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The Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli returns to Boston on May 3 (interview)

Aziz Ansari’s ten-show run takes a pause on Saturday night as the legendary Queen of Mean herself, Lisa Lampanelli, headlines Boston’s The Wilbur with two shows on May 3, at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Lampanelli, who just announced her split from husband Jimmy Cannizzaro, simply hasn’t slowed down since losing 100 pounds in 2012.

Lampanelli performs two shows this Saturday at The Wilbur
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The legendary comedian, whom Jim Carrey heralded as “more than a standup – a standout,” began her rise to the top in 2002 after being the only female comedian invited to lampoon Chevy Chase on the New York Friars’ Club Roast on Comedy Central. Securing her place as the “Queen of the Roast”, Lampanelli went on to dole out her brand of scathing wit in roasting Pam Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav and David Hasselhoff – eventually landing her the prestigious honor of being the Roastmaster for the Comedy Central roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

With several largely successful specials under her constantly-shrinking belt, Lampanelli became a household name in 2012 after her appearance on the fifth installment of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice”, giving the network an incredible ratings jump. Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lisa Lampanelli’s raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the U.S. and Canada, and she is very much looking forward to her appearances in Boston.

“You know, I always found that the people of Boston are really hardcore. I love cities where the people are really hardcore like Boston, Philly, New York. They’re not wimps,” Lampanelli recently told the Boston Comedy Scene Examiner. “They stand up for what they believe in. They’re vocal. They’re loud. They get it. They’re in on the joke. I've always have a really good response comedy-wise in Boston. I don’t think I've ever had a show there where it was like, ‘Awe, man. That was lame.’ In fact, Boston, even when I was playing clubs, was one of my best markets. So, yeah, I love it, and I just love the town itself. It’s so beautiful, and it’s so clean. It’s sort of like a nice New York.”

The equal-opportunity offender has seen her fair share of changes lately, all of which she credits with adding fuel to her already brightly-burning fire. In addition to her stand up, she also has a Broadway production in the works for later this fall.

“It’s a different side from what I’m doing now. It’s autobiographical. We’re securing a title for Broadway in the fall, so I've been trying it out all over the country. While it’s still really funny, it has a story line,” Lampanelli describes. “We talk about my struggle with food and men and body image and all that stuff, so it’s a little more scripted but it’s definitely just as funny. Again, I don’t know if that’s going to be coming to Boston, but I’m going to tour it probably a year from now.”

Lampanelli has also been discovering how her recent life changes have affected her material.

“It almost seems like now that I've got my weight under control and I've got my life a little more together, the angrier I get because the hungrier I am. So I’ll probably be bringing the top level of insult comedy that I have to the stage in Boston because I've been really working on so much other stuff that when it’s time to hit the stage and do stand-up, that’s when all the craziness and the anger comes out,” Lampanelli tells the BCSE. “People seem to really like that. My fans are that nuts and enjoy that kind of thing. They can expect the new crazy, skinny, hungry Lisa Lampanelli.”

Don’t miss out on your chance to see comedy’s favorite Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, as she headlines two shows at The Wilbur on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Tickets are $42-$62 and can be purchased online or at The Wilbur box office. The Wilbur is located at 246 Tremont Street in the heart of Boston’s historic Theatre District.

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