Whitney Cummings

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Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings alt.jpg
Born (1982-09-04) September 4, 1982 (age 31)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film, modeling
Nationality American
Years active 2004–present
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
Chelsea Lately
2 Broke Girls
Whitney
Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings
Website www.whitneycummings.com

Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982) is an American comedian and actress. She was formerly a cast member of the MTV television show Punk'd and was 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 September 4, 1982 and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.[1] Her mother Patti is a PR executive and her father is a venture capitalist.[1][2] She went to Holy Trinity School[1] and then to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.[3] She interned at the local NBC news affiliate as a journalist.[4][5] She began college at the University of North Carolina before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2004[4][6] with a degree in communications and film.[7] She was a model before becoming an actress.[8]

Career[edit]

Cummings moved to Los Angeles after college and worked on Punk'd on MTV in 2004[2] and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes.[9][10] She began performing stand-up in 2004.[11] Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007.[11] She appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing in 2008, though she didn't pass the showcase. Since then, 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.[12] She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.[13]

Her television appearances have included Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Live Nude Comedy (which she created, starred and wrote for),[11] 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.[11] 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 2011, two of Cummings' television sitcoms were picked up by broadcast networks: 2 Broke Girls (as co-creator and executive producer) and Whitney (as star, executive producer, and creator).[14][15] Both shows were renewed for a second season, but Whitney was cancelled in May 2013. She was given her own talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012,[16] which was cancelled after one season.[17]

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 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Zak, Dan (8 December 2010). "Comedian Whitney Cummings: Bewitching, brazen and with jokes to make you blush". Washingtton Post. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Leiby, Richard (25 April 2004). "The Reliable Source". Washington Post. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Whitney Cummings '00 Making Her Mark in Entertainment World". St. Andrew's Episcopal School. 23 April 2010. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Whitney Cummings Talks to AmericasComedy.Com | AmericasComedy.Com - Comedy News, Comedian Interviews!". 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Whitney Cummings interview part 1". www.jesterjournal.com. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Greg (5 May 2011). "Penn entertainers". Penn Current. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Biography". 
  8. ^ John Scott Lewinski. "Whitney Cummings Interview". AskMen. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  9. ^ Harvey, Dennis (17 February 2005). "EMR". Variety. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Whitney Rocks Punk'd!". TV Guide. 11 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Whitney Cummings Biography - Biography of Stand-up Comedian Whitney Cummings". Comedians.about.com. 1982-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  12. ^ "Talented Comedian/Actress Whitney Cummings Talks 'Made of Honor' & More". Starpulse. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Pastorek, Whitney; Snierson, Dan (13 November 2008). "12 Rising Stars of Comedy". Entertainment Weekly. 
  14. ^ Updated: NBC Picks Up "Smash", "Prime Suspects" and Two More Sitcoms to Series, TV By the Numbers, May 11, 2011
  15. ^ ""Person of Interest," "Two Broke Girls" First to Series at CBS; Sarah Michelle Gellar-Led "Ringer" Shifts to The CW"
  16. ^ "Star of NBC Sitcom Lands Talk Show : TVBizwire : TVWeek - Television Industry news, TV ratings, analysis, celebrity event photos". TVWeek. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  17. ^ "Whitney Cummings’ ‘Love You, Mean It’ E! show cancelled". thecelebritycafe. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 

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