Chelsea Handler serves as executive producer and also stars as Sloane, a conservative, outspoken new mom, in the NBC comedy "Are You There, Chelsea?" inspired by her best-selling books.
Handler has one of the most exciting careers in entertainment with a resume that includes best-selling author, talk show host, comedian and actress to name a few.
Recently named one of Glamour Magazine's 2011 "Women of the Year," Handler is a permanent fixture in pop culture as she continues to build a multiplatform media empire. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late-night talk shows with her E! Entertainment series "Chelsea Lately," airing weeknights at 11:00 p.m, which is consistently one of the network's highest-rated programs. Both Handler and the show have also been recognized as pioneers in late night, with the show boasting five female writers to account for half of its writing staff. This is unprecedented in the late night arena which has historically been dominated by male hosts and writers.
Capitalizing on the continued success of "Chelsea Lately," Handler introduced audiences to her spinoff series "After Lately" last spring, which garnered impressive ratings and an immediate cult following.
Handler is not only a popular household name among television audiences, she is also one of the leading non-fiction authors in publishing. Publisher's Weekly recently named her one of "the clear winners for the year" with both "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea" and "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" debuting at number one on the New York Times Best Seller lists and ranking among the top 10 highest-selling nonfiction books of 2010. Her first book, entitled "My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands," published by Bloomsbury, was released in the U.S. and over 20 other countries to become a best-seller for several weeks running, and has sold over a million copies. Her second book, "Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea," published by Simon Spotlight, debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller list in 2008 followed by "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang," published by Grand Central Publishing, in March of last year. On March 28th, 2010, Chelsea's three books held the number one, two, and three spots on the New York Times' Best Seller list simultaneously.
In November of last year, Grand Central Publishing signed Handler for her own imprint "Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book." Handler is currently signed on to pen three books for the imprint, the first of which was titled "Lies Chelsea Told Me" and debuted once again at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list when it hit shelves last May. The second title, still in its preliminary stages, will be written through the eyes of Handler's affable dog, Chunk. The third book is undecided at this time.
Last year, Handler partnered with Live Nation for her "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" comedy tour sponsored by Belvedere vodka. Due to high demand and several sold out venues, Live Nation extended the tour three times since its launch in March of 2010. Chelsea performed 79 shows in 53 markets across the United States and in Canada. The "Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang" tour sold over 250,000 tickets total to become one of the highest grossing of 2010. In May, Handler once again partnered with Live Nation and Belvedere for the "Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me" tour based on her recent book. This time, Handler hit the road with fellow comedians Brad Wollack, Heather McDonald, and Josh Wolf in tow. The "Lies" tour sold out in venues across the country in the top 20 U.S. markets.
In 2011, Handler made her feature-film debut with a cameo in Universal Pictures' "Hop" opposite Russell Brand and James Marsden. In 2012, she will star in two studio films - the first in February opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine in Fox's "This Means War," and the second in October in Paramount Picture's comedy "Fun Size." With her roots in television, Handler launched her acting career as the star of Oxygen's "Girls Behaving Badly" (now syndicated in over 90 markets) for all of its four seasons. She also starred on E! in "The Chelsea Handler Show." In 2007-2008, Handler starred with Jenny McCarthy and Leah Remini in the hugely popular MSN online web series "In the Motherhood."
Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.