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Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982)[2] is an American comedian and actress. She is 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

Photo of Cummings near the sea.
Photo of Cummings near the sea.

Cummings was born and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.[3] Her mother is Patti Cummings, a former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie.[4][5][3] Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old.[3][6][7] She has an older half-brother named Kevin Cummings, and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.[5][3]

She went to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.[9]

She interned at Washington's NBC-owned television station WRC-TV as a journalist.[3][10][11] She studied acting at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theater.[12]

Cummings graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in Communications.[10][13]

Career

Acting

Cummings moved to Los Angeles after college and worked on Punk'd on MTV in 2004[4] and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes.[14][15]

Stand-up

She began performing stand-up in 2004. In 2007, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007.[12] 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.

Photo of Cummings posing for photo while doing stand up. 
Photo of Cummings posing for photo while doing stand up. 

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.[16] She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.[17]

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.[3] She released her debut stand-up album, Emotional Ninja. In August 2010, her first one-hour special, titled Whitney Cummings: Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central. In 2010 Cummings went on tour with Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour to promote the show's sixth season. She also appeared with Leary on Douchebags and Donuts.

In June 2014, Cummings did her second hour-long special, I Love You, on Comedy Central.[18]

Television

In 2011, two multi-camera, live-audience sitcoms Cummings created[19] 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).[20][21]Whitney was not received well by critics,[22][23][24] and Cummings acknowledges it was a learning curve for her.[25][26][27]2 Broke Girls was continued, and in March 2016 was renewed for a sixth season; Whitney lasted only two seasons, and was cancelled in May 2013.

Cummings had a talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012,[28] which was cancelled after 11 episodes.[29][30]

She appears in Season 3 of Undateable.

Influences

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."[31] Other important influences for her were George Carlin, Bill Cosby—whose show she says she watched regularly "because so much of that was based on his stand up...". Later influences were Dave Attell—"a legend now but he’s very edgy", Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks.[31]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2004EMRCyberBunnyLilly 
20077-10 SplitWhitney the Waitress 
2008Grizzly ParkTiffany Stone 
2008Made of HonorStephanie 
2009Why Men Go Gay in L.A.  
20123,2,1... Frankie Go BoomClaudia 
2015The Wedding RingerHolly Munk 
2015The Ridiculous 6Susannah 
2016Unforgettable Filming

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005Half and HalfWoman1 episode
2006Fire GuysPonytails Pi1 episode
2006Trapped in TV GuideSeries regularUnknown episodes
2006What About BrianSally1 episode
2007Tell Me You Love MeLouise3 episodes
2008Turbo DatesSandy1 episode
2008–09The Tony Rock Project 4 episodes
2009HouseCourtneyEpisode: "Here Kitty"
2010–13WhitneyWhitney38 episodes, also creator, writer, and executive producer
2011Dave's Old PornGuest host1 episode
2012–13Love You, Mean ItHost11 episodes, also executive producer
2014Comedy Bang! Bang!Herself1 episode
2015MaronHerself2 episodes
2015The Jim Gaffigan ShowHerself1 episode
2015–16UndateableCharlotte5 episodes
2016WorkaholicsJuliette1 episode

Short films

YearTitleRoleNotes
2006HookedVanessa 
2006Life Is ShortNatalie 
2007Come to the NetWhitney 
2010Successful Alcoholics  
2010In FidelityCindy 

Comedy specials

YearTitleNotes
2010Whitney Cummings: Money ShotPremiered on Comedy Central
2014Whitney Cummings: I Love YouPremiered on Comedy Central
2016I'm Your GirlfriendPremiered on HBO
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