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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.

 
Lisa Lampanelli
Lisa LampanelliPhoto by PR Photos
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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