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 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.
- Lea DeLaria: A Man For All Seasons
Lea DeLaria is well known from her stand out performance as Big Boo in the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. The first out gay comic on television in America, she has starred in two Broadway musicals, been featured in many major as well as independent films. She is an author, records jazz for a major label and portrayed Madam Delphina for over a decade on One Life to Live. Outspoken and controversial, DeLaria has been officially censured by congress and was once picketed by Christian Conservatives and Radical Feminists at the same event at the same time. DeLaria will teach audiences how to create change in a conservative society while trudging upstream in a muddy bogged down river of political correctness.