Lea DeLaria

Active - 1993 - Present  |   Born - May 23, 1958 in Belleville, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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  • Became interested in comedy as a child in Catholic school, where she learned how to make the nuns laugh to avoid beatings.
  • Started singing gigs with her jazz pianist father in nightclubs at age 12.
  • In 1987, she emceed the Second March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights.
  • Her appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1993 was the first time an out gay comedian appeared on a late night talk show.
  • Debut comedy album, Bulldyke in a Chinashop, was released in 1994.
  • Released her first jazz album, Play it Cool, in 2001.
  • The part of Big Boo on Orange Is The New Black was specifically written for her, after she originally auditioned for a role as a prison guard.
  • Lost 50 pounds after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2015.