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Cheyenne Jackson Gave His Dog Swimming Lessons

Name: Cheyenne Jackson
Age: 33
Occupation: Singer, Broadway star. He recently ended his eighteen-month starring run in Xanadu, has taped guest spots on Life on Mars and Ugly Betty, and is set to debut a club act (his first), "Back to the Start," at Feinstein’s on March 2 and March 8.
Neighborhood: Hell’s Kitchen

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Jerry Orbach, now and forever.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
Believe it or not, my best meal is to go to the store and buy a DiGiorno pizza, come home, add some fresh Parmesan cheese, and just hang with my family!

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
A line from In the Heights perfectly sums this up … Keep scraping by, keep scraping by…

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
Yes, but I would be living on the street outside my building instead of inside.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
The Seagull. Magnificent.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Yes, and especially if they have a good shtick.

What's your drink?
Loving the mojitos lately, or on special occasions, the goldfish-bowl-size frozen strawberry margarita at Arriba Arriba.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Does cereal count? I’m a New Yorker; my oven is used for storage.

What's your favorite medication?
MMMMMMM … medication.

What's hanging above your sofa?
A painting by Olga Eichenofer.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
You do realize you’re asking someone whose dog has swimming lessons?

When's bedtime?
Unfortunately, I suffer from insomnia, so my bedtime is as soon as I start to feel the least bit sleepy.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
I think it’s great as it is … where else in the world can you see The Little Mermaid, then walk a block and pick up some tranny porn?

What do you think of Donald Trump?
He’s shockingly tall in person.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
That it’s very far away from northern Idaho, where my parents live.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Two men who go by the names of Ben and Jerry.

When's the last time you drove a car?
In Minnesota this December. It warmed up to 8 degrees, so we went sledding.

How has the economic downturn affected your life?
Keep scraping by … keep scraping by.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
Times.

Where do you go to be alone?
I stay home with my best girl, Zora, when I want to be alone.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
When you find that the sounds of the city no longer scare you … instead they comfort you.

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