LISA’S PLAY, “STUFFED,” IS COMING BACK TO NYC THIS FALL!
After a very successful run at the WP Theater last autumn, the play the Hollywood Reporter called “very funny and affecting” is returning to the city that can’t get enough of it.
In “Stuffed,” LL’s first foray into legitimate theatre, the Queen of Mean — now also known as the Queen of Lean — holds nothing back about our crazy-making relationship with food, weight, and body image. The new version of “Stuffed” — Stuffed 2.0, if you will — features four characters who grapple with one of the most common issues women — and men — face. The play is equal parts hilarious and heartwarming.
“Stuffed” — now entitled, “Stuffed: A Big-Boned, Skinny-Ass, All-You-Can-Laugh New Play” — will open in October of 2017 at one of the most sought-after and prestigious off-Broadway venues: the Westside Theatre in New York City. The Westside is a theatre steeped in the tradition of great works for and by women, including Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”
When “Stuffed” debuted in 2016 at the WP, the New York Times said “‘Stuffed’ offers laughs, and even a bit of insight” and called it “Lampanelli’s strongest, funniest and most affecting work.” In a few short months this October, you’ll see why.
See you at the show! And don’t forget to bring a hanky . . . and your Depends!
Lisa Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board,” which premiered June 26, 2015 on EPIX and was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award for “Best Comedy Album.” In the special, Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean showed off her radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds. That weight loss, which she has maintained for over four years, inspired her to write her play, “Stuffed,” since, having been every size from 2 to 26, she has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.
Lisa became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” where she advanced to the final four in the competition, raising $130,000 for her chosen charity, the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. She also starred as a regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated series, and guest-starred on a hilarious episode of CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” helmed by “Sex and The City” creator, Michael Patrick King. When Lampanelli debuted the first version of “Stuffed” in the fall of 2016 at the WP Theatre, the New York Times said “’Stuffed’ offers laughs, and even a bit of insight . . . Lampanelli’s strongest, funniest and most affecting work” and the Hollywood Reporter echoed their sentiments, calling the play “very funny and affecting.”
Lampanelli is thrilled to unveil the brand-new version of “Stuffed” in October 2017 at the Westside Theatre, a venue steeped in tradition of great works for and by women, including Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” and Nora and Delia Ephron’s “Love, Loss, and What I Wore.”
Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” and that same year, released her autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks (Harper Collins). Lisa was also a monthly writer for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and is a contributor to the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.
Lisa’s rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friars Club Comedy Central Roast. She soon became known as the “Queen of the Roasts”, going on to lambaste such names as Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav, David Hasselhoff and, most recently, Donald Trump. Due to her success as a roaster, in 2009, Lisa was asked to serve as Roastmaster for the highly rated Comedy Central Roast of friend and fellow comic, Larry the Cable Guy.
One of the few white comedians to perform on BET’s “Comic View,” Lisa has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal. She went on to appear on Comedy Central’s “Last Laugh 2005” and her one-hour special that year, “Take It Like a Man,” was a hit with the comedy network yet again. The CD and the DVD of the same name hit #6 on the comedy charts. Then, in January 2007, Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” debuted on Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records, and reached #4 on the charts. Soon thereafter, “Dirty Girl” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007’s “Best Comedy Album”.
Lisa appeared in the David Chase-directed feature film, “Not Fade Away.” She also appeared in “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector” and had a featured role in “Delta Farce,” opposite Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and D.J. Quall. She also starred in the hilarious documentary, “The Aristocrats,” and played a more maternal version of herself in the Owen Wilson vehicle, “Drillbit Taylor.”
Tony Award winning director John Rando:
“Lisa has a tremendous capacity to get connected to her feelings and her bravery is boundless. She’s terrific, intelligent, and top-notch.”
The Writer Magazine:
“Lisa Lampanelli is fearlessly funny. Onstage, she can repeat something she’s told 20 times, but it sounds as if she just thought of it. Others could never get away with it.”
Michael Musto, Paper Magazine:
“The queen of outrageous comedy, Lisa Lampanelli happens to have a lot of heart, particularly when dealing with weight and food issues.”
“Lisa’s ability to be more open and vulnerable has not only helped her perform to her potential during difficult times, but also the crowd appears to be picking up on this new aspect of her comedy.”
New York Times best-selling author Jane Green:
“She has evolved. She’s known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean, but there’s so much more depth now. . . more authentic. You can’t write a play that resonates with people emotionally unless you’ve gone through a tremendous amount of stuff. It’s about the journey to healing and wisdom.”
Lenny Bruce biographer, Ronald Collins:
“Lisa Lampanelli is a comedian with an independent and irreverent streak akin to that of Lenny Bruce. Her robust comedy, like Bruce’s, takes no prisoners — and that’s just how it should be.”
The New York Times:
“Queen of Mean. An equal-opportunity offender.”
King of All Media, Howard Stern:
“Lisa will steal the show every time, whether it’s on my radio program or on any stage anywhere doing stand up. I love Lisa and so should you…a true original and a brilliant comedy mind.”
“By boldly poking fun at everyone, Lisa releases us from a prison of cultural guilt. She’s more than a standup. She’s a standout.”
“Lisa is the most outrageous comic we have ever had on the Tonight Show.”
“Lisa Lampanelli to Debut ‘Stuffed’ Off-Broadway”
Playbill.com, June 2, 2016
Women’s Project will present the world premiere by the two-time Grammy-nominated comic
“Women’s Project Theater to Present World Premiere of Lisa Lampanelli’s ‘Stuffed'”
TheaterMania.com, June 2, 2016
The comedian also stars in her new play
“Why Lisa Lampanelli is a ‘Spiritual Gangster'”
PsychologyToday.com, July 23, 2015
Comedian’s service to others is a path to self-esteem
Westport Magazine, March – April 2016
Novelist Jane Green Interviews Comedienne and Debut Playwright Lisa Lampanelli About Food, Friends, Men and Writing Beyond the Funny
“My Year as a Spiritual Gangster”
Kripalu.org, December 2015
Going With Your Gut
“Review: Lisa Lampanelli at Harlem’s Apollo Theater”
BET.com, January 31, 2013
Lisa Lampanelli at Harlem’s Apollo Theater
“What I Wore”
The New York Times, December 16, 2012
This Look Won’t Insult Her
“Comedian Lisa Lampanelli loses 80 pounds after surgery”
USA Today, September 20, 2012
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli loses 80 pounds after surgery
“Lisa Lampanelli: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me”
US Weekly, May 7, 2012
Exclusive: Lisa Lampanelli: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me
“Lisa Lampanelli vs. Westboro Baptist Church:
Comedian Donates $50,000 To Gay Charity In Church’s Name”
HuffingtonPost.com, May 23, 2011
Lisa Lampanelli vs. Westboro Baptist Church:
Comedian Donates $50,000 To Gay Charity In Church’s Name
“Weddings: Lisa Lampanelli and Jimmy Cannizzaro”
The New York Times, October 15, 2010
Lisa Lampanelli and Jimmy Cannizzaro
“Fearlessly Foul, and on the Verge of Respectability”
The New York Times, February 10, 2008
Fearlessly Foul, and on the Verge of Respectability
“Masters of Mean”
Los Angeles Times, July 13, 2007
Masters of mean