The ‘Queen of Mean’ takes the throne at Borgata Sunday, Feb. 19.
You never know what Lisa Lampanelli is going to say, but you can bet that it’ll probably be provocative, off-color and funny. Lampanelli is a prickly pear, who is an ace put-down artist. No wonder Lampanelli is arguably the most popular of Comedy Central’s roasters. Lamps has delivered devastating one-liners at the expense of Chevy Chase, Pam Anderson and Jeff Foxworthy. Lampanelli, who will perform a sold-out show on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Borgata Event Center, has jumped levels over recent years. The female Don Rickles has moved from clubs to theaters and is loving it. Lampanelli is a favorite in the New Jersey area and routinely packs Garden State venues. Lampanelli talks to Atlantic City Weekly about her rise, roasts and relationships.
What was it like playing Carnegie Hall, the most hallowed venue in the world?
It’s a big deal playing where Jap cello players play their boring crap. I could joke about it, but it was awesome. It’s nice playing theaters. What’s great is that people are actually listening to you. It’s a huge difference from playing clubs where I started.
Why do you do so well at roasts?
I over-prepare for the roasts and I don’t pull any punches. I know the roasts are why I’m at this level. I’ve always loved doing the roasts.
You were the only comic who killed during the Chevy Chase roast.
That was huge for me. Everybody else bombed. I got the right manager and agent because of that. I can’t tell you how significant that was.
You ripped Pam Anderson apart. If her life were a VH1 show what would it be called?
“I Fucked the ’80s.”
Where is your favorite place to play?
I really enjoy playing Atlantic City and all around New Jersey. The people there support me. The shows are always sold out. The Jersey audiences get me. But there’s nothing like playing Las Vegas. I love going there because all of the money I make and I get to see some of my favorite homo fag singers like Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond, who have yet to come out of the closet.
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'Usually people know that they will have that opportunity at the end of the show to yell out a thing or two. I don’t like to do it in the main body of my show because I feel like I have the right to say things I’ve thought of without people shooting at my feet like I’m in a saloon.'
'He called me the night before and said there was a 6am flight to Philly and I could make it to A.C.,' says Ross. 'And I said I need to know that I can say whatever I want. [Sheen said 'OK'] and that’s what I did. And I got on the plane from L.A. and I wrote jokes all night. It was pretty crazy; it was an adventure. '
The Atlantic City stop was full of surprises, including a guest spot by comedian and celebrity roaster Jeffrey Ross, who treated the crowd to an unscheduled, and pretty harsh live roast of Sheen.
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