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Chelsea Handler

Handler at the 2012 Time 100

Born Chelsea Joy Handler
February 25, 1975
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress, writer, comedian, talk show
host, producer
Chelsea Handler
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Chelsea Joy Handler
(born February 25, 1975
is an American comedian, actress, author, talk show
host and producer. She has hosted her own late-night
talk show, Chelsea Lately, on E! Entertainment
Television since 2007.
1 Early life
2 Career
2.1 Chelsea Lately
2.2 After Lately
2.3 Books
2.4 Performances
2.5 In the Motherhood
2.6 Are You There, Chelsea?
3 In popular culture
4 Personal life
5 Filmography
5.1 Television and film
5.2 Herself
6 Published works
7 References
8 External links
Early life
Handler was born in Livingston, New Jersey.
The youngest of six children, she was raised in Reform
Judaism by her Jewish father, Seymour, and her Mormon mother, Rita. Her mother was German and
came to the United States in 1958.
Handler has said that while growing up, she felt like an
outsider, and told a reporter, "We lived in this nice Jewish neighborhood...Everyone had Mercedes and
Jaguars, and I was going to school in a Pinto."
Despite this, her family had a summer house on
Martha's Vineyard.
In a June 2011 episode of her show, she and author James Van Praagh discussed
the death of her brother, Chet, when she was ten years old.
Handler had an abortion at age 16, which
she discussed during an interview in 2011.
At age 19, she moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles,
California to pursue an acting career, and two years later, decided to become a stand-up comic after
telling her story about a DUI to a class of other offenders, who found it funny.
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Chelsea Lately
In July 2007, Handler began starring on her own half-hour, late-night comedy series on E! Entertainment
Television titled Chelsea Lately. On the show's 100th episode, she revealed to viewers that the network
had picked up Chelsea Lately for another 150 episodes.
The show has proved to be a hit by averaging
more than a half-million viewers since its premiere (much more than the average for a late night cable
program) and having clips on YouTube with more than one 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."
Handler's most recent contract
extension will keep Chelsea Lately on the air through 2014.
Chelsea Lately is broadcast daily on the
E! Network in the UK, Australia, Germany and New Zealand.
After Lately
After Lately is a mockumentary in which the various cast members, writers, crew and even "hangers-on"
of Chelsea Lately are shown bickering over trivial matters and competing for air time on the show. They
also seek personal approval from Handler, who usually appears in very few scenes of the program, and
is always portrayed as having open and utter disdain for everyone beneath her. After Lately began airing
on E! Entertainment Television on March 6, 2011. Guest stars include: Reese Witherspoon (in seasons
one and two), Jennifer Aniston, Jay Leno, Tori Spelling, Jenny McCarthy, Sharon Osbourne, Dave Grohl
and Jane Fonda.
Handler has authored four books on the New York Times Best Seller List, three of which have been
number one. Her first book, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands (2005), describes the
variety of sexual encounters she went through throughout her life. Handler also wrote Are You There,
Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (2008), a collection of humorous essays that hit the New York Times Nonfiction
Best Seller List on May 11, 2008,
with a print run of over 350,000.
She went on a nationwide tour
to promote her third book, titled Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, which was released on March 9, 2010.
On November 15, 2010, it was announced that Handler's publishers gave her her own publishing imprint
(Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book). She also signed a three-book deal with the imprint, the
first of which is called Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, where her coworkers and family members
discuss what Handler has done, which was released in May 2011 and also hit number one.
In 2012, Chelsea Handler began to author a spoof on the popular book series 50 Shades of Grey called
50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It's Personal.
Handler has performed nationwide as a comedian and appeared as a regular on the Oxygen Network
series Girls Behaving Badly, as well as on other shows like Weekends at the D.L., The Bernie Mac Show,
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Handler at LA Direct Magazine's
"Remember to Give" Holiday Party
My Wife and Kids, 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, saying later, "Because I smelled the disaster
happening before it did."
The show, produced by Steven
Spielberg and Mark Burnett, is a competition for aspiring
filmmakers who are vying for a chance at stardom. Handler was
replaced by former Robin & Company entertainment anchor,
Adrianna Costa. Handler also began hosting The Chelsea
Handler Show in April 2006, which lasted two seasons. She was
a guest on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and The View, and she
co-hosted The View on August 2, 2007, and again on September
5, 2008. On January 25, 2009, Handler was on the CBS
gameshow Million Dollar Password as one of the celebrity
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 representatives, who
claimed that the final decision was unexpected.
This makes Handler only the second woman in the
history of the VMAs 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.
In 2007, Handler performed with Comedy Central's Hour Stand-Up Comedy Tour across the United
States. Her stand-up comedy has also been televised on VH1's Love Lounge, Comedy Central's Premium
Blend, and HBO's broadcast of the Aspen Comedy Festival.
I n the Motherhood
In 2007, Handler appeared in the Internet-based program In the Motherhood with Leah Remini and
