It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Leslie Jordan!
The Emmy Award winner, 67, turned heads atop a double-decker bus in New York last Wednesday, acting as a tour guide for a group of devoted fans who bought tickets. Despite the applause and laughter of its passengers, the call me kat star says he didn’t do much prep work.
“I really didn’t because I was nervous,” Jordan, who partnered with booking platform GetYourGuide for the campy excursion, told PEOPLE. “I had a cheat sheet, things that happened in Times Square, but mostly I tried to bring it to myself and share my experiences. It’s my New York. I got a little dirty .”
He made that clear to the passengers from the start, telling them: “We’re going to have fun today, because, you know what? I’m going to make it all up as I go, because I don’t know a lot about New York. But they pay me a lot of money.”
Indeed, what he lacked in historical insight, Jordan more than made up for with cheeky commentary. Among the highlights: “I can’t work this way,” he joked as a cameraman walked through the cramped quarters.
At another point he recalled walking up Park Avenue in his youth spotting “a beautiful girl standing there in a mink coat”.
“She opened it and wasn’t wearing anything,” he continued as the passengers laughed. “She was completely naked! I screamed and said, ‘Honey, you’re barking at the wrong tree.'”
The trip down memory lane was accompanied by pal Robyn Schall, a comedian whose video on her “2020 list of goals” went viral amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“You come to New York, you steal a bus, you kidnap all these people, and you don’t invite me?” Schall said in a comedic entry.
The comedian’s favorite touring moment, however, was driving near his first apartment on Lexington Avenue, where he lived long before he found success in Hollywood.
“I was just thinking, ‘My God – how many years ago? Forty, fifty years ago,'” Jordan – who recently bought his first apartment in West Hollywood, Calif. – told PEOPLE. “It seemed to come full circle. I was really a struggling actor at the time. I had an agency here that only did commercials for me and I was like, ‘Well, they’re shooting advertisements in the East when it’s pretty. head back east when the weather is nice and they can fire. I would stay here again for part of the year. It was such a struggle.”
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“But it was a moment,” he adds, “to walk past and think, ‘Wow, you know, I’ve come far enough. “”
As much as Jordan enjoyed the tour, he admits his famous will and grace character, the fabulously flamboyant Beverly Leslie, wouldn’t be so thrilled to get on a bus.
“I think that would be a bit below him,” Jordan says of Karen Walker’s wealthy nemesis. “He’s probably in a limo…a car. We never say ‘limo’ here. I learned the language: car, and it can’t be white. It has to be black or navy blue.”