Heather McDonald

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This article is about the entertainer. For the American playwright and director, see Heather McDonald (playwright). For the conservative political writer, see Heather Mac Donald .
Heather McDonald
McDonald in April 2011
Birth name Heather Ann McDonald[1]
Born (1970-06-14) June 14, 1970 (age 45)[2]
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Years active 1990s-present

Heather Ann McDonald (born June 14, 1970) is an American actress, comedian and New York Times Bestselling author. She is best known for her appearances on the E! series Chelsea Lately. She is one of the eight writers on the show and often participates in sketches and segments. McDonald also appears in the show's spin-off, After Lately.

Early life[edit]

Born in the San Fernando Valley, McDonald, along with her sister, Shannon, was raised by her real estate agent parents. She is three quarters Irish and one quarter French-Canadian.[3] She and her sister were raised Catholic and attended private, Catholic schools.[4] After high school, McDonald went to the University of Southern California (USC), where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. McDonald wrote about her experiences at USC and in her sorority in her memoir, You'll Never Blue Ball In This Town Again.

After graduating from USC, McDonald began to take classes at The Groundlings. During her time there, McDonald was able to advance and perform improvisational shows and sketch comedy at the Groundlings Theatre. At the same time, McDonald became a licensed realtor, like her parents.[citation needed]

McDonald is married to Peter Dobias, an investment banker.[5] The couple has two children, and Dobias has a daughter from a previous relationship.[6]


In the late 1990s, McDonald began writing with Kenan Ivory Wayans. In 2001 and 2002, she was a writer and performer for MTV's Lyricist Lounge.

McDonald first gained popularity through her stand-up comedy shows in Los Angeles. She was a writer and performer for MTV Lyricist Lounge, and began writing and performing for the Wayans Brothers in a couple of their films. She has been a writer as well as guest on Chelsea Lately since its premier in 2007.

In June 2010, Heather McDonald released her first book, You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again: One Woman's Painfully Funny Quest to Give It Up, which made The New York Times Best-Seller List.[7] After the success of her first memoir, McDonald published a second in 2013, entitled My Innapropriate Life (Some Stories Not Suitable for Nuns, Children, or Mature Adults).


McDonald has a large repertoire of impressions, some of which include:


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/HeatherMcDonald/status/455460992734867456
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Profile, tweetwood.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  4. ^ Profile, robinschicks.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile, tweetwood.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Working Moms Are Right to Be Realistic.", nytimes.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Best-Seller List". The New York Times. July 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 

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