Jenny McCarthy (since January 2008). On September 8, 2008, it was announced that 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 scheduling commitments to her show Chelsea Lately.
Are You There, Chelsea?
Are You There, Chelsea? is an NBC sitcom, based on Handler's 2008 best-selling book Are You There,
Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, which aired from January 11 to March 28, 2012. On May 11, 2012, the
network canceled it.
Laura Prepon played the main character, "Chelsea Newman," a cocktail waitress
while Handler portrayed "Chelsea's" born-again Christian sister, "Sloane," a married, conservative, new
mom who had little in common with her carefree sister. Dottie Zicklin (of Dharma & Greg) and Julie
Larson (of The Drew Carey Show) were creators and executive producers. Handler served as executive
producer, along with Tom Werner (of That 70's Show), Mike Clements (of The Life & Times of Tim), and
Tom Brunelle (of Chelsea Lately).
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In popular culture
She was ranked number 91 in 2009, and number 87 in 2010 on the Maxim (magazine) Hot 100. In 2010,
Chelsea Handler was ranked on the Forbes Celebrity 100 at number 98. In 2012, Time magazine placed
her on the list of its 100 Most Influential People.
On April 2009, she won the Bravo A-List Award
for "A-List Funny."
On July 2012, she received the Comedy Person of the Year award by Montreals
Just For Laughs comedy festival.
She appeared on one of the two covers for the December 2009
edition of Playboy magazine. Inside the magazine, Handler posed for a non-nude pictorial. She was also
featured on the cover of Shape magazine on April 2010, the Hollywood Reporter on June 2011, on
Redbooks March 2012 issue and on the cover of the September 2012 issue of Marie Claire.
She has her own columns in Cosmopolitan and NOW, a UK celebrity magazine. On March 2009,
Handler received the prestigious Ally for Equality Award from the Human Rights Campaign,
recognizing "the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted
commitment to better the lives of LGBT people".
On May 2009, she was the host of the 20th Annual
GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco.
On June 2009 she was named as Grand Marshal of the
2009 Los Angeles LGBT PRIDE Celebration "for her visible and vocal support of equality".
On July
2010, during a tour stop in Salt Lake City, Chelsea took part in the 'I AM EQUAL' Photo Documentary
project in memory of her mother, Rita, who died from complications of cancer. Along with her photo
being added to the documentary and accompanying photo mosaic, she also shared a "Photo Story" with
a message that inspires people to take chances in life.
On March 2012, she has hosted the Human
Rights Campaign Gala in Los Angeles, CA.
Personal life
In 2006, Handler began dating Ted Harbert, who oversaw E! Entertainment Television as the former
CEO of Comcast Entertainment Group.
On January 25, 2010, Handler confirmed, via her late-night
talk show, that she had broken up with Harbert.
On the July 19, 2010 episode of her show, Handler
confirmed she was dating animal trainer and television producer Dave Salmoni.
However, on
September 2, 2010, when asked by guest Melanie Brown if she was single, Handler stated that she
Later that year, she began dating rapper and actor 50 Cent for a couple of months.
In 2010, a sex tape of Chelsea Handler was reportedly being offered for sale. This tape was a copy of
Handler's audition tape from the 1990s. Handler has stated she added the sex scenes to her audition tape
to appear as if she had accidentally taped over her homemade sex tape, and has been showing the tape at
parties "for years".
On the April 18, 2011 episode of Chelsea Lately, Handler announced to the
audience that she was dating again, and at the end of the show revealed a photo of herself and Andre
Balazs at a table. However, when interviewed on E! News and Piers Morgan Tonight on May 10, 2011,
she declined to confirm that she and Balazs were together and stated that she was respecting her current
boyfriend's privacy because he had children.
Then, on the November 9, 2011 episode of her show,
Handler revealed that she had broken up with Balazs.
In the May 2012 issue of More, Handler
revealed that she and Balazs were back together but it was reported a few months later that the couple
had called it off once again.
By early November 2012 it was reported that Handler and Balazs had
rekindled their romance for the third time.
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Television and film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Spy TV Unknown
2001 The Plotters Ann
2002 The Practice Callie Fairbanks
2002 My Wife and Kids Nurse Amy
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Doris Flynt TV series
2004 Girls Behaving Badly Various TV series
2005 Totally High
2006 National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call Nikita
2006 Reno 911! Pinky TV series
2007 Steam Jacky
2007 In the Motherhood Heather Webseries
2011 Hop Mrs. Beck (voice)
2011 Whitney Dr. Price TV series
2012 This Means War Trish
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Sloane TV series
2012 Fun Size Joy
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Weekends at the D.L. Herself
2006 The Chelsea Handler Show Host Talk show
2007 Comedy Central Presents Herself Standup
2007present Chelsea Lately Host Talk show
2009 The Good Wife Herself TV series
2011present After Lately Host Talk show
Published works
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands (2005)
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Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea (2008)
Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010)
Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011)
50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It's Personal (publishing 2012-13)
^ Handler, Chelsea (2008). Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea. City: Simon Spotlight Entertainment.
ISBN 1-4169-5412-0.

