Lea DeLaria (born May 23, 1958) is an American comedienne, actress, and jazz musician. The 'famously controversial' DeLaria was 'the first openly gay comic to break the late-night talk-show barrier' with her 1993 appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show. DeLaria has performed stand-up comedy for over 25 years and is a prominent figure in the world of LGBT comedy. She began her career billing herself as 'That Fucking Dyke'; she states 'I called myself that because I would walk down the street and people would yell (it) at me.
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