YNS Live with Lisa Lampanelli

Dec 09, 2021

Listen to a new episode of Your Next Stop recorded live on Fireside with host Juliet Hahn featuring retired standup comedy legend, and podcaster Lisa Lampanelli.


Become a noticer of your own life. Just notice and take those small moments. There's no one right path. Just see how you feel in your heart every once in a while, and you'll know the answer. - Lisa Lampanelli


For more than 30 years, Lisa Lampanelli worked her ass off as a stand-up comedian. She wrote materials, worked her way up from shitty one-nighters to venues as large as Radio City Music Hall, made dozens of TV appearances, did countless roasts, and night after night earned her title as Comedy's Lovable Queen of Mean. But none of those arduous tasks were as difficult as something she's been working on for the last three years: NOT doing standup. Being retired.


Turns out, being in the entertainment business -- running from state to state, from theater to theater, and from one TV taping to another -- was easy. That life fed her constant need for approval, attention, and helped her to distract from any uncomfortable feelings she might have had along the way. By contrast, the work of the last three years -- since her public retirement from stand-up on the Howard Stern Show -- was learning how to sit still, feel her feelings, and not try to earn her worth. Try it . . . seriously . . . that shit is the REAL grind.


Now, after three years of "sitting down instead of standing up," Lisa's beginning to get a taste of what it feels like to have some peace and contentment. Not constantly, of course, but in glimmers. They say it takes more than a couple of tries at retirement to get it right -- to achieve the balance of meaningful activity and rest -- and Lisa might be getting there. She might possibly be the only well-known comedian ever to retire officially from stand-up, to go from four houses to one (the small one in which she grew up), and get rid of 90% of her stuff in the process. That, plus a friend declutter, an achievement purge, and an activity downsize has helped her transition from overworked, angry celebrity to peaceful (for the most part lol) but passionate human, with only one or two tiny joyful projects/hobbies. She looks forward to the rest of this crazy ride.


Lisa’s brand-new podcast, Losers with a Dream, advises -- and, let's be honest, sometimes roasts -- her co-hosts, fledgling millennial comedians Beau McDowell and Nick Scopoletti, as they talk about their feelings and tell the truth about their struggles. Luckily for them, Lisa is a half-assed life coach who is twice their age and loves to help. New episodes every Monday at 8 a.m. EST, available on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, and everywhere you get your podcasts.


Learn more about Lisa on LisaLampanelli.com. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


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