McDonald in April 2011
June 14, 1970 |
San Fernando Valley, California
Heather 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.
Born in the San Fernando Valley of California, McDonald, along with her sister Shannon, was raised by her parents, who were real estate agents. She is of three quarters Irish and one quarter French-Canadian ancestry. McDonald was raised Catholic and attended a private, Catholic school. After High School, McDonald went on to study at the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. McDonald writes of her experiences in both the social life of the University of Southern California and in her sorority in her memoir You'll Never Blue Ball In This Town Again.
After graduating the University of Southern California, McDonald began to take classes at the Groundlings. During her time at the Groundlings, 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.
McDonald has, in the past, stated that she is a Republican, but has since also stated that she supports issues such as Same Sex Marriage and Gun Control.
Mcdonald wed Peter Dobias, an investment banker. While dating Dobias, it was discovered that he gotten another woman pregnant prior to their relationship. Dobias had a daughter named Mackenzie, whom Heather is the step mother of. Dobias and McDonald married, having two children, Drake and Brandon
In the late 1990s, McDonald began writing with Kenan and 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. 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 repoitoire of impressions, some of which include:
- After Lately
- Chelsea Lately
- Dance Flick
- The Comedians of Chelsea Lately
- White Chicks
- "Reno 911!"
- "Malcolm in the Middle"
- "Drake and Josh"
- "Chelsea Lately's Heather McDonald Shares Banter on Chelsea Handler, Kim Kardashian & Pop Culture Absurdity". PR.com. November 25, 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
- http://au.tweetwood.com/HeatherMcDonald/tweet/206621246127996928 May 27th is my 12 yr wedding anniversary & I made the rt choice Peter Dobias is the love of my life!
- You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again: One Woman’s Painfully Funny Quest to Give It Up by Heather McDonald. Published by Touchstone
- http://www.crushable.com/2010/07/08/other-stuff/anonymous-celebrity-late-blooming-comic-heather-mcdonald/ ...when the man she goes on to marry winds up becoming a dad from a one-night stand, making her an instant stepmom.
- http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/04/30/motherhood-vs-feminism/working-moms-are-right-to-be-realistic Working Moms Are Right to Be Realistic. NYTimes.
- "Best-Seller List". The New York Times. July 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17.