Lisa Lampanelli 2016Lisa Lampanelli (born Lisa Marie Lampugnale; July 19, 1961) is an American stand-up comedian and insult comic. Much of her material is racy and features ethnic humor, centering on various types of minority groups, most notably racial minorities and homosexuals.

Lampanelli, one of three siblings, was born in Trumbull, Connecticut, to a middle class family. Three of her grandparents were of Italian descent, and the fourth of Polish ancestry.

Her mother, Gloria (née Velgot), worked for the local police department, where “she typed in all the arrests made”, and her father, Leonard Lampugnale, worked for Sikorsky Aircraft and later became a painter. Lampanelli attended Roman Catholic schools, studied journalism at Boston College and Syracuse University, and went through a graduate program at Harvard. She worked as a copy editor at Popular Mechanics and an assistant at Rolling Stone.

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