Comedian Lisa Lampanelli has been a busy broad. You can see her every Sunday night on Celebrity Apprentice, she just landed a role on a new animated series for CMT and she’s getting ever-so-close to launching her one-woman Broadway show. And you can add to that, the release of her new album Equal Opportunity Offender, a collection of her greatest recorded bits, spanning her four live albums– available now!
Luckily, I had a chance to catch up with the lovable Queen of Mean this week to chat about all of the above and more. Check it out below!
How did you go about choosing the tracks for your Best Of album?
This was actually a lot of fun. I forced myself to listen to all my comedy CDs — four in total — and I picked stuff that still tickles me and makes me laugh. I didn’t include a lot of the “banging black guys” material since I’m married now, and I’d cut off my husband’s balls if he put out a Greatest Hits album with lots of cuts about him banging skanks from his past. Luckily, even without those cuts, there was plenty to choose from.
‘Best Of’ albums for comedians are pretty rare. You join a distinguished class. Collections like yours are more traditional in the music business. So, what’s your favorite ‘Best Of’ music album?
That’s tough. It’s probably Rush’s The Spirit of Radio: Great Hits 1974-1987. And I know what you’re thinking: yeah, I’m that cool.
At this point Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan – not to mention Brian Regan, who did it at the beginning of last year — have all self-released their latest projects. How seriously would you consider doing that for your next album or comedy special?
I’ve never thought about it. I actually have a great deal with my record company – Jack Records, a division of Warner Bros. – who treats me more than fairly. I guess until I have a complaint, I’m using them.
You’re touring you ass off until the end of the year, you’ll be voicing a character in the Blue Collar guys’ animated show Bounty Hunters on CMT and you’re still on Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Do you have any other exciting news to share?
Yep! The script for my one-woman Broadway show is finished. My co-writer, Alan Zweibel [original writer for Saturday Night Live and writer of Billy Crystal's Broadway show, 700 Sundays] and I have been working on it for over a year and we love it. We have a Tony-winning director, a multiple Tony-winning producer, and hopefully by next June, I’ll be a Tony-winning actor!
There’s been a lot of conflict between you and model Dayana Mendoza on Celebrity Apprentice. Were there ever times during the show – especially the April 15 episode – where you felt you were too hard on her– or does she deserve everything she gets?
I definitely was pushed to the limit by Dayana. She’s seemingly very sweet and charming, but her constant manipulating of the cameras got old for some of us really fast.
How did she manipulate the cameras?
What I mean is she was always certain to get on camera that she was volunteering to do more, but never came up with good ideas. Aubrey [O’Day’s] ideas were what won Dayana her window display. In fact, Dayana’s modeling in that task looked amateurish at best, and since that display, her ideas were horrendous.
That being said, she annoyed the fuck out of me and other people on the show, manipulated others with her charms. Basically I don’t think we’re going to ever be friendly. But I mean really, where are the two of us likely to go together? I doubt I’ll be invited to the Miss Universe reunions, and I clearly will never see her at Mensa meetings.
On the most recent episode, Clay Aiken said that you’re jealous of Dayana, because of her looks. Is that a fair judgment?
Well, since I know Clay takes that back very soon after he works with her more, I won’t crush him like a bug. Trust me, Clay eventually sees that what I’ve been saying all along is true.
What do you think of [American Chopper star] Paul Teutul’s firing?
I think Paul had a rough week. Actually in this coming week, I have strep throat, and thank God they got the doctor’s visit on tape, so I have evidence. So I think it’s really hard when you’re laid up with something. He was definitely someone I missed.