Hedda Lettuce in 13
Hedda Lettuce has received national acclaim for her startling satire and original music. She has also earned numerous awards for her work, including the Drag Queen of the Year award on six different occasions. As one of the stars in Gay.com’s Queens of Drag: New York series, she’s also the performer offering keen insight on her fellow queens… insight with a bite, of course.
To celebrate her episode's premiere, we asked Ms. Lettuce to answer Gay.com’s 13 questions.
1. When did you start performing?
When I was three years old. I put on my mothers apron and spun around like Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I think my mom even tipped me.
2. How did you come up with your name?
Much like Martin Luther King, I had a dream. I was trying to figure out what my drag name would be and upon waking up the name Hedda Lettuce popped into my head. I told my fag hag at the time and she said, "That name sucks." And I said, "Yes, it may suck, but boy is it catchy."
3. What do you love about audiences?
I love the immediate response. I love doing improv with an audience, learning more about them, and connecting what they say to the arsenal of jokes I have in my wigged head.
4. What do you hate about some audiences?
When they drink too much and think they are the only ones at the show. Basically, I hate drunken assholes.
Yes, Lady Bunny, I am talking about you.
5. What’s your favorite place to perform and why?
At the Clearview Cinemas. Every Thursday night, for the past 9 years, I have been hosting a classic movie night at 260 West 23rd Street, 7:00pm. I know so many of the people now and it has a wonderful community feeling.
6. Who is your inspiration?
Anyone who is a bit odd who has made it: Antony and the Johnsons, Parker Posey, Cher, even that hag Madonna.
7. Who do you love listening to on your iPod right now?
I love listening to “Fuck You” by Cee Lo Green.
8. What song do you associate with your coming out?
“Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns N' Roses.
9. What hang-ups do you wish people would get over?
Picking your nose in public. What is wrong with that?
10. What’s one of your guilty pleasures?
Picking my nose in public.
11. Favorite curse word?
12. Best bitch slap you ever heard?
Watching Sherry Vine perform live. The sound of her voice was like a pile driver against my jaw. My wig almost flew off of my head.
13. What do you think is the greatest gift drag performers give to the world?
Showing people how to tuck your kibble and bits into your asshole. Oh, and the gift of laughter, glamor and self deprecating humor.