September 4, 1982 |
Georgetown, Washington, D.C., United States
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film|
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|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 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. Her mother is Patti Cummings, a former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie. Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old. She has an older half-brother named Kevin Cummings, and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.
She began performing stand-up in 2004. In 2007, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007. In 2008, Cummings appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing, although she didn't pass the showcase. She performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
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, titled Whitney Cummings: Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central. In 2010 Cummings went on tour with Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour to promote the show's sixth 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. 2 Broke Girls was continued, and in March 2016 was renewed for a sixth season; Whitney lasted only two seasons, and was cancelled in May 2013.
She appears in Season 3 of Undateable.
Cummings has described her comedic influences, beginning with Paul Reiser, who she said "made these hysterical, brilliant commentary about the most mundane things and open it up to a hysterical world." Other important influences for her were George Carlin, Bill Cosby—whose show she says she watched regularly "because so much of that was based on his stand up...". Later influences were Dave Attell—"a legend now but he’s very edgy", Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks.
|2007||7–10 Split||Whitney the Waitress|
|2008||Grizzly Park||Tiffany Stone|
|2008||Made of Honor||Stephanie|
|2009||Why Men Go Gay in L.A.|
|2012||3,2,1... Frankie Go Boom||Claudia|
|2015||The Wedding Ringer||Holly Munk|
|2015||The Ridiculous 6||Susannah|
|2005||Half and Half||Woman||1 episode|
|2006||Fire Guys||Ponytails Pi||1 episode|
|2006||Trapped in TV Guide||Series regular||Unknown episodes|
|2006||What About Brian||Sally||1 episode|
|2007||Tell Me You Love Me||Louise||3 episodes|
|2008||Turbo Dates||Sandy||1 episode|
|2008–09||The Tony Rock Project||4 episodes|
|2009||House||Courtney||Episode: "Here Kitty"|
|2010–13||Whitney||Whitney||38 episodes, also creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2011||Dave's Old Porn||Guest host||1 episode|
|2012–13||Love You, Mean It||Host||11 episodes, also executive producer|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Herself||1 episode|
|2015||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Herself||1 episode|
|2006||Life Is Short||Natalie|
|2007||Come to the Net||Whitney|
|2010||Whitney Cummings: Money Shot||Premiered on Comedy Central|
|2014||Whitney Cummings: I Love You||Premiered on Comedy Central|
|2016||I'm Your Girlfriend||Premiered on HBO|
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