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Enter Lisa Landry, of Comedy Central

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Sometimes it pays to be a somewhat of a bane to society.

Lisa Landry started in stand-up comedy after getting fired one too many times from a decent job with regular hours, steady paychecks and human resource policies.

“I thought, ‘Hey, I obviously don’t have the capacity to function in a totally productive way, so why not go full on self-destructive and see where it all pans out in a few years? At least I can wear jeans,'” Landry said.

While most stand-ups get hooked on crowd response, Landry appreciated the free drinks club owners rewarded her with for putting herself on the line for free.

“Twelve years later I am more mature in the areas of and booze and finance,” she said. “I now prefer to be paid in call liquor and happy endings.”

But Landry really isn’t that off-color. She does the traditional set-up-punch type comedy.

“You could come see me with the most religious person in your family, and they’d have fun,” she said, adding: “They’d pray for me afterwards. They’d pray for you for bringing me. They’d pray for themselves maybe for enjoying a bit of the rough stuff, but they’d still have fun.”

Landry has made a name for herself through CBS’ “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “The Bonnie Hunt Show” on NBC. She starred in her own half-hour special, “Comedy Central Presents Lisa Landry,” and she was the first woman to place in the top three of Comedy Central’s “Standup Showdown.” Plus, she’s one of the few comedians PBS chose for its “We Know Funny” series of stand-up style commercials, and iTunes placed her CD, “Put Your Keys in the Key Bowl,” in the top 10 best comedy CDs.

But she sums herself up simply:

“I am a cynical person trying to become more optimistic in a negative world,” she said. “Also, I am a Leo, and I love the number five.”

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