haven’t been the first one in this career, but it’s weird to think about how many firsts we still have to make across the board. Look, we haven’t had a female president. There’s so many of those things that you’d think would’ve happened by now. The thing about being the first is that you hope that the first shows people that it shouldn’t be the last. It means we are now here; We now have a seat at the table.”

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