"Chelsea Handler: Biography" ( . TV
Guide. Retrieved September 13, 2010.


Len Righi (2007-11-01). "Chelsea Handler and the responsibility of ridiculing Britney"
( . Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
^ Smason, Alan (2006-02-02). "Comely comic reveals laughs in 'Horizontal Life"
( .
Cleveland Jewish News.
e9c274c1a773.html. Retrieved 2010-01-25.

Rita Handler Was Known for Great Love of Family 3/17/06 Vineyard Gazette Online
( . (2006-03-17). Retrieved on 2012-01-27.
^ German grandmas? Not so much, Chelsea Handler and Gwyneth Paltrow curse Mutti
much-Chelsea-Handler-and-Gwyneth-Paltrow-curse-Mutti) . Monsters and Critics (2011-04-26). Retrieved
on 2012-01-27.
^ Antonella Gambotto-Burke Chelsea Handler (
/NonfictionInterviewChelsea.htm) . Interview from The South China Morning Post. Retrieved on

Jacob Bernstein (December 2008). Chelsea Handler, Insult Queen (
/celebrities/2008/12/chelsea_handler?currentPage=1) . W magazine.
/2008/12/chelsea_handler?currentPage=1. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
^ Antonella Gambotto-Burke Just keep going (
ler%20-%2001.pdf) . Sight&Sound. July 11, 2010
^ Cathy Horyn (May 2011). Comedy With a Side of Disgust (
/comedy-with-a-side-of-disgust.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2) . NY Times.
/22/fashion/comedy-with-a-side-of-disgust.html?_r=3&pagewanted=2. Retrieved 2008-11-19.
^ Marikar, Sheila. (2007-07-13) Chelsea Handler:Too Hot to Handle? ABC (
/Entertainment/story?id=3374652&page=1) . Retrieved on 2011-06-09.
^ "Chelsea Handler re-signs with E! through 2014" (
chelseahandler-idUSTRE7AE2UC20111115) . Reuters. November 15, 2011.
^ After Lately (2011 ) ( . 13.
^ Chuy Bravo On E! Personalities | E! Online ( . Retrieved on 2012-03-18.
^ Best-Sellers Non-Fiction (
sq=Are%20You%20There%20Vodka?%20It's%20Me,%20Chelsea&st=cse) . New York Times. May 11,
^ In search of the next Grisham ( 16.
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dishbook25-2008jun25,0,4494522.story) . LA Times. Josh Getlin. June 25, 2008.
^ Stelter, Brian (January 18, 2009). "A New Bigmouth on Late Night" (
/18/arts/television/18stel.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=chelsea%20handler&st=cse) . The New York Times.
st=cse. Retrieved April 28, 2010.
^ "Summer Press Tour: Posh Beckham, Chelsea Handler" (
/801962-352.stm) . Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2007-07-16.
/801962-352.stm. Retrieved 2009-01-03.
^ "Chelsea Handler to host 2010 MTV VMAs MSN TV News" (
/web/20100823051322/ .
2010-09-17. Archived from the original (
on 2010-08-23.
vmas/story/?GT1=28103. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
^ Posted 9/2/10 (2010-08-19). "Chelsea Handler To Host The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards Music,
Celebrity, Artist News" ( . MTV. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
^ "About the show" ( . Archived from the original ( on 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
^ Seidman, Robert (May 11, 2012). "'Awake, 'Are You There Chelsea?,' 'Best Friends Forever,' and 'Bent'
Canceled by NBC" (
forever-and-bent-canceled-by-nbc/133644/) . TV by the Numbers.
/11/awake-are-you-there-chelsea-best-friends-forever-and-bent-canceled-by-nbc/133644/. Retrieved May 11,
^ Are You There, Chelsea? (2011) ( . 24.
^ Kathy Griffin The 100 Most Influential People in the World: Chelsea Handler (
/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,2111975_2111976_2112087,00.html) . Time Magazine. April 18,
^ Forbes Celebrity 100 List (
entertainment-celeb-100-10_land.html) Forbes, June 28, 2010
^ "Chelsea Handler wins 2009 A-List Award" (
a-list-award/) . Bravo. 2010-03-37.
award/. Retrieved 2010-03-03.
^ Just For Laughs Fest Books Chelsea Handler, Aziz Ansari and The Muppets
muppets-322603) . The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on 2012-09-20.
^ Kohen, Yael. (2012-08-14) Chelsea Handler Interview Chelsea Handler at Work
( . Marie Claire. Retrieved on
^ Fox, Maria Chelsea Handler Puts it All Out There (
/chelsea-handler-quotes-50-cent-aniston) .
^ Bruce, Leslie (2011-02-06). Chelsea Handler's Split Personality; May Be 'Done With This Show'
( .

