Leguizamo is best recognized for his roles in films like Carlito’s Way, Chef, and the Ice Age franchise, but Leguizamo is no newcomer to Broadway. He has performed in and written many one-man shows, four of which have been filmed for release including 2014’s Ghetto Klown and 1998’s Freak. The filmed version of Freak was even directed by Spike Lee.
The comedian has been performing Latin History for Morons in and around New York City since 2015. The show has had runs at the historic Public Theater and Studio 54. Nominated for a Best Play Tony, the American Theatre Wing awarded the Pest star a Special Tony Award in 2018.
The version of the show that will appear on Netflix will be from a 3-night June run of the show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In the show, Leguizamo stands before a large chalkboard as he plays the role of a zany professor. He combines accents, characters, and exaggerated drawings to tell stories from the often overlooked and whitewashed Latinx history from the Aztecs to the Civil War to Trump era Texas. While the portrayal of historical characters like Moctezuma as a foppish, gay cad might not be accurate, the presence of a Latino man being able to talk about his history in a funny and engaging way feels relevant and necessary.
Leguizamo came up with the idea for the show after his son was bullied at school for his race. He wanted to give his son facts about their culture and history like how Latinos fought in the revolution or that Columbus never set foot in America.
See the sneak peek here and check out Latin History for Morons on Netflix November 5th.