by Lisa Schreiner
She may have lost 100 lbs, but Lisa Lampanelli’s edge has stayed with her the whole time. After a six week break from stand up, Lisa performed at the NYCB Theatre in Westbury, NY on 10/22/16. Her balls-to-the-wall comedy may be shocking to those who have never heard or seen her stand up before but guaranteed, those same people were laughing until tears rolled down their faces. For those of us who are familiar with the “Queen of Mean”, our expectations were met…and then some. From discussing her stint on Celebrity Apprentice to a pretty well-detailed, certainly unsolicited description of menopause, Lampanelli had the Long Island crowd in the palm of her hand.
With Lisa Lampanelli, there are racial jokes, ethnic jokes, religious jokes, age jokes, sexist jokes (for both sexes); no one is left out. But, that is what makes her comedy so brilliant at times. With the way the world is today, offended and triggered by pretty much everything, the comedy world is one joke away from a hashtag rally on Twitter and Lisa makes it well known that, well, she really doesn’t give a shit.
Of course with election time and the fact that Lisa was a competitor on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice”, there were plenty of Trump jokes. What was unsettling (at least for this writer) was the plethora of Trump supporters that seemed to be in the audience. Instead of turning it into a political mess (see Amy Schumer’s diabolical bomb), Lampanelli quieted the boo’s by assuring the crowd that she would be making fun of Hillary Clinton as well. And she did. As mentioned before, no one is left unscathed.
The comedian also touched on her divorce and her debut as a playwright. Stuffed opened off-Broadway on October 7th at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre and touches on women, food obsession and the trouble with body image, all done in the signature Lisa Lampanelli style. The production is slated to run until November 6th. These past few years have become a constant battle of walking on egg shells when it comes to what people will make fun of or even talk about. Lisa Lampanelli is a welcomed break from the exhausting task of being politically correct all of the time. And we can only hope she will continue to insult us all for years to come.
Lisa will be performing at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, New Jersey on November 5th. Tickets can be found here.