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.

Lisa Lampanelli

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.

 
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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.

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli

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Once you became successful, what did you enjoy splurging on?

I used to really like splurging on shoes and bags, because when you have a weight issue, they’re the only things that always fit when you go into a store. I always bought Manolo Blahniks, because that’s what Carrie Bradshaw did. I deluded myself into thinking I was the chubby Carrie Bradshaw. When I had my purse phase, I really enjoyed Gucci. I still have them all. I have about five or six, and they last forever. I had a diamond phase, and that wore off pretty fast because I’m not that dressy of a chick. Now, I actually don’t spend that much money, except for nice hotels. I just checked out of The Peninsula in Beverly Hills, just because when you walk in, it smells good, and they kiss your a– a little, which I enjoy.

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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.

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli

Photo by PR Photos

Once you got out of those phases, would you say you became a bit more frugal?

I’m not frugal. I definitely haven’t gotten spending out of my system, but I did get that part out of my system. But when it comes to super overspending, I’d rather pay off my mortgage than have another purse.

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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.

Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli

Photo by PR Photos

So as you get older, you realize that the little things don’t always make sense?

Yeah, because you look at them and go, wow, that’s about 40 grand. I could have my house paid off by the time I’m 55, so maybe that’s what I’m supposed to be doing instead. It feels good to be doing that.

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