Whitney Cummings

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Whitney Cummings
Born (1982-09-04) September 4, 1982 (age 33)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Medium Stand-up, television, film
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
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
Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings
Website www.whitneycummings.com

Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982)[1] 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.[2] Her mother is Patti Cummings, a former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie.[3][4][2] Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old.[2][5][6] She has an older half-brother named Kevin Cummings, and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.[4][2]

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, Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.[7]

She interned at local NBC news affiliate WRC-TV (Channel 4) as a journalist.[2][8][9] She studied acting at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theater.[10]

Cummings graduated from University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude in 2004.[8][11]



Cummings moved to Los Angeles after college and worked on Punk'd on MTV in 2004[3] and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes.[12][13]


She began performing stand-up in 2004. In 2007, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007.[10] 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.[citation needed]

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.[14] She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.[15]

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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

In June 2014, Cummings did her second hour-long special, I Love You, on Comedy Central.[16]


In 2011, two multi-camera live audience sitcoms Cummings created[17] 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).[18][19] Whitney was not received well by critics,[20][21][22] and Cummings acknowledges it was a learning curve for her.[23][24][25] 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,[26] which was cancelled after 11 episodes.[27][28]


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."[29] Following him were George Carlin, and big for me too was Bill Cosby. I used to watch his show religiously because so much of that was based on his stand up, and then later Dave Attell — he’s a legend now but he’s very edgy and then I got introduced to Lenny Bruce and then Bill Hicks and it was kind of over.[29]


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
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Herself Episode: "Amber Tamblyn Wears a Leather Jacket & Black Booties"
2015 The Wedding Ringer Holly Munk
2015 Maron Whitney Cummings Episodes: "The Request" & "Marc's Niece"
2015 The Jim Gaffigan Show Herself Episode: "Wonderful"
2015 The Ridiculous 6 Susannah Filming
2016 Unforgettable Filming
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–present 2 Broke Girls Co-creator, co-writer/executive producer (pilot only), executive consultant
2012–2013 Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings


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

External links[edit]