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With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli was a constant on the comedy scene. With numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt, Lisa made headlines in 2012 when she lost more than 100 pounds with the help of bariatric surgery. The comedian went on to speak with unflinching honesty about her lifelong food and body-image issues, and has since gone from insulter to inspirer. She announced her retirement from stand-up comedy on the Howard Stern radio program in late 2018 and is now dedicating her life to performing in storytelling shows and being a general overall bad-ass.

In 2015, Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board.” That special not only garnered her a second Grammy nomination, it showed off her radically different look and featured stories of her weight-loss struggles over the course of her life. Noticing how these truthful accounts resonated with her fans – many of whom fight similar battles – Lampanelli was inspired to write the play, STUFFED, which enjoyed two off-Broadway runs in 2016 and 2017. The play was intended to motivate her fans to work on themselves and embrace a healthier life through self-love and self-acceptance. In turn, those same fans inspired Lisa to shed her old title of insult comic and dedicate herself to helping others through storytelling events full of humor, truth, and questionable advice.

Having become known to U.S. audiences from appearances on the Comedy Central Roasts, the Howard Stern Show, and the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Lisa became a household name when she raised $130,000 for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis during season 5 of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.” After having hit every possible career high in her stand-up career – including sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Carnegie Hall – Lampanelli is thrilled to take on this new challenge.

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HADESTOWN, DEAR EVAN HANSEN & More Set for 2024/25 Broadway in Wilmington Season

The Playhouse on Rodney Square has revealed its 2024/25 Broadway in Wilmington season. See the lineup of shows and learn how to purchase tickets.

Standup Comedy Icon Lisa Lampanelli to Teach FINDING YOUR FUNNY VOICE Workshop at Playhouse on Park

Playhouse Theatre Academy will welcome standup comedy icon Lisa Lampanelli to teach a one-day Comedy Workshop. FINDING YOUR FUNNY VOICE will be offered at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford on Saturday, March 30th, 2024 from 11am to 5pm.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, ON YOUR FEET! & More Set for the Grand 2023-24 Season

The Grand Opera House has unveiled its 2023-2024 Broadway in Wilmington season at The Playhouse on Rodney Square.

Chelsea Table + Stage Presents Valentine's Day Show SO THIS IS LOVE, A Cabaret With Mikayla Petrilla

Chelsea Table + Stage has announced tickets for its new Valentine's Day show, SO THIS IS LOVE, a Valentine's Day Cabaret With Mikayla Petrilla on February 11th, 2023 at 7pm.

Lisa Lampanelli Brings Original Cabaret to Benefit Playhouse On Park

Come support Playhouse on Park on Friday, December 30th, 2022, when the theater presents the comedy legend in LISA LAMPANELLI: BIG FAT FAILURE. The brand-new cabaret show about screwing up was created by AND stars Lisa Lampanelli and a talented cast of theatrical triple-threats. Proceeds will benefit Playhouse on Park.

Video: BAD CINDERELLA Star Linedy Genao Shares How She Juggles 8 Shows A Week and More

It’s #ThrowbackThursday and your favorite podcast hosts Jason A. Coombs and Samantha Tuozzolo are back with the hardworking, mega talented and gracious “Dear Evan Hanson” actor, Linedy Genao. Linedy shares with us how transitioned from working in a bank as her ‘survival job’ to gracing the stage in “On Your Feet”, her Broadway debut as the Gloria Estefan understudy!

Photos: First Look At Lisa Lampanelli's BIG FAT FAILURE At Trevi Lounge

Lisa Lampanelli: BIG FAT FAILURE began performances on Saturday, October 15, 2022 at Trevi Lounge in Fairfield, Connecticut. The show is filled with stories and songs in which the former Queen of Mean comes clean about all the things she f'ed up! See photos from the production.

Milford Arts Council Announces A November Event Roster Full Of Concerts And Comedy

After two back-to-back theatre productions in September and October, the Milford Arts Council has opened up the floodgates in November for events in music, visual arts, comedy, improv and more! There is something to appeal to everyone, and to fit all schedules with weekday and weekend events. 

