Las Vegas Backstage Talk

Lisa Lampanelli, The Queen of Mean…is Newly Lean!

By Michele LaFong- “Getting Personal with the Stars” in Gaming Today-  Feb. 12, 2013

Lisa Lamanelli, the self proclaimed “Queen of Mean” is returning to The Pearl Concert Theatre on Feb. 16, at 8pm at The Palms Hotel & Casino. “Expect to see a whole new hour of material,”promised Lisa.   “Much of it will be about the craziest experience of my life…  spending sixteen weeks competing on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Donald Trump’s Reality Show on NBC,  “I LOVED it!”   Lisa screamed.  “I watched myself on TV afterward.  I was such a Mental Patient on that show!  I got SO much material though, and it’s such great exposure.  It raises your profile.

Here’s the only problem.  The minute I finished doing The Apprentice, I was getting recognized every single day, in the city of NY, and I was loving it…Then I go and lose 105 +lbs, and no one recognizes me!  I’m not getting free coffee anymore… I’m not getting FREE anything!  So it’s a double edged sword, this weight loss. I’m less famous, cause I don’t look like me anymore… but maybe now I’ll  live till I’m 70, instead of dropping dead.”

Perhaps it was that philosphy that led to Lisa’s decision to get Gastric By-Pass Surgery.

“I just got tied of hating the way my body looked in the mirror!”  There were a couple of incidents that happened on The Apprentice that triggered me to want to do something about it.  It wasn’t that alone, of course.  It was many things over the years, from my past.  In fact, we’re working on A One-Woman Broadway, show about my life, and we get into this, and explain how it came about…”

At age 51, Lampanelli, is making the effort to live a life of balance.  She takes time off to enjoy her home, on the water in Connecticut, and has three assistants, and has a few dollars!
I really think that comics are afraid to improve themselves, because they’re like: I won’t be funny if I get thinner, or I won’t be funny if I go to the shrink and get more healthy mentally, and emotionally.  But there’s always gonna be so much twisted stuff about us, that I don’t think we ever have to worry about being too healthy for comedy.

I’ve been in-therapy for many years. I think I took a cue from Howard Stern.  He has become a better human being, and performer by going to therapy three or four times a week.  I don’t do that, but I  take a lot of workshops, I also have a house at Kenya Ranch Health Spa, in Tuscon, where I work on myself from a spiritual, and psychological point of view. I’m also going to a six day retreat for emotional eating because I don’t want to gain the weight back.   Weight is about emotion and not about food.”

Lisa Lampanelli…she’s still a heavy-weight in comedy, and would never be one to be  accused of doing a “half-assed” job!
Her full interview can be heard on Las Vegas Backstage Talk Radio & Web Show, Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6pm-7pm PST on 1230AM in Las Vegas, or stream live on-line.

Lampanelli is also featured in Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated Column, “Las Vegas Backstage Talk,” in June’s issue of Casino Player Magazine.  (CP Magazine.)


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Lisa Lampanelli, Crystal Gayle-LVBST w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Feb. 14 2013- 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM KLAV in LV & The Web

Audio of interviews posted below (Scroll down)








Lisa Lampanelli guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk with Comic Michele LaFong, on 1230AM in Las Vegas and The Web.

In a pre-recorded interview, Lisa tells us what we can expect her to talk about on her new hour of material this Saturday night at The Palms Hotel & Casino.

Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She has won accolades from The King of All Media Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.”

This equal opportunity offender is a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows. And she has appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Lopez Tonight”, “Chelsea Lately”, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. And, she made a “big splash” when she joined the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

Lisa will be featured in Michele LaFong’s Syndicated Columns, “Getting Personal with the Stars” in Gaming Today, and “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” in Casino Player Magazine.

Lisa is appearing at The Pearl Concert Theatre at The Palms Hotel & Casino on Feb. 16, at 8pm.

For more about Lisa Lampanelli:

Crystal Gayle








Grammy Award Winner, Crystal Gayle talks to Comedian Michele LaFong about what it was like to start out in the shadows of her sister Loretta Lynn, and many other things that are not the normal struggles of every singer.

In the wake…her hit list of platinum and gold record sales was to be matched only by her awards and accolades.  CMA’s “Female Vocalist Of The Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing.  Crystal swept the Academy Of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes.  As her music and her career path widened to mainstream audiences—so did her accolades.  She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards” –voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.”

The glamour and the mystique of the Crystal Gayle phenomena made her an instantly “ in demand”  artist.  From symphony halls to Carnegie Hall…from the best kept stages in Las Vegas to the prestige of the London Palladium… one word—“Crystal”—crossed musical genres and oceans.

Crystal Gayle will be appearing at The South Point Hotel & Casino Feb. 15 & 16 at 7:30pm.

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