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 grew up in the suburban town of Livingston, New Jersey. The youngest of six children, she was raised in Reform Judaism by her Mormon mother Sylvia and Jewish father Melvin. 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.” At age 19, Handler moved from New Jersey to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and two years later she decided to become a stand-up comic after telling her story about a DUI to a class of other offenders, who found her story funny.
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.
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.
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.Handler began dating Harbert in 2006.
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.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.
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