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Emmy-winning comedian Leslie Jordan brings one-man show to Club One

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Emmy-winning comedian Leslie Jordan brings one-man show to Club One

13 Jun 2017

News that comedian, actor and playwright Leslie Jordan is touring with a new one-man show is a cause for celebration.

On June 17, Jordan will return to Club One in Savannah to present “Exposed,” the latest of his original productions.

Born in Memphis and reared in Chattanooga, Jordan has often said his early years as a tiny, effeminate boy were difficult. He especially had problems with religion, and was baptized no less than 17 times.

While his mother was always supportive, Jordan has said she never understood him. His father was a lieutenant colonel in the United States Army and died in a plane crash when Jordan was 11.

In 1982, Jordan moved to Los Angeles. At age 17, Jordan began daily journal writing, a practice he says helped him recover from drug and alcohol abuse. He became involved in AIDS Project Los Angeles as a volunteer and as a food deliverer for Project Angel Food.

Recognizable for his diminutive size and Southern drawl, Jordan’s numerous film and television appearances include roles in “The Help,” “Will & Grace,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” Star Trek: Voyager,” “Caroline in the City,” “Reba,” “Boston Public,” “Boston Legal,” “Nash Bridges,” “American Horror Story” and “Hearts Afire.”

He also guest-starred on the hit comedy-drama, “Ugly Betty.” In 2007, Jordan starred as Jesse Joe in the short-lived CW television program “Hidden Palms” and also portrayed the ski patrol director in “Ski Patrol.”

Jordan received an Emmy Award for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series in 2006 for his role as Beverley Leslie on the series “Will & Grace.”

He then starred in the pilot episode of “Laugh Out,” the world’s first interactive, gay-themed comedy show. Jordan is also an accomplished stage actor and playwright.

One of his best-known performances onstage is the role of Earl “Brother Boy” Ingram in “Sordid Lives.” Jordan also appeared in the popular cult film of the same name and reprised the role in “Sordid Lives: The Series,” a televised spin-off.

His autobiographical play “Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel” also was made into a motion picture. His one-man stage comedies include “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 he performed in Savannah.


What: Leslie Jordan’s one-man show “Exposed”

When: 8 p.m. June 17

Where: Club One, 1 Jefferson St.

Cost: $30-$50