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Dubbed as the "Lovable Queen of Mean" by The New York Times, Lisa Lampanelli is a no-holds-barred insult comic. Her ability to make people laugh at their own stereotypes and differences helped her conquer the club scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles and is now taking her to full-on domination of the world at large.
Her popularity skyrocketed in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friar's Club Roast on Comedy Central. Since then she has become a staple of the Comedy Central Roasts for Jeff Foxworthy, Pamela Anderson and William Shatner.A cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen, she even won accolades from the "King of All Media" Howard Stern who described her as a "real funny broad."
In addition to her success on Comedy Central, Lisa is a regular on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Howard Stern's Radio show. She appeared on Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2005 and her one-hour special, Take It Like a Man.
As one of the few white comedians to perform on BET's Comic View, Lisa has cemented her huge crossover appeal. Lisa has also taped several specials for VH1, MTV and CMT, and with frequent spots on Sirius satellite radio. She has truly become a cultural icon across all demographics embraced by fans of all creeds, colors, sexual orientations and backgrounds.
Lisa can be see in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, in which she plays a foul-mouthed dirty broad. She also starred in The Aristocrats, in which she played a foul-mouthed dirty comic. This fall, Lisa will tape her new stand-up special, which will air on Comedy Central in the first quarter of 2007. She will also be in the feature Delta Farce starring Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Qualls, which is also set for release early next year.
Lisa Lampanelli will perform one night only at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 12 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster and the Ryman Auditorium box-office.
Recently, Lisa Lampanelli spoke to O&AN during an exclusive phone interview while running errands in Los Angeles.
Editor's Note: Warning! This interview contains graphic language and may mot be suitable for everyone or for children. Strong discretion is advised.
O&AN: You have become a big gay icon of late. Some people may even think you are edging out Kathy Griffin a little bit for that place in gay hearts.
LL: Thanks for saying that even though I love Kathy Griffin because she was the first bitch to say that Oprah was a big dyke, which is so true!
O&AN: What did you think of all the trouble she got into for the "Suck it, Jesus" comment?
LL: I loved it! And to me it was totally not trouble at all. Any publicity is good publicity. I’ve been trying to get god damned protested for sixteen years and these blacks and these faggots and these Jews won’t bother with me. Now I’m stuck with deaf people protesting me and no one knows what the hell they are talking about! Kathy knew exactly what she was doing, and I totally applaud her. Jesus is evil anyway because he hates fags.com.
O&AN: You started out as a journalist before trying your hand at stand-up comedy. Why the drastic change?
LL: I got tired of getting paid $12,000 a year! What else was I gonna do? Suck dick on a corner? I stink at it, and I won’t swallow! Lisa Lampanelli can do one thing and do it well: She can say cunt and nigger and faggot, have nobody get pissed off and get a paycheck at the end of the day. That’s what I do cornholer!
O&AN: Why do you think you get a pass when no one else can?
LL: Because I have a lovable nature and a warmth of heart—at least that what my publicist says. I honestly think that if you truly love everybody you can make fun of whoever you want. If it’s somebody you don’t like, then you gotta leave ‘em alone! So basically I go to everybody I love—the blacks and the faggots and the Jew bastards and the spicks—I tend to leave the Europeans alone because they think they are smarter than us, and they really do suck, so I don’t make fun of anyone I truly hate such as them.
O&AN: How does it feel to be doing so well on your tour?
LL: I must say that selling out in all of these markets yet having no love in my life is very difficult. For my art, it’s what I do for love as they sang in A Chorus Line, a show that still has people in legwarmers and I’m doing it for love. I buy lots of bags and purses and houses and shoes so I would say the tour is 100% fabulous despite crying at the end of the day because I’m lonely.
O&AN: Now why in the world would a fab gal like you be lonely?
LL: I have a self-imposed ban on cock for a year. Don’t get excited and think I’m gonna jump onto the tuna boat. I am not! I just decided to take a break from dating for a year so I could figure out why a fabulous creature like myself with Gucci bags and a chinchilla coat and two houses attracts potheads with no checking account. So, this year it’s about getting to know Lisa Lampanelli so I can meet and date an equal—if there is one, my Denzel Washington! Hello!
O&AN: There are a lot of people very excited to see you returning to Nashville. Are you excited to be coming back?
LL:I love Nashville because every time I come there I sell out. I sold out at Zanies every time I came in the past, and I’m only in theatres now—obviously. It’s all about the money not because my record company is there or any of that shit. You fags in Nashville want to give me more money so I can buy more shit and feel guilty? I’m so there!!
O&AN: Are you an attention whore? Are you eating up all of the extra popularity you've gained recently?
LL: I love all of the extra attention I’ve been getting. When a fag calls you up to interview you and when you’re in a massage place you know your life is beautiful. It’s great when I get recognized everywhere. People will walk up to me and ask if I was on Comedy Central last night and I say—very loudly—YES I WAS!!! I never dreamed I would be as popular as I am now, and I better get even more popular soon because I’m tired of not getting recognized! One day I was in Starbucks with Dave Chappell and they recognized him and gave him free coffee. I want my free fucking coffee! They need to know who the real queen is, bitch! It’s LL, son!
O&AN: Any last words before we go?
LL: Tell those fags in Nashville that Lisa Lampanelli needs to get laid in Nashville so some big black cowboys need to come out and bang me, okay?
O&AN: So noted!
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.