John Leguizamo Sets New HBO Special

Leguizamo's history of one-man specials with HBO spans over two decades

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John Leguizamo has lined up his fifth solo special with HBO.

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 of Leguizamo’s stage shows include 1991’s “Mambo Mouth,” 1993’s “Spic-O-Rama,” 1998’s “Freak” and 2002’s “Sexaholic…A Love Story.”

“Ghetto Klown” is produced by Rebel Productions, Insurgent Films and Silver Lining Entertainment. Executive producers include Leguizamo, Fisher Stevens, Jeff Golenberg and Sam Maydew. The Broadway production “Ghetto Klown” was originally produced by WestBeth Entertainment, Daveed D. Frazier and Nelle Nugent.