John Leguizamo’s 5th HBO Special “Ghetto Klown” Debuts March 22nd

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HBO Loves John Leguizamo to the tune of airing his fifth HBO special.  Leguizamo returns with his fifth solo special John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on March 22nd (10pm – 11:45pm ET/PT) 

Written by Leguizamo, Ghetto Klown is directed by Fisher Stevens, who directed the Broadway production and national tour.  It is an adaptation from his Drama Desk Award-winning one-man stage.

Ghetto Klown was taped last November at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Leguizamo tells audiences that the show is like therapy and spins a “cautionary tale” that begins with childhood memories, continues through the early days of his acting career, and arrives on the sets of well-known TV series and major motion pictures, while addressing his recurring feelings of self-doubt, negativity and depression.

Leguizamo’s previous HBO specials, all of which were adaptations of his hit one-man stage shows, include Mambo Mouth (1991), Spic-O-Rama (1993), Freak (1998), for which he won an Emmy®, and Sexaholic…A Love Story (2002).

Other HBO playdates: March 27 (9:00 p.m., 4:15 a.m.) and 31 (10:30 p.m.).   HBO2 playdates: March 24 (9:00 p.m., 2:20 a.m.) and 29 (12:35 a.m.)

Leguizamo film career has accentuated both his dramatic and comedic talents with movies that include dramas William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, Dr. Dolittle, Carlito’s Way and The Lincoln Lawyer and such comedies as the Ice Age franchise.

Currently Leguizamo will be seen in John Favreau’s Chef which debuts in SXSW in March and recently appeared in the hit feature film Ride Along, starring alongside Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. He also just completed production on Cymbeline, a modern-day take on Shakespeare’s play, and Stealing Cars, starring with William H. Macy.

Ghetto Klown is produced by Rebel Productions, Insurgent Films and Silver Lining Entertainment; executive producers, John Leguizamo, Fisher Stevens, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew. Arnold Engelman, who produced the live show, also produces the HBO special. The Broadway production Ghetto Klown was originally produced by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent.