“When I first started doing stand-up, I would wear hoodies and no makeup and I would wear my hair back and sneakers. I used to self-deprecate a lot: I just got cheated on, I just got broken up with, I hate myself—to make women go, ‘Okay, she’s just like us, she has problems too.’ But whereas I used to think that looking pretty or sexy would alienate women, now it’s the opposite. Now I feel like when I embrace my femininity, it makes women relate to me more, because they go, ‘Oh, she’s just like me, she puts on makeup, she tries to look cute, she wears Spanx and she wears heels.’ And I think that being known helps, you can get away with more.”
— Whitney Cummings on the difficulties she has faced as a woman in stand-up. Hmm. Either a female comic is purposefully not pretty so men don’t find her threatening or she is so pretty that New York Times reporters ask about sleeping her way to the top. What a choice! [The Daily Beast]
Whitney Cummings scored prime real estate this weekend on the interview page of The New York Times Magazine. As a Whitney fan and someone who is really excited for “Whitney” and “2 Broke Girls,” her two new shows, I was super-psyched. Then I read the rude, douchey, and sexist questions by interviewer Andrew Goldman and wanted to throw a hot latte at him. Instead of asking about comedy or acting, Goldman nailed her with at least three questions about being attractive and the perception that pretty girls must sleep their way to the top:
AG: On those Comedy Central roasts, your fellow comedians liked to joke about how you slept your way to fame. How accurate is that criticism?
WC: If sleeping with people worked, I would be doing it. Do you know an example of anyone who’s ever slept with a producer or whatever that has gotten them anywhere?
Great answer to a rude question, Whitney. Alas, the Q&A then worsened. Keep reading »
Stand-up comedian Whitney Cummings is getting her own show on NBC this fall. Like the great stand-up comedian sitcoms “Seinfeld” and “Roseanne,” it is simply named “Whitney.”
Cummings plays Whitney, a woman in a long term relationship with Alex (Chris D’Elia) and no plans on marriage.
If you live in a big city, you probably see lots billboards stating some of Cummings’ comedic observations about relationships. Over the summer, she met with the Television Critics Association to explain her views on humor and sitcoms. The pilot episode has her try to spice up their sex life by playing a slutty nurse in a bedroom fantasy. They can’t put that on a billboard. Read more… Keep reading »
There’s a lot of female comedians we love — Tina Fey, Kristin Wiig, Margaret Cho — but Whitney Cummings has a special place in our heart. For starters, her name is a joke in and of itself. Secondly, the frequent “Chelsea Lately” guest is an avid Frisky reader. But beyond the fact that she obviously has great taste in reading material, what we love the most is that her standup routine focuses on sex and relationships. She’s at her most hysterical discussing everything from emotional ninjas to porn star screams in the comedy special “Money Shot,” which is out on DVD this week. Who says women aren’t funny? Oh yeah, no one we actually respect.
We know good comedy when we see it. Like, for instance, a woman who isn’t afraid to make fun of balls. Yeah, there’s no nice way to say it, they’re just … ugly. A few months ago, we told you Whitney Cummings was a comedienne to watch and now she has her own Comedy Central special called “Whitney Cummings: Money Shot.” You can laugh with Whitney tomorrow night as she pontificates at length on important topics such as balls, porn, and “the pump fake.” Done and done. [Icon Vision] Keep reading »