Those of you who know me might say I'm demure. Or at least vaguely prim. Definitely not a cross between outrageous and offensive, like the hilarious and brilliant Lisa Lampanelli. Her memoir Chocolate, Please is due out next month, and is already getting a hefty dose of buzz. Here's the full review from Booklist:
Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat, and Freaks.
Lampanelli, Lisa (Author)
Sep 2009. 304 p. HarperCollins/It, hardcover, $24.99. (9780061733154). 792.7.
Anyone who follows late-night television or the comedy-club circuit knows Lisa Lampanelli. This irrepressible Italian-American comic, with her no-holds-barred approach to living large, has won a loyal following for her politically incorrect act that revels in every ethnic and gender stereotype and slur as she races straight to the bottom of vulgarity. Audiences love the way Lampanelli abuses them, and she has a gift for navigating the boundary between mere tastelessness and genuine insult. Deleting no expletive, she renders opinions on all topics that the fainthearted fear even to verbalize publicly. Lampanelli’s description of her promiscuous love life posits a substantial, nearly unbridgeable gulf between the carnal and the romantic. But it’s all in the name of good fun for her and her myriad fans. Sensitive, censorious sorts will do well not even to open this volume; but it accurately gauges where insult comedy stands at the dawn of the new millennium. — Mark Knoblauch