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Do the holidays make you feel like a drag? Then pick yourself up and dust yourself off and come on down to the Metropolitan Room for one of NYC’s fiercest holiday drag shows: “Lettuce Rejoice: A Holiday Tradition” starring Hedda Lettuce from “Project Runway,” “Ugly Betty,” “Sex and the City” and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest.” Hedda’s dynamic performance of both comedy and song, will leave you laughing well into the New Year!

“Lettuce Rejoice: A Holiday Tradition” plays at the Metropolitan Room in NYC at (34 West 22nd Street, between 5th & 6th Ave).

Fri, 12/17 at 9:30pm, Sat, 12/18 at 10:30pm, Sun, 12/19 at 7:30pm, Wed, 12/22 at 7:30pm, Fri, 12/24 at 7:30pm, Sun 12/26 at 7:30pm

Call 212-206-0440 for reservations: $22 cover + 2 drink minimum

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I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with the very funny and personable Jeff Hiller on September 28 after seeing him in the new hit Broadway show “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” With stupendously impeccable comedic timing both on and off-stage, Jeff Hiller is definitely one of the next rising stars you must go see!

As a member of UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade), Jeff honed his comedic skills which he has bestowed upon theatre, film, and television audiences. Theatre audiences have had the pleasure of seeing Jeff’s talent in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” (both Public Theater versions), “Silence!, The Children” (NYMF Award Winner), the original cast of “Awesome 80’s Prom,” and “Showgirls”…at UCB. His film credits include “Morning Glory,” “Ghost Town,” and “Adam.” Television viewers watched Jeff in such hit shows as “Ugly Betty,” “30 Rock,” “Late Night,” “Guiding Light,” “Boiling Points,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “The P.A.,” “Starved,” and numerous commercials! Jeff is currently dazzling audiences nightly in the new Broadway hit “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” If you want to see comic royalty, then I highly suggest you click here for tickets and go see Jeff in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson!” For much more on Jeff, be sure to visit: http://www.hillertime.com.

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would say Henry Thomas, the guy who played “Elliott” in ET, because that was one of the first movies I ever saw and I remember being like this is so cool…”I can do that better.”

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? This is always the question people are like, just one?? I haven’t worked with a ton of people so there are about one zillion people I’d love to work with, but I do have a soft spot for David Hyde Pierce and Jennifer Coolidge and I’d love to work in a Christopher Guest movie.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Well before I was an actor, I was a social worker working with homeless youth, so I’d probably doing that.

4. Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts? What do you order? Of course I try to go indie, but I would do Starbucks Venti Ice Coffee with 2 Splenda and some Skim Milk (I’m watching my girlish figure…hehehe). I also like Joe (on 13th Street) where they give you a card if you get buy five, get your 6th free.

5. Favorite play/musical? I love “A New Brain” by William Finn. My favorite play is “August Osage County.”

6. Favorite ride at an amusement park? I’m a swinger, I like the swings ’cause my feet dangle.

7. Favorite skin care product? I actually don’t do much for my skin, but I really like this new Redkin for men thickening spray because it makes seem like I’m less bald.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Boxer-briefs during the day and boxers at night.

9. Favorite website? YouTube.com and EW.com. I need my entertainment fix.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman of course. Why is it that we are always friends with big women. I think the three of us (you, me, and Wonder Woman) would have a great time out having drinks.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Career wise it’s “Just say yes to everything” and non-career wise it’s “Love more than judge.”

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I can wiggle my ears and I can make it look like I’m threading string through my lip and then make it look like I’m pulling my lip to make it move, into Elvis lips.

13. What is the highest and lowest note you can sing? I have been studying with Matt Farnesworth and when I am in my voice lesson, I can sing an A!  But usually just a G – an F if I’m feeling safe.  If its before noon, just an E, and if its before 9 AM I sing Bea Arthur.  I don’t know the lowest note, because let’s face it, no one cares about the lowest note you can sing.

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Be sure to catch Emmy Award winner and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Leslie Jordan in his hilarious one man show “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” from April 16-July 3 at Midtown Theater (163 West 46th Street) in New York City. Come hear stories and anecdotes the way only Leslie can tell them about Hollywood, fame, addiction, and learning to love yourself!

