EXCLUSIVE: After an 11-year break, John Leguizamo is back at HBO for another comedy special. The pay cable network will tape Leguizamo’s latest one-man show, Ghetto Klown, on November 16 at the Victoria Theatre, NJPAC for debut next spring. This is Leguizamo’s fifth one-man show, all of which have become specials on HBO. That includes Mambo Mouth (1991); Spic-O-Rama (1993); Freak (1998), for which he won an Emmy Award; and Sexaholic…A Love Story (2002).
Ghetto Klown, for which Luguizamo received a Drama Desk Award, is a semi-authobiographical show about his path to stardom based on his memoir Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas, And All The Rest Of My Hollywood Friends. Ghetto Klown was written by Leguizamo and will be directed by Fisher Stevens, who also directed the successful 2012 Broadway production and national tour. Arnold Engelman produced the live show and will take on producing duties for the taped version as well. The special is produced by Rebel Prods, Insurgent Films and Silver Lining Entertainment. Leguizamo, Stevens, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew executive produce. The Broadway production Ghetto Klown was originally produced by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent. Leguizamo is reppted by Silver Lining Entertainment, UTA and Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.