While taking Barry Neal’s class I was told the one thing that made comics stand out was their persona. Though, never during that class, was I given an exact explanation what persona was. I simply knew it was why some comedians were unique and some sounded like they were reading from a joke book. It was the difference between the Catskills style of comedy and the kind of stand-up comedy that is accepted today.
As time went on, I realized that there were some jokes that, when I listened to them, I could hear how different comics would deliver them with their own unique voice. I knew where Rita Rudner would pause. I knew how Jerry Seinfeld would lead off with “Who are these people,” and I knew how Rodney Dangerfield would break a commentary about how he doesn’t get any respect.
I was onto something with persona, but I still wasn’t exactly sure what it was. So I went to the d... [Read Entire Article]
Posted February 0, 2008 by Shayne Michael under Acting
Lisa Lampanelli, also known as Comedy’s Queen of Mean, was born Lisa Lampugnale on July 19th, 1961 in Trumbull, CT. Occasionally dubbed the next Roseanne Barr, today Lampanelli is best known as one of the most high-profile insult comics, a near throwback to her idol Don Rickles who honed in on her future career watching Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts as a kid. As a result, Grammy-nominated stand-up comic, Lampanelli has become a Comedy Central staple whenever there is a comedian to roast today. Although born in Connecticut, Lampanelli is usually identified as a New Yorker, which is where she defined and honed her stand-up comedy style. Today, Lampanelli is described as a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker and a vial of estrogen. She is known for her outrageous pot shots at celebrities as well as references to her own weight and sexual exploitations with African Americans.
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