Lisa Lampanelli's 2015 release Back to the Drawing Board is decent. The show features the usual insult comedy towards various ethnic members of the audience and some self-deprecating biographical material. This is also the case for every one of Lampanelli's previous releases and there's the rub.
Comics develop a persona and pretty much stick to it, that I understand. However, there is supposed to be some kind of evolution over the years so though the style may be the same, the material changes, benefits from the comic's experience, and surprises those familiar with the comic. This is not the case here.
Lampanelli herself has changed. She got divorced from Jimmy Big Balls and lost weight. This sets up a couple of routines on those topics. Her weight loss humor is garden variety bashing of Jenny Craig and other such plans. What would have been much more interesting and original is the fact she had a gastric bypass operation but Lampanelli only briefly mentions it.
Another point of contention is Lampanelli has always spoken of herself in the third person. Before, it worked. Here, it irritates. So does, in fact, the many times she clearly panders to the audience for a positive reaction about something.
If you are a fan, you are going to enjoy this release but you may not go back to it as often as others.
The DVD for Back to the Drawing Board will be released in December 2015
Other Lisa Lampanelli Reviews
Take It Like A Man: The rawest, most potentially offensive comedy CD I have heard in a while.
Dirty Girl DVD: 65 minutes of insult comedy by the queen of mean
Dirty Girl CD: This Queen of Mean CD is tighter than the DVD
Take It Like A Man: Great insult comic and her second comedy DVD
Tough Love CD and MP3: Very good insult comedy
Equal Opportunity Offender: The Best Of Lisa Lampanelli: only good as an introduction to excellent insult comic