Lea Delaria Goes ClubbingOn December 27, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
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Please welcome back Lea DeLaria. (upbeat pop music)
(audience cheering) Hi! My darling! Oh! It’s so good to see you again! Always nice to see you. You look fantastic! Thank you! As always. Thank you. Great. Woo-woo! Woo-woo! Okay. (laughing) I love it! Thank you. Head to toe. (audience cheering)
Thank you. Let’s focus on the toes with a little Shoe Cam. Shoe Cam! We like your socks, as well. (audience cheering)
Do you wanna feature a little sock, no, down. There ya go. Well, do this guy, it’s better, right? Uh-huh. Nice! Woo! I love your coordination. Thank you. With the tattoo behind your ear. Of course. Uh-huh, very green. Now they told me that this is fresh, you were just getting your sides shaved upstairs. Yes, I thought I’d do a Troll Doll look. (laughing) I would’ve said Kid ‘n Play, but I didn’t want to usurp black culture. (laughing) You know, isn’t it funny? These days you have to say everything so politically correct? I never do, so. Do you watch The Bachelor? No, I don’t. Okay. What do you– But I would like to once star in it. Wouldn’t that be great? (audience cheering) Wait! Wouldn’t that shock them? It would be so fab! Wait! Last time that you were here, you were in love and everything. Yeah. (audience laughing)
Oh. You too? It didn’t, yeah, but no. Yeah, but no. She broke off the engagement and I’m fine. I’m absolutely fine. (audience cheering)
Wow. Hey! In fact, I’m the lesbian Jack Nicholson. Oh!
(audience laughing) Oh, yeah! Yeah, yeah.
So, that means that you’re hittin’ everything that moves? I am trying very hard, yes.
What are you doing? (laughing) I don’t have to work quite that hard, but like you, I find that I love to party. Yes! I love to dance. Yes! I love to go out, and I love me some woman. Yes!
(audience cheering) Love women!
(audience cheering) Love women!
(audience cheering) And I’m obsessed with the one with the crown on in your audience right now. (audience cheering)
Right, you know what? Look, I swear to you Lea, I swear to you, I was gonna say to her, “Is your type in our audience?” Yeah. And you picked it out. Oh let me see, my type. I like them with a vagina. (audience laughing)
Okay. That’s basically it. Yes.
There’s my type. I love women! Women are fantastic, Wendy! Yes, well, I have to tell you. All right, so Lea just celebrated her 61st birthday which– (audience cheering) I wouldn’t have guessed that. You look a decade younger. Why, thank you. But I think that’s a gay thing. You know, it’s one of our perks, we don’t get that many. You know, we’re ostracized by society, and by our family, often we’re murdered in a street, but at least we look 10 years younger than we actually are. (audience cheering) How old were you when you came out? Four. (laughs loudly) So, there was never a secret in your family. Yeah, everybody in my family knew, except my father, who was willfully blind, I mean, look at me. (audience laughing) You know, Pop. Was this all you when you were younger? I was a tomboy. Tomboy. That’s what we used to call us. Now, I’m gender non-binary, whatever that means. (audience laughing) Do you, where are you from? Where am I from? St. Louis, honey. I’m from a little town east of St. Louis, Missouri, which is Belleville, Illinois. Mm-hmm. Which was a great town to grown up in, except for the fact that it had been surrounded by an information-proof shield since about 1945. (laughing)
(audience laughing) Do you get back there much? I never get back there. I go to St. Louis. I never go to Belleville anymore, ’cause my whole family is, kind of, moved out of Belleville, but I go to St. Louis all the time. If you couldn’t tell, Lea is also a stand-up comedian. (laughing)
(audience cheering) And where you do you get your funny bone? Were you funny when you were younger? I always credit the nuns, I went to Catholic school for a very, very long time. Oh. And I learned, at a very young age, if I could make that nun laugh, she was not gonna hit me. (audience laughing)
Gotcha. What’s your connection with P-town? Oh, Provincetown, Massachusetts! Well, first of all, I’m the mayor. I am the mayor of Provincetown, Masschusetts. That’s my nickname when I am there. And I got that nickname by protecting some topless women on the beach that were sunbathing from a guy that was trying to video edit. So, I told him if he didn’t stop, I was gonna take his camera and throw it in the water. And he started screaming, “Well, who do you think you are? “the mayor?” And I went, “Yeah, I’ll show ya.” And I took his camera, and I tossed it in the water. (audience cheering)
Got it. Oh yeah. And now, there’s still topless sunbathing there in P-town. Yes, there is. But you live in Manhattan, you call New York your home now. My home is Brooklyn! (audience cheering)
I live in Brooklyn! B-K all the way!
(audience cheering) B-K all the way!
