Friday, May 18 – Lisa Lampanelli
Hard Rock Live
6050 Universal Blvd.
Good news for sensitive types: The first few rows of seating for this show have already been sold, and if you don’t know why that’s a good thing, then you haven’t truly seen the Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli. As opposed to her infamous takedowns of celebrities at the Comedy Central/Friar’s Club roasts she made her name on (sample line, directed at Lampanelli’s future Celebrity Apprentice boss Donald Trump: “You’ve put up more worthless hotels than an autistic kid playing Monopoly.”), the comedian likes to pick a few ripe stereotypes from the crowd to keep as demoralized playthings during her set. So consider yourself safe for tonight, but don’t think Lampanelli will be anything of the sort. She holds nothing sacred (thank goodness) and her rapid-fire wit was forged in the fires of Rolling Stone, Hit Parader and, our faves, Spy magazines, where she got her first break as a journalist. – Justin Strout