By Jeremy W. Steele
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Lisa Gopman is going to need a new shtick for her stand-up routine.
For the past three years, the Cincinnati native has relied on the family motto - "Nothing comes easy for a Gopman" - for a nearly endless supply for comedic gold.
Like how it took her sister seven tries to get her driver's license. Or how Gopman once fell into a pile of vomit while shopping.
But the Gopman family luck has changed - at least for Lisa, the eldest of three siblings.
Earlier this year, she won $6,000 and a trip to Hawaii on a game show.
Then on Saturday, she used her 26 years of life experiences to win a nationwide Comedy Central stand-up competition.
The win comes complete with a $10,000 prize, an appearance on an upcoming Comedy Central special, and a spot performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival in two weeks.
"I almost had a heart attack," Gopman said from her Hollywood home. "I was really shocked. I almost started crying."
Gopman rose ahead of 80 other contestants on Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, which held its final round Saturday in a Los Angeles club.
The finalists will appear on a future episode of Premium Blend.
It's the break she hopes will some day help her achieve the dream of a TV sitcom.
The show, she says, would have to feature her dad, Montgomery resident Arnie Gopman.
"He's too much of a character to be left out," she said. "He came home from Domino's Pizza one time with a crate full of Kool-Aid. We had Kool-Aid for like 10 years."
Occupation: Nonprofit fund-raiser
Education: Sycamore High School, 1995; University of Southern California, 1999
Web site: www.lisagopman.com
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