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Self described as “Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean” Lisa Lampanelli has one of the most successful stand-up shows in the world where the politically incorrect comic pokes fun at minority groups.

Her big break came at the Friars’ Club roasting Chevy Chase in 2002. Since then she has skewered celebrities such as William Shatner, Pamela Anderson, Flava Flav, and Donald Trump. Lampanelli raised over $100,000 for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis on Trump’s show making it to the final four and was asked to return for an appearance on the All Star Celebrity Apprentice.

She donated to the same charity again with her own money totaling $50,000 after the Westboro Baptist Church protested her gig.

Her comedy special Dirty Girl on Comedy Central reached number four on the charts and was nominated for a Grammy.

She is currently working on a Broadway show Skinny Bitch: NOT a Stand-up Comedy Show with Tony Award winner John Rando for 2014.

After talking to the lady with the potty mouth in the past it was good to find out what’s new on her plate this holiday season.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Lisa. I haven’t talked to you in a long time.

Lisa Lampanelli: I know, riiight? I was just so excited to talk to a gay newspaper. I can’t talk to anyone else right before Thanksgiving except for the gays!

JN: You are coming out to the Horseshoe Casino here close by.
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Donald Trump’s The Apprentice is more popular than ever with its change of format a few seasons ago into a Celebrity version that boosted ratings. With the new All Star version debuting on NBC past competitors now return to make even more money for their charities.

What started as The Apprentice where regular people competed for a chance to work for Trump has now morphed into a random group of stars that have their careers revitalized while raising money for a good cause on public television.

The cast this season consists of Team: Plan B with Trace Adkins, Stephen Baldwin, Gary Busey, Dee Snider, Marilu Henner, Penn Jilette and Lisa Rinna. Team: Power consists of Lil John, Bret Michaels, Claudia Jordan, La Toya Jackson, Dennis Rodman, Omarosa and Brande Roderick.

We talked to the mogul Trump himself along with Jackson entertainer La Toya and Poison front man Bret before the big debut.

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Everyone. Is this the most dramatic season yet of Apprentice?

Donald Trump: Well I’ll speak first. I think it’s certainly one of the most dramatic seasons. We have brought back, including Bret and La Toya, some of the people that everybody really likes because it’s an All Star season and amazing things happen. La Toya and Bret, go ahead.

La Toya Jackson: It’s very dramatic and very exciting. There is so much going on. You will see a lot of confrontations. It’s going to be a blast, you’ll love it. You will simply love it, everyone will.

Bret Michaels: I have found that as being there the first time it was something I really wanted to do. I had an absolutely great time and coming back obviously it is extremely dramatic and you’ll just have to watch because it will keep you riveted.
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Controversial comedian Lisa Lampanelli is coming to The Venue in Hammond Indiana with her in-your-face stand-up act. Known for celebrity roasts, writing, and acting the “Lovable Queen of Mean” tackles many taboo subjects much like a modern day Don Rickles. Rumor has it that she will be on this season of Celebrity Apprentice airing in 2012.

We talked Whitney and Westboro on a Wednesday from the Windy City!

JN: (Jerry Nunn) Hey, Lisa. Thanks for chatting on Thanksgiving week.

LL: (Lisa Lampanelli) No problem. I have nothing to be thankful for…

JN: Are you cooking?

LL: Hell no. I eat. I don’t cook.

JN: So no big plans?

LL: Oh, my whole family gets together but I skate out of there because I am the one with the career and no kids so I am allowed to sit on my ass and they serve me.

JN: Last time we talked was during that whole Westboro Baptist Church controversy where you donated $50,000 to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis on their behalf.

LL: Those fucking freaks.
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NeNe Leakes

The Real Housewives of Atlanta have been turning up the heat on Bravo for years and now begins the fourth season of the show. Hotlanta got hotter as NeNe Leakes from the show recently landed a spot on The Celebrity Apprentice 4 stirring up some trouble for Trump and the gang. This Georgia peach ultimately walked off the show without raising money for her cause but her appearance sparked controversy and entertainment. Nunn called NeNe in ATL at dinnertime to find out the roots of the single wife and how it all began.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, NeNe. How’s Georgia?

NeNe Leakes: Well, I am at a restaurant so I can’t be too loud.

JN: Did you just do a show in New York?

NL: Yes, I was doing a play at the Beacon Theatre called Love Him Is Killing Me.

JN: How did that go?
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Dionne Warwick

Whether Marlee Matlin knows it or not, Dionne Warwick is a music legend. She has charted more singles than any other female vocalist next to Aretha Franklin with a record number of 56 between 1962 through 1998.

Warwick raised over three million dollars for AIDS research with a benefit single “That’s What Friends Are For.” She continues to give to charity today even putting herself on the chopping block for reality television. She talked Nunn on One the day after she basically fired herself on Celebrity Apprentice. I’ll Never Love This Way Again

Jerry Nunn: Hello, Miss Warwick. You have had such a long lasting career and just celebrated 50 years in the business.

Dionne Warwick: It sure has been amazing.

JN: You were able to look back on your career in a memoir recently.

DW: Yes, My Life as I See It.
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Cyndi Lauper will never stop having fun with a new album, Memphis Blues, out this month. With more than 25 million albums sold and 13 Grammy Award nominations, this singer, actress and LGBT-rights activist continues to show her “True Colors.” Don’t Cry No More

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Cyndi. I just went to New York and my friends saw you at an LGBT event.

Cyndi Lauper: Yes, the GLSEN [ Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network ] Awards, a very important organization. It is very similar with what we do at Give a Damn. It brings straight alliances into understanding and educating people about hatred in the community.

JN: What can the average person do for your Give a Damn campaign?

CL: Share a story. When we start to talk together that’s when we will understand each other better. Dialogue is always good. Everyone should tell their own story. Some of these real stories from real people are very moving and compelling.

JN: People can go to the website wegiveadamn.org to get more information?
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Joan Rivers

For over four decades Joan Rivers has kept audiences rolling in the aisles at her performances. This comedic icon juggles more plates than a circus act with her stand up act, writing books and selling jewelry. With an upcoming show in Illinois, Nunn on the Run asked her, “Can we talk?” Audio

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Joan. What an honor it is to talk to a legend. Did you always have a desire to be a comedienne?

Joan Rivers: I never wanted to be a comedienne. I wanted to be an actress. But if you make an agent’s secretary laugh then she will like you. I was always making people laugh. Someone said you can make six dollars a night making people laugh in comedy clubs, so it is what started me doing that.

JN: You did some acting, though.

JR: I still do, all the way through college. I have been on Broadway three times and been nominated for a Tony. It goes back and forth and now I do both, which is so great. I just did a play in London. Also, Nip/Tuck—all that stuff.

JN: I read that you once played a character in a show about a lesbian who had a crush on Barbara Streisand.
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