" data-reactid="22" WATCH: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Play Charades Against Jimmy Fallon and Chelsea Handler!
Currently single, the candid entertainer admitted she doesn't want to get married, enjoys one-night stands, likes "young guys, 25-30," and needs more sex because "there are no men in L.
Laugh more,’ he yells, 'longer, louder.’ His panic is unfounded; the audience is laughing uproariously: Chelsea Handler is hilarious.
Handler is – incredibly – only the second woman in American history to host a late-night talkshow since Joan Rivers’ ill-fated 1986 show on Fox.
You open a magazine and it says that Suri Cruise wants to move from New York to LA. ”’ Handler grew up in New Jersey, the youngest of six children. My father was a used-car salesman and there were cars all over the place. My childhood was pretty embarrassing, but I think that’s why I have so much material.’ Her stand-up and her books are rife with purported disdain for her family – she constantly mocks her father (her mother died of cancer some years ago) and siblings, but they are all still close and the family pictures that cover her office walls clearly display a strong bond between them.'They’re used to me making fun of them,’ says Handler.
Her father, Melvin, was Jewish, while her mother, Sylvia, was a Mormon (who converted to Judaism). 'I did this show the other night talking about my dad and Father’s Day.
The thing he was most upset about was that people would think that he wasn’t available and single.’ Though pretty enough to become a finalist in the Miss New Jersey pageant when she was 15, Handler readily admits that she was bullied at high school. We want you to lay off.” No way.’ Handler is charming to talk to and commands respect – deftly balancing her on-screen jokey persona with her off-screen alter ego of determined career woman.
It would be sad if my career was built on that.’ At 19 Handler moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, but hated the 'humiliating and demeaning’ auditions, and didn’t like the fact that she was always reading other people’s lines: 'I wanted to say my own stuff. And I realised that stand-up was the perfect way to do it. I’ve always been a loudmouth.’Was it hard being the only woman on tour? 'I think it’s easier because there aren’t so many women. Being a stand-up comedian is not a career that women are drawn to. This is awful.” And I was making about 0 a week. I don’t want to be reporting entertainment news, with my hand on my hip, that Leonardo Di Caprio was stung by a bee. And so they went, “OK, you can make fun of everything.” It really was perfect.’ To succeed in being outspoken and critical of celebrities on a channel that makes its revenue from the very people she knocks down is some achievement. 'We get into fights all the time – “You can’t say this, you can’t do that.” I’m like, “Yes, you can.” He’ll say, “You can’t talk about Denise Richards [Charlie Sheen’s ex-wife, who starred in the Bond film The World Is Not Enough].” Yes, I can. One project she won’t be pursuing, however, is children.
You’re on the road and touring and living in disgusting hotel rooms, which is what you have to do at the beginning. It’s really hard to do, but once you get good at it, it’s totally worth it.’ Within a few years she was making a name for herself and, after some spots on the Jay Leno Show, was hired by the E! 'I have no desire to have children,’ says Handler with absolute certainty. I’m like, “No, it’s not going to change.” I think it would be really selfish to have a child right now. People don’t always think about the quality of life when they’re having a child. The Big Short, the film adaptation of Michael Lewis' book of the same name about the causes of the financial crisis, opens in UK cinemas this weekend.
No one was interested in Rivers’ bold, bitchy humour, yet it’s something that Handler embraces with gusto, while deftly dismissing any comparison with her fellow comedian ('I’d have to get some plastic surgery’).
It’s hard to believe that women, while shattering glass ceilings in almost every other area of modern life, have been so unsuccessful as late-night talkshow hosts.
'For the moment I just want to continue making fun of people’s dumb obsession with celebrities,’ she says. Of Angelina Jolie’s adopted son Maddox she recently joked, 'He probably thought he was scoring the biggest deal of his lifetime, getting adopted by this famous movie-star who was going to rescue him from his third-world Cambodia, only to find she was going to take him to every third-world country in the world.