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posted Friday, August 31 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 35
Pixie from Dixie
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Pixie from Dixie

Veteran comic Leslie Jordan tells us what he can't tell his mom
by Aiden Klein - SGN A&E Writer

Do Gay men become their mothers? That is the question asked in Leslie Jordan's hilarious new romp, 'Stories I Can't Tell Momma,' taking place September 13 and 14 at Re-bar (1114 Howell St.).

Leslie Jordan is one of those people who is almost never identified by name. It's always, 'Isn't he that little Gay guy on TV?' or 'Oh, I know who that is! He played that drag queen that got locked up at the crazy house.' And while both of those statements are true, the man seems forever in limbo as the nameless, Gay, Southern comedian.

For those of you who are still unfamiliar with Mr. Jordan's body of work, I will give you some classic examples of his comedic genius. He is the subject and star of the autobiographical stand-up comedy tour-turned-book My Trip Down the Pink Carpet, in which he describes his experiences growing up as an effeminate boy in the South. His performance as Brother Boy in Del Shores' film adaptation of the play Sordid Lives is legendary. And then there is his 2006 Emmy win for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his delicious portrayal of Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace, where he famously quipped, 'Well, if it isn't Karen Walker. I thought I smelled gin and regret.'

You know who he is now, don't you?

The self-described 'Pixie from Dixie' told SGN, 'I'm excited to be performing my show in Seattle. I tour about 45 cities a year. My marketing firm always insists that I call it something different every year. I toured for my show called 'Gin and Regret,' and the next year we named it 'From Whence I Came,' and now it's time for 'Stories I Can't Tell Momma.'

Of course, Jordan is joking. Each show is quite different - he's an actor and comedian from the old school where storytelling and ad-libbing were the tricks of the trade. He told SGN that 'Stories I Can't Tell Momma' is mostly just spending an evening with him. 'It's whatever's on my mind,' he said. 'I have a wealth of stories that I want to share. I think Seattle's pretty liberal, so I can get a little blue - stories from Will & Grace and some stories from Sordid Lives.'

Jordan is in high demand. 'I recently entertained about 250 Republicans in Charlotte, North Carolina, and they really did get it,' he said, almost not believing it himself. 'I'm a little blue boy in a red state here. I thought this would be the toughest audience I would ever have to play, so I just launched into my show and they absolutely loved it. It's almost like when I play to the Gay audiences - it's like preaching to the choir.'

'They love the stories and they've lived them, so they can relate,' he said of Gay audiences, 'but these Republicans thoroughly enjoyed me.'

SOUTHERN ROOTS
Jordan always connects with his audience because he is a natural storyteller. At his upcoming show in Seattle, he says he will give the audience some insight on his upbringing - In other words, growing up Gay in the South.

'I came out the womb, and automatically landed in my mother's high heels,' joked the veteran actor. 'I fell in love with a quote that I read recently by a young man who said, 'It was in a church pew that I learned to hate myself.' And I thought to myself, 'What a startling statement.'

But it is a true statement, Jordan admits. He grew up in the Deep South, which meant he had to go to church. 'I've been baptized 14 times,' he joked. 'I always wanted to be a Methodist, because they can drink a lot but aren't quite rich enough to be Episcopalians.'

'It was a little rough growing up,' recalled Jordan. 'My father was a career Army officer and he would take me to the football games and all I wanted to know was when the majorettes were gonna come out. I loved the halftime!'

Another quote he says he absolutely loves: 'Comedy is tragedy two weeks later.'

'So to take this childhood, which could have ended up tragic and be able to do this,' he points out, 'it's amazing.'

One of Jordan's fondest memories growing up happened on Christmas morning when he was about three. 'I can remember that all I wanted for Christmas was a bride doll. That's all I wanted Santa to bring me. This was in 1958, by the way, but my daddy knew that's what would make me happy, so he snuck out and got me the most beautiful bride's doll there was. My momma later told me that when I [saw] the doll, I squatted on the floor and peed.'

Leslie's sobriety will also be a topic he will discuss during his show. Leslie told SGN that he has been sober for 15 years. 'I have this spiritual advisor, he's an old African queen, and he calls me 'precious one.' He gave me the best advice that I have ever received as an actor. He said, 'What you do is you show up to any job to be of service,' and that has stuck with me ever since.'

DILLER WAS A FAN
Growing up Leslie had three comedy mentors, 'and yes, they are all women,' he joked.

'I couldn't get enough of Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, and Lily Tomlin,' he said. 'Phyllis Diller came three times to see me in my shows in L.A. She's had lots of Gay men who went everywhere with her. So here she is, 90 years old and five or six 19-year-old Gay men are following her. Before my show started I peeked out and saw her in the front row and called my mom up, crying.'

After the show ended and everyone had left the auditorium, Phyllis remained behind.

'She was just sitting there crying,' said Jordan. 'I approached her and said, 'Mrs. Diller?' and before I could finish she said, 'Young man, I use to end my shows with this sort of talk that happiness is a habit, and happiness is a choice, and happiness is something you have to work for. Young man, my whole entire life I have been trying to teach my children what you said so beautifully and so eloquently,' and we bonded right then and there.'

Now 57, Jordan shows no signs of slowing down.

'I'm closer to my authentic self, mainly through the work I've done in recovery,' he said. 'I'm happier than I've ever been. I was that hippie generation that was taught that life was over with at 30. Life for me began at 50. It doesn't get any better than that!'

Jordan's naughty, salacious stories - which, as the title implies, are not appropriate to share with his mother - are just what Seattle audiences crave. Tickets can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/265113.

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