Wake Up With BWW 8/29: KINKY BOOTS Off-Broadway Opening Night Celebration, and More!

Top stories include Kinky Boots' opening night celebration, plus original cast members of 42nd Street celebrate the musical's 42nd anniversary, and more!

VIDEO: Comedy Legend Lisa Lampanelli Dishes on Why She is a Self Proclaimed 'Big Fat Failure' and Proud of It

This episode of Survival Jobs opens with Samantha and Jason sharing a mic check where they discuss the Door McAllen Church’s unauthorized production of ‘HAMILTON’ and the world premiere of the original play ‘’RANDY’S DANDY COASTER CASTLE’ written by Alexander Perez, directed by Rebecca Martinez and produced by the Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective!

Stand-Up Comes to Bay Street Theater in September

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced two evenings of side-splitting stand-up comedy on Saturday, September 17, and Saturday, September 24, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. On September 17 at 8 p.m., New York comedian Joseph Vecsey returns with an all new lineup of All Star Comedy. 

All Things Comedy to Present Joe Bartnick's Special Taping with Host Bill Burr

Be part of the studio audience as All Things Comedy proudly presents comedian “Joe Bartnick’s Special Taping” hosted by Bill Burr on Monday, April 25 at 7 pm & 9 pm on The Den Theatre’s Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets ($20 general admission) are currently available at or by calling (773) 697-3830. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain.


New York cabaret is back and in many ways, it is better than ever. We can take pride in a community that is stronger, more supportive, and more diverse than it has ever been. There is, of course, much to do still, but we are on a path that may lead us toward a second “golden age” of New York cabaret that could rival the 1980s. The signs are all around us. Not only have most of our cabaret rooms survived the pandemic, but we have also seen the birth of new spaces this year. There is more crossover between Broadway and cabaret than we have seen in decades, and thanks to social media, there are more new artists on the scene as well. Even with all the pandemic woes, as Jerry Herman would say “the best of times is now. As for tomorrow, well, who knows…who knows…who knows?”

Listen: Lisa Lampanelli Talks Kindness in the Arts & More on THE ART OF KINDNESS

Robert Peterpaul, in association with the Broadway Podcast Network, welcomed acclaimed former stand-up comic Lisa Lampanelli on today’s episode of The Art of Kindness. They discuss Lisa's journey from 'Queen of Mean' to 'Queen of Meaning,' recognizing what's good for you, kindness within the arts and more.

The Grand Announces Complete Renovation Of The Playhouse On Rodney Square

Thanks to the immense generosity of Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, The Playhouse on Rodney Square has undergone a complete renovation during its extended closure of indoor performances.

BWW Review: NATALIE JOY JOHNSON Is Comedic Gold at The Green Room 42

Natalie Joy Johnson sent the crowd home happy from The Green Room 42. Happy and hysterical.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of HYSTERICAL on Stars in the House- Live at 8pm!

Stars in the House continues tonight (8pm ET) with guest host Jessica Kirson from the Hulu hit documentary 'Hysterical,' with guests Wendy Leibman, Judy Gold and Carmen Lynch.


On The Hardcore Humanism Podcast, Dr. Mike talks with musicians about their mental health and personal development to inspire others and offer lessons about how to lead an authentic and purpose-driven life. 

Lisa Lampanelli Brings Her Show LOSIN' IT To Bucks County Playhouse

Grammy nominated Comedian turned Life Coach Lisa Lampanelli comes to Bucks County Playhouse for two performances only, March 13 at 2pm and 8 pm, with an all new show, “Losin' It!”  The performances will be held on the Playhouse stage for an extremely limited, socially distanced audience. Lampanelli appears at the Playhouse as part of the Visiting Artists Series.

BWW Review: Vivid Theatre's Outdoor Production of Joshua Harmon's BAD JEWS at the JCC on the Cohn Campus

An enjoyable show in less-than-ideal circumstances (thanks to the pandemic).

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