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What was your in­tro­duc­tion to cabaret?

Well, let’s see, I’ve been in the­ater for a long time. I go see peo­ple per­form, whether it’s at a hole in the wall or it’s a chick with a gui­tar. I usu­ally don’t like big rock con­certs – I don’t seek those out – so the com­bi­na­tion of do­ing a com­edy show with mu­sic has al­ways been some­thing I loved.

So your in­tro­duc­tion to cabaret was not Liza’s “Cabaret?”

Oh, that – well, that’s a whole dif­fer­ent thing. That was al­most like a live sex show in Nazi Ger­many! It’s funny, I think we call (this show) a cabaret and it’s kind of stuck with the show be­cause we did it at 54 Be­low (in New York). It’s where one per­son stands there with their band and peo­ple come to eat and lis­ten, so when I say cabaret, it’s a live per­for­mance com­edy con­cert. (Laughs)

Were you a funny kid?

Yeah, I was a funny kid and that was one thing I al­ways knew I had. You know how you’re in­se­cure as a kid? I was like, “Well, I know I’m funny.”

So you used that to your ad­van­tage?

Yeah, I guess so. You know, some­times I felt like I was just try­ing to sur­vive, as I think a lot of kids feel, hav­ing the big gay se­cret and all that stuff. I feel like when you’re a kid – for a lot of kids anyway – it’s about try­ing to sur­vive and stay un­der the radar of hu­mil­i­a­tion so peo­ple don’t sniff you out.

As­sum­ing you’re tak­ing a bus on tour, what kind of mu­sic do you lis­ten to on the road?

Oh no, we’re not on a bus, man. Dude, we are fly­ing. We do this first class – that’s why I’m not mak­ing any money on this tour! We fly. I said, “I’m not gonna do it if I have to sit in a bus,” so we fly and we all fly together, although Kate and I do fly first class and I make a joke about it in the show – an­other rea­son why I’m not mak­ing any money on this tour. But we all fly together and we hang out. We all eat together, laugh together, so I’m not lis­ten­ing to mu­sic or any­thing. I’m not a lis­tener to mu­sic – I don’t lis­ten to it very much. But Kate does, and Kate and I have very much the same taste.

Look­ing back on “Glee:” If a show like “Glee” had been on when you were a young gay per­son, how might your life have been dif­fer­ent?

Ahh, it would’ve showed me that I wasn’t alone, and oh, just to know that you’re not alone. I re­ally thought I had a men­tal dis­ease that I was never gonna be able to get over, that I was cursed with it, that it was my fault.

Catholic guilt?

Yes, yeah! And I don’t know where I got this, be­cause my par­ents weren’t Catholic in that way. We went to church but they weren’t like, “This is bad; this is good.” They just weren’t that way.

I get it. They weren’t de­vout.

Ex­actly. So, I don’t know where I got that it was so hor­ri­ble, maybe just by the fact that it was whis­pered about, if it was spo­ken about at all. And I didn’t see one per­son in my tra­jec­tory of life that had it! (Laughs) I was com­pletely alone in it, so for me to have a “Glee,” and I’m sure I speak per­haps for you and a lot of other gay peo­ple grow­ing up

Has there ever been a role you re­gret­ted not tak­ing?

I can’t even think of one. I’m so in the mo­ment, man. I don’t think about that stuff. I can’t even re­mem­ber turn­ing some­thing down and I can’t even re­mem­ber – I don’t re­mem­ber most things. (Laughs)

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