Comedian's divorce sets her free onstage and off

CorrespondentSeptember 6, 2012 

Comedian Lisa Landry.


  • More information Who: Lisa Landry When: 8 p.m. & 10:15 p.m. Friday, Saturday Where: Goodnight’s, 861 Morgan St., Raleigh Cost: $20 Details: 919-828-5233

Divorce isn’t so easy for many people to talk about. Yet comedian Lisa Landry isn’t most people.

Stand-up comic-actor Louis C.K. said he didn’t know how he was going to deal after he split from his wife in 2008. “She was such a part of my material,” C.K. said. “I didn’t know what I was going to do after (the divorce).”

Well, Landry, who will perform Friday and Saturday at Goodnights, is just letting it rip since she and her husband of 15 years split in 2011.

“I’m feeling really good now,” Landry said, in a call from Rhode Island. “There’s no reason to get married. It’s totally antiquated. As far as breaking up goes, I don’t get Adele who sings that she would like to set fire to the rain. I’m more of a (late TLC singer Lisa Lopes) Left Eye kinda gal. Set fire to his house.”

Landry, who is referring to when Lopes torched former NFL star Andre Rison’s Atlanta mansion in 1994, isn’t going to burn her husband’s new digs. She’s going the other way.

“I’m just going out and living my own life,” she says. “We went in two different directions and I love the freedom. When I met him, I thought he was awesome but he was controlling. He was so controlling that he picked out my clothes. He hated me in miniskirts and any shoe that would make me look taller.”

Bet on Landry wearing a short skirt and high heels when she visits Goodnight’s. “I’ll also be wearing something pink. I have 30 miniskirts. I’m having fun dating and just having a good time.”

Landry, the mother of a six-year old son, also jokes about motherhood. “It isn’t easy considering that I’m constantly flying somewhere but I do the best I can with him,” she says. “I have to work. I practically live on Delta Airlines but he’s a great kid and he understands. Mommy has to make a living.”

It’s a good living. Landry headlines clubs around the country. The New Orleans native has a Comedy Central Presents special to her credit and has appeared on CMT and ‘The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson.’

“I’ve had a lot of fun so far and I know that I have accomplished some things as a stand-up and there’s more to come,” she says. “And I feel really good.”

Landry looks good since she shed considerable weight after leaving her husband. “I’ve dropped 60 pounds, which helps when you wear miniskirts,” she says. “I’m now a size zero after leaving a zero. I can’t tell you how good it feels to start a new life. I couldn’t be more excited.”

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