Sarah Silverman & John Leguizamo Have HBO Stand-Up Specials Coming

By October 31, 2013

Sarah Silverman - Bed

While Netflix has wrangled stand-up comedy talent to debut their latest specials like “Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive,” HBO is still bringing some great comedy to the masses, and they’ve just revealed two more specials in the coming months.

First, following the online reveal of the failed NBC pilot “Susan 1313,” Deadline reports comedian Sarah Silverman has set up her first HBO stand-up special called “Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles,” produced by Funny or Die and Black Gold Films. However, unlike most of HBO’s specials, this one was apparently taped in front of only three dozen people at The Largo in Los Angeles.

The comedienne will give her blunt, raunchy, but charming spin on topics like porn, religion, politics and “the miracle of existence.” Sounds pretty much like all the topic nearly every comedians covers, but with Silverman (and all comedians), it’s how she talks about those subjects that makes it funny. Though this is Silverman’s first stand-up special, she’s been a regular on the network with shows like “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David.” In fact, she stars in a new HBO series called “People in New Jersey,” so this should serve as a good precursor.

John Leguizamo - Ghetto Klown

In addition, HBO is giving actor and and one-man show star John Leguizamo yet another turn on the cable network. A press release from HBO has announced Leguizamo’s fifth HBO special, “Ghetto Klown.” The show will be taped November 16th at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The special is an adaptation of his one-man show of the same name which has been a hit in New York, and is slated to hit HBO sometime in 2014. The show is directed by Fisher Stevens, director of Stand-Up Guys, producer of The Cove, and Leguizamo’s Super Mario Bros. co-star. Leguizamo wrote the show himself and describes it 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.”

The actor has delivered some amazing work on HBO in the form of “Mambo Mouth” (1991), “Spic-O-Rama” (1993), “Sexaholix…A Love Story” (2002), and “Freak” (1998) for which he won an Emmy. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what else Leguizamo has up his sleeve.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.