Chelsea stands out in stand up

By Holly Prendergast
August 29, 2010

Most people know Chelsea Handler as “Chelsea Lately” from her hit show on the E! network, but on Friday, August 27, everyone at the Borgata in Atlantic City, N.J. saw a completely different side to her as she performed her stand-up comedy as a part of her Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang tour for the release of her newest book, ‘Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.’

From her raunchy description of why she loves men, but finds them totally disgusting, to her outlandish views on Russians. There was not one moment of silence during the hour-long performance.

Handler grew up in New Jersey and from there moved to Los Angeles, Calif.  It was in 2007 that she really broke in to the comedy scene when she landed the gig of a lifetime as a late-night talk show host for E!, “Chelsea Lately.”

In addition to being a successful talk show host, Handler has also written three non-fiction books that have been on the New York Times Bestsellers List.  Two of her three books, “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea,” released in 2008 and “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang,” released in 2010, have hit the No. 1 spot on the list.  Her other book, “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands,” release in 2005, never hit the No. 1 spot, but it was on the New York Times Bestsellers List for 80 weeks.

Handler opened her act by talking about how she was the youngest of six children and joked about how her parents basically let her raise herself.

“I never really watched her show,” Deanna Kuchinski, a junior at Neumann University, said.  “So I didn’t really know if I would like her stand up because I had no idea what to expect, but after she told her first joke, I knew the rest of the show was going to be hilarious.”

Since Handler was born and raised in New Jersey, she told several jokes about the state claiming how she loves to come home and visit her family because she loves the fact that their swimming pools back up to the highway.

“My favorite part of the show was when she talked about her dog,” Kristin Weldon, a New Jersey resident, stated.  “I knew exactly what she meant by never wanting a dog, but loving them more than anything else once you got one.  The way she talked about how she began to love her dog more than her boyfriend was hilarious. I couldn’t get enough of it.”

In addition to rejoicing her love for Chunk, her rescue dog, Handler also spoke loudly of her love of fat babies, animals, men and anything else that looked like a little round “nugget.”

During the show many people were screaming for Chuy, her personal assistant that is on her show.  She sarcastically joked saying that Chuy was dead, but she then began to describe why she loved him so much. By stating, “Why wouldn’t you love him, he is a short, fat, Mexican midget.”

To close the show, Handler talked of her many sexual rendezvous’ and why she loves being single.  Although she was talking in a joking manner, she did seriously state that she does not think that any woman should get married just because that is what is expected of them.  She thinks that women should have the right to have a successful and long lasting career, and they should enjoy their lives to the fullest and do whatever makes them happy.

“Overall, the show was hilarious.  She was so much funnier than I ever expected her to be and I can honestly say that now I am a fan of Chelsea Handler” Kuchinski said.

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