Picks and Pans Review: House of Buggin'
updated 01/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 01/23/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST
John Leguizamo, the Latin from Manhattan, the Hispanic Panic, gets his own hip-hop sketch comedy show, a chromatic copy of In Living Color. The focus is on TV spoofs, celebrity slams and showbiz satires, from a West Side Story update to a mock commercial for Illegal Alien Makeovers, which chirps, "Whether you are Asian, Haitian or Serbo-Croatian, we'll keep you in this nation." Leguizamo isn't particular; he skewers Latinos, the Japanese, gays, women—you name it.
It's obvious Leguizamo is a good mimic and possesses energy and comic flair to spare. But he needs a stronger supporting cast (though he should hold on to the usually serious actor Luis Guzman). More important, he needs consistent, inventive writing if House of Buggin' is going to stand long. It's already funnier than Saturday Night Live. Then again, so is Meet the Press.