Returning for her third season at The Palm, February 12-27, drag legend Miss Coco Peru stars in her all-new show, ‘A Gentle Reminder: Coco’s Guide To A Somewhat Happy Life’, where, through story and song, Coco shares with her audience a step by step guide that leaves them prepared to enter the world again, ready to create their very own “somewhat” happy life. Why just a “somewhat” happy life? Well, let’s face it, you wouldn’t want to be happy all of the time because, always remember, “happy” people make such a racket.
Recognizable by her trademark copper-toned flip hairdo, Miss Coco Peru is the iconic drag persona of American actor and comedian Clinton Leupp. He is a native of City Island, New York and a 1983 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, New York.
Storyteller/monologist, Miss Coco Peru, got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret”. In the more than twenty years since, Miss Coco Peru has starred in various one-woman shows across the U.S. and other countries, including Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where audiences fell in love with her two seasons ago at The Palm with packed houses and standing ovations.
“One of the last great storytellers” – Lily Tomlin
Coco has also hosted numerous LGBT events, and is well-known for her many hilarious movie roles and her series of live theater performances. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall’s feature film, Trick (Sundance 1999), and Richard Day’s, Girls Will Be Girls (Sundance 2002). For this film Coco shared the Best Actress Award with his two co-stars at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, as well as the Best Actor Award at LA’s Outfest Film Festival. Other film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, Nick and Jane, and Straight-Jacket. Coco can also be heard in the Disney animated feature, The Wild, as Mamma Hippo! She also appears in the highly-ish anticipated sequel of Girls Will Be Girls, which will be released someday, hopefully.
Television appearances include two stand-up comedy specials on LOGO: Wisecrack and Dragtastic, as well as notable appearances in How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Twins, and Will and Grace. She also starred in an Orbitz commercial that was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.
Coco’s live one-person shows include: “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret”, “Miss Coco Peru: A Legend in Progress”, “Miss Coco Peru at the Westbeth Theatre”, as well as the hugely successful “Ugly Coco” and most recently, “She’s Got Balls”. All of these shows have been performed to sold out audiences throughout the US and abroad.
Coco also continues to host an on-going live series of shows at the Renberg Theater in Los Angeles called Conversations With Coco, in which she interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons. Coco’s guests have included Liza Minnelli, Jane Fonda, Bea Arthur, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Lainie Kazan, Lesley Ann Warren, and drag icon Mr. Charles Busch.
Coco’s recent online YouTube videos have been seen by over 2 million viewers. Her video “Coco Goes to KMART”, in which she searches for Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tea, has over 700,000 views. For this reason, Coco has had to ask her fans to please stop sending her the tea, as she has already received close to 100 boxes! ‘A Gentle Reminder’ will play February 12-27.