Lisa Lampanelli

Known as “the Queen of Mean,” Lisa Lampanelli only called me an idiot once during a recent email interview. Who are her comedy role models? “My idols are obviously Don Rickles and Howard Stern,” she explains “But the person who has inspired me most is Kathie Lee Gifford. She has proven that you can have a career even if everyone on the planet hates your guts.” Does she ever apologize for her ethnic and insult comedy? “Hell, no! Who do I owe an apology to? It’s not my fault people are the ethnicity they are. I just point out their faults.” And lastly, why the big gay fan base? “Gay men are the best audience members ever! Because after taking it in the ass all day, my insults seem like a walk in the park.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you. LIBBY MOLYNEAUX

Fri., Nov. 13, 8 p.m., 2009

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