(audience cheering) Bushwick, baby. But so now, Lea just owned a nightclub. I just bought it in Provincetown. It’s called, “The Club.” I love it. (audience cheering)
The club. You don’t have to think much about the name. No! When you say, “Where am I going tonight?” The Club! Exactly!
The Club! Well, now you will actually be going to The Club. Okay! Yes. How hands-on are you? Are you there? Do you tend bar? I just painted the deck myself. Perfect. Along with my buddy, B, my wingman and my barber, who’s standing right there in the wings right now. Okay. So she did my– Hi, B!
(audience cheering) There she is, call the camera. Okay. There she is, that’s B! That’s B, she’s bad. So, what’s the theme of the, like, do you have food? There will be food, we put a kitchen in. There is a stage. And so, basically, you go in, you pay your money to see a show, you eat, like you can anywhere else in the world, and you see a great show. For example, I have Rosie O’Donnell July 4th weekend. (audience cheering) I can see you and Rosie being friends! Okay! We are friends. Go ‘head. And I am opening for her, so you’re gonna get me and Rosie in one show.
(audience cheering) In one night!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. July 4th? It’s July 5th, 6th and 7th. It’s gonna be crazy. On July 4th, the club is having a crazy July 4th party, where we are having old-fashion, there’s gonna be a kissing booth, like, I’m gonna be in a kissing booth. I love you.
(audience laughing) Yeah, exactly. We’re gonna have a hotdog eating contest, we’re gonna have, you know, it’s 4th of July all the way. Yes! And the deck is right on the water, so we will see the Provincetown fireworks, which are tiny. Oh, my gosh.
(audience laughing) It’s not like Macy’s, you know. Well, yeah but you got your own thing going on there. I know, I have my own deck. (audience laughing) I have a deck. Can I ask you back to the girlfriend? Yeah. (laughs) Cause you said, well, your ex-girlfriend– My ex-fiance, yes. Your ex-fiance. Yeah. You said that she broke up with you. Yes. What did you do? Well–
(audience laughing) I’m Sicilian– To much work? So, I put a hit on her. (audience laughing) No, no I did not. Because, you know, I was taken by surprise, so it took me a minute to get over it. I, kind of, curled up in the fetal position for a little bit– Yeah. And cried a little bit, but, you know, you move on. You have to, she did everything right. Chelsea Fairless is a class act. Ohh, wow.
And we are still friends as a result. Oh! She did everything right. She told me immediately that she didn’t think that it was gonna work out, like she did originally. Okay. And she thought it through, and she was having other feelings, and she was, like, fantastic about it. But what about in five years, once you’ve blown off some steam? We’re still friends! Oh! Oh, she runs my social media, she is my stylist. This is all Chelsea, right here. (audience cheering) Wow! She’s my stylist, and look at her, she’s fantastic! Look at how great she is. Wow! So, yeah, of course I keep her in my life. Plus, it’s a lesbian thing. What is that? We don’t really, you keep your exes around you. (audience gasping) Yeah, absolutely.
But doesn’t that block the blessing for next lover? It’s, sort of, the age-old lesbian customs. We’ve been doing this since we were in caves. (audience laughing)
Okay. We keep our lesbians, we keep our exes around us. I think it’s so we can borrow a backpack in any color to match any outfit.
(audience laughing) Good one, good one. Right? Right? I have, basically, I have about 10 that I keep with me, because you never know when somebody’s gonna wanna throw a really good game of softball. Ah! So I just– Yeah, got the whole team. Yeah, I got my whole team. All right, so Orange is the New Black, it’s season– (audience cheering) Like, the show is about to wrap! Yeah. Yeah. Well done, first of all. Well, thank you. All of you! All of you! Thank you. What are you gonna do now? I mean, okay, so you have a speakeasy. I have a speakeasy– Yeah. I have that. I am always, I always work. You know, I just recently did an episode of The Code. There’s a couple other things I’m not at liberty to talk about, but let’s just say that you might be able to see me on a New York stage soon. (audience cheering)
Wonderful! We’ll say that.
Wonderful. I will tease you with that. I believe I’m allowed to say that. And, you know, I just, I work all the time. If I’m not acting, then I’m out doing stand-up or singing. I’m trying to get my next record together. Jazz. Yeah, it’s gonna be funk. This is Lea DeLaria, funk you. (audience murmuring) And I’m gonna, yeah. My plan is, at this point, it’s 12 major funk tunes, ’cause I love me some funk. You seem like one of the most happiest people that I’ve seen in a long time here. (laughs loudly) (audience clapping)
Thank you for coming back. Lea DeLaria, everybody. Living her best life. Her new club opens June 21st, in Provincetown, Massachusetts! (audience cheering) Orange is the New Black airs July 26th, on Netflix. (upbeat dance music)
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