Lea DeLaria Headshot
Lea DeLaria
Lea DeLariaHeadshot

Lea DeLaria

Laughter abounds as this veteran performer shares her journey from first openly gay stand-up comedian on American TV to acclaimed actress on Orange is the New Black.

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Lea DeLaria seems to have achieved overnight stardom with her two time, SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi- faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades. 

Lea holds the distinction of being the first openly gay comic on television in America which led to countless Television and Film roles portraying Police Lieutenants, PE Teachers and the Lesbian who inappropriately hits on straight women. Selected TV credits: Broad City, Baroness Von Sketch, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Awkward, Clarence, Californication, The Oblongs, One Live to Live, Law and Order: SVU, Will and Grace, Friends & Matlock. Selected Film credits: Cars 3, Support The Girls, First Wives Club, Dear Dumb Diary, Edge of Seventeen

She’s received Obie & Theater World Awards, and a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal as ‘Hildy’ in the Public Theatre’s revival of On The Town, an Ovation nomination for The Boys From Syracuse, and has played both Eddie & Dr. Scott in the gender-bending Broadway musical The Rocky Horror Show

Lea was the featured vocalist at the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, and has performed in some of the most prestigious houses in the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Chicago Symphony, Hollywood Bowl, The Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. Lea will be starring in the upcoming series, Reprisal, which is set to premiere on Hulu December 6, 2020.

Lea has five records on the Warner Jazz and Classics label and her book Lea's Book of Rules for the World is in its third printing at Bantam Doubleday and Dell. 

Her sixth record, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in the Summer of 2015 to critical acclaim.

Actress, comedian, jazz musician, and Carrie 'Big Boo' Black on Netflix's Orange Is The New Black
Keywords: Gay; Comedian; Actress; Orange is the New Black; LGBTQ

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