It would be easy to compare The Cool Kids to The Golden Girls, so hell, let’s do it. If the cool kids of The Cool Kids—co-created by Charlie Day of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia—were assigned roles in The Golden Girls, Jordan’s Sid would be some kind of Blanche-Rose hybrid, and that is high praise. He’s got unassailable timing. He’s got undeniable charm. And he is the kind of person with a treasure trove of stories to tell. We asked him if a hot dog is a sandwich.


The Takeout: Is a hot dog a sandwich?

Leslie Jordan: I don’t know! Why are you asking me that?! What is that from?!

TO: I write for a food and drink site called The Takeout, we’re asking lots of people that.


LJ: Someone else asked me that! Who would have asked me that?! Is a hot dog a sandwich? I don’t know. I read that book, I don’t eat hot dogs. You know that book? That book you had to read in high school about the food industry in the ’20s? What was it called? Oh, I can’t think of it, I can’t think of it, what was it called?

TO: The Jungle?

LJ: I think so! I think that was it! Ugh. Anyway, I can’t eat hot dogs.

TO: So it doesn’t matter if it’s a sandwich, it’s just a non-entity?

LJ: Someone told me one time... [a pause, then quietly] It’s just the butthole and the lips. [huge laugh]


TO: What?!

LJ: [still laughing] Of the cow! And that’s all! And when you chew it, that’s what you taste!


TO: Wow, okay, thank you so much!

LJ: Oh, you’re welllllcome.