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Lisa Lampanelli

Lisa Lampanelli (born Lisa Lampugnale; July 19, 1961) is an Italian-American stand-up comedian and insult comic. She is noted for her racy and controversial style of comedy, which frequently includes subjects such as race and homosexuality. Lampanelli, one of three siblings, was born in Trumbull, Connecticut, to a middle class family. Three of her grandparents were of Italian descent, and the fourth of Polish ancestry. Her mother, Gloria (née Velgot), worked for the local police department, where "she typed in all the arrests made", and her father, Leonard Lampugnale, worked for Sikorsky Aircraft and later became a painter. Lampanelli attended Roman Catholic schools, studied journalism at Boston College and Syracuse University, and went through a graduate program at Harvard. She worked as a copy editor at Popular Mechanics and an assistant at Rolling Stone. She was also a fact checker and the first chief of research for Spy magazine; a book about Spy describes her then as "your average decked-out-heavy-metal-head-next-door." Speaking later to Maxim Magazine Online, Lampanelli remarked, "I was a real journalist for Rolling Stone, Spy, Hit Parader. I interviewed those fuckin' hair

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Lampanelli: Giraldo Would've Loved Gottfried Burn

Lampanelli:
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Lisa Lampanelli didn't think Gilbert Gottfried was out of line when he cracked a cremation joke about Greg Giraldo just hours after his death -- in fact, Lisa thinks Greg would've appreciated… READ MORE >

Lisa Lampanelli -- The New Queen on 'TMZ on TV'

Lisa Lampanelli -- The New Queen on 'TMZ on TV'

All hail the "Queen of Mean!" -- legendary roaster Lisa Lampanelli is taking over for Harvey on today's episode of "TMZ on TV" .... and you're definitely not gonna wanna miss this one! Lisa's… READ MORE >

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TMZ Live: Hilton, DiCaprio, and the Jackson Kids

TMZ Live:
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We took your questions on everything -- including Paris Hilton's BF pulling a gun on an alleged intruder, Leonardo DiCaprio's "delusional" stalker, and Michael Jackson's kids going to a private… READ MORE >

- 1427 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- I'm Not Done Roasting Lampanelli!

Gilbert Gottfried
I'm Not Done Roasting Lampanelli!

Gilbert Gottfried claims some of his best material got cut from the "Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff" -- but last night in NY, dude put the crosshairs right back on fellow roaster Lisa… READ MORE >

- 1427 days ago
Lisa Lampanelli -- Returning to Roast The Hoff

Lisa Lampanelli -- Returning to Roast The Hoff

TMZ has learned legendary humiliator Lisa Lampanelli will be returning from her "Roast"  hiatus to burn David Hasselhoff at the upcoming Comedy Central special. Of course, the Queen of Mean… READ MORE >

- 1470 days ago
Lampanelli -- Someone Put a Bleepin' Ring On It

Lampanelli
Someone Put a Bleepin' Ring On It

We don't usually do engagement news on TMZ -- but since the hilarious rant that foul-mouthed comic Lisa Lampanelli went on about gay sex and Hispanics was wayyy too graphic for this site (and… READ MORE >

- 1793 days ago
The Most Tasteless, Hilarious Joke Ever

The Most
Tasteless, Hilarious Joke Ever

It's wrong in every possible way, shape and form, but when Lisa Lampanelli decided it was time to exploit Rihanna's horrible, tragic situation at the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy --… READ MORE >

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