The Palm Cabaret and Bar is excited to announce the Puerto Vallarta debut of popular comedienne, film and television personality, Coco Peru in her new show An Evening with Coco Peru, beginning February 1, and continuing through February 13.
Coco Peru is the drag persona of American actor, comedian and drag performer Clinton Leupp, known for her role in the 1999 independent film Trick and for her series of live theater performances. Recognizable by her trademark copper-toned flip hairdo, Peru also starred in Richard Day's Girls Will Be Girls and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack. She has also appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in film and television.
In An Evening with Coco Peru, Coco will tell stories about her life, sing some songs, and basically change lives. Well, maybe that last part is a little too much, but all she asks of her audience is to pretend that they’re at a big group therapy session… and it’s her turn to talk. It’s sure to be an hysterical evening!
For 20 years Peru has starred in various one-woman shows across the US and other countries, and hosted LGBT events. Since 2005 Peru has appeared in the "Conversations With Coco" series in which she interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community's favorite icons. Peru's guests have included Bea Arthur, Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.
Leupp is a native of City Island, New York and a 1983 graduate of Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, New York. Leupp's first one-person show was Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret in 1992. Several more Coco Peru shows followed, as well as a 1994 guest role on New York Undercover and appearances in both Wigstock and the movie To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar in 1995. Peru next had a role in the 1997 romantic comedy Nick and Jane. Her follow-up was the 1999 independent film Trick. According to Peru, Trick director Jim Fall was a friend and fan, and five years before the film was shot, she helped him audition actors by reading the role which ultimately went to Tori Spelling. Peru's role in the film was added specifically for her: "They wrote me a part, which I rewrote using my own experiences. I wrote that line 'It burns.' Most of the part was written by me, which is why I played it so well."
Peru later starred in Richard Day's Girls Will Be Girls and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack. She has appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in television and film, including Will & Grace, Arrested Development, and Twins in 2006. The Bravo network’s reality series Boy Meets Boy and Welcome to the Parker. In 2008 Leupp said, “I’m not impersonating a woman. It’s just an extension of me. I’m telling autobiographical stories.
A full calendar of performances is available online at www.thepalmpv.com. The Palm is non-smoking (a patio is provided for smokers) and is located at Olas Altas 508, Colonia Emiliano Zapata.