Chelsea Handler talks comedy, hot-tubbing with Snooki and that sex tape
It took months for Eric Deggans to secure an interview with Chelsea Handler, arguably the biggest female comic in the biz right now.
In addition to hosting Chelsea Lately, she has had three explicitly confessional books on the New York Times' bestseller list, including March's Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang; a raucous, often-criticized stint hosting this year's MTV VMAs, including a stint in a hot tub with the Jersey Shore cast ("I just wish I'd worn my diaphragm," she laughs); and a full slate of comedy concerts that helped push her earnings up to $19 million in one 12-month period, according to Forbes magazine.
"I have a show that, like, no one's ever had before, where you have an interview and a round table and you make fun of all the tabloid fodder," Handler said. "I wrote a book about one-night stands. It's been on the bestseller list for like 100 weeks; that's ridiculous. Nobody would ever give a girl advice, 'You should go write a book about sex and all the one-night stands you had. That'll be a huge hit.' Yeah, so you can kind of make your own rules and do whatever you want, and I'm having a really good time doing it."
No doubt she'll have a good time this weekend. Handler performs at 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa. A few tickets are still available for the 11 p.m. show, at $62.50-$92.50. Click here to purchase.
Click here for Eric's interview with Handler, in which she discusses her comedy, her rise to the top and that alleged sex tape. And if you're not familiar with Handler at all, click here for a primer.