Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lisa Lampanelli

The other night me and Jim went to see Lisa Lampanelli, the self-proclaimed 'Queen of Mean'! Her entire act is around insults and racist/homophobic/etc. comments. It sounds really negative, but it's amazing how refreshing it is to see these stereotypes played with by someone who clearly is just doing it to give her audience a bit of a jolt. There were a few jokes she made that, as I was laughing, part of me was thinking "No! You can't laugh at this! It's just wrong!"

Bottom line she was very funny, and everyone knew it as all in fun. I think part of the reason the audience enjoys it so much is because there are so very few truly taboo subjects any longer. Hate speech and racism are definitely one though, but it's something no one talks about. To have those kinds of jokes thrown in your face is funny but also kind of freeing. In a way, by laughing at it we're affirming that it is a joke. Don't know if that makes any sense, and I know I'm reading way more into her act that she intends to put there. She's really just a 21st Century Don Rickles.

We had a great night, and we love us our Lisa. Even though she doesn't like to touch the fags because then you can get the AIDS. (Her words, not mine!).

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