Mean Queen

SALAMANCA – How does one review a comedy show filled with vulgarity and culturally insensitive jokes? That’s the dilemma faced after seeing Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean on Saturday at the Seneca Allegany Casino’s Event Center.

Lisa Lampanelli, for those who are not familiar, is a female cross between Don Rickles, Andrew “Dice” Clay and a pitbull, infused with a bit of biting cultural insensitivity. But, one thing you have to admit is that she is going to challenge everything you hold sacred. Believe me, that’s not a bad thing.

Let’s set the stage. The house was packed, for the most part. Even though the opener was good in his own right – Mike Morse deserves his own tour, in my mind – people still filed in as the night started, offering material for whoever was on stage at the time.

Lampanelli used part of her set to rehash such things as her feud with The Incredible Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, on the “Celebrity Apprentice,” talking about her fun on Comedy Central’s roasts. The jokes had the entire room laughing throughout. As a matter of fact, not one of her jokes was met with moans and groans of discomfort, as many insult comics are met with. The energy of that fact seemed to fuel Lampanelli that much more, pushing the envelope a bit further, seemingly, with every story she told.

As can be expected in a stand-up show, especially with an insult comic the likes of Lampanelli, you do not want to walk in late, especially if you are sitting in the first 10 to 15 rows.

The entire show was one hit joke after another, including the Chaz Bono material. Lampanelli proved that even death can be made fun of in a successful manner.

Those who missed the show missed a great one. How can you argue with a comedian who can make fun of nearly everyone in the room over the course of the night and have every single person, just about, laughing at nearly every one?