One Mean Queen :: Lisa Lampanelli’s Reign of Comedy
Comedy’s lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, takes her reign as a brutally funny woman very seriously. And while this may sound like a strange dichotomy on paper, the juxtaposition of balancing what she says in an outrageous manner, versus the place it truly comes from, may surprise even her most ardent fans. It comes from the heart.
Chief among her "royal family" contingency, are queens and princesses from the gay community, who make up a good portion of her fan base. They have seen Lampanelli ascend the throne in her indomitable foul-mouthed and fabulous fashion.
From her always spot-on celebrity slayings on the Comedy Central Roast specials, or the shocking moments that make up the majority of her many one-woman specials, to her time spent in the reality TV trenches as a Celebrity Apprentice, Lampanelli proves always to be a watchable commodity.
And the equal opportunity offender certainly has her hands full right now, she can be seen-and heard-in a number of upcoming ventures, including her two-show stint at Club Nokia on Saturday, June 22, a monthly radio show on the Howard 101 channel on SiriusXM and an upcoming Broadway show, "This Ain’t Stand Up, Bitches!"
When The Rage Monthly caught up with the gracious and busy comedian, I came away from the interview mostly unscathed, save for being called a certain word that rhymes with maggot in relation to her recent 106 pound weight loss and to not get the information about her surgery twisted, okay?
But I knew the job was potentially dangerous when I took it, as we navigated the uproarious life that she has carved out for herself, with wickedly sharp barbs and keen observations always on tap.
What are some of the duties that you must perform as comedy’s lovable "Queen of Mean?"
Making everyone feel equally shitty about themselves on any given day. So that is the Gestalt; that no matter what race, creed, color or sexual orientation, nobody feels safe. I think that it should all be equal, you can’t leave anybody out and you can’t target just one group, so everybody else can go fuck themselves. That’s the thing that’s so funny, if you can make fun of yourself, you find it a little easier to make fun of other people. I can’t go up there (on stage) and go, "Oh, I’m so perfect."
It’s not for everybody, I’m the first one to admit. It’s like I said on Howard Stern yesterday, "as long as 2,000 people are into it, I’m happy."
What is the harshest thing that you’ve ever said to an audience member?
I mean, I repeatedly say things like "people should die of cancer in the ass." God, I think the only harsh thing is if I mean it. If someone heckles me, or if somebody is really nasty and negative, it doesn’t make me go all out and be like, "Hey, I mean this stuff." I’d say that 90 percent of the time, I don’t mean it, usually it’s not that mean.
You’re looking really good, you’ve lost 106 pounds - do you attribute that to eliminating chocolate from your diet?
No, no. You know how I lost the weight right? Oh my God, it’s only been all over everyplace! Jimmy Big Balls, my husband, and I both got surgery; I got it in April of last year and he got it in June of last year. We had a procedure called gastric sleeve surgery, which is not bypass at all - and don’t get the fucking stats wrong, faggot!
It’s where they cut 85 percent of your stomach out, so you can only eat small amounts of food. And I’m so happy. As for literal chocolate in my life; I can eat a little tiny bit every day.
But as you know, sadly the figurative "chocolate" had to go away once I got married to whitey. Isn’t that sad? Oh well, sometimes you’ve just gotta say no.
Honestly, I’m so lucky to have a decent friggin’ husband, who doesn’t mind my craziness and travel and my fits of anger every three seconds!
So, it sounds like being Mrs. Big Balls is everything you imagined and more.
To be honest, he’s got a lot more going on than I had originally thought. Like, I always knew he was nice, had morals and character and he made me laugh, but I recognized that I’m definitely drawn to him because he has all these qualities that I don’t have.