Comedian, writer, and actor Lisa Lampanelli will take the stage at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. The one-night-only special event, “Fat Chance: An Evening of Conversation and Story” will be held on Saturday, October 19, at 8 PM.
The evening will showcase the former insult comic — “You’ve ruined more models’ lives than bulimia,” she once told Donald Trump during a Comedy Central Roast — at her new best.
“About a year ago I retired from standup and decided to do storytelling shows,” Lampanelli told The Independent. Eight-and-a-half years ago she also underwent weight loss surgery, losing and keeping off more than 100 pounds. She has since become a life coach, helping others with specialized workshops. But the former “Queen of Mean” is still here to make you laugh. “I have something to say on this issue. What we go through with body image, liking ourselves at any size and any age, it never ends . . . We can still make them laugh at the same time.”
The show addresses issues about weight “without making the audience want to kill themselves because it’s all too serious,” said the Grammy-nominated comic, who has been a regular on the “The Howard Stern Show,” and also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” From her food obsession to her physical transformation, Lampanelli — with the help of comedian Frank Liotti — will tell all in a way her audience has never heard.
The no-holds-barred entertainer is truthful, vulnerable, and as hilarious as ever. The show not only includes humorous storytelling, but a lively Q&A with audience members.
“The Q&A goes pretty deep,” she said. She described it as a “a life coaching class with humor.” She wants attendees to think, “If Lisa’s still working on her s**t, we can work on our s**t,” she said.
After the Bay Street performance, she will take the show on the road across the country, performing in major theaters. “We all have the worst self-esteem on the planet,” she said, mentioning that she was surprised by the caliber of venues booked. “It’s really great to be accepted at a second thing in my life, instead of just the first,” she noted.
“Bay Street is the first of the classy places,” she said. “I love Bay Street. I love the vibe there. It’s Hamptons but not pretentious Hamptons. We’re kicking it off with a nice style.”
She previously performed her off-Broadway play “Stuffed” at the venue in 2016. “There’s a fondness I have for the area,” she said. “I only have that one experience, but it really hit me well.”
And what would she like audience members to take away from the show?
“The biggest goal is for people to not feel like they’re alone,” she said. “They’re not the only one struggling with this stuff. If I’m out there telling the truth about what I work on — weight and food-wise and body image-wise — along with some of the other storytellers, people will say, ‘Oh my God, they’re doing this and they’re looking at it with a sense of humor and not letting it beat them.’ I feel like that’s what I want people to come away with. But also, I’m a comic. And I definitely want them to laugh and I definitely want them to have a good time.”
“It’s my calling at this point,” said Lampanelli.
Tickets are $40 to $75 and are on sale now at www.baystreet.org or by calling the box office at 631-725-9500.