Whitney Cummings

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Whitney Cummings
Birth name Whitney A Cummings
Born (1982-09-04) September 4, 1982 (age 32)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Years active 2004–present
Genres Observational comedy, insult comedy, blue comedy
Subject(s) Gender differences, sexism, human sexuality, relationships
Influences Paul Reiser
George Carlin
Bill Cosby
Dave Attell[1]
Notable works and roles Punk'd
The Tony Rock Project
Comedy Central Roasts
Made of Honor
Chelsea Lately
2 Broke Girls
Whitney
Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings
Website www.whitneycummings.com

Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982)[2] 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.

Early life[edit]

Cummings was born and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.[3] to mother Patti Cummings, former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie[4] [5][3] Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old.[3][6][7] She has an older half-brother named Kevin Cummings and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.[5][3]

She was a model before becoming an actress. She went to Holy Trinity School. She went to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.[8]

She interned at local NBC news affiliate WRC-TV (Channel 4) as a journalist.[3][9][10] She studied acting at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theater.[11]

Cummings graduated from University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude in 2004[9][12] with a degree in communications and film.

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Cummings moved to Los Angeles after college and worked on Punk'd on MTV in 2004[4] and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes.[13][14]

"On her role models growing up: 'I didn't know comedians were comedians, I just thought they were real people. When I was 12, I found a book written by Paul Reiser, and I found it at a yard sale, and I got OBSESSED with this book. It was the book that eventually became Mad about You the sitcom. So I would just obsessed, it was just so observational and smart, and then it was Roseanne Barr, and I used to watch Roseanne and that was the first show I could relate to because they were poor, because all other sitcom families were rich and lived in fancy houses, and Roseanne was outspoken and said things that women just didn't say, she just didn't care. So I really looked up to her. I thought she was such a badass.'

—Whitney Cummings, reddit AMA (June 2014)[15]

Stand-up[edit]

She began performing stand-up in 2004. At the age of 24, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007.[11] 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.[16] She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.[17]

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.[3] 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.[18]

Television[edit]

In 2011, two multi-camera live audience sitcoms Cummings created[19] 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).[20][21] Whitney was not received well by critics,[22][23][24] and Cummings acknowledges it was a learning curve for her.[25][26][27] Both shows were renewed for a second season, but Whitney was cancelled in May 2013.

Cummings had a talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012,[28] which was cancelled after 11 episodes.[29][30]

Personal life[edit]

Cummings lives in Los Angeles.[31]

Filmography[edit]

Film & television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 EMR CyberBunnyLilly
2005 Half & Half Woman Episode: 'The Big Sexism in the City Episode'
2006 Channel 101 Ponytails Pi Television film
2006 Hooked Vanessa Short 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
Writer & producer
Year Title Notes
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 Creator, executive producer, writer/co-writer (seven episodes)
2011– 2 Broke Girls Co-creator, co-writer/executive producer (pilot only), executive consultant
2012–2013 Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stipp, Christopher (2 May 2008). "Trailer Park Whitney Cummings". Fred. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Whitney A Cummings: United States Public Records, 1970-2009". FamilySearch. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Zak, Dan (8 December 2010). "Comedian Whitney Cummings: Bewitching, brazen and with jokes to make you blush". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Leiby, Richard (25 April 2004). "The Reliable Source". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Grigoriadis, Vanessa (18 November 2012). "Can Whitney Cummings Get Some Respect?". Vulture (New York Magazine). Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Stanhope, Kate (9 September 2011). "Whitney: How Different Is Whitney Cummings From Her TV Persona, Really?". TV Guide. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Duck, Allison (24 April 2013). "The Weekly Interview: Whitney Cummings". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Whitney Cummings '00 Making Her Mark in Entertainment World". St. Andrew's Episcopal School. 23 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  9. ^ a b "A Woman’s Mind Full Monty — Whitney Cummings". AmericasComedy. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Jester Interview: Whitney Cummings". Jester. 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Frankel, Daniel (27 February 2007). "Whitney Cummings: 10 Comics to Watch". Variety. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  12. ^ Johnson, Greg (5 May 2011). "Penn entertainers". Penn Current. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Harvey, Dennis (17 February 2005). "Review: ‘EMR’". Variety. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  14. ^ Katner, Ben (11 June 2004). "Whitney Rocks Punk'd!". TV Guide. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Whitney Cummings loves you. AMA.". reddit. 25 June 2014. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Talented Comedian/Actress Whitney Cummings Talks 'Made of Honor' & More". StarPulse. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  17. ^ Pastorek, Whitney; Snierson, Dan (13 November 2008). "12 Rising Stars of Comedy". Entertainment Weekly. 
  18. ^ Silverman, Sarah (26 June 2014). "Sarah Silverman Talks to Whitney Cummings About the Expectation That Comedians Need to Be in Movies". Vulture. New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Rose, Lacey (1 August 2011). "'Whitney': 10 Things to Know About the NBC Comedy". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  20. ^ Stelter, Brian (20 May 2011). "2 Networks Pin Their Hopes on One Comedian". New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Goldman, Andrew (16 September 2011). "There Is No Escaping Whitney Cummings". New York Times. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  22. ^ "Whitney : Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  23. ^ Blanco, Robert (22 September 2011). "'Whitney' sitcom fails in its delivery". USA Today. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  24. ^ Nussbaum, Emiy (28 November 2011). "Crass Warfare: Raunch and ridicule on “Whitney” and “2 Broke Girls.”". New Yorker. Condé Nast. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  25. ^ O'Connell, Michael (25 July 2012). "TCA 2012: Whitney Cummings Admits 'I Wish I Knew How to Act'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  26. ^ Adalian, Josef (13 May 2012). "The New Girls: Six female showrunners on why TV just keeps getting better.". New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  27. ^ Adalian, Josef (25 May 2012). "Six Female Showrunners Talk Ratings, Their Comedy Icons, and Internet Hate". Vulture. New York Magazine. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  28. ^ Rose, Lacey (29 April 2012). "E! Greenlights a Weekly Whitney Cummings Talk Show". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  29. ^ Kepler, Adam (15 February 2013). "For Whitney Cummings, Good and Bad Ratings News". New York Times (ArtsBeat). Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  30. ^ Rose, Lacey (14 February 2013). "E! Pulls Plug on Whitney Cummings' Late-Night Show". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  31. ^ Bazilian, Emma (24 June 2014). "Which TV Comedienne Is Looking for Love on Tinder? 2 Broke Girls creator thinks it may be a genius app". Adweek. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 

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