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Spousal angst spurs Lampanelli’s makeover


Palms comedian Lisa Lampanelli is the queen of news. She has lost 107 pounds, is going to Broadway this year and just cut off most of her hair.

“I got my hair all chopped off because I was mad at my husband,” Lampanelli says.

Why was she mad at him?

“I can’t even remember. That’s how psychotic I am,” she says. “I think there’s a history of bipolar in my family that’s undiagnosed.

“I just remember being really pissed off and remembering I wanted really short hair for all these years, (and) he likes long hair.”

After all that, Lampanelli’s short ’do failed to upset him.

“I go home and he goes, ‘Oh my God, it’s so cute,’ ” she says.

Because Lampanelli is a tough cookie, I tell her cutting her hair was the girliest thing I’ve ever heard her do.

“Exactly,” she says. “What else could you possibly do that’s more ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’/‘Gossip Girl’? I mean, I can’t (hook up with) his best friends because they’re all disgusting, so I might as well chop my hair off.”

Lampanelli is still touring her comedy act. She performs Saturday at the Palms’ Pearl. It’s a new hour of material since her last time in town.

A few years ago, Lampanelli hosted the adult movie awards in Vegas during January. Those awards are happening here again this week, but she is happy to skip them.

“That was the worst. Hosting anything is hard,” she says. “It’s hard to be a glorified stage manager for a bunch of people who” do adult things for a living.

“It ended up being kind of fun, because I like bossing people around. But that probably won’t be happening again.”

She is more interested in Broadway. To prep for that show, she just polished her acting chops at Yale, where she was “the oldest living actor in America.”

“We’re supposedly going to Broadway in October,” she says. “That’s always depending on what shows are up, what shows fail, and what theaters are open.

“But it’s a cool thing to work on. That’s why I took the acting conservatory at Yale this summer because I was like, ‘Oh, it requires actually acting. Holy crap.’ ”

Lampanelli says it’s fun to work a show about herself that is different than stand-up.

“You realize you don’t need a laugh every six seconds, but people are listening to you,” she says.

“It is a different kind of laughter. It’s a different kind of silence, too. When you’re telling a story in a one-person show and it’s silent, and they’re leaning forward, you don’t get insecure and go, ‘Oh my God, I’m boring them.’ ”

New Veronic dates unveiled

Bally’s on Monday announced new show dates starting April 24 for the hotel’s new headliner Veronic, the vocal impressionist. Tickets are at VeronicVoices.com.

It’s the destination

Las Vegas is the most popular destination for air travelers, according to travel site Hopper.com, whose Hopperblog.com crowd-sourced 271 million flight searches online in 2013 and found Vegas is the No. 1 “end-point of a traveler’s journey.” The rest of the Top 10 in order: New York, Miami, Orlando, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Honolulu, Chicago, Seattle.

Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.