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Stand-up Comedy

The wit and wisdom of Cristela Alonzo

The wit and wisdom of Cristela Alonzo

The new ABC series "Cristela," the first TV comedy to have a Latina woman as its creator and star, has been roundly praised by critics for tackling issues facing working women and Hispanics with smart humor and uncommon sophistication. The Atlantic magazine calls the show, about a single woman fighting stereotypes in the workplace and those of her old-school mother, "the model for what modern sitcoms should be."

Which means, of course, that first-season ratings for "Cristela" were woeful, and on Thursday it was canceled. The show's engaging star, 36-year-old Mexican-American Cristela Alonzo, is back out on the stand-up comedy circuit, including a series...