Chelsea Handler life and biography

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Chelsea Handler biography

Date of birth : 1975-02-25
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-09-13
Credited as : Stand-up comedian and humorist, television host, host of the MTV Video Music Awards 2010

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Chelsea Joy Handler, born February 25, 1975 is an American stand-up comedian, humorist, television host, actress, model, and best-selling author. She has her own late night talk show Chelsea Lately on the E! Cable Television Network. In 2009 she won a Bravo A-List Award. She also has her own column in Cosmopolitan and the UK celebrity magazine NOW.

Handler has described her technique as "not so much humor as it is comments that aren't actually funny."

Career

Performances


Handler has performed nationwide as a stand-up comedian, appeared as a regular on the Oxygen Network series Girls Behaving Badly and on other shows, including Weekends at the D.L., The Bernie Mac Show, My Wife and Kids, and The Practice. She was a regular commentator on E! and Scarborough Country as well as a correspondent on The Tonight Show. She hosted the first episode of the reality TV show On the Lot, but quit before the second one was aired, as she later said, "because I smelled the disaster happening before it did."[8] Chelsea Handler hosted "The Chelsea Handler Show" in April 2006, which lasted two seasons. She was a guest on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and The View; she co-hosted The View on August 2, 2007, and again on September 5, 2008 – and hosts her own late night talk show on E! titled Chelsea Lately. On January 25, 2009, Handler was on the CBS gameshow Million Dollar Password as one of the celebrity players. On April 15, 2009, Handler won the 2009 Bravo A-List Award for "A-List Funny".

On August 18, 2010 it was announced that Handler would be the host of the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. The announcement was surprising to many, including MTV, which claimed that the final decision was unexpected. This makes Handler only the second woman in the history of the VMA's to be the sole host of the ceremony, behind Roseanne Barr, who hosted in 1994. The event took place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12, 2010.

Books


Handler has authored three books on the New York Times Best Seller List. Two of the three books have been #1. Handler wrote My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands (ISBN 1-58234-618-6 ) as her memoir. Handler also wrote Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (ISBN 0-06-117339-8), a collection of humorous essays. Are You There, Vodka hit the NYTimes non-fiction best seller list on May 11, 2008; it has already had a print run of over 350,000. Her third book titled Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, was released on March 9, 2010. Chelsea went on a nationwide tour to promote her new book, known as the "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang Tour."

Comedy Central's Hour Stand-Up Comedy Tour


In 2007, Handler performed with the Hour Stand-Up Comedy Tour across the U.S.. Her stand-up has been televised on Vh1's Love Lounge, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, and HBO's broadcast of the Aspen Comedy Festival. Chelsea Handler was the host of the Fox show "On The Lot." The show, produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett, is a competition for aspiring filmmakers who are vying for a chance at stardom. She was replaced after one episode by former Robin & Company entertainment anchor, Adrianna Costa.

Chelsea Lately


In July 2007, Handler began starring on her own half-hour late-night comedy series on E! titled Chelsea Lately. On the show's 100th episode, Chelsea revealed to viewers that E! had picked up Chelsea Lately for another 150 episodes. The show has proved a hit and averaged more than a half-million viewers since its premiere (much more than the average for a late night cable program) and has clips on Youtube with more than a million views. All this success is despite the fact that Handler's guests often are not A-list celebrities. In a 2008 interview Handler said, "The worse the guests are, the more pathetic they are, the funnier the show is." The New York Times reported that Chelsea Lately has been renewed by E! to run until December 2009; Handler received another contract extension in March 2009 to keep Chelsea Lately on the air through 2012. From her work on Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler is ranked on the Forbes Celebrity 100 at number 98.

In the Motherhood


Since 2007, Handler has appeared in the Internet based program In the Motherhood with Leah Remini and (since January 2008) Jenny McCarthy. The comedic series is "about moms, by moms and for moms". On September 8, 2008, it was announced ABC would be turning In The Motherhood into a series starring Jessica St. Clair, Megan Mullally, and Cheryl Hines. Handler decided to drop out of the project due to her scheduling commitments to her show Chelsea Lately.

Personal life


On January 25, 2010 Handler confirmed via her late night talk-show that she had broken up with long-time boyfriend Ted Harbert who, as the CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group, oversees E! Entertainment Television.

On the January 29, 2008 episode of Chelsea Lately she claimed she was asked to do season six of the hit television series Dancing with the Stars but declined. Handler was ranked #91 on the 2009 Maxim Hot 100. She is close friends with Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy.

On the July 19th, 2010 episode of her show, she confirmed she is dating Animal Planet star, animal handler, print model, and television producer Dave Salmoni. However, on September 2, when asked by guest Melanie B if she was single, Chelsea stated that she was.

Handler appeared on one of two covers of December 2009 edition of Playboy magazine, the alternate cover featuring Dancing with the Stars semifinalist and model Joanna Krupa. Inside the magazine Handler posed for a non-nude pictorial. Chelsea was also featured on the cover of Shape magazine in April 2010.

Chelsea is friends with many comedians who appear on her show, including Heather McDonald, Loni Love, Jo Koy, Josh Wolf, Sarah Colonna, Whitney Cummings, Natasha Leggero, and Chris Franjola.

Filmography


* Hop - Mrs. Beck
* The Good Wife – herself
* Pretty Wild – producer (March 14, 2010 – present)
* Chelsea Lately – herself (July 16, 2007 – present)
* The Chelsea Handler Show – herself (April 21 – September 9, 2006)
* Comedy Central Presents – herself (standup)
* In The MotherHood – Heather (10 episodes, 2007–2008)
* National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call - Nikita
* Girls Behaving Badly
* The Bernie Mac Show
* Dirty Famous – Missy Kelin (1 episode, 2005, unsold pilot)
* The Practice
* Spy TV
* My Wife and Kids – Nurse Amy
* Weekends at the D.L.
* Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld

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