John Leguizamo has become one of Hollywood’s big names thanks to his time as the voice of the loveable Sid the Sloth from the Ice Age movie franchise. What a lot of people don’t know though is that Leguizamo has been making audiences laugh for years. Thanks to the new documentary from PBS, Tales from a Ghetto Klown, audiences will get to learn about Leguizamo’s comedy roots, and about everything that went into bringing his latest project, “Ghetto Klown” to life.
Tales from a Ghetto Klown profiles Leguizamo’s rise to stardom, from his early days up to his most recent one-man show. Viewers see how far he’s come through interviews with his family and friends, including other comedians. Archived footage of his previous work adds even more depth to his story. In watching this documentary, audiences may be somewhat surprised to see a man with two very different sides. On stage, audiences see a man who is entirely in control and self confident. But on the other side, Leguizamo admits himself that he’s nervous just trying out his material in a rehearsal with a very small invited audience. It shows just how serious Leguizamo takes his craft. Understanding that makes for that much more appreciation for him both as a person and an entertainer. On another note, viewers will note that perhaps Leguizamo is a comic book geek. In some of his interviews and even in his on-stage performances, he’s seen wearing comic book based shirts. He’s got both an X-Men shirt and a Batman shirt. Audiences who are fans of both DC Comics and Marvel will appreciate the shout outs even if they are just coincidental.
Leguizamo really comes across as something of an underdog in this presentation. So when it begins to follow the journey to bring his latest show to life, audiences will find themselves rooting for him. First there was an issue with having lost a contract for a theater in which to perform his show. And then his prep show in Chicago was nearly shut down thanks to a massive snow storm. Luckily though, he does finally see the fruits of his labor. And even despite negative reviews from some critics, his show was obviously a hit among audiences. It was such a hit that when it closed in the U.S., he ended up even going a Spanish language version of his show in Colombia. The road to making that show happen was just as interesting. Audiences can find out for themselves everything that he went through to make that show happen. There are moments here that will amaze some audiences. Those moments will also move audiences as they show Leguizamo getting back in touch with his roots.
The journey from dream to stage will keep audiences’ eyes and attention through the near hour long presentation contained on this documentary’s single disc. Audiences will also laugh at the snippets of his act included as bonus features. And for those who want even more depth to the presentation, there are even more interviews with those involved with the show’s birth and life included as bonus features. They all come together with the main presentation to both move and entertain audiences.
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