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Love, Lisa Lampanelli

Before she ruled the standup world, Lisa Lampanelli, a Harvard University alum worked as a copy editor for Popular Mechanics and was a reporter for Rolling Stone and Us Weekly.

"I don't miss being unpaid, overworked and having to interview idiots like me," she says in a recent phone interview.

On Sunday, Sept. 22, the so-called "Queen of Mean" will perform at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. You can bet she won't leave the crude jokes at home, but she will deliver brand-new material about her stint on "Celebrity Apprentice," her losing more than 100 pounds and her favorite subject, husband Jimmy Cannizzaro.

Congrats on your third wedding anniversary next month. What's your advice to finding the one?

You have to be happy with yourself and say, "OK, this is who I am." I took a year and a half off from dating because I wanted to make sure I was happy with myself and not dating someone as some sort of chain reaction. It's about getting comfortable with you.

Are there any secrets to a successful marriage?

I have no idea. My husband and I asked his parents, because they've been married 61 years. They said, "Separate TVs." So we thought, why not separate houses? We own three houses and spend maybe two days together during the week. After being single for so long, it's nice not to be shoved together all the time. We both like our alone time.

Don't you worry about what your husband is doing when you're not looking?

Hell, no! That's the difference between having trust and a crappy, superficial relationship. I don't care what he does. When you have trust, you know in the gut.

If you found out the world were going to end next year, what would be on your bucket list?

Well, first of all, I'd never do hair and makeup again, because that would be a complete waste of time. I would concentrate on my writing, getting it on Broadway and working in as many theaters as I can. Also, I'd be concentrating on myself, changing my life and working on my issues. It's really about being OK with those things that are important.

Lisa Lampanelli will perform 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, 5700 Seminole Way, in Hollywood. Tickets cost $49-$69. Go to

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