Lisa Lampanelli to Bring Stand-Up Comedy Tour LEANER MEANER to the Colonial Theatre, 6/14; Tickets on Sale 1/21

Lisa Lampanelli to Bring Stand-Up Comedy Tour LEANER MEANER to the Colonial Theatre, 6/14; Tickets on Sale 1/21

Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. Lampanelli has won accolades from many of her peers including the King of all media, Howard Stern, who called her, "a true original and a brilliant comedy mind." Known for saying things that most people are afraid to think, Lisa Lampanelli's raunchy, gut-busting performances are wildly popular at theaters across the country and sure to make for an unforgettable evening at The Colonial Theatre.

Tickets to Lisa Lampanelli: The Leaner Meaner Tour are on sale to members and passholders at 10am on Tuesday, January 21, to the public at 10am on Thursday, January 23 and range from $40 to $75. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Lisa recently competed on the newest season of NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice" and is a regular on late night television, and a frequent guest and guest host on Howard Stern's Sirius satellite radio shows. She has also parlayed her love of Broadway into her own one-woman show, Skinny Bitch: NOT A Stand-Up Comedy Show. Lampanelli joined the ranks of comedy greats with her 2009 HBO comedy special, "Long Live the Queen," and that same year, released her first autobiography, Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks. As a writer, Lisa also pens the monthly Women column in Playboy Magazine.

Lisa's rise to the top of the comedy food chain began in 2002 when she was the only female comedian invited to skewer Chevy Chase on the NY Friars Club Roast on Comedy Central. She soon became known as the "Queen of the Roast," going on to skewer such names as Pamela Anderson, Jeff Foxworthy, William Shatner, Flava Flav, and David Hasselhoff. Because of her success as a roaster, in 2009 Lisa was asked to be Roastmaster for the highly rated Comedy Central roast of friend and fellow comic, Larry the Cable Guy.

One of the few white comedians to perform on BET's Comic View, and the Wendy Williams Show, Lisa has clearly cemented her huge crossover appeal. Lisa went on to appear on Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2005 and her one-hour special that year, Take It Like a Man, was a hit with the comedy network yet again. In January 2007, Lisa's second one-hour special, Dirty Girl, debuted on Comedy Central and Warner Bros. Records. Soon thereafter, Dirty Girl was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album of the Year.

On the feature film side, Lisa appeared in Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and had a featured role in Delta Farce, opposite Bill Engvall, Larry the Cable Guy, and D.J. Quall. She also starred in the feature ?lm, The Aristocrats and, most recently, played a more maternal version of herself in the Owen Wilson vehicle, Drillbit Taylor.

In additional to Lisa Lampanelli, BTG's Spring 2014 Season features a stellar lineup of iconic comics: Colin Quinn on February 16 at 7:30pm, Loni Love on March 7 at 8pm and local favorites, the Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe on January 31 at 8pm and February 2 at 2pm.

About Berkshire Theatre Group: The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. Having united in November of 2010 under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, these two institutions are providing the Berkshires and beyond with the finest in Live Theatre, music, dance and the visual arts on five stages in Stockbridge, MA, Pittsfield, MA and Lenox, MA. The Fitzpatrick Main Stage (400 seats), cataloged by the National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and built by Stanford White as the Stockbridge Casino in 1888. The intimate Unicorn Theatre (122 seats) is a home for emerging artists and new theatrical ideas. The Colonial in Pittsfield (780 seats) re-opened in August of 2006, following a $21 million restoration, and boasts pristine acoustics, classic gilded age architecture and state-of-the-art technical systems. BTG also performs at the outdoor Neil Ellenoff stage and at The Garage, a music venue located in the lobby of The Colonial. BTG serves over 100,000 patrons per year and reaches over 17,000 students through its educational and outreach programs. For more information on BTG call (413) 298-5536 and on The Colonial call (413) 448-8084. To purchase tickets, call (413) 997-4444 or (413) 298-5576 or go online to www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.