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Lea DeLaria

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Lea DeLaria is a professional lesbian for more than ten years, earning a paycheck with her humor and performing routines. She helped to generate San Francisco’s Homosexual Comedy Evenings and New York’s FOLKS WHO ARE Funny THIS WAY and it has uproariously MCed open-mike evenings, festival phases, and Homosexual Pride rallies over the nation, like the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Homosexual Rights, to some crowd of almost 1,000,000. You might find out her musical humor about perverts, Dos Lesbos, which toured the united states for 3 years (1987-1989), or Woman Friday, a humor conceived, created, and aimed by, and starring Lea, which received the 1989 Golden Gull for Greatest Humor Group in Provincetown, her hometown. You might have seen her display Lesbo-a-GoGo or captured her chatting, late-night, on Arsenio. Lea’s high-octane delivery, her presents at spontaneous repartee, and her noisy, often vulgar existence make deliberate and productive inroads into rethinking the stereotyping of lesbians along with other ladies in our culture. Among her very best advantages is the fact that Lea DeLaria is definitely comfy on-stage — and on-stage, she actually is herself. Her Muse is definitely lesbian life, homosexual life, all existence. She careens unabashedly around a stage, in to the audience. There is nothing sacred, however all, somehow, is definitely respected. The focuses on of her enthusiastic blitz: a gynecology visit from Hell, Bette Davis becoming born, homosexual/lesbian relationships, lesbian dating and sex in every their absurdity, right woman visitors in Provincetown, and the casual gullible patron at her displays. She’s been recognized to wind up over the laps of feminine audience members; also in a big room, Lea’s shows are seductive. And, would you think her big-voiced display of scat/blues and spirit; she’s released humor albums (including 1994’s Bulldyke within a China Store and 1997’s Container Lunchtime) and some jazz criteria albums aswell.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lea DeLaria
Profession Singer, Comedian, Voice Actor
Nationality American
Parents Jerry DeLaria, Robert DeLaria
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Obie Award for Performance
Music Songs Life On Mars?, Modern Love, Starman, Suffragette City, Boys Keep Swinging, The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, Meatloaf Mystery, The Jean Genie, Freeway of Love, Space Oddity, Golden Years, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Let's Dance, I Can Cook Too, Fame, Black Hole Sun, I've Got Your Number, People Are Strange, Welcome to My Party, Down With Love, Longview, Kiko and the Lavender Moon, Hot Patootie, Just a Girl, Straight To The Top, Been Caught Stealing, Do Right, Jumpin' With Symphony, Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea, Miss Otis Regrets, Lowdown-Down
Albums Bulldyke in a China Shop, The Live Smoke Sessions, House of David, Play It Cool, Double Standards, Din and Tonic, The Leopard Lounge Presents - The Very Best Of Lea DeLaria
Nominations Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Movies Homo Heights, Edge of Seventeen, Ass Backwards, Dear Dumb Diary, The Same Difference, Bear with Us, Cars 3, Fat Rose and Squeaky, Outlaugh: The Best of Queer Comedy, Rescuing Desire, Outlaugh!
TV Shows The Oblongs, Orange Is the New Black, The Beat


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#Fact
1 Famously controversial for her irreverent commentary, DeLaria was the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier with her 1993 appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show".
2 She attended kindergarten through 8th grade at St Mary's Elementary School in Belleville, and has referenced her Catholic upbringing in her performances.
3 In December 1993 she hosted Comedy Central's Out There, the first all-gay stand-up comedy special.
4 Performed as Jane in the 1998 Off Broadway production of Paul Rudnick's "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," a gay retelling of the Bible.
5 DeLaria released two CD recordings of her comedy, Bulldyke in a China Shop (1994) and Box Lunch (1997). She has also written a humorous book entitled Lea's Book of Rules for the World.
6 Daughter of Italian Robert (a social worker and jazz pianist) and Jerry (a homemaker) DeLaria.
7 An outspoken actress, director, singer, comedian, and writer, she began singing in jazz clubs as a teenager before extending herself successfully into stand-up comedy in the early 1980s.
8 Made her recording Warner Bros. debut in 2000. Hailed by the Times as "the Best Jazz Album of 2001". Her second album, Double Standards, received rave reviews in the UK and US press.
9 Was seen on Broadway in "On The Town", from which she sang the song "I Can Cook, Too" on the Broadway Leading Ladies show.
10 Seen in the 2000 Broadway revival of "The Rocky Horror Show" as two male characters, Eddie / Dr. Scott.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Orange Is the New Black 2013-2017 TV Series Big Boo
Clarence 2014-2016 TV Series EJ / Nurse / Incidental Lady / ...
Bear with Us 2016 Chief Ranger Stewart (voice)
The Jim Gaffigan Show 2015 TV Series Lea DeLaria
Awkward. 2014 TV Series Tattooist
Dear Dumb Diary 2013 TV Movie Ms. Bruntford
Ass Backwards 2013 Deb
Submissions Only 2012 TV Series Auditioner #4
Californication 2012 TV Series Debbie
One Life to Live 2008-2011 TV Series Madame Delphina Professor Del Fina Professor Delbert Fina
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2009 TV Series Frankie
Fat Rose and Squeaky 2006 Fat Rose
Mercury in Retrograde 2004 Short Betsy Brick
Will & Grace 2003 TV Series Nurse Carver
The Job 2002 TV Series Kiki
The Oblongs 2001 TV Series Helga Phugly
Further Tales of the City 2001 TV Mini-Series Willie Omiak
The Beat 2000 TV Series Kathy Speck
Edge of Seventeen 1998 Angie
Homo Heights 1998 Clementine
In Through the Out Door 1998 TV Movie Various Characters
Plump Fiction 1997 Mr. Purple
The Drew Carey Show 1997 TV Series Jewel
Rescuing Desire 1996 Sadie
The First Wives Club 1996 Elise's Fan (as Lea De Laria)
Friends 1996 TV Series Woman
Saved by the Bell: The New Class 1995 TV Series Miss Hearst
OP Center 1995 TV Movie Capt. White
The John Larroquette Show 1994-1995 TV Series Loreli / Lorelei
Matlock 1994 TV Series Det. Pat Poletti / Det. Pat Jordan

