Clipped From Hartford Courant
Young Comedian Freddie Prinze Launched in 'Chico and the Han' By LAUREN D'ALESSANDRO Assistant TV Editor If you happened to catch Freddie Prinze on the Tonight Show recently, you're probably still laughing. The self-styled "Hungarican," (his mother , is Puerto Rican and his father is a Hungarian Gypsy,) has a brand of humor that is fresh, easy and completely charming. In fact, no one can touch his impression of a cockroach. As luck would have it, Freddie has already been scooped up by NBC for an upcoming series, "Chico v and the Man." The show, scheduled for next fall, stars Jack Albertson as the "token wasp" and Freddie Prinze as "Chico,'' spokesman for the Chicanos who are "crowding" the neighborhood. The likes of "Sanford and Son," and "Good Times" have helped everyone laugh with ease at a black comedic situation, and the folks who will bring "Chico and the Man" to video-land hope to do the same. "Our show allows Chicanos to laugh at themselves and the distorted picture other elements of society have of them," said James Komack, producer-director of the show. "Our specialized humor allows people to endure their problems and finally elevate the minority into the main stream of American life," he said. Komack talked with hundreds of Mexican-Americans while researching the show. Although he lived in southern California for seventeen years, he had little ( contact with the large Chicano 'population. Working on the show has taught him one thing in particular. "They are a proud and beautiful part of the American scene, and I think the viewers will take them to heart."