Growing up, Al Madrigal was the portrait—albeit a slightly browner version—of a red-blooded American: Suburban neighborhood, preppy high school, and a love of football to boot. Throw in his inability to speak Spanish or properly pronounce his own name, and Al’s earned a perfect 10 on the Pocho meter. What he hasn’t earned? The Mexican citizenship his dad recently gifted him.
In “Half Like Me,” actor, comedian and “Daily Show” correspondent Al Madrigal takes us on a Pocho quest as he explores the confusing reality of being half—dealing with white people who think he’s too Mexican, and Latinos who don’t think he’s quite Latino enough.
Follow Al as he gets a therapy session from the “godfather of all Mexicans,” Jorge Ramos; tunes up his fútbol game with LA Galaxy star Omar Gonzalez; goes back to school to learn Spanish… from American elementary school kids; debates keeping Mexicans out of the U.S. with the founder of the Minuteman Project, a border watchdog group; hits the mosh pit with young, Latino punk band members in South Central; talks about being an outsider on both sides with historian and Latino studies professor Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz; and challenges a living legend and Oscar winner on playing up stereotypes.
“Half Like Me” airs January 22 at 10:00 p.m., ET on Fusion.