Our First Benefit Performances of 2019! April 8th & 9th at 7pm.
A One-Woman Show
Starring Lisa Lampanelli
Directed by Gary Garrison
COMEDY! FOOD! MEN!
All proceeds from $20 tickets benefit the Provincetown Theater.
For 30 years, these were the things Lisa Lampanelli counted on. She NEEDED them — to feel better about herself, to give her purpose, and to distract the f- out of her. She sold out Radio City and Carnegie Hall in the same year, was never without a man on her arm, and loved every culinary delight from the McDonald’s McRib to the Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘n Fruity Pancakes at IHOP. But no matter how many tickets she sold, how lavish her weddings, and how many fatty, chocolate-y creations she ate her way through, after three decades, she was unhappy, alone, and oh, yeah, FAT. Come to think of it, the best part of those weddings WAS the cake!
Expert storyteller and playwright Lisa Lampanelli is at it again, exposing the funny and the fucked-up-ed-ness of her life in “The Gorge,” the production that shows that nothing external fills the hole. Through tales of her times as a codependent serial dater to her jaw-droppingly shocking appearances on the Comedy Central roasts, plus her wake-up call on a little show called “The Celebrity Apprentice,” the former insult comic reveals herself in ways she never has. Audiences will laugh and feel her delightfully vulnerable pain as they see themselves in her struggles and her triumphs. Lisa may be a slow learner, but if there’s hope for her, there’s hope for you too!
In November 2018, Lisa, formerly known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean, surprised the world when she announced she would no longer insult people for a living. She was DONE! No more roasts, no more blue language, no more stand-up. But Lisa wasn’t retiring. She would instead make it her mission to help people feel BETTER about themselves. She would do whatever it took: become a Martha Beck-certified life coach, offer workshops on food and body-image, conduct storytelling events, give motivational speeches, do charity work. Anything to help people work on the issues that plague them and keep them stuck. All they had to do was ask, and Lisa would help!
Word traveled fast and soon Dr. Drew, Adam Carolla, Wendy Williams, Andy Cohen, and even functional medicine icon Dr. Mark Hyman invited Lisa to appear on their programs and talk about her newfound purpose. They all applauded Lisa’s change of career to a path of service, and Dr. Oz even had Lisa coach guests on an episode of his highly rated national TV show. But the most gratifying moment of all was when one of her heroes, Dr. Drew Pinsky, looked Lisa in the eye and said, “I really learned something from you. Don’t be surprised if I book a session with you.” That was the moment Lisa knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she was doing the absolute right thing.
With a career that spanned more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli was a constant on the comedy scene. With numerous tours, Grammy nominations, and national TV guest appearances and specials under her belt, Lisa made headlines in 2012 when she lost more than 100 pounds with the help of bariatric surgery. In 2015, Lampanelli shot her fifth stand-up special, “Back to the Drawing Board.” That special not only garnered her a second Grammy nomination, it showed off her radically different look and featured stories of her weight-loss struggles over the course of her life. Noticing how these truthful accounts resonated with her fans – many of whom fight similar battles – Lampanelli was inspired to write the play, STUFFED, which enjoyed two off-Broadway runs in 2016 and 2017. The play was intended to motivate her fans to work on themselves and embrace a healthier life through self-love and self-acceptance. In turn, those same fans inspired Lisa to shed her old title of insult comic and dedicate herself to helping others through storytelling events, workshops, and one-on-one coaching. Lampanelli is thrilled to take on this new challenge for herself and for others.