Queen of Mean!!

I love stand-up comedy. I always have. As a group of friends many nights were spent sitting around watching old tapes of comedy routines. Mainly classic Eddie Murphy (raw, delirious) as well as those classic young comedian shows on HBO where performers like David Spade and Rob Schneider were actually funny.

Of all the comedians we watched growing up there was one glaring reality: Female comedians simply weren’t funny. It’s not that we didn’t give them a chance, we’d watch the beginning of the routine and after two minutes if we weren’t laughing (we never were) we’d fast forward the tape to the next male comedian.

So, as I headed to the Warner Theater Saturday night to see the Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, I did so with fingers crossed.

Sure I’ve seen her on the Comedy Central Roasts and I’ve listened to her on The Howard Stern radio show and more often that not she had me cracking up. However,  I was nervous that her hard core sense of humor would be too much for Torrington and therefore she’d hold back and in the process be unfunny.

Thankfully I was wrong.

Not only was Lampanelli’s one hour set at the Warner absolutely fucking hilarious but it was one of the greatest comedy shows I’ve ever seen. To put it into perspective I’ve seen Jerry Seinfeld and David Chappelle live as well.

She brought her full repertoire of X-rated material to Torrington and kicked it into overdrive.

She used every racial and ethnic slur in the book. There were Jews, Blacks, Puerto Ricans and Gays in the audience and boy did she let them have it.

My favorite part of the show is when she called to the stage a 16 year old dude from the audience and gave him the Lisa Lampanelli quiz.

Let’s just say one of the questions was:  “What group of people are known for being lazy and smelly?”

Truth be told a few people in the audience walked out. One guy was actually kicked out, but I’d say 90 % of the near sell-out crowd ate it up. I mean, come on, If you’re at a Lisa Lampanelli show you know what you’re in for.

While the majority of her jokes are racist, Lampanelli doesn’t come off as a bigot, if that makes sense. I would classify her as an equal opportunity offender. She even made fun of her fat Italian husband with big balls.  And, to be fair, throughout the show Lampanelli would constantly cut on herself, referring to herself as “fat”, “slut” and “trashy”.

It was a great time indeed and while it was definitely a risque, raunch-fest, it was also refreshing to hear a female comedian that was not only funny but just as side-splittingly hilarious as any male master of comedy that i’ve seen.

Dane Cook ain’t got nothing on that bitch.


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