Warning: Lisa Lampanelli said her stand-up comedy act is like anal sex: At first, its a little uncomfortable, but with enough liquor and lube, its a surefire hit.
See for yourself how it hurts so good when the Queen of Mean brings her barbs to FireLake Grand Casino on Friday. An audience favorite of Comedy Centrals celebrity roasts, shes an insult comic in the bitter mold of Don Rickles.
But it wasnt always that way. It really started the first time I got heckled, Lampanelli said. It was compliment and an insult at the same time. And if youre like me, you go right for the insult part.
As she recalled, she had come off a successful set, but the guy on after her was bombing, so someone in the audience yelled, Bring back the fat chick! And all I heard was fat chick, not the bring back part, she said. So instead of being normal and going, Oh, they like me, Im like, Oh, my God, I am so never letting anyone say anything negative to me ever again. ... Then I started hitting first, and now my whole act is one big counterpunch. All bets are off.
Audiences eat it up. She even has fans message her on Twitter to tell her what seat theyll be in at an upcoming show, in hopes of becoming a target of her tongue.
That person either loves themselves or hates themselves, Lampanelli said. Either way, its more money for me. I feel its an honor for me to make fun of you.
Her appearances on the televised roasts have brought her nationwide exposure, but theyre tough to do.
They suck, Lampanelli said. The people you know are kidding, you never take offense to. What I take offense to are badly written dumb jokes. ... Thats the secret of a roast, which is the secret of my comedy: Do it with a wink and a smile that shows you have love in your heart for these people, and theyll let you get away with anything.
By anything, she means lines like ...
On Gene Simmons and his hair: Did you catch Planet of the Apes on cable and go, Hmm, now theres a look. On David Hasselhoff: I dont want to say David drank a lot, but his liver was so black and bloated, it couldve starred in Precious. On Larry the Cable Guy and his Git-R-Done catchphrase: Youve beaten that concept so hard, its now dating Chris Brown.
My whole rule is, can I make it funny? Lampanelli said. If I cant, this aint therapy. I come from this weird school of comedy where its not about me, its about you. The audience paid their money. They want to be entertained. Not everybodys rich, you know?