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Whitney Cummings - Biography


Whitney Cummings at the Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images


September 4, 1982

Whitney Cummings Overview:

Comedian, actress and writer Whitney Cummings looks like a model but talks like a sailor for that rare combination of beauty and filth. A rising star of Comedy Central roasts, Cummings takes brutal honesty to new highs and lows in her act. As evidenced on her debut album, Emotional Ninja, Cummings is a pro at finding new ways to spin routines on what it's like to be a single woman in the dating world.

Quick Whitney Cummings Facts:

  • Whitney Cummings grew up around Washington D.C. and attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated from in just three years.
  • She began performing stand-up comedy in 2004.
  • In 2008, she got a big break when she appeared on the late-night HBO stand-up series Down and Dirty with Jim Norton.
  • In 2009, Cummings was one of the guest roasters on The Comedy Central Roast of Joan Rivers.
  • Also in 2009, she released her debut stand-up album, Emotional Ninja.
  • In 2010, Cummings' first hour-long stand-up special, Money Shot, debuted on Comedy Central.
  • In 2011, she created and starred in her own NBC sitcom, Whitney.

Additional Whitney Cummings Facts:

  • In 2007, Variety named Whitney Cummings as one of 10 Comics to Watch.
  • She is a creator, writer and star of the stand-up series Live Nude Comedy, which debuted on Showtime in 2009.
  • Cummings is a frequent guest on Chelsea Handler's late-night talk show Chelsea Lately on E!.
  • She was also a regular contributor to The Tony Rock Project on MyNetwork TV.
  • In 2010, Cummings was one of the most memorable roasters on The Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff.
  • In addition to creating, writing and starring in Whitney for NBC, Cummings co-created the sitcom 2 Broke Girls for CBS alongside Michael Patrick King.
  • In 2012, Cummings began hosting her own weekly late-night talk show, Love You, Mean It on E!. The show was canceled after 12 episodes in early 2013.
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