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Chelsea Handler - Wild West Comedy Festival will be at Andrew Jackson Hall in Nashville, TN
Chelsea Handler is one of the most exciting and successful figures in the entertainment industry. Handler was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s 2011 “Women of the Year” and was also featured in TIME Magazine’s annual “TIME 100” Portfolio last year. Both publications recognized the media mogul for her multiplatform success as a bestselling author, talk show host, stand-up comedian, and an actress. The self-made Handler is a cultural phenomenon whose business savvy is matched only by her comedic talents.
As the host of E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Handler remains the only female to break into the otherwise male-dominated late night arena. She has built “Chelsea Lately” into one of the highest rated shows on E!, she consistently draws higher ratings than her late night competitors (especially among women 18 to 34) bringing in an average of 900,000 viewers per episode. The show is also groundbreaking for female comedy writers as it is the first of its kind to have an unprecedented five women on staff compromising half of the writing team. In April 2011, Handler introduced audiences to “After Lately”, a semi-scripted series that follows the outside lives of Chelsea along with her late night co-stars, guest comedians, and writers. With impressive ratings and an immediate cult following, “After Lately” recently concluded its third season on E!.
Chelsea is also building her resume as a film and television actress with credits including Paramount’s comedy FUN SIZE opposite Johnny Knoxville and Victoria Justice., Universal Picture’s 2011 family comedy HOP starring James Marsden and Russell Brand as well as director McG’s recent action-comedy THIS MEANS WAR co-starring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, and Tom Hardy. Television credits include Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” (now syndicated in over 90 markets); “The Chelsea Handler Show”; “Are You There, Chelsea?” and the web series “In The Motherhood.”
Handler is one of the leading nonfiction authors and was named “one of the clear winners of 2010” by Publisher’s Weekly with four bestselling books currently in print. Her next book Uganda Be Kidding Me, about her travels, is due out on March 4, 2014. This will be the third book published by her Grand Central imprint “Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book,” the first was Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and the second was Ross Mathew's book Man Up: Tales of My Delusional Self-Confidence which released in May 2013. Her first book, My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands (Bloomsbury Publishing), sold over a million copies in more than twenty countries. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (Simon Spotlight), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (Grand Central Publishing), and her most recent Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book) all debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. On March 28th, 2010, Handler had three books ranked at #1, #2, and #3 on the Bestseller Lists simultaneously – a remarkable feat for any author.
In 2010, Chelsea partnered with Live Nation and Belvedere Vodka for the “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” comedy tour. She performed 79 shows in 53 markets across the United States and in Canada and sold over 250,000 tickets total to become one of the highest grossing of 2010. Her second Live Nation tour later that year, “Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me”, was equally successful with sold out shows in the top 20 US markets.
Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.
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