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Lisa Lampanelli and the New York Times

Every once in a while, a reviewer or interviewer will note the journalism background of stand-up star Lisa Lampanelli. The latest to do this, ahead of the 52-year-old performer’s Saturday night engagement in Pittsfield, MA, is Berkshire Eagle reporter Dick Lindsay.

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Since the name of Lampanelli’s current tour is “Leaner, Meaner,” we thought it worth revisiting another recent such LL piece. Last year, Las Vegas Review-Journal nightlife columnist Doug Elfman reminded of the role played by the Grey Lady with regards to this lady’s tour and stage tags:

“I know how to manipulate the press a little bit,” says Lampanelli, who studied post-grad journalism at Harvard.

“Back in the day, I wanted a nickname,” she says. “So I remember getting interviewed by the New York Times, and I planted the whole ‘Queen of Mean’ nickname in the Times.”

“And then I was like: ‘The New York Times called me The Queen of Mean.’ So I worked that.”

The Queen of Mean is also the title of Lampanelli’s 2002 concert film.

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