Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought-after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Handler broke into the world of late night talk shows with her E! series, Chelsea Lately, airing weeknights at 11 PM. Consistently the network’s highest rated program, Chelsea Lately offers a tongue-in-cheek look at entertainment news, celebrity truths, and rumors that just won't die, along with other hot topics of the day. Bringing refreshing new energy to, and redefining perceptions of the talk show, Chelsea Lately is an authentic and hilarious commentary on the celebrity culture around us. 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 that has historically been dominated by male hosts and writers.
In addition to her wildly successful television series, Handler is equally well-known as a best-selling author. On March 28, 2010, she achieved a spectacular feature when her three books took the #1, #2, and #3 spots on The New York Times Best Seller list. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang from Grand Central Publishing was the #1 nonfiction hardcover. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea from Simon Spotlight Entertainment was the #2 nonfiction paperback. My Horizontal Life from Bloomsbury USA was the #3 nonfiction paperback. In hardcover, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list when it was published in April 2008, and My Horizontal Life has been a best seller for 80 weeks.
As a testament to her versatility and tireless work ethic, Handler's 21-city comedy tour, also entitled Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, and sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, kicked off in March 2010. After tickets sold out immediately, Live Nation added 15 more shows. As one of the nation’s most acclaimed and cutting edge comedians, Handler delivers a sharp combination of fearless honesty, ironic riffs, and self-deprecations with no shortage of material.
With her roots in both stand up comedy and television, Handler was also the star of Oxygen’s Girls Behaving Badly, which is now syndicated in over 90 markets for all of its four seasons. She also starred on E!'s 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.
In March 2009, Handler was honored the prestigious Ally for Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign, recognizing the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit, and wholehearted commitment to better the lives of the LGBT. She continues to be an influential and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.
Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.