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Lisa Lampanelli

Fox Theater
$56
Feb 23, 8:00PM
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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 Canada.

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? 

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