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Latin History for Morons

Narrated by: John Leguizamo
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Categories: Comedy, Storytelling
4.5 out of 5 stars (119 ratings)

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About the Creator and Performer

Emmy Award and Tony winner John Leguizamo appeared in over 100 films and countless television shows while establishing a career that defies categorization. With boundless and visceral creativity, his work in film, theater, television, literature, and audio covers many genres. Leguizamo, currently seen in Latin History for Morons at New York’s Public Theatre, performs his one-man show where he delivers his take on 500 years of Latin History spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires, to World War II. He’s also the writer and performer for Latin History for Morons for Audible. He garnered a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as a sensitive drag queen in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, was the recipient of the 2002 ALMA Special Achievement Award for Entertainer of the Year, and picked up ALMA Award nominations for his roles in Moulin Rouge (Best Supporting Actor) and King of the Jungle (Best Lead Actor). His film credits include John Wick; Kick-Ass-2; Ice Age: Continental Drift; One for the Money; The Lincoln Lawyer; Repo Men; Gamer; Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Ice Age: The Meltdown; The Honeymooners; Ice Age; Collateral Damage; Doctor Dolittle; Romeo + Juliet; Super Mario Bros.; Spawn and Die Hard 2. Leguizamo’s TV work includes The Kill Point; ER; My Name is Earl; The Brothers Garcia; House of Buggin’; and Miami Vice, Blood Line, and When They See Us.

In 1991, Leguizamo created his first off-Broadway sensation as the writer and performer of his one-man show Mambo Mouth, in which he portrayed seven different characters. He received Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Vanguardia awards for this specific performance. Leguizamo’s debut to Broadway was his one-man show, Freak, for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Play and Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. Additional theater credits include, Sexaholix… A Love Story, which received a Tony nomination for Best Special Theatrical Performance; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, La Puta Vida Trilogy; and American Buffalo. John went on to film special presentations for HBO for his one-man shows including Mambo Mouth; Spic-O-Rama; Freak, for which he won a Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program; Sexaholix… A Love Story; and Ghetto Klown. John created his first literary project in 2006 with his memoir, Pimps, Hos, Playa Hatas and All the Rest of My Hollywood Friends: My Life. He also released Ghetto Klown, the graphic novel adaptation of his 2011 Drama Desk award winning one-man Broadway show in 2015. The audio version of Ghetto Klown is available on Audible. Leguizamo currently resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  • JulieM
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  • 11-23-19

A personal one-man show w/ pitch perfect accents,

Part history, part story of a father trying to get close to his son, and all wonderful. Leguizamo is one of the best modern story-tellers, and I’ve been a fan since seeing his one-man shows on HBO in the 90s. Listen to the sample and then get this. You’ll have some laughs and maybe a few tears, but you’ll definitely enjoy it.

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I really wanted to like this. I was hoping to be enlightened to new insights and historical facts. Unfortunately it was a lot of raunchy speech, silly behavior and unnecessary info dump. I think there’s about 20 minutes total of history, but it’s given so quickly it is hard to retain. I wish we could have had a longer history lesson that was more about the facts with a sprinkle of comedy. I feel if you are trying to enlighten people to a subject you should do so otherwise you have failed at your attempt and have lost your audience. However he did recommend some wonderful historical reads on the subject written by professionals that might be the better route to take.

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THERE GOES MY HERO⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

John Leguizamo’s LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS is for everyone. I hope you had a chance to see this Fabulous Show in person. Thank you John Leguizamo for the National Tour Thank you for the Netflix Special. Thank you for this Audio Book. It’s so important for us and our children to see someone who looks like us on stage and on screen. Thank you for this treasure. I am proud to call you one of my Latin Heroes Thank you for making time for your fans @ThatAYLam

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Wonderful!

I loved this Audible Original. I listened to it twice and intend to encourage my family to listen also.

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Loved it!!!!

Love the humor, facts, and i learned a great deal! Thank you! Looking forward to another audio book by John Leguizamo!

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Awesome

The best performance I have heard. Knowledgeable, inspiring and funny!!!! Thank you John for this unforgettable work of art.

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Bravo John! Who knew.

Clever, Informative and hilariously performed. Laugh and learn. What better way to set history straight..

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Will be required reading for my kids and students

John ... nailed it.

You've begun the journey of filling the vast void , recanting the nobility of who we are as a people.

This is how you'll know it was affective work: I says to myself, self, If this is who your ancestors were, then this is also who you are.

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Really enjoyed!

Well written and long overdue! Mr. Leguizamo verbalizes how I feel as a white person, when I am with my Hispanic friends. May tolerance and understanding become more prevalent!

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Fantastically , Hilarious! Have to see the play now!

John knocks it out of the park with this straight call out of how American society is so unaware of the contributions of Latinos. In his own comedic fashion, he brilliantly leaves no stone unturned in highlighting the many ways our people have contributed to American history. Well done John! You had us laughing from start to finish. Will be sharing and listening again and again!