Chelsea Handler named Grand Marshal at LA PRIDE Parade (
/1101544755245/archive/1102587930213.html) . Retrieved on 2012-09-20.
^ 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Press Information ( .
GLAAD. Retrieved on 2012-09-20.
^ Peck-Wagner, Medeleine (2011-12). "Beauty in Diversity" (
/?i=92036&p=76) . Arbus Magazine. Retrieved
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^ Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Dinner Gala ( . Retrieved
on 2012-09-20.
^ Karpel, Ari (July 11, 2008). "Too hot to Handler" (,,20211732,00.html) .
Entertainment Weekly (1008).,,20211732,00.html.
^ Edward Lewine (2007-12-16). "Domains: Chelsea Handler" (
/16/magazine/16wwln-domains-t.html?ref=magazine) . New York Times.
/16/magazine/16wwln-domains-t.html?ref=magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
^ Chelsea Handler (2010-07-19). "Chelsea Handler Walks on the Wild Side With Her New Man, Animal
Planet's Dave Salmoni E! Online" (
/news/chelsea_handler_walks_on_wild_side_with/191167) .
/news/chelsea_handler_walks_on_wild_side_with/191167. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
^ "Chelsea Handler is Single, 35 & Would Like to Date Black Dudes (VIDEO)" (
/2010/09/03/chelsea-handler-is-single-at-35-and-is-thinking-about-dating-b/) . 2010-09-03.
Retrieved 2010-09-21.
^ Chelsea Handler confirms dating 50 Cent to Piers Morgan Celebritology 2.0
morgan/2011/05/11/AFLO1FoG_blog.html) . The Washington Post (2011-05-11). Retrieved on 2012-09-20.
^ "Chelsea Handler Sex Tape Sale Stopped" (
chelsea-handler-sex-tape-sale-stopped) . Radar Online. October 18, 2010.
/exclusives/2010/10/exclusive-chelsea-handler-sex-tape-sale-stopped. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
^ Jason Kennedy (May 10, 2011). "E! News". E! News. 42.
^ Piers Morgan (May 10, 2011). "Piers Morgan Tonight". Piers Morgan Tonight. 43.
^ "Chelsea Handler on her long-distance relationship with Andre Balazs" (
/chelsea_handler_on_her_long_distance_nMyqaHGqlsgcAxDRN2XvxJ) .
/chelsea_handler_on_her_long_distance_nMyqaHGqlsgcAxDRN2XvxJ. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
^ "Chelsea Handler splits from boyfriend again" (
handler-splits-from-boyfriend-again/) . SFGate. August 2, 2012.
/02/chelsea-handler-splits-from-boyfriend-again/. Retrieved September 1, 2012.
^ "Chelsea Handler, Andre Balazs Dating Again!" (
/chelsea-handler-andre-balazs-dating-again-2012311) . US Weekly. November 3, 2012.
Retrieved November 4, 2012.
External links
Official website (
Chelsea Handler ( at the Internet Movie Database
In the Motherhood official website (
Q&A Interview, New York Times Magazine, December 16, 2007 (
Chelsea Handler interviewed by Antonella Gambotto-Burke
Review of "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" (
Chelsea Handler ( on Twitter
Media offices
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Preceded by
Russell Brand
MTV Video Music Awards
Succeeded by
No Host (2011)
Retrieved from ""
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