|Birth name||Whitney A Cummings|
September 4, 1982 |
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Genres||Observational comedy, insult comedy, blue comedy|
|Subject(s)||Gender differences, sexism, human sexuality, relationships|
|Notable works and roles||Punk'd
The Tony Rock Project
Comedy Central Roasts
Made of Honor
2 Broke Girls
Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982) is an American comedian and actress. She is best known as the creator and star of the NBC sitcom Whitney, as well as the co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Cummings was born and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. to mother Patti Cummings, former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie, and a father who called himself a venture capitalist businessman who often struggled financially and traveled a lot. Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old, and she witnessed three divorces by the time she was 15 years old. She has an older half-brother named Richard Cummings Jr. and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.
Cummings has talked about her childhood, which was troubled. Her mother had alcohol issues and sometimes there wasn't food at home. Cummings said she was “the kid who always had something embarrassing going on,” she says. “I always had lice. The heat didn’t work in our house, so I’d get dressed in the morning by turning on the pilot on the stove. And I was as tall as I am now at 10.” During a 2010 podcast interview with Marc Maron, Cummings described herself "as a twelve-year-old runaway, a teen model neglected by her dysfunctional family." She was a model before becoming an actress.
She went to Holy Trinity School and then to Catholic school, staying with her mother's sister outside Roanoke, Virginia where she turned her life around. She went to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.
Cummings began college at the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in communications and film.
She began performing stand-up in 2004. At the age of 24, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007. In 2008, Cummings appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing, though she didn't pass the showcase. Cummings has performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, Comics Unleashed, and NESN's Comedy All-Stars.
She co-starred on The Tony Rock Project and appeared in the 2008 movie Made of Honor. She has also made several appearances on the E! show Chelsea Lately on its round table. She hosted the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Dailies. She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.
Her television appearances have included Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Live Nude Comedy (which she created, starred and wrote for), The Very bad Show, truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..., and the Comedy Central Roasts of Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump. She released her debut stand-up album, Emotional Ninja. In August 2010, her first one-hour special premiered on Comedy Central titled Whitney Cummings: Money Shot. In 2010 Cummings went on tour with Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour to promote the show's 6th season. She also appeared with Leary on Douchebags and Donuts.
In June 2014, Cummings did her second hour-long special, I Love You, on Comedy Central.
In 2011, two multi-camera live audience sitcoms Cummings created were picked up by broadcast networks: 2 Broke Girls (which Cummings co-created and executive produced with Michael Patrick King) and Whitney (which Cummings starred in, executive produced, and created). Whitney was not received well by critics, and Cummings acknowledges it was a learning curve for her. Both shows were renewed for a second season, but Whitney was cancelled in May 2013.
Shortly after Whitney went into production, "her mother had a stroke, paralyzing the left side of her body." In an interview with Howard Stern, Cummings revealed that "her sister, who had substance-abuse problems over the years, started doing heroin. Cummings called the dealer she was hanging out with, then sent her to rehab in Los Angeles, with a stop at the ER to treat pneumonia and gangrene."
Cummings lives in Los Angeles.
|2005||Half & Half||Woman||Episode: 'The Big Sexism in the City Episode'|
|2006||Channel 101||Ponytails Pi||Television film|
|2006||Fire Guys||Short film|
|2006||Trapped in a TV Guide||Series Regular|
|2006||Life is Short||Natalie||Short film|
|2006||What About Brian||Sally||Episode: 'What About the Fish...'|
|2007||7-10 Split||Whitney the Waitress|
|2007||Come to the Net||Whitney||Short film|
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Louise||3 episodes|
|2008||Turbo Dates||Sandy||Episode: 'Full Disclosure'|
|2008||Grizzly Park||Tiffany Stone|
|2008||Made of Honor||Stephanie|
|2009||The Station||Mia||Television film|
|2008–2009||The Tony Rock Project||4 episodes|
|2009||House||Courtney||Episode: 'Here Kitty'|
|2009||Why Men Go Gay in L.A.|
|2010||Successful Alcoholics||Short film|
|2010||In Fidelity||Cindy||Short film|
|2011||Dave's Old Porn||guest host|
|2012||Frankie Go Boom||Claudia|
|2011–2013||Whitney||Whitney||Leading role; 38 episodes|
|2007||Last Call with Carson Daly||Writer; 1 episode|
|2007||Comedy Central Roast||Consultant, episode: 'Flavor Flav'|
|2008||Comedy Central Roast||Writer; episode: 'Bob Saget'|
|2009||Live Nude Comedy||Writer, co-executive producer|
|2009||Comedy Central Roast||Roaster: episode: 'Joan Rivers'|
|2010||Just for Laughs||Writer; season 2, episode 6|
|2010||Comedy Central Roast||Roaster: episode: 'David Hasselhoff'|
|2010||Comedy.TV||Writer and host|
|2010||Whitney Cummings: Money Shot||Executive producer|
|2011||Comedy Central Roast||Roaster: episode: 'Donald Trump'|
|2011–2013||Whitney||Writer, executive producer|
|2011–||2 Broke Girls||Co-creator, co-writer/executive producer (pilot only), executive consultant|
|2012–2013||Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings|
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