Museum Press

Lisa Lampanelli Comedy Show
Benefit for the Housatonic Museum of Art

March 27, 2015

For immediate release:
Contact: Robbin Zella (203)-332-5052

Housatonic Museum of Art will host a benefit stand-up comedy show starring the Lovable Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m. in the Events Center in Beacon Hall. The show will follow a VIP champagne reception and special exhibition of artwork by Leonard Lampugnale, Lisa’s father and an alumnus of Housatonic Community College, in the Burt Chernow Galleries at 6 p.m.

The VIP reception in honor of Leonard Lampugnale will include a meet-and-greet and exclusive one-on-one photographs with the comedian. This special evening will benefit the Museum’s general operating fund, educational programs and the care, study and exhibition of the collection.

Lisa Lampanelli, known best from her appearances on the Comedy Central and ESPN roasts, Howard Stern’s Sirius Satellite radio shows, and the “Celebrity Apprentice, Season 5” has also appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” NBC’s “Today” show, “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show,” and “Good Morning America.”

In 2009, Lisa entered the ranks of comic greats when she premiered her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” to tremendous ratings. That same year, her autobiography, “Chocolate Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks,” hit the bookstores to critical acclaim.

Lifelong learning and access to education is the core mission of Housatonic Community College, and the Housatonic Museum of Art is an essential part of that mission, providing students, faculty members, administrators and visitors with an opportunity to experience art as an integral part of the learning environment. Leonard Lampugnale, after a twenty-five 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. This exhibition will be on view in the Burt Chernow Galleries in Lafayette Hall, through May 31, 2015.

Tickets for the benefit range from $65 to $150, and can be purchased by visiting The ticket levels are as follows:

  • $150.00 ticket level includes one ticket for the Lisa Lampanelli Comedy Benefit show for Housatonic Museum of Art and includes access to the special VIP reception, exhibition and a photograph with Lisa Lampanelli.
  • $65.00 ticket level includes one ticket to the Lisa Lampanelli Comedy Benefit show in the Events Center.