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Lisa has decided to venture into the world of podcasting, and she wants all of you to join her! “Get Stuffed with Lisa Lampanelli” is the place to go to hear LL give advice on health, wellness, and everything else to be the best you can be – all with her signature comedic stylings, of course! Her co-host, Mike Morse, as well as her special correspondent, Frank DeCaro, join Lisa each week as she answers fan questions, chats with special guests, and discusses topics in the news that pique her interest.
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 has been known for more than a quarter-century as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, and called “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time” by her hero Howard Stern, Lampanelli is known for saying things that most people are afraid to think. Her raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the U.S. and Canada.
Lampanelli’s fifth stand-up special, 2015’s “Back to the Drawing Board,” proved the insult comic was new, improved, and funnier than ever. The EPIX special was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year and showed off Lisa’s radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds with the help of gastric sleeve surgery. That weight loss and her love of theatre, inspired her to write “Stuffed: A Big-Boned, Skinny-Ass, All-You-Can-Laugh New Play.” Having been every size from 2 to 26, Lampanelli has firsthand knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.
When the first version of “Stuffed” debuted in the fall of 2016 at the WP Theater under the tutelage of Managing Director Lisa McNulty, 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.”
“Stuffed” features Lampanelli’s famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with food. Its extended off-Broadway run begins on October 5 in a new production at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street Downstairs). It is directed by Jackson Gay and stars Lampanelli, along with co-stars Nikki Blonsky (New Line Cinema’s “Hairspray”), Marsha Stephanie Blake (NYTW’s “Othello,” “Orange is the New Black”) and Eden Malyn (“House of Lies,” “Orange is the New Black”). Opening night for the production is scheduled for October 19.
The four characters in “Stuffed” are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent size-zero. With Lisa onstage, alongside this talented cast, “Stuffed” doesn’t shy away from tough questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what’s better — muffin top or camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can’t conquer her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?
Lampanelli also addresses these subjects and more in her own podcast, “Get Stuffed with Lisa Lampanelli.” The weekly, hour-long podcast launches the week of September 11 and focuses on the comedic actress’s interest in healthy lifestyle, food, weight, and body image, as well as other issues that are near and dear to her heart. Lampanelli and her co-host, comedian Mike Morse, discuss stories in the news relating to these subjects, as well as other topics that touch on those issues. During the podcast, Lampanelli also fields questions, gives “tough love”-style advice, and features special guests, including weekly correspondent, Sirius OutQ and “Daily Show” alumnus Frank DeCaro.
Lampanelli became a household name when she joined 17 other celebrities on the fifth season of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” hosted by current president Donald Trump. The fifth installment of the show, with the largest-ever lineup of famous faces competing for charities of their choice, was a ratings bonanza for NBC. As a final-four contestant, Lisa raised more than $130,000 for 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.
Lampanelli’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” and a recurring guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Lampanelli has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal. 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 of the Year.
Lampanelli reached new comedic heights 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). She has also been a monthly contributor for the Women column in Playboy Magazine and has been a writer for the blog for Kripalu, the world-renowned yoga and meditation retreat center.
On the feature film side, 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. One of the stars of the hilarious feature film documentary, “The Aristocrats,” Lampanelli also played a more maternal version of herself in the Owen Wilson vehicle, Judd Apatow’s “Drillbit Taylor.”
She currently resides in New York City and Connecticut.
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