updated 03/13/2014 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/13/2014 AT 11:30 AM ET
George Lopez knows his public intoxication arrest is no laughing matter. Still, the comedian couldn’t resist making himself the butt of his own jokes on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
“Well, you know, apparently I’m a bigger Justin Bieber fan than I thought I was,” Lopez, 52, cracked during Thursday’s episode. “But you know how they always say whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Canada, everybody knows.”
The Saint George actor made headlines when he fell asleep on the floor of a Canadian casino in late February, prompting police to apprehend him but not press charges. A photo purporting to show Lopez passed out drunk circulated around Twitter.
Lopez told Ellen DeGeneres he has been sober – and plans to stay that way – since the incident. Though he called the Canadian authorities “very polite,” he made a jab at Rob Ford, mayor of Ontario’s capital and an admitted drug user.
“They told me, they said, ‘Sir, this behavior can not continue,’” Lopez said of the police officers. “ ‘And if it does continue, we would be honored if you would be mayor of Toronto.’ ”