Lisa Lampanelli | How the Queen of Mean Turned Into the Queen of Meaning

With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli was a constant on the comedy scene. With numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt, Lisa made headlines in 2012 when she lost more than 100 pounds with the help of bariatric surgery. The comedian went on to speak with unflinching honesty about her lifelong food and body-image issues, and has since gone from insulter to inspirer. She announced her retirement from stand-up comedy on the Howard Stern radio program in late 2018 and is now dedicating her life to performing in storytelling shows and being a general overall bad-ass.

In 2015, Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board.” That special not only garnered her a second Grammy nomination, it showed off her radically different look and featured stories of her weight-loss struggles over the course of her life. Noticing how these truthful accounts resonated with her fans – many of whom fight similar battles – Lampanelli was inspired to write the play, STUFFED, which enjoyed two off-Broadway runs in 2016 and 2017. The play was intended to motivate her fans to work on themselves and embrace a healthier life through self-love and self-acceptance. In turn, those same fans inspired Lisa to shed her old title of insult comic and dedicate herself to helping others through storytelling events full of humor, truth, and questionable advice.

Having become known to U.S. audiences from appearances on the Comedy Central Roasts, the Howard Stern Show, and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Lisa became a household name when she raised $130,000 for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis during season 5 of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” After having hit every possible career high in her stand-up career – including sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall – Lampanelli is thrilled to take on this new challenge.

This episode is all about having the courage to take meaningful leaps, stop stressing about “how to find your purpose”, and adding value to others.

CHECK OUT LISA’S NEW PODCAST “LOSERS WITH A DREAM”

Comedians Beau McDowell and Nick Scopoletti suck at dating, suck at jobs, and suck at most things in life. But they’re great at talking about their feelings and taking advice from their mentor, the former Queen of Mean Lisa Lampanelli. Losers with a Dream, every Tuesday at 8 a.m. EST. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/losers-with-a-dream/support

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