Known as "Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean," who made a name for herself with outrageous shock-comedy and ruthless celebrity skewers, Lampanelli has been shifting creative gears in recent years, quietly developing the play that takes a page from her own life.
She's been outspoken about her decision to have gastric sleeve surgery in 2012, which resulted in the comedian having lost over 100 lbs.
"Your life doesn't change much, except your dress size; you still have the same problems you had before," Lampanelli previously told Playbill.com. "I mean, thankfully nobody's calling you fat anymore, but they still say, 'Hey, you looked better when you were fat,' or, 'You were funnier when you were fat!' It's not a quick-fix that affects your life as much as one would think."
Fat Girls, Interrupted, according to Westport, "tackles weight, body image, and food issues from the perspective of four very different women with four very different problems. Delivered both in monologues and as interactions between the characters, the stories the four women tell are full of humor, soul, passion, and will resonate with everyone who has struggled with food issues–or indeed, an addiction or compulsion of any kind." Lampanelli has been working to bring the project to New York.
Proceeds will benefit The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport, CT. Tickets are $25-$100. Visit westportplayhouse.org or phone (203) 227-4177.