Comedian Lisa Lampanelli will perform to boost local museum

A stand-up comedy show with Lisa Lampanelli, known as the “Lovable Queen of Mean,” will take place Saturday, May 16 at 8 p.m. at Housatonic Community College (HCC).

The show will follow a VIP champagne reception and special exhibition of artwork by Leonard Lampugnale, Lisa’s father and a HCC alumnus, in the HCC Burt Chernow Galleries at 6 p.m.

Proceeds from the events will benefit the Housatonic Museum of Art at HCC.

The VIP reception in honor of Leonard Lampugnale will include a meet-and-greet and exclusive one-on-one photographs with the comedian.

Lisa Lampanelli is best known from her appearances on the Comedy Central and ESPN roasts, Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite radio shows, and the “Celebrity Apprentice, Season 5.”

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She also has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” NBC’s “Today” show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.”

In 2009, Lisa Lampanelli premiered her first one-hour HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen.” That same year, her autobiography, “Chocolate Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks,” hit the bookstores to critical acclaim.

Two kinds of tickets

Tickets for the benefit range from $65 to $150, and can be purchased by going to .

The $150 ticket includes one ticket for the Lisa Lampanelli show; access to the VIP reception and exhibition; and a photograph with Lisa Lampanelli.

The $65 ticket includes one ticket to the Lisa Lampanelli show.

Dad is retired Sikorsky employee

Leonard Lampugnale, after a 25-year career with Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, enrolled in the studio art program at HCC to pursue his passion for painting and drawing.

He attended classes at the school between 1986 and 1996 and demonstrated a commitment to lifelong learning, therefore an honorary alumnus award will be given to Lisa Lampanelli on behalf of her father.

His exhibition will be on view in the HCC Burt Chernow Galleries through May 31.

Housatonic Museum of Art provides HCC students, faculty members, administrators and visitors with an opportunity to experience art as an integral part of the learning environment.