Big Boo is easily one of the best characters in Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black. Lea DeLaria plays that character so well, always delivering much needed moments of gut-busting levity. Given her long history in the world of stand-up comedy, it’s not all that surprising that her on-screen presence is so galvanizing. What is surprising, however, for those that are only familiar with DeLaria as a comedic personality, is that she is also an accomplished jazz vocalist. And that’s precisely what we learned on today’s episode of Celebrity Playlist.
With five albums under her belt, including her new album of David Bowie covers (!), House of David, DeLaria is an incredibly knowledgeable student of jazz history and has opinionated takes on classic jazz standards and her personal favorite performances. From Big Band to Swing, to Bebop and beyond, Lea and I covered a lot of ground about her vocal influences, her favorite Duke Ellington track, and the futile madness of trying to transcribe John Coltrane.
As you’ll see in the above video, Lea is as sharp as a slightly out of tune saxophone, going off on intriguing tangents about her playlist, all the while cracking jokes about how each song relates to her. Thank god for video editing, or else you would hear me crying from laughter at several points in this interview. This conversation was one of my favorites so far, and I really hope you guys enjoy this episode of Celebrity Playlist.
Orange Is The New Black is available to stream in Netflix now, and you can order Lea’s new album, House Of David, right here. To give you a taste of what you can expect, watch her sing some Bowie with Conan O’Brien below: