• Mon, Aug 27 2012

Chelsea Handler Is Helping Yet Another Woman In Comedy

Late night talk show host, author, actress and producer Chelsea Handler has just signed on for a new project. As usual she is getting another woman in comedy into the spotlight. Handler and Tom Brunelle’s Borderline Amazing Prods. has sold a comedy project to NBC created by and starring Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Chelsea said in an interview with Redbook last year, “I read this cheesy quote once: “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours glow brighter…’We women have to stick together… I’m very much about letting other people shine, because it makes us all shine brighter. I like having a fraternity. I like girls and boys together, misfits and underdogs – I love underdogs.” Well you certainly can’t say Chelsea doesn’t help other women.

Handler, Brunelle, and Chelsea Lately co-executive producer Brad Wollack will Executive Produce and supervise Haas’ script. Based on Haas’ real life, the relationship comedy centers around a father and daughter. When Ingrid’s parents come to visit her in Los Angeles, she accidentally breaks up their marriage, forcing Ingrid’s dad, Wayne, to move in with her and her roommate in their Melrose Place-style apartment building. The project is part of the huge deal Chelsea signed with the E! network recently. In addition to this new project Chelsea’s show, Chelsea Lately, has become the most popular late-night talk show among women 18 to 34, a clutch demographic for advertisers and it generates $40 million in ad revenue a year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She also started a behind-the-scenes post-show called After Lately this year , played Reese Witherspoon’s best friend in This Means War and wrote four best-selling books that have together sold nearly 3 million copies. And then there are the sold-out comedy tours and a production company, Borderline Amazing, with nine projects in development, including a comedy for MTV and a series about a lippy 12-year-old based on Handler, according to Marie Claire. Plus she is working on another talk show with comedian Whitney Cummings, whose sitcom she produces. She is estimated to be worth about $22 million from all of this. As journalist Hampton Stevens wrote of the comedian for The Atlantic:

“Chelsea Handler is not a businesswoman. To paraphrase Jay-Z, Handler is business, woman. The New Jersey-born comic is conducting an all-out entrepreneurial assault on American mass media. And winning.

She’s written four bestselling books, mostly detailing  her drunken sexual escapades and dysfunctional family. Three of those books went to number one on the New York Times‘ bestseller list. One of them, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, debuted at number one, and her national stand-up comedy tour in support of the book raked in another $10 million. She has her own publishing imprint, and her own production company, Borderline Amazing. She’s been on the cover of Playboy, posing for a non-nude pictorial inside, and Forbes named her one of the World’s Most Powerful Women.

Not too shabby for a self-described “drunken slut.””

But Chelsea writes off a lot of her success to just not being able to sit still and focus. “I don’t like to be that aggressive or ambitious,” she says. “I know it doesn’t seem like that, but I don’t feel like, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this, I’ve got to do that.’ I have severe ADD, and I’m constantly looking to amuse myself.” Well, as long as you are amusing us too we are just fine with it.

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