Ghetto Klown grew out of a series of college talks by Leguizamo. “I put my résumé on index cards, got drunk…and just riffed, and the kids laughed and hooted and stood up. I said to myself, ‘Damn, John, you got yourself your best show here.’ And I ran home and wrote it all down before I passed out.”
Leguizamo’s favorite subjects are all covered in Ghetto Klown: family (at an awards ceremony, his father congratulates him on being the first-place loser when Leguizamo doesn’t win), relationships (his fights with his wife are featured verbatim) and his famous co-workers (he came to blows with Patrick Swayze while filming To Woo Fong, Thanks for Everything, in which both played drag queens, but claims they kissed and made up).
Leguizamo performs Ghetto Klown at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas. For information, call 713-222-5400 or visit www.ghettoklown.com. $34.50 to $54.50.
Feb. 23-25, 8 p.m., 2012