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Orange Is the New Black 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001 TV Special performer: "The Time Warp"
Great Performances 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Edge of Seventeen 1998 performer: "Blue Skies"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In Through the Out Door 1998 TV Movie

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ptown Diaries 2009 Documentary DeLaria
Outlaugh! 2006 Herself - Stand-Up Comic
The Award Show Awards Show 2003 TV Special documentary Herself
Just for Laughs 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Cabaret Live! 2001 TV Series Herself
The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Performer
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1998-1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
Great Performances 1999 TV Series Herself - Performer
We're Funny That Way 1998 Documentary Herself
Out There in Hollywood 1995 TV Movie Herself
Out There 2 1994 TV Movie Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1993-1994 TV Series Herself - Guest
Out There 1993 TV Special Herself
Camp Christmas 1993 TV Movie Herself
The Word 1993 TV Series Herself
In the Life 1992 TV Series documentary Guest Host (1993)
Equal Means Equal 2016 Documentary Herself
Conan 2014-2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Herself
Broadway.com 2016 Tony Awards Special 2016 TV Movie Herself
22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2016 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Ice & Coco 2015 TV Series Herself
The View 2014-2015 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Tellement Gay! Homosexualité et pop culture 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself - Comédienne
Today 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Same Difference 2015 Documentary
The Soup 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cocktails & Classics 2015 TV Series Herself
Red Nose Day 2015 TV Special Herself
The Broadway.com Show 2013-2014 TV Series Herself
HuffPost Live Conversations 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Noite com Danilo Gentili 2014 TV Series Herself
A World of Dreams: Voices from the Out100 2013 Documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Drunken Peasants 2014 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Best Ensemble Cast Orlando Film Festival Best Ensemble Cast in a Feature Film Bear with Us (2016) · Mark Jude Sullivan
· Christy Carlson Romano
· Cheyenne Jackson
· Alex McKenna
· Collin Smith
· Kevin Carolan
· Curtiss Cook
· Alice Ripley
· R.J. Lewis
2016 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013) · Uzo Aduba
· Mike Birbiglia
· Marsha Stephanie Blake
· Danielle Brooks
· Laverne Cox
· Jackie Cruz
· Catherine Curtin
· Beth Fowler
· Joel Marsh Garland
· Kimiko Glenn
· Annie Golden
· Diane Guerrero
· Michael Harney
· Vicky Jeudy
· Selenis Leyva
· Taryn Manning
· Adrienne C. Moore
· Kate Mulgrew
· Emma Myles
· Matt Peters
· Lori Petty
· Jessica Pimentel
· Dascha Polanco
· Laura Prepon
· Elizabeth Rodriguez
· Uzo Aduba
· Jason Biggs
· Danielle Brooks
· Laverne Cox
· Jackie Cruz
· Catherine Curtin
· Beth Fowler
· Yvette Freeman
· Germar Terrell Gardner
· Kimiko Glenn
· Annie Golden
· Diane Guerrero
· Michael Harney
· Vicky Jeudy
· Julie Lake
· Lauren Lapkus
· Selenis Leyva
· Natasha Lyonne
· Taryn Manning
· Joel Marsh Garland
· Matt McGorry
· Adrienne C. Moore
· Kate Mulgrew
· Emma Myles
· Jessica Pimentel
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#Quote
1 I was basically disowned by my Italian Catholic parents when I came out. They didn't speak to me for five years. Over a course of time however - mostly through my rubbing their faces in it - they came around to a place of peace with who I am.
2 [on whose musical style she was most influenced] John Coltrane. He spent a lifetime trying to sound unique and to have his own style. As a jazz musician I find it very important to find my own style - which is why it's very interesting that whenever reviewers review me, they compare me to a laundry list of other singers. We're talking everyone from Bjork to Ethel Merman..The reality is, I sound like me. I'm just able to sing in a variety of styles. And that's how I try to find my own.
3 My idea as far as comedy goes has always been able to push the limits of what's acceptable for a woman to do or say or be. My hero in that would be Lenny Bruce, who teaches us that words have no meaning. It's the intent behind them is that is what's important.
4 As a standup, I tried to change the world. As an entertainer, I try to entertain. And as a lesbian, I try to pick up the prettiest girl in the room. Not necessarily in that order.
5 It's a cosmic joke that I'm a lesbian because I understand men so completely and women are a total mystery to me. ... Women are the most confusing, annoying people in the world.


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