Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru (aka Clinton Leupp) got her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of New York after she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in her first show, Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret over 20 years ago.
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) where she shared the Best Actress Award with her 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 be heard in the Walt 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 some day... hopefully.
Coco has appeared on TV in How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Twins, Will and Grace, New York Undercover, Detroit 187, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula Season Two, several Bravo reality and clip shows, two stand-up comedy specials on LOGO: Wisecrack and Dragtastic, and in a GLAAD Media Award nominated Orbitz commercial.
Coco’s live one-person shows include: Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret, Miss Coco Peru: A Legend in Progress (’92 MAC and Bistro Award), Miss Coco Peru at the Westbeth Theatre (’95 MAC Nomination), Miss Coco Peru’s Liquid Universe (‘98 GLAAD Nomination), Miss Coco Peru’s Universe (’99 LA GLAAD Nomination), Miss Coco Peru’s Glorious Wounds…She’s Damaged (’01 LA GLAAD Nomination), Miss Coco Peru is Undaunted (’04 GLAAD Award Winner, Ovation Nomination), Ugly Coco!, There Comes a Time, She's Got Balls, A Gentle Reminder: Coco’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life, and her current show, Miss Coco Peru: The Taming of the Tension. These shows have been performed to sold out audiences in theatres, clubs, restaurants, ballrooms and cabarets throughout the US and abroad.
Coco hosted an on-going live series of shows at the Renberg Theater in Los Angeles called Conversations With Coco, in which Coco interviewed and celebrated the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons. Miss Peru’s guests included Liza Minnelli, Jane Fonda, Bea Arthur, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Lainie Kazan, Lesley Ann Warren, and drag legend Mr. Charles Busch. In 2016, Coco raised enough money on Kickstarter to record a television pilot of Conversations with Coco with her guest, Lily Tomlin.
Coco’s Youtube channel has over 1.2 thousand subscribers and her videos have been seen by over 2 million viewers. Her video “Coco Goes to K Mart,” in which she searches for Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer tea, has close to 1.4 million views.
Considered "the Hostess with that something EXTRA," Coco has hosted numerous events including: The GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles, Night of a Thousand Gowns in NYC, Chicago Takes Off, Hot and Dry in Palm Springs, Gay Days Anaheim, The Black and White Ball in Reno, LA’s OUTFEST Legacy Awards, the BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom) Dinner in San Francisco, Project Inform’s 25th Annual Fundraiser (SF) and Charity Bingo at Harrah’s Atlantic City. She has been honored to be involved with countless gay and AIDS related charities over the years including The Trevor Project, Aid for AIDS, and Lifeworks Mentoring. In fact, the list is so long, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center honored Coco with the Board of Director’s Award, presented to Coco by Zachary Quinto.
She is also available for children’s parties.