Hedda Lettuce Surprised Other Drag Queens Not Dead Yet.

Hedda Lettuce

A Green Queen Who’s Anything But.

Hedda Lettuce is one of the funniest drag queens on the scene, and she’s here to explain why she thinks all of you fabulous LGBTQ people (and allies) should vote for her as a “Legendary NYC Drag Queen We Love” – part of our 2018 celebration of People We Love.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the lights dim in a Chelsea movie theater to herald the entrance of Hedda Lettuce.

She sauntered in, a vision with her signature shades of green, and proceeded to read the audience for filth – while also leaving us screaming with laughter.

After a round of crowd work that had us eating out of the palm of her hand, she proceeded to positively reinvent Mommie, Dearest, peppering the screening with more wit than entire seasons of some so-called television comedies.

By the end, as I shuffled up the aisle and out into the night air, I was certain I would never look at cinema in quite the same way.

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I would go on to experience Hedda enhancing some of the great (and less great) pieces of cinema in what became known as Hedda Presents the Classics.

Her very special Gay Pride screening of Mommie, Dearest also became, for several years, the place where Metrosource presented a special Pride Award (to honorees such as Sandra Bernhard, Lisa Lampanelli and Mike Ruiz).

Hedda even went on to write for Metrosource (under the name Steven Polito), sharing stories like the hilarious one about the time PETA recruited her to cause a stir at an awards show.

She’s still serving up the laughs, as in the exclusive video below, in which she greets audience with customary grace:

“Hi, Hedda Lettuce here. Oh, it is such an honor to be nominated for a Metrosource Award – and a shock!”

“The shocking thing is actually that the other contestants, the other nominees in my category,” she added, “the fact that I found out they were still living.”

“I mean, gosh, they’re old! Oh, God! So you should really pick me to win because they’re gonna be dead soon anyway, and I still have the breath of youth left in me, and I can enjoy the award.”

Listen to her speak for herself:

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Hedda Lettuce (Steven Polito) is known as New York City’s premier comic drag queen. She travels trending stages (Carolines on Broadway), major networks (HBO, Comedy Central, MTV), films, commercials and in off-broadway works.

Hedda has performed with the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Tyra Banks, Vanessa Williams and Madonna on such television shows as Project Runway, Sex and the City and the MTV Movie Awards. She has also appeared on such networks as Logo TV, the Sundance Channel, and Bravo.

Hedda contributes to the GLAAD Award-winning Derek and Romaine Show and was cast in Musical Chairs (2011), Go Go Crazy (2011, from the producers of The Big Gay Musical), Violet Tendencies (2010), The Look (2003) and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995).

Locally, Hedda hosts the regularly sold-out shows, Lettuce Rejoice and Hedda Presents the Classics. Her artistic works are on permanent display at East of Eighth in Chelsea. Miss Lettuce has had the pleasure of working with charity and community events of notoriety. She is also an ordained reverend performing weddings for all couples.

Last modified: March 1, 2019