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Queen of Mean aims for laughs at Silver Legacy
by Cortney Maddock
Aug 12, 2009 | 740 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, known for her crude, in-your-face, humor, will perform at the Silver Legacy on Friday.
Courtesy photo - Comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, known for her crude, in-your-face, humor, will perform at the Silver Legacy on Friday.
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Hitting the road to promote her unique brand of crude comedy and her new book, Lisa Lampanelli will perform at the Silver Legacy Friday night.

The comedienne, who has earned herself the nickname the Queen of Mean, will release her book “Chocolate Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks” on Sept. 15. Book sites, such as Barnes and Noble, describe the book as Lampanelli’s politically incorrect memoir, which — much like her comedy sketches — revolved around her not-so-private personal life.

Lampanelli’s book and her Friday show are for an 18-and-over audience only, but that shouldn’t stop adults from enjoying her somewhat-confrontational comedy.

An East Coast native, Lampanelli has made a name for herself at the expense of others, primarily as the person dishing out insults during the Comedy Central roasts of fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy, actress Pamela Anderson and actor William Shatner.

In 2005, Lampanelli released the stand-up comedy DVD titled “Take It Like A Man,” but it was her 2007 release that grabbed attention with her blunt brand of insult comedy and candid discussions of interracial relationships and homosexuality.

In 2007, Lampanelli scored herself a one-hour special on Comedy Central, making the live and at-home audiences equally uncomfortable with sexually driven humor and inappropriate jokes. The special, titled “Dirty Girl,” was not only funny, but won Lampanelli a Grammy nomination for best comedy album of the year. The “Dirty Girl” album hit the Billboard charts and held the No. 4 position for comedy.

Taking the stage as a stand-up comedienne in New York in the early 1990s, Lampanelli has come a long way from her days studying journalism at Syracuse University and attending graduate school at Harvard. Lampanelli has gone from copy editing pages of Popular Mechanic magazine to the big screen in “Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector,” “Delta Farce,” “The Aristocrats” and “Drillbit Taylor.”

In hopes of following up to the success of “Dirty Girl,” Lampanelli taped her first uncensored HBO one-hour stand-up comedy special called “Lisa Lampanelli: Long Live the Queen,” which aired in January.

Although Lampanelli is able to make light of taboo social topics, such as race, homophobia and same-sex marriage, she is still able to bring difficult social issues to light through her politically incorrect comedy.

Often blunt and very crude, audience members might be shocked by Lampanelli’s comedy. Yet, Lampanelli must be doing something right to continue her successful career and status as the lovable mean queen, but then again who would want to change anyone with a wit as sharp as Lampanelli’s?

Friday’s performance will be held at 8 p.m. in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets cost $45, $50 or $60 and can be purchased at www.silverlegacy.com or at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 800-MUST-SEE, 325-7401 or by visiting the Silver Legacy box office. Reminder: This show is an 18-and-over event.

For more information about Lampanelli and her stand-up comedy, visit www.insultcomic.com.
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