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Lampanelli has been known for more than a quarter-century as Comedy's Lovable
Queen of Mean. Heralded as "more than a standup -- a standout,” by comedy
legend Jim Carrey, and called "a true original and a brilliant comedy mind
who'll steal the show every time" by her hero Howard Stern, Lampanelli is
known for saying things that most people are afraid to think. Her raunchy,
gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the U.S. and
Lampanelli’s fifth stand-up special, 2015’s Back to the Drawing Board, proved the
insult comic was new, improved, and funnier than ever. The EPIX special was
nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year and showed off
Lisa’s radically different look after having lost more than 100 pounds with the
help of gastric sleeve surgery. That weight loss and her love of theatre,
inspired her to write Stuffed: A Big-Boned, Skinny-Ass, All-You-Can-Laugh
New Play. Having been every size from 2 to 26, Lampanelli has firsthand
knowledge of the food and body-image struggle.
When the first version of Stuffed debuted in the fall of 2016 at
the WP Theater under the tutelage of Managing Director Lisa McNulty, the New York Times said “Stuffed offers laughs, and even a bit of
insight . . . Lampanelli’s strongest, funniest and most affecting work” and the
Hollywood Reporter echoed their
sentiments, calling the play “very funny and affecting.”
Stuffed features Lampanelli’s
famously irreverent voice, signature wit, and an extra-large scoop of
razor-sharp insight into the crazy-making world of our relationships with
food. Its extended off-Broadway run begins on October 5 in a new
production at the Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street Downstairs).
It is directed by Jackson Gay and stars Lampanelli, along with co-stars Nikki
Blonsky (New Line Cinema’s Hairspray),
Marsha Stephanie Blake (NYTW’s Othello,
Orange is the New Black) and Eden Malyn (House of Lies, Orange is the New Black). Opening night for the production is scheduled
for October 19.
The four characters in Stuffed
are a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight gal, and a permanent
size-zero. With Lisa onstage, alongside this talented cast, Stuffed doesn't shy away from tough
questions like: Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally
fulfilling as it sounds? When it comes to jeans, what's better -- muffin top or
camel toe? And, if Oprah, the most powerful person in the world, can't conquer
her food issues, what can the rest of us do but laugh as we try?