In comedy, as with any form of storytelling, it's refreshing to make a true personal connection with your audience. It's this lesson that's fueled the next phase of Lisa Lampanelli's career.
Lisa Lampanelli made her name in the comedy world by making fun of people. That's all fine and dandy, and it's not something she's going to stop doing (you've been warned), but her stand-up act has undergone a recent transformation that she considers purposeful and resonant. Now she's incorporating more of what she doesn't like about herself. She runs through her struggles in a funny way that really affects and connects her audience. Lampanelli explains in this video interview how in comedy, as with any form of storytelling, it really makes a difference when you incorporate frank and honest personal testimonies. Not only does it make you more endearing, but also it sends an important message to those who share your struggles: "You are not alone." Lisa's fifth comedy special, Back to the Drawing Board, premiered Friday, June 26, 2015 on EPIX.
Fear of offending one another is driving us apart, says the celebrated comic. That's why we have comedy.
Whatever we're most afraid to talk about, that's where comedy should go, says famously outrageous (and outrageously funny) comedienne Lisa Lampanelli. We're spending way too much time tiptoeing around each other for fear of causing offense, and it's driving people and communities apart. Whatever makes us laugh brings us closer together.
Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern's Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Chelsea Lately, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Dr. Oz Show, and Good Morning America. She was also a member of the cast of NBC's Celebrity Apprentice, Season 5. In 2009, Lisa entered the ranks of comic greats and premiered her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, Long Live the Queen, to tremendous ratings. That same year, her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks, hit bookstores to critical acclaim. Lisa is well-known for her many Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts. She has lambasted Jeff Foxworthy, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Betty White, Donald Trump, and Flavor Flav to name a few. Plus, she was honored to serve as roastmaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy. Her fifth comedy special, Back to the Drawing Board, premieres Friday, June 26, 2015 on EPIX.