Chelsea Handler- Laughing In Her Live Studio Audience
I went to a taping of the Chelsea Lately show. Chelsea Handler is one of my favorite female comedian (Sarah Silverman is the other one and Jay Leno is the male favorite)- She is a half Jewish, half Mormon blond bombshell originally from New Jersey. As the youngest of five children she developed a sassy attitude and raunchy humor which she candidly displays
Chelsea is also a best selling author and has written three books all of which were on the NYT and USA Today best seller lists for weeks. Unlike many famous people she pens her own books- she is not a fantastic writer but she is a funny writer and I would recommend all three of her books- although I’ve only read two. (You can get them at the library and finish them quickly, most likely without pulling out the dictionary.)
My Horizontal Life A Collection Of One-Night Stands, depicts her early days in L.A. where she came to be and discovered and slept her way into slutdom. In her latest book Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, she talks about discovering masturbation, how crazy her father is and ceaselessly makes fun of her boyfriend who she recently broke up with (I really don’t wonder why it didn’t work out.)
Jay Leno is quoted as saying:
"Chelsea Handler is a terrific comedian and a hilarious writer."
Anyway this was my first experience being in a studio audience- I did try for a few years to get tickets for the Oprah show but when I finally came to terms that I would never get tickets to Oprah’s Favorite Things I gave it up- Chelsea Lately tickets are free and the demand is not so high that last minute walk ins could not get in.
She was funny although barely paid any attention to her audience. I always imagined that she would shoot the shit with the audience during breaks but no- she just reads her notes as her hair/make-up person tends to her. There was a lot of prep for the audience and they told us to laugh and clap ‘loud and hard’. The studio was freezing cold, which I expected but was none the less shocked at how cold it was- I wore a really cute dress because the tickets suggested we wear ‘trendy attire’- I wish I had worn cute pants and a cute wool sweater. Often times I could not even hear what was being said but was forced to laugh and clap anyway.
If you watch the show you will know her sidekick Chuey- a Mexican midget who in a former life was an ‘adult film’ star. I have never seen any of his early work but as Chelsea’s sidekick he hilarious. He also recently wrote a book which I know little about called Little Nuggets of Wisdom- actually I saw it at the book store and read two pages- looked totally stupid.
Her opening act was Steven Brody an audience 'fluffer' who selflessly promoted himself. He made up lyrics to the songs that were blasting, beat a cow bell at us and quoted his one line from his role as the cop in Hangover: “see kids, this is where we bring suspects in order to be detained. Trust me, you do not want to be sitting in these seats. We call this place "Loserville".
Because the books I read of hers were from the library I was not one of the audience members who got autographs. I was not sorry. Really being in her studio audience was an experience I would never repeat. It was a thankless job and the lack of appreciation made me happy I did not spend any money on ticket or books.
Her show Chelsea Lately airs on weekdays at 11:pm on the E network