Chelsea Handler is one of the most exciting and successful figures in the entertainment industry. Handler was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 “Women of the Year” and was also featured in TIME Magazine’s annual “TIME 100” Portfolio last year. Both publications recognized the media mogul for her multiplatform success as a bestselling author, talk show host, stand-up comedian, and an actress. The self-made Handler is a cultural phenomenon whose business savvy is matched only by her comedic talents.
As the host of E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Handler remains the only female to break into the otherwise male-dominated late night arena. She has built “Chelsea Lately” into one of the highest rated shows on E!, she consistently draws higher ratings than her late night competitors (especially among women 18 to 34) bringing in an average of 900,000 viewers per episode. The show is also groundbreaking for female comedy writers as it is the first of its kind to have an unprecedented five women on staff compromising half of the writing team. In April 2011, Handler introduced audiences to “After Lately”, a semi-scripted series that follows the outside lives of Chelsea along with her late night co-stars, guest comedians, and writers.
Chelsea is also building her resume as a film and television actress with credits including Paramount’s comedy Fun Size opposite Johnny Knoxville and Victoria Justice., Universal Picture’s 2011 family comedy HOP starring James Marsden and Russell Brand as well as director McG’s recent action-comedy “This Means War” co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Television credits include Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” (now syndicated in over 90 markets); “The Chelsea Handler Show”; “Are You There”, “Chelsea?” and the web series “In The Motherhood.”
Handler is one of the leading nonfiction authors in publishing and was named “one of the clear winners of 2010” by Publisher’s Weekly with four bestselling books currently in print. Her next book, “50 Shades of Chartreuse: This Time It’s Personal” (Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book) is due out this October. Her first book, “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands” (Bloomsbury Publishing), sold over a million copies in more than twenty countries. “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” (Simon Spotlight), “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” (Grand Central Publishing), and her most recent “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” (Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book) all debuted at #1 on the “New York Times” Bestseller List. On March 28th, 2010, Handler had three books ranked at #1, #2, and #3 on the Bestseller Lists simultaneously – a remarkable feat for any author. In 2010, Grand Central created the “Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book” publishing imprint with Chelsea signed on to pen three more books. “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” was the imprint’s first release in May 2011. The second title is still in its preliminary stages and will be written through the eyes of Chelsea’s affable dog, Chunk. The third book is undecided at this time.
In 2010, Chelsea partnered with Live Nation and Belvedere Vodka for the “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” comedy tour. She performed 79 shows in 53 markets across the United States and in Canada and sold over 250,000 tickets total to become one of the highest grossing of 2010. Her second Live Nation tour later that year, “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me”, was equally successful with sold out shows in the top 20 US markets.
Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.
Chelsea Handler stars "Chelsea", a friend of Julia and Eddie at the comedy club, in the short, "Eddie" directed by Bonnie Hunt.