Latin History for Morons
When: April 5-17
Where: La Jolla Playhouse
Cost: $29-$59
From his Colombian background to his tough New York childhood, John Leguizamo has shared his personal life through comedy. But in a new solo act titled “Latin History for Morons,” which premieres Tuesday night at the La Jolla Playhouse, the comic takes on five centuries of Latin history.
His goal: put a spotlight on the Latino figures missing in textbooks, movies and TV.
It all started when his son asked him about heroes in the Latino culture.
“[I thought] well, Pitbull, Sofia Vergara are pretty cool,” Leguizamo told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday. “I know there had to be more.”
The comic said “Latin History for Morons” covers important figures from America’s past, including the Cuban women in the South who sold their jewelry and household goods to feed the troops that fought in the Civil War.
Leguizamo hopes that the act can help empower Latinos, especially with this year’s political climate.
“Trump is definitely doing a great thing for Latin people,” Leguizamo said. “He’s galvanized us – Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Central Americans. We are united. And people are fighting really hard to be registered [to vote], and they’re going to make a huge difference.”