ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK's Lea DeLaria Signs with The Kurland Agency

Lea DeLaria, popularly known as "Big Boo" on Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, has signed with The Kurland Agency - home to Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis - for exclusive worldwide live performance and appearance representation. This news comes just days before the premiere of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK season five on Friday, June 9 as well as DeLaria's role in Disney*Pixar's Cars 3 film and Original Motion Picture Soundtrack scheduled for June 16 release. DeLaria is also scheduled to serve as Grand Marshall for both the Cincinnati Pride Parade as well as Chicago's 48th Annual Pride Parade on June 24 and June 25 respectively and will be featured in the Hollywood Bowl's upcoming production of Mamma Mia! running July 28-30.

The Kurland Agency is now booking DeLaria, who has a multi-faceted two-decade career as a comedian, actress and jazz vocalist, worldwide for 2017-2018 live performances and appearances.

"I have been a big fan of Lea the performer and Lea the person for many years," says Ted Kurland, CEO of The Kurland Agency. "She is an audacious personality whose uniquely genuine 'take' on her music, comedy and acting, is rapidly embellishing her growing worldwide reputation as a true 'original'. We intend to emphasize that originality and put Lea in front of a broad range of audiences who will discover and appreciate her."

Reflecting on the signing, DeLaria says, "I'm sorry, who's Ted Kurland again?"

More information on DeLaria's 2017-2018 appearance and performance activity will be announced in the coming weeks.

About Lea DeLaria LEA DELARIA's multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz vocalist has spanned decades. A three-time SAG Award winner, DeLaria 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: "Awkward," "Clarence," "Californication," "The Oblongs," "One Live to Live," "Law and Order: SVU," "Will and Grace," "The Oblongs," "Friends" & "Matlock." Selected Film credits: 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. DeLaria 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. DeLaria has five albums 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 album, House Of David delaria+bowie=jazz, was released in 2015. For information, visit

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