Lisa Lampanelli
American stand-up comedian and insult comic
Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa Lampanelli is an Italian American stand-up comedian and insult comic. She is noted for her racy and raunchy style of comedy, which frequently includes taboo subjects such as race and homosexuality.
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Comic and Playwright Lisa Lampanelli- My Play "Stuffed" Shows That We're All Really Still Working On Ourselves"
Huffington Post - 4 months
The word "metamorphosis" does not even do Lisa Lampanelli justice. From notorious roaster to playwright, Lampanelli is slowly moving to a more centered direction with her play "Stuffed" focusing on four women with varied eating issues, but still keeping her signature razor sharp wit on stage during her stand up. Lampanelli sat down to chat with me about her new play "Stuffed", her absolute adoration for Howard Stern, and how she is learning to not compare herself to anyone else at all. You have gone through a complete transformation, both personally and professionally. You appeared recently on "The Wendy Williams Show" and looked absolutely stunning! Yes, thank you! My boobs will never match hers though, I'll tell you that! (laughs). Basically, I think some of the weight helped take some of the walls down in reality, so basically I got a little more confident. I'm definitely not super confident, but I am confident that I don't have to hide behind those layers of fat and ...
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Review: ‘Stuffed’ Details Fights Women Wage With Their Weight
NYTimes - 5 months
The play, written by and starring Lisa Lampanelli, is a patchwork of standup comedy and monologues that are only loosely sewn together.
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Body Image Issues? Lisa Lampanelli Knows the Feeling
NYTimes - 5 months
The insult comic has channeled anxieties about food and body insecurities into her first play, “Stuffed.”
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North Shore Animal League America Celebrates Over 70 Years Of Saving Lives And The Launch Of Get Your Rescue On™ Campaign
Yahoo News - over 1 year
NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- North Shore Animal League America, the world's largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization, held its annual Celebrity Gala on Friday, November 20th at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.  The evening included a wonderful group of attendees from all sectors of New York's animal-loving community. Comedian Lisa Lampanelli served as host for the evening, and Emmy-award winner Amy Schumer took the stage for a special performance. Singers Wilson Phillips completed the evening with a mini concert.
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11 Types Of Racists Who Need To Stop
Huffington Post - over 1 year
If there's one thing to know about racism, it's that racism (and race) is incredibly complex. Many people think racism means one group of people hates another group of people. However, racism manifests in all kinds of subtle and insidious ways. It operates on both a micro and macro level. For this reason, it's so hard to talk about racism, or even recognize it when it's going on. So sorry, just because you're not burning crosses on some black person's lawn doesn't necessarily mean you're not part of the problem. It's important that we recognize the different ways racism exists in the world, because being aware is the first step in fixing the problem. The fact of the matter is, there's no one specific kind of racism or racist. There are many types of racists, and they come in all forms, from the blatant to to the inconspicuous. Below is a list of just a few of the different kinds: 1. "But I Have A Black Friend" Racist The "But I have a black friend!" line has ...
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Offense: Is it Given or is it Taken?
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
The internet: It's chock full of information. There is happiness and sadness. It can be a wonderful tool for keeping in touch, keeping in contact with family and friends. And it can be a source of anger and ire where arguments abound. The internet is not to be entered into lightly. A thick skin is a must. Wow, that's pretty deep stuff for a sarcastic humor blogger, isn't it? Yes, yes it is. And I AM a sarcastic blogger. I rant, I curse, some would say I'm offensive at times. But am I? Do I offend or is it that things I say are taken to heart by sensitive people whose feelings are easily hurt? It has not now nor has it ever been my intention to hurt anyone's feelings. But sometimes it happens. Sometimes I may say something to offend. Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's not. I have a tendency to speak first (okay, type first) and I don't actually THINK about whether what I say could be offensive to someone out there reading my stuff. It's part of my quick wit, I can't help it. ...
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Eminem annotates Genius lyrics, compares himself to Lisa Lampanelli
LATimes - almost 2 years
The annotation site Genius has just landed its most high-profile editor yet. ( Sorry, Sasha Frere-Jones .)
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Is 'Chinese Food' video offensive?
