Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Chelsea Handler Show


It's funny how we find things in this big ole world. I was on a plane 51 weeks ago yesterday and I heard a young Australian singer named Missy Higgins. One quick look through my blog and you will see that I think she is great, and so when we got back from down under I started to keep my eyes out for her. We went and saw her play in Atlantic City and I recorded a few TV performances she made while here in the states. One of those came on Carson Daly's show in mid July of '05, and also on the show that night was a stand up comedian named Chelsea Handler who was on the show to promote her new book: "My Horizontal Life" which is a memoir of all her one night stands (or ONS thanks Dane). She struck me as very funny with lines like "It's important to have sex soon after meeting someone in order to find out if you have sexual chemistry together. Otherwise, you could wait two to three months after you start dating only to discover that your new boyfriend is bad in bed, or even worse, into anal beads and duct tape."

Then yesterday, while waiting for my wife to come home from work so we could start our weekend, I saw her again. I was playing playstation while watching "The Soup" on E! and when it was over the remote was not within my reach, so I did what any man would do. I just sat there and watched the next show, rather than get up and surf for another one. When her show started I laughed so much that I paused my game, which says a lot to begin with. Then she did a skit where she is having lunch with Bono, Tom Cruise, Madonna, and Tiger Woods (all very good impersonators) and I damn near fell out of my chair. As the show wore on she did a spoof of a few popular shows like Laguna Beach, and Blind Date by showing off her sharp wit with Long Beach, and Finding a Gay best friend.

Some may find Handler's jokes too far over the edge, being as she walks the PC line and pushes into territory some find touchy. She makes jokes about race, religion and sexuality with the vim and vigor normally only used by minority or gay comics. She does have the ability to fall back on her religious upbringing, however. Google Handler and you will find that every article about her starts by saying she is 33, from Livingston NJ, and half Jewish and half Mormon. I hope you take the time to watch this show, and I think you will find that it is indeed good work out of Chelsea Handler.

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