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Lean and mean: Lisa Lampanelli at the Uptown

Lisa Lampanelli
Dan Dion

Being somewhat familiar with the comedy of Lisa Lampanelli, I couldn’t help but think about how I would react if she happened to pick on me or someone I like, or if she was to start in on something I hold near and dear to my heart when I was to see her perform at the Uptown Theater in Napa. Sure, I could laugh at those people over there. I mean, just look at them. But what if she aimed that caustic comedic wit at my sacred cow, what would I do then?

Well, Lampanelli’s systematic approach to identifying and tipping everyone’s sacred cows was somehow disarming while still being utterly offensive, thoroughly vulgar, and painfully funny. To be perfectly honest, I was a little surprised at just how funny she was. For some reason, the evisceration of an entire theater full of people is just one of the funniest things I’ve ever been party to. Even when she had some ready-to-fight, drunken hecklers ejected from the theater, the laughs just kept going.

Instead of getting into the nitty-gritty details of Lisa Lampanelli’s show, which would get me fired from this job for sure, the rest of this space will be filled with praise for her opening act, Luke McCollum (who, by the way, needs more Twitter followers: @thelukemccollum). Luke bounded onto the stage like a big, gay Tigger, and for the duration of his all too brief set got the audience roaring with laughter. Of course, it must be said that some of the “manlier men” (read closet cases) in the audience were laughing at and not with him, but that is to be expected in Napa where the concept of hetero-machismo somehow still exists (until no one is looking and then…). McCollum’s rapid fire delivery of barbed funnies hit their mark time after time, and nothing and no one, including himself, was off limits. He could have easily carried the audience for much longer, and it would be really cool if he would come back to Napa to do a longer show.

If you haven’t seen a show at the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa yet, you are missing something truly remarkable. Every seat is a good seat, the sound is always flawless, and the venue has a cozy feel that is rare these days. For more information about upcoming shows at the Uptown Theatre click here. The theater is located at 1350 Third Street in Napa. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster, the Uptown website, or at the box office which is open Monday – Friday 12 – 5pm, Saturday 12 – 4pm.

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