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“The more things change, the more they remain the same.” That is what kept running through my mind while watching “The Temperamentals” at New World Stages on Thursday, February 25. A hit last season at The Barrow Group Theatre, the show has moved to the New World Stages with original cast members: Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), Thomas Jay Ryan (“In The Next Room), Matt Schneck (“London Assurance”), and Sam Breslin Wright (“Macbeth”). Arnie Burton from Broadway’s “The 39 Steps” has joined the cast. The show tells the story of The Mattachine Society, the first group of gays who came together to fight for equal rights during the 1950s. This show takes you on a journey of firsts and while these victories may seem small in today’s world, they were giant ones back then. This group ignited the spark to stand-up for our freedom and many other groups have followed, but we still have much to fight for and that is why it’s important to have a show like “The Temperamentals.” We need to show the youth of today where we came from so they know what & why we are still fighting. For a piece of history that is still modern, I would suggest checking out “The Temperamentals” at New World Stages in New York CIty (50th Street between 8th & 9th Avenue).

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JaredGertner01If you missed fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Jared Gertner, as “Man #1” at “Amanda’s” (Becki Newton) party, on “Ugly Betty” this past Friday, November 6, here is your second chance!

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Leslie JordanThere are many actors who guest star on television series, but there are only a handful that make their stints as memorable as Emmy Award Winner Leslie Jordan. As “Beverley Leslie” on “Will & Grace”, the nemesis of Megan Mullally’s “Karen Walker”, Leslie Jordan lit up the screen every time. That comedic fire follows Leslie everywhere he goes…other memorable guest starring roles include “Privileged,” “Ugly Betty,” “Boston Legal,” and “Reba.” Leslie has also delighted television audiences as one of the stars of “Sordid Lives: The Series” as “Brother Boy” (a role which he created in the film “Sordid Lives”). For his stage work, Leslie is an Ovation, Garland, and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Winner for his role as “Preston Leroy” in Del Shores’ hit play “Southern Baptist Sissies.” His solo shows “Like a Dog on Linoleum,” “Hysterical Blindness and Other Southern Tragedies That Have Plagued My Life Thus Far,” and “My Trip Down The Pink Carpet” (which is based upon his best selling book) have played to sold-out houses around the country. If you haven’t seen Leslie Jordan live in person, be sure to catch him in “A Sordid Comedy Affair” on September 19 in Dallas, TX at the Majestic Theatre along with series creator Del Shores, and fellow stars Jason Dottley, Rue McClanahan, and Caroline Rhea. For more on Leslie Jordan visit: http://www.thelesliejordan.com/

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? My very first theatre professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Dr. Fred Beringer, who once told me, “Leslie, you are capable of genuine artistry but you are so lazy as an actor you will probably end up out in Los Angeles on some silly sitcom and the world will never know your true talent.” Oh well…

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Dolly Parton.

3. Who do you consider to be your hero? Truman Capote.

4. What has been your best and worst experience in a show? Best experience on stage is doing my one man show “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet” which I performed in 45 cities last year and is slated to open Off-Broadway in October 2009.** Worst experience was years ago stepping into a play that was already up and running…I wanted to bring my own “rhythms” to the piece but the cast seemed really peeved that I wasn’t just replicating the work of the previous actor, it was a real quandary. **(Update: “My Trip Down the Pink Carpet will now begin performances Off-Broadway on April 14, 2010, click here for my review ).

5. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that one one knows about? I can fart out “The Star Spangled Banner.”

6. Is there ever a time you thought about quitting? Almost every day…I think it is the nature of what we do…every job that I finish, I think is my last and I will never ever be hired again…but in the words of Martha Graham it is what …”keeps us marching and more alive than the others.”

7. Favorite kind of shoes? My black Bostonian tassle loafers.

8. Favorite holiday? I travel 8 months out of the year so my life is a vacation…but a true vacation for me is time off spent in my loft in Hollywood near The Grove.

9. Favorite website? Rentboy.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s your proudest moment? Winning the Emmy for “Will and Grace” in 2006!  Especially proud that it was for a show that did so much to move our quest for Equality as gay people ahead.  Never underestimate the power of COMEDY!!!!

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? The strangest thing has happen to me over the last 5 years. I do not dream the way I used to. My dreams used to be filled with longings and very angst ridden. I dreamed a lot about having stormy relationships with famous people.  I dreamed a lot about pets from my past. In those dreams I had forgotten to take care of my pets and they were sick and dying. I dreamed a lot about driving a car while drunk. Or, after being clean and sober for many years, I would dream that I had somehow gotten loaded and was desperately trying  to hide it from everybody. But as of late, I seldom if ever dream. It is the oddest thing. It is almost like my mind is completely at rest. I sleep like a rock and the only time I dream is if I eat pizza really late at night!! Perhaps it is because I am now LIVING ALL MY DREAMS!!!!

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