John Leguizamo: Mambo Mouth (1991 TV Special)
“Ghetto Klown” will tape on Nov. 16 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and adapt his one-man stage show of the same name. HBO will roll out the special for viewers next year.
Leguizamo penned “Ghetto Klown,” which will be directed by Fisher Stevens. Arnold Engelman will produce the HBO special of “Ghetto Klown.” Leguizamo has described the show as being “about my journey as an artist, what made me want to be an actor, and why I put up with all the nonsense, the successes and failures, the hitting bottom and then picking yourself up again.”
“John Leguizamo’s one-man shows are always electrifying, thought-provoking entertainment,” noted Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “The provocative ‘Ghetto Klown’ is the latest chapter in a longtime partnership that has been highly rewarding for HBO, and for our viewers.”
Past HBO adaptations
What is probably less well-known about the Colombian-born actor is his extensive theatre work. He’s been behind a number of successful, award-winning one-man shows since the early nineties, where he has delved into the subject of his Latino heritage, family issues and general psyche with such colourful titles as Mambo Mouth, Spic-o-Rama, and Sexaholix… A Love Story (he also penned a biography entitled Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life).
It’s with the latest of these works, Ghetto Klown (a distillation of the other earlier productions, and brimming with more of an autobiographical overtone) which sees him make his debut on the UK stage
But it helps. It also helps to understand Spanish and street life from the 70s, but if you don't there's plenty in Leguizamo's hilarious one-man show.
His stories trace from his hardscrabble childhood in Queens to starring in this at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre. He's plumbed some of this ground before in other one-man shows: "Freak," "Sexaholic ... A Love Story," "Mambo Mouth" and "Spic-o-Rama."
Yet Leguizamo's done enough living in his 46 years and is such a keen observer and excellent mimic that this feels fresh. Like everyone, his childhood formed him, but unlike everyone, he can take what still feels raw and make it very funny.
He was so poor as a kid, Leguizamo says, "Crooks would break into our house and leave things."
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