Looks like Lisa Lampanelli lately is steering her career in a new direction. Make that directions. Word has surfaced in the past week that Lampanelli has written a one-woman show for herself that she hopes to take to Broadway, and she also has sold a reality show pitch to Logo TV that would follow Lampanelli and her newlywed husband as they build a life and career together.
Lampanelli told New York Magazine about her one-woman show, which she is working on with help from Alan Zweibel:
"It's something that I haven't done yet. I'm scared to death because I have to talk about the real stuff. Like, no stand-up; there's not one line of stand-up ... it's pretty much going to focus on my two main obsessions in life, which are men and food. And now that I'm married I only have one obsession, food, so I'm going to stick to that."
And from Deadline, which reported on Logo TV's latest development slate, comes word of Big Loud Lisa, which is being executive produced by Chelsea Handler's Borderline Amazing Productions, Parallel and Lampanelli.
After a special sneak screening of the first two episodes of The Green Room with Paul Provenza, which returns to Showtime for its second season on July 14, 2011, Provenza convened a special live panel last night for The Creative Coalition with comedians Billy Connolly, Lisa Lampanelli, Rain Pryor and Jamie Kilstein inside The Core Club in Midtown Manhattan.
One of the first topics thrown at the panel was dealing with hecklers, and Lampanelli told the story of how one of her very first shows as an MC included a heckler who prompted her to change her entire act and become the insult comedian that made her a star and the self-described "Queen of Mean."
Lampanelli told the audience she was working a gig with her first husband:
"So I went up and I was emceeing, and everybody knows that the MC goes up and does five minutes, and then they bring up the next act. So I do my five minutes, and I did OK for like my fifth time onstage, and my poor husband, with his retarded jokes and horrible one-liners -- we were divorced, by the way, before he died, so it's OK, I felt really bad when he died, I'll mourn later. As I'm watching poor Jim struggle, I hear somebody yell, 'Bring back the fat chick!' So it's kind of a compliment! But it's like, oh my God, I'm fucking fat! They noticed I was fat. I thought I was hiding it, under layers. So I go, well, I took it so to heart, I was so upset, that the next day, I wrote all insults. I said, 'I was going to get those cocksuckers before they get me,' and I'm an insult comic now. So thank you guy who said, 'Bring back the fat chick.'"
Provenza: "Is that the truth?"
Lampanelli: "That's the absolute truth. Yeah, I was like, I am not letting them get a word in."
If the situation wasn't worse for people portrayed as New Jersey "reality" "stars," then just wait until they hear what "Queen of Mean" Lisa Lampanelli has to say about them in her new stand-up special, "Tough Love."
It debuts March 27 on Comedy Central, and then on an extended DVD on April 5.
Here's a first look at a section of the insult comedian's targets called “Roast of Worthless Americans,” which includes not only the casts of MTV's Jersey Shore, Bravo's Real Housewives of Jersey, Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan, Brad Pitt, Jessica Simpson and others. First, a clip of Lampanelli insulting "Snooki" and "The Situation."
And here she is moving her sights toward the "real" "housewives" of New Jersey.
If you like what you see, you can pre-order "Tough Love" as DVD via Amazon.com:
TMZ is letting Lisa Lampanelli take over hosting duties today for its half-hour TV show, in which the pap smearers pitch their awfulness to her, for reasons which are never really explained.
Exciting, isn't it? Roll a clip.
The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff taped on Sunday night in Los Angeles, and will air on Aug. 15, 2010, and to get us more interested in actually watching the darned thing, the network has produced some one-liner clips of quips from the dais.
Would you like to see Seth MacFarlane do his "Stewie" voice to talk about Pam Anderson's breasts, or Whitney Cummings slam Lisa Lampanelli, or Lampanelli slam the Hoff, or Jerry Springer slam the Hoff, or Greg Giraldo and Jeffrey Ross take on MacFarlane? Well, then click click on this vid vids. We'll start with Ross, because he is our generation's Roastmaster, no matter what Comedy Central says, and since he takes down MacFarlane for something he should be taken down for, if he ever submits to a full Roast himself, so roll the clip!
We've got ourselves a big Monday here, which means it's time to catch up on what's been happening in comedy and see if we missed anything. First up, what funny things from comedians have I posted recently over on The Laugh Track?
But that's not all. There was also some comedy in the news. Such as, for instance, this, that and the other thing:
Comedy Central's Roast of Larry the Cable Guy taped its raucous proceedings last night in the greater Los Angeles area, and through the power of the Internets, we already know the best parts. Thanks go to The Laugh Track, the Tweets of @dougbenson, and CCInsider's Matt Tobey for providing us with their picks of the best zingers and photos from inside the taping. Does this mean we don't have to tune in on March 15. Or does this tease you enough to set your DVRs and TiVos already? That's up to you, isn't it?
Video previews already up from Lisa Lampanelli, Greg Giraldo, and (big gulp) Maureen McCormick!