Chelsea Handler is not the problem. You are.

That’s why she’s developed new material for her new indie tour, “Vaccine and Horny,” a title that means a lot to Handler but, she says, also contains a deep message. more colorful.

(Full disclosure, I was thrilled doing this interview. I’m a huge Handler fan. I’ve been following her religiously since I started following her on ” Chelsea Lately” in 2007. I’ve read all of her books. I’ve watched all of her “shows and specials. She’s one of my favorite guests on Howard Stern.” I love her curiosity and the way she tries to do good. She always makes me smile, so I would love to spend time talking to her. And yes, she is everything I think of her. loving, caring, a little angry, loving, and most of all, funny.)

The comedian recently spoke to CNN from Nashville, TN., her latest stop on tour.

“Being with everyone for the first time after Covid, is like the reason why people come together is so meaningful and so much fun. I mean, we’re just having a blast. I’m having an explosion on the internet. It’s not Handler talking about returning to the stage.

In 2020, Handler launched another hour-long special, “Evolution,” about staying home in the midst of a pandemic, going to therapy, and dealing with the death of her brother when she was a child. Handler says her new show is just as personal.

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“I’m a storyteller. I tell stories. So, you know, my stance is my life.”

Handler’s home life has, for much of the pandemic, included more families – and new perceptions of gender inequality.

“I was thinking about it because my sister moved in with me, with my eldest son and two daughters. The world started talking about white men, patriarchy, all the systems being built. built on that. It’s not the men’s fault. We’re all products of our culture,” she said. “When all I saw was the way my nephew took up space in my house compared to the way my two nieces were, I thought, oh, this is what people are talking about. Men feel they have more rights to say whatever they want to say, even if they don’t know what they’re talking about half the time, while women have been muted so there are deeper concepts, these A deeper conversation is needed here, but through the lens of comedy to then be able to do the fun of my 24-year-old grandson, playing basketball for me in my own home, his feet. unfolded in my chair in a way I’ve never even sat on my own sofa.”

At this point, she laughs, telling me she’s worked her best and is “ready to jump out the window.”

Luckily, she said, she had a gig that night so she could vent. And some cannabis gum.

“I would say, it remains an integral part of my daily repertoire,” she quips.

Handler says while she once believed she was done getting up, it has since become one of her greatest joys because she can solve difficult problems with humour.

“It’s a great way to express what so many of us are feeling and not everyone sits down and writes it down and then tells everyone. You’re getting this message across in a real way. profound,” she said of her comedy. “And I don’t want to shrink anyone’s background, whether they’re public or private… So when you have a big platform, you better make sure what you’re doing. say what you mean.”

Handler has also found another way to reach people. She’s hosting a weekly tips podcast, called “Dear Chelsea,” where with the help of co-host and assistant Brandon Marlo, she gives callers advice on everything from appointments dating to rehab. She says it is aimed at helping people stay on track in their lives.

“I have a strong personality and I’ve learned to use it, right? So it’s like I don’t have the business to give people advice, but you know what, I have a job. business, gives you a nudge in the right direction and is your biggest champion,” she said. “I have no flesh in the game. I want to help people. I don’t have any personal agenda in any way. I want people to be strong and brave.”

She says that most of the people who call her are people in the process of making a “life decision”.

“I personally know how it goes, when you don’t know what to do and you don’t have a gut feeling and you feel lost and you go around asking everyone’s opinion,” she said.

“I think of myself in this big sister way. Like, I would never drive a girl the wrong way. I would never drive anyone the wrong way,” she said, adding. added that she thought it would. a “much sadder podcast.”

“But people started clamoring with real problems and I realized, well, people really lack direction at certain times in their lives. So that’s what podcasts have become. Fort.”

Handler says she’s honest with callers if she has no expertise on a subject and will call support.

“We bring together real people and experts,” says Handler. “I think the next step for the podcast is really to have a regular person with medical expertise, so I don’t need to say ‘let me figure this out and get back to you.’ I think we need someone with some certifications, because I only attended community college for one semester.

The handler laughs. And just like that she had another joke.

“I want to tell people it’s one of the top ten community colleges in the country.”

In the end, I had to let her go, I thanked her for her time and nervously gave her a book recommendation she had written. “Well, I hope you have a good day,” she told me, unaware that she had made it great for me.

Tickets for “Vaccinated and horned” currently on sale.
The “Dear Chelsea” podcasts are on iHeartRadio and podcasts everywhere are heard. | Chelsea Handler is not the problem. You are.


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