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.
“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.