Comedian and actress Whitney Cummings has accomplished quite a bit since taking on stand-up for the first time back in 2004. It’s all coming to a head with her first special for HBO premiering this weekend, Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend. But before she landed a coveted showcase on the premium pay channel, she navigated the rough waters of L.A. with some success and failure along the way.
Cummings was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and began performing stand-up in the mid aughts. Then in 2008, Cummings appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing, although she didn’t pass the showcase. However, that didn’t slow her down. She’s performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly and co-starred on The Tony Rock Project while appearing in the 2008 movie Made of Honor. She has also made several appearances on the E! show Chelsea Lately on its round table, a show that can be attributed to shining a light on some of today’s up-and-coming talent. Cummings followed this up by hosting the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Dailies. Her success that year culminated in her being named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly.
Other credits Cummings was able to rack up on her way to breaking through with her own television series in 2011 include appearances in House, Dave’s Old Porn, and the short film In Fidelity. While all of this was going on, she was writing quite a bit with a primary focus on the Comedy Central Roasts of Flavor Flav, Bob Saget, and Joan Rivers only to make her own appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff in 2010. That same year she released Whitney Cummings: Money Shot, her debut special. The 48 minute laughing spree found Cummings riffing on a wide range of topics chiefly, the differences between men and women and how both tend to behave in relationships. It was received with mixed reviews by critics.
The following year saw Cummings land her own show on NBC, Whitney. The series, which she created, wrote, and starred in alongside comic Chris D’Elia had a simple premise. A girl, a guy, and their twenty-something friends living in Chicago. It only lasted two seasons pulling in mixed reviews, however, she would cement her name in television with one of CBS’ biggest sitcoms, 2 Broke Girls. Created by Cummings and Michael Patrick King, the series currently in its fifth season has been a staple for the network bringing in big numbers.
Jump to 2014 and beyond, she released her second hour-long special I Love You for Comedy Central, appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, and The Jim Gaffigan Show while reunited with her Whitney co-star on NBC’s Undateable Live. This takes us up to the present. This is spot on the timeline that will be a pivotal moment in her career as an individual in front of the camera, somethings she’s been pursuing from the start. This weekend, Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend debuts on HBO. Taped at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Cal., the special features Cummings’ unfiltered observations on modern gender dynamics, as she skewers the paradoxes of sex and relationships in an age when women have more power and independence than ever before. Cummings offers her uncensored thoughts on such topics as: whether men are attracted to successful women; being the breadwinner in a relationship; internet-inspired perversions; the problems with today’s birth control options for women; and her experience freezing her eggs. The HBO debut was directed by Marty Callner, who has directed the likes of Robin Williams, George Lopez, Will Ferrell, and Chris Rock.
Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend debuts January 23 at 10p on HBO.