CNN - over 3 years
Nischelle Turner chats with actor William Shatner and comedian Lisa Lampanelli on Alison Gold's "Chinese Food" video.
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Bobby Lee On Comedy, Survival And Being 'A Big, Sweaty Ball Of Flesh'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photo: LiveNation Being a comedian isn't always that glamorous. It's common knowledge that, for the most part, comics endure an excruciating ride professionally and emotionally. All those years of having to prove yourself--the highs, the lows, the gigs you get, the gigs you'll never get. Oy. Who needs it? But, take a look around at the comics that have actually made it, folks like Bobby Lee, for instance, and you'll find something rare--a captivating cocktail of vulnerability and strength with some tenacity chased back for good measure. There's also some dark comedy that may weigh a bit heavily on the soul of these creatures. Whatever it is, we keep coming back for more of ... Sarah Silverman, Lisa Lampanelli, Mo Collins, Daniel Tosh, Michael McDonald, Jen Kirkman, Jeff Ross, and Greg Fitzsimmons--to note just a handful. Lee fits nicely on that bill. For a Korean American guy that emerged out of La Jolla's Comedy Store back in the '90s, he found some glory--and longevity--on th ...
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Nicolas B. Aziz: Hip-Hop and the Globalization of 'Nigga'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In February, popular comedian Lisa Lampanelli (a 51-year-old Italian-American stand-up comedian and Harvard alumna) tweeted a picture of herself with Girls creator Lena Dunham saying, "Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!!" Interestingly enough, it would take an even older (and I suppose more renowned) white woman admitting in a legal deposition that she has used the derogatory term "a long time ago" to resuscitate America's extremely redundant race issue discussions. Paula Deen's usage of "nigga" and/or "nigger" (I refuse to use "n-word" in writing as I think that is a beyond asinine epithet to use with anyone above the age of 12) has caused a circus among American media along with uproar within the black community. Many white and black Americans have ridiculed Deen for "ever using such a term." In addition to a steep decline in her public opinion, she has also taken a large financial hit. The celebrity chef has lost, according to New ...
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Howard Stern Defends Paula Deen: ‘Why Is She Losing Her Job?’
Radar Online - over 3 years
Howard Stern has made a living off of his shocking opinions, but his latest might be the most jaw-dropping yet. During his radio show Monday, Howard launched a long monologue defending Paula Deen’s use of the ‘N’ word, even asking, “Why is she losing her job?” “I have never used racial slurs in my personal life,” Howard said. PHOTOS: Celebrity Racist Rants “It was something in my family that we didn’t do. But I know white people and I know black people … racial slurs were thrown around by every racial group. I mean, are we really gonna say that if someone takes the stand and admits to using the ‘N’ word and is being honest … I’m just wondering … Why is she losing her job?” “I mean, I guess she said the ‘N’ word,” he continued. “A thousand years from now, archaeologists are not going to even know what the ‘N’ word means.” Howard then proceeded to play — and mock — the insincere video apologies Paula released on Friday. PHOTOS: Stars’ Most Embarassing Moments He also played ...
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What are you doing this weekend?
Chicago Times - almost 4 years
Looking for something to do this weekend? We have you covered, with events in and around Chicago, including Arlington Park's season opener, Lisa Lampanelli, Too Short, Tracy Morgan, Cinco de Mayo, Kids and Kites, George Lopez, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and Russell Peters.     
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Jarrett Hill: N****? Please.
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I'll try to be brief... ish. Recently comedian Lisa Lampanelli tweeted a picture depicting her hanging out with Girls star/creator Lena Dunham. While such an activity is pretty commonplace, this tweet had teeth for some people. "Me with my nigga @LenaDunham of @HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!!" So, you get it. This tweet caught like wildfire on the internet machine. Some were up in arms, some were coming to Lisa's defense, others felt like Lena Dunham was to blame because she'd said nothing for days -- kind of the "silence-is-acceptance" theory. My friends ranged from offended to mildly annoyed. I, on the other hand, couldn't make myself give a piece of a damn about it. I couldn't make myself care. I'm so exhausted by the debate over whether the word's use always implies hate and vitriol, or if it's a colloquial term of endearment that's harmless. I'm tired of discussion around whether or not its history still has implications today versus the idea that its p ...
