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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.