John Leguizamo is returning to television with the news that his one-man comedy routine “Ghetto Klown” will be taped for broadcast on HBO.
“Ghetto Klown” – a routine which recounts the comedian’s childhood in New York City and eventual rise to fame – debuted on Broadway in 2011, after which the show was revamped for a national tour. “Ghetto Klown” – which was nominated for “Best Sound Design of a Play” at the 2011 Tony Awards – will be Leguizamo’s fifth comedy special for the cable channel, following 2002’s “Sexaholic …A Love Story.”
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HBO has proven itself a successful platform for Latino comedians, as Mexican American comedian Louis C.K. recently earned an Emmy for his HBO special “Oh My God.” Leguizamo also earned an Emmy for “Freak,” which aired on HBO in 1998.
News of “Ghetto Klown’s debut on HBO follows Leguizamo’s time on the big screen on “Kick Ass 2,” which opened in theaters this summer.