Handler, who will be performing at the Grand Sierra Resort Saturday night, has been inundated with success because of her witty and satirical ways.
On Tuesday nights, Handler’s E! Entertainment channel late-night show “Chelsea Lately” celebrated its 100th episode and caused trouble all in 30 minutes of laughter. Guest Jenny McCarthy announced a White House telephone number and told audience members to call asking for the resignation of Center for Disease Control head Dr. Julie Gerberding who, McCarthy said, is responsible for … nothing.
While McCarthy’s plea may have been a deeper moment for a show that normally attacks celebrity behavior, as of Wednesday morning Handler was unfazed by any commotion she may have caused. When asked if she might get in trouble for publicizing the number Handler responded, “Probably, hopefully!”
“Chelsea Lately” adds a different approach to the celebrity “news” E! usually reports and Handler runs with the freedom that the show allows her to have.
“E! wanted me to do a show about pop culture and I wanted to make fun of it,” Handler said.
“Chelsea Lately” has a list of rotating victims of Handler’s wit, including Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears. On Tuesday night’s show, Handler announced that in 100 episodes she had grilled Spears 67 times.
It is her take-no-prisoners approach to comedy that has led to amazing opportunities like April’s Vanity Fair article “Who says women aren’t funny?” Handler said she enjoyed being listed as part of an elite group of comedic women, such as Saturday Night Live funny women Tina Fey and Maya Rudolf and comedy’s dirty girl Lisa Lampanelli. She admits, however, with a ting of disappointment, that hair and makeup for the article’s photo shoot took longer than the shoot itself.
Handler’s second book, “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” is due out in April. In it, she explains, is a collection of embarrassing childhood memories.
“My father was humiliating,” Handler said. Even after reassuring her that every family has an embarrassing parent, she replied, “My dad was a used car salesman who didn’t sell cars. Our driveway was packed with about 15 cars from 1972 — and it was 1985.”
Handler, who is from New Jersey, says the family jibes are all in fun.
“(My parents) are thrilled,” Handler said of her success. “They get to go on great vacations.”
While Handler is slightly leery of too much success too quickly, calling it the Eva Longoria way of being overexposed, Handler still has a way of taking it seriously and laughing about it at the same time.
“It’s a little bit of a blitzkrieg,” she said. “But I was driving down the street the other day thinking ‘Wow, you’ve really gone far.’ ”
Handler may spend much of her time laughing in the face of Hollywood, but Saturday night’s stand-up comedy at the Grand Sierra will take more of an introspective approach, she said.
“I talk more about personal things,” Handler said. “Like how my friends are getting married and will register for gifts, then be surprised that they got what they registered for.”
Handler is bringing Heather MacDonald, a frequent round-table guest on “Chelsea Lately,” with her to the Grand Theater.
“She’s so different than me,” Handler said of MacDonald. “She’s a mother and she talks about why parenting is so annoying and she’s a lot less dirty.”
While MacDonald’s brand of comedy may be rated PG-13, Handler warned that her stand-up is R-rated but her wit and honesty will keep audience members laughing.
Handler will perform in the Grand Theatre on Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 and $27.50 and can be purchased by calling (800)-648-3568 or (800)-648-508 or by going to www.ticketmaster.com