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She's Not Pleased With Lisa Lampanelli
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Lena Dunham just can't win. Well, she can win when it comes to awards and ratings, but when it comes to getting a break from having to answer to controversy, there's no immediate end in sight. And perhaps that's fair. But sometimes she doesn't even have to do anything to be called out as a privileged white girl. Case in point: Earlier this week, comedian Lisa Lampanelli tweeted a photo of herself with Dunham at the Writer's Guild Awards, wherein she referred to the GIRLS scribe as her "nigga". Me with my nigga @lenadunham of @hbogirls - I love this beyotch!! say.ly/oKP5chO — Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 18, 2013 Twitter pandemonium ensued, stories were written, apologies weren't made, and eventually, the whole steaming pile of to-do landed in Dunham's inbox. People wanted to know why -- WHY -- was Dunham remaining silent on this hot button issue of what someone else said in reference to her. Was Dunham, in fact, Lampanelli's n-word? Does she approv ...
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Lisa Lampanelli Defends Racial Slur, Says She Won't Stop Using N-Word (Lisa Lampanelli/The Huffington Post)
Wesmirch.com - about 4 years
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Lisa Lampanelli Defends Calling Lena Dunham The N-Word
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli woke up to a firestorm of controversy Tuesday morning after she tweeted a picture of herself with HBO show "Girls" creator Lena Dunham with the caption, “Me with my nigga ‪@LenaDunham of ‪@HBOGirls - I love this beyotch!!” Me with my nigga @lenadunham of @hbogirls - I love this beyotch!! say.ly/oKP5chO — Lisa Lampanelli (@LisaLampanelli) February 18, 2013 Now Lisa is defending her choice of using the N-word, saying she has no intention of not using it again. "I have not been online since Sunday night; I needed a little break after the writer awards. And I’m like, oh there is controversy, perfect," Lisa told The Huffington Post. "I was at the Writers Guild Awards and Lena Dunham saw me and said, 'I saw you when I was 15.' She was so sweet and I swear to you, I'm the biggest fan of 'Girls' in the world, and I just tweeted out our picture. And that's controversial; enjoy, people." After we pointed out to Lisa that it was her choice of a certain ...
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WATCH: Jeff Ross Mocks Westboro Baptist Church Right To Their Face
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Warning, video contains some NSFW language Roastmaster Jeffrey Ross has no shortage of material when it comes to the Westboro Baptist Church, but on an upcoming episode of "The Burn," we can finally see Ross roast the protesters right to their faces. After discussing the finer points of the notoriously anti-gay, military funeral-protesting and generally intolerant religious group with fellow comedians Bobby Lee, Anthony Jeselnik and Lisa Lampanelli, Ross shows footage of his recent visit to the actual church in Topeka, Kansas. Outside the church, Ross is greeted by two members of the church with their signature protest signs, including a custom-made version for Ross' visit. According to them, God is the one who writes Ross' "filthy jokes," a notion which Ross found highly offensive: "You're saying God writes my jokes? I was up all night writing these jokes!" Finally, Ross gives both protesters the full-on roasting treatment. Watch the video above to see it all ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lisa Lampanelli
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 52
    In May 2014, she filed for divorce from Jimmy Cannizzaro after four years of marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Lampanelli is a supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. When members of the Westboro Baptist Church planned to protest against a show she held on 20 May 2011 in Topeka, Kansas she promised to donate $1000 to Gay Men's Health Crisis (the same charity she contributed to during The Celebrity Apprentice) for every protester that attended. After an initial count of 44 protesters she rounded the donation to an even $50,000, crediting the donation as being "made possible by the WBC."
  • 2012
    Age 50
    Lampanelli was fired on May 6, 2012 during the Final Four interview because John Rich and Marlee Matlin thought she was overly emotional.
    More Details Hide Details It Books (HarperCollins) is the publisher of Lampanelli's memoir, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaks (2009). Publishers Weekly reviewed:
    In May 2012, she headlined at the Night of a Thousand Gowns, a huge charity gala in NYC, where she also filmed a cameo for Adam Barta's new "Q&A" music video.
