What motivated you to do this show and how does your personal story influence what we see? I wanted to tell the story of women and food without fear—so no one thinks they’re the only one who struggles with this.
I wrote the play because I figured I might as well get something out of this besides stretch marks and cellulite. In the play, I’m a chronic dieter/eater and there’s a skinny girl who can’t gain weight. Five years ago in April 2012, I underwent a gastric sleeve procedure. Of course, that would be too simple…Don’t do it until you’re ready to do the emotional work to keep the weight off. I went on mindful eating retreats to keep emotional eating at bay.
Spouting the word "n***a" on social media -- or any of the other racist language that she loves -- then claiming that she was in character and would never say it in her day-to-day life, doesn't make Lampanelli a fearless comic -- it makes her a coward.
The battle people sometimes wage with food has perplexed and confounded our species for generations.From The Huffington Post to XOJane, Lampanelli has recycled the same tired, misguided rhetoric that some black people use to justify re-purposing plantation language as a show of camaraderie -- namely, that the use of an "a" instead of an "er" makes the word acceptable.She told The Huffington Post: "The N-word ending in 'er' is far different context from the word ending in 'a.' Ask any person who knows the urban dictionary, it means 'friend,'" she said.Lampanelli, 56, stars in her work, along with Marsha Stephanie Blake, Lauren Ann Brickman and Eden Malyn.The characters run the gamut, with a lifelong dieter, a bulimic, a confident overweight female and a permanent size zero. As Lampanelli explains on her website, doesn’t shy away from tough questions like: “Is eating an ice cream sandwich in the shower as emotionally fulfilling as it sounds?"And by the way, if I had put the word ending in 'er,' that would have been a very derogatory thing about Lena meaning she is less than me, and I view her as very above me.'A' on the end means 'my friend.'" "I've played every comedy club and every theatre across the country for the last 25 years and seen a lot of audience members from different ethnic persuasions," she continued. The show, directed by Jackson Gay and produced by Rachel Karpf, began previews October 5 and officially opens October 31. We can spend hours ruminating about “Why did I eat that? We “diet,” go off that diet, and then start dieting again on Monday. The relationships we craft with food—or other distractions—are often among the most complex in our lives., a self-described “funny and moving journey through [her] experiences with food and body image.”You can see it now in New York City at the Westside Theatre."I have been using these words since I started in comedy and guess what, people?I won't stop anytime soon, just because your ass is up on Twitter.