Q&A with Lisa Lampanelli
Comedian Lisa Lampanelli, comedy's "Queen of Mean," has earned a dedicated following as an equal-opportunity insult comic, with the perfect knack for insulting an audience while endearing herself to them in the process.Propelled by her sets on the Comedy Central roasts, Lampanelli is taking her popularity to new and challenging areas. She's developing a reality show for the Logo Network called "Big Loud Lisa," with Chelsea Handler serving as co-executive producer; and also crafting a one-woman show for Broadway with original "Saturday Night Live" writer Alan Zweibel.
How did you support yourself back in your struggling comedian days?
I was a journalist for 10 years, until I was 30. I worked as a feature writer for heavy metal magazines like Hit Parader, a fact checker and editorial assistant at Rolling Stone and I was also chief of research at Spy magazine. I was way over my head there and couldn't figure out how to fact check really crazy stories like they did, so I had to quit. At one point I decided to be a teacher, but that didn't pay anything. Luckily, I ended up letting comedy in.