Comedian and Author
After a successful seven-year run as the host of E!’s top-rated “Chelsea Lately,” Handler launched an all-new talk show for Netflix in May 2016. “Chelsea” was the first of its kind for the global on-demand generation. The show’s two seasons continue to be available for streaming globally on the platform.
Handler can also be seen in Netflix’s documentary series “Chelsea Does,” where she explores a range of subjects of personal and universal curiosity. Later this year, Handler will continue her partnership with the streaming service for an original feature length documentary co-produced with Condé Nast, which will focus on white privilege in America.
Handler will be returning to scripted television with a recently inked two-year first look deal with NBC Universal Television, which includes all broadcast, cable and digital/streaming platforms. She will also executive produce a series called “Unspeakable,” a dramedy starring Mary McCormack for Hulu. She is developing and executive producing a drama series based on the Jarett Kobek novel “I Hate the Internet” for TNT.
In addition to her work with EMILY’s List, Handler’s activism extends to her partnership with the Karam Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a better future for Syria. Handler is currently doing a series of town hall-like events in cities across the U.S., which are centered around social activism in hopes of galvanizing citizens to use their voices.
Handler’s New York Time's five best-selling books include My Horizontal Life (2005), Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (2008), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (2010), Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (2011), and 2014’s Uganda Be Kidding Me, which was her fourth nonfiction title to debut at No. 1 on The New York Times Best-Seller List. In support of the book’s release, Handler embarked on a sold-out global tour, and in October 2014, a stand-up comedy performance based on the tour, “Uganda Be Kidding Me Live,” premiered exclusively on Netflix. Handler is currently in the process of writing her sixth book to be published by Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Handler has been honored by TIME magazine as one of its annual “TIME 100 Most Influential People;” Glamour magazine as one of its 2011 Women of the Year; and the Human Rights Campaign, which gave her its Ally for Equality Award in 2009.