    More Details Hide Details Lampanelli's album "Back to the Drawing Board" is nominated for Best Comedy Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Lampanelli was a contestant on The Celebrity Apprentice 5 (also known as The Apprentice 12). She was criticized by viewers and had numerous outbursts and clashes with other contestants, including Victoria Gotti, Arsenio Hall, Lou Ferrigno, and Dayana Mendoza. Lampanelli refused to apologize for her treatment of other contestants and racist remarks about Hispanics. In spite of her behavior and relations with other contestants, she raised $130,000 for Gay Men's Health Crisis winning two out of three of the challenges she took on as Project Manager.
    She is scheduled to debut a one-woman show, Bring Back the Fat Chick, on Broadway in 2012.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In December 2010 she reunited with Higby when he directed her Tough Love special for Comedy Central that aired in the spring of 2011.
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    She married Jimmy Cannizzaro, a former tavern owner from Valley Stream, New York, on October 2, 2010 at the New York Friars' Club.
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  • 2009
    Age 47
    The special, Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen, which aired January 31, 2009, was directed by Dave Higby, who also directed her "Dirty Girl" special.
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  • 2008
    Age 46
    On November 21, 2008, in Santa Rosa, California, Lampanelli taped her first one-hour HBO Special at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.
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  • 2007
    Age 45
    Lampanelli was also featured in the movie Delta Farce starring Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and D.J. Qualls, which was released early in 2007, and in Drillbit Taylor starring Owen Wilson.
    More Details Hide Details Her style of humor was influenced most by the Dean Martin roasts that televised when she was growing up; she did not start watching other stand-up comedians until she became one herself. Ethnic humor and racial minority insults, slurs, and stereotypes are a predominant part of Lampanelli's comedy routine. Her stand-up includes: "How many 'hispangics' does it take to clean a bathroom? None! That's a nigger's job!"; "What do you call a black woman who's had seven abortions? A crime fighter"; In addition, Gossip site TMZ reported that censors for the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav cut a Lampanelli joke where she called the Flavor of Love girls in the audience "nappy headed bitches". In addressing her racist stand-up comedy, Lampanelli stated, "I can get away with it because I'm a nice person, I have a warm personality, my intention is good behind it. The thing is, people sense when you have the least bit of anger or hate towards a group––that's why you never make fun of people you don't like." Though only having married white men, she makes frequent references to her "real-life relationships with black men", riffing in an interview that "my problem is, I can't get a good-looking white guy anymore, I just don't have the looks to get that. I can get hot blacks, but also blacks are now starting to get uppity and go for the skinny white ones and the Asians, which is very offensive to me that they don't stick with their roots—the chubby white girl!"
    Her Dirty Girl CD and Dirty Girl—No Protection DVD were released by Warner Bros./Jack Records on January 30, 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 44
    Lampanelli taped her stand-up special Dirty Girl in the fall of 2006, which aired on Comedy Central on January 28, 2007.
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    She also landed a deal with Fox for a sitcom pilot with the tentative title Big Loud Lisa, which was considered a candidate for the network's 2006–07 television season.
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  • 2005
    Age 43
    Lampanelli released a comedy special on DVD entitled Take it Like A Man in 2005, appeared in the 2006 motion picture Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, and had a cameo appearance in the VH1 sitcom So NoTORIous.
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  • 2002
    Age 40
    She made her break at the 2002 New York Friars' Club roast of Chevy Chase, and went on to participate in the roasts of Denis Leary, Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, Flavor Flav, William Shatner, David Hasselhoff, and Donald Trump and to serve as Roastmaster for Larry the Cable Guy.
    More Details Hide Details Lampanelli is frequently on the dais for The Howard Stern Show roasts, including appearances at the roasts for Gary Dell'Abate, Artie Lange, Andy Dick, and A&E's "Gene Simmons Roast" in April 2008.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1991
    Age 29
    Lampanelli married in 1991 and divorced soon after, though she and her former spouse remained friends.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on July 19, 1961.
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