Chelsea Handler

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Chelsea Handler

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Born: February 25, 1975 (1975-02-25) (age 43)
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Years active: 1996–present
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Nationality: American
Measurements: 36C-28-37
Bra/cup size: 36C (80C)
Height: 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Body type: Slim
Eye color: Blue
Hair: BlondeBrown
Personal pages
Blogs: Twitter
Communities: MySpace

Chelsea Joy Handler (born February 25,[1] 1975)[2] is an American stand-up comedienne, humorist, television host, actress, and best-selling author. She currently has her own late-night talk show, Chelsea Lately, on the E! Cable Television Network. In 2009, she won a Bravo A-List Award.


Early life

Handler was born in the suburban town of Livingston, New Jersey to Melvin and Sylvia Handler.[3] The youngest of six children, she was raised Jewish by her Mormon mother and Jewish father.[3] Handler has said that while growing up, she felt like an outsider, telling a reporter, "We lived in this nice Jewish neighborhood...Everyone had Mercedes and Jaguars, and I was going to school in a Pinto.”[4]

Her mother died of cancer.


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 and The Practice. She is 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."[5] 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".


Handler has authored two books on the New York Times Best Seller List. Handler wrote My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands (ISBN 1582346186 ) as her memoir. Handler also wrote Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (ISBN 0061173398), a collection of humorous essays. Are You There, Vodka hit the NYTimes non-fiction best seller list on May 11, 2008;[6] it has already had a print run of over 350,000.[7] She is currently penning her third book titled Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, which is set for release in March of 2010. [8]

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. This series places Handler against a slew of male-dominated talk shows, and adding a considerable amount of sarcasm and ridicule to the format. On the show's 100th episode, Chelsea revealed to viewers that E! had picked up Chelsea Lately for another 150 episodes.[9] 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.”[10] The New York Times reported that Chelsea Lately has been renewed by E! to run until December 2009;[11] Handler received another contract extension in March 2009 to keep Chelsea Lately on the air through 2012.[12]

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.[13][14] Handler decided to drop out of the project due to her scheduling commitments to her show Chelsea Lately.

Personal life

Chelsea has confirmed she is dating Ted Harbert, who, as the CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group, oversees E! Entertainment Television.[15] On the January 29, 2008, episode of Chelsea Lately, she claimed that 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. Handler is also real life best friends with her assistant Chuy Bravo and good friends with actresses Jennie Garth, Jenny McCarthy and also fellow Chelsea Lately comedians Sarah Colonna and Heather McDonald.


  1. Thank God You're Here Guest Bio: Chelsea Handler. NBC. Retrieved on 2008-08-01.
  2. Ari Karpel (2008-07-11). Too hot to Handler. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2008-08-01. “The 33-year-old comedian and author...”
  3. 3.0 3.1 Len Righi (2007-11-01). Chelsea Handler and the responsibility of ridiculing Britney. Seattle Times. Retrieved on 2009-01-03.
  4. Jacob Bernstein (December 2008). Chelsea Handler, Insult Queen. W magazine. Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  5. Summer Press Tour: Posh Beckham, Chelsea Handler. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2007-07-16). Retrieved on 2009-01-03.
  6. Best-Sellers Non-Fiction. New York Times. May 11 2008]
  7. Carolyn Reidy looks for the next blockbuster. LA Times. Josh Getlin. June 25 2008.
  9. Chelsea Handler:Too Hot to Handle? ABC
  10. Jacob Bernstein (December 2008). Chelsea Handler, Insult Queen. W magazine. Retrieved on 2008-11-19.
  12. Chelsea Handler Extends Talk Show Through 2012 Yahoo News, March 23, 2009
  15. Edward Lewine (2007-12-16). Domains: Chelsea Handler. New York Times. Retrieved on 2007-12-15.

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