A brash, acerbic, by-the-throat comedienne who built a career out of skewering pop culture fixations such as [[Performer~P358949~Paris Hilton~parishilton]] and [[Performer~P383842~Nicole Richie~nicolerichie]], Chelsea Handler grew up in a devout Jewish household in New Jersey (with five siblings) and entered show business by way of stand-up comedy. In that sphere, Handler's unapologetically blunt and occasionally self-denigrating routines both turned heads and won her a massive following; she appeared and performed in such venues as HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival. Handler achieved her broadest recognition, however, on television; she was a fixture on the Oxygen network's [[Feature~V285386~Girls Behaving Badly~girlsbehavingbadly[tvseries]]] (2002), a reality program in which an all-female cast set about playing outrageous, [[Feature~V174882~Candid Camera~candidcamera[tvseries]]]-style practical jokes on unsuspecting men. The E! network subsequently signed Handler for two eponymous programs: [[Feature~V357104~The Chelsea Handler Show~thechelseahandlershow[tvseries]]] (2006), a loosely knit collection of skits, blackouts, mock interviews, and spoofs done with a biting edge, and a follow-up series, the after-dark [[Feature~V416105~Chelsea Lately~chelsealately[tvseries]]], similarly structured but more specifically devoted to sending up pop culture phenomena and developments.
On the side, Handler also published a popular book, the tell-all My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands -- which described in graphic and comic detail the performer's entire sexual history -- and made guest appearances on network series including [[Feature~V267935~The Bernie Mac Show~theberniemacshow[tvseries]]], [[Feature~V290799~Reno 911!~reno911[tvseries]]], and [[Feature~V242083~The Practice~thepractice[tvseries]]].
She gained fame as both an author and a TV personality, and also appeared in the 2012 romantic comedy This Means War, and saw her books adapted into a short-lived television series That 70's Show alum Laura Prepon played Chelsea and Handler herself played the recurring character Sloane. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi