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Q&A: Whitney Cummings

With an honest, raw and usually no-holds-barred act that helps her work out personal issues, Whitney Cummings has no capacity for embarrassment.

Donna Leahey
February 1, 2017

Comedian, writer, actor and producer, Whitney Cummings is an established name in television comedy who’s coming to Tulsa to entertain you with her relatable and genuine take on comedy and life. Based in Los Angeles, Cummings is the executive producer and co-creator of 2 Broke Girls, currently in its sixth season. She wrote, produced and starred in the NBC comedy Whitney from 2011-13. I’m Your Girlfriend is her third one-hour comedy special, which debuted on HBO in 2016. Her first feature film, The Female Brain, will be released this fall. And Cummings is a regular guest on E!’s Chelsea Lately and the Comedy Central Roasts series.

Take our advice and follow her on Twitter. You won’t regret it.

Q: Tell us about your brand of comedy.

A: I never totally know how what I say is going to be received. My intention is just to tell the truth. I’ve been doing comedy long enough to have learned that the best comedy is a vulnerable person standing up in front of a group of people and instead of hiding ourselves, showing that truth. I admit the most embarrassing thoughts and fears that I have and people think it’s funny. I think comedians have an obsession with justice. So, anything I’m struggling with, I try to deconstruct and figure it out in front of people. And it seems the labyrinth of trying to figure that out is entertaining.

Q: What can fans expect from your show at Paradise Cove?

A: I never know how a show is going to go. I’d ask that same question of Tulsa. How is the show going to go? The audience controls that. You know, I’m getting older; I froze my eggs. I’ve been through a couple breakups. I’ve got a lot of anger, and a lot of new mistakes to talk about. I have family in Tulsa, but I don’t know if I’ve ever performed there. I’ll come in early and explore the city and explore the culture and try to incorporate some of that into the show. 

Q: Tell us about The Female Brain, your movie that's releasing this year.

A: I directed and wrote this movie. It’s a neurologic comedy, based on the book The Female Brain [written by Louann Brizendine] about the differences between male and female brains. 

Q: Do you have any other projects in development?

A: Right now, I’m focusing on stand-up. I’m working on a book that should be out this fall. It’s some of my stories that don’t make sense to put onstage. I’m working on a big stand-up tour this fall. 

Whitney Cummings

Q: What inspired you to become a comedian, actor, writer and producer?

A: I don’t know. I wish it were that simple. If you’re going to do this as a living, you don’t have a choice. It’s not like “Am I going to be a lawyer or a comedian?” It’s a mental illness, frankly. 

Q: A little over a year ago, you posted a topless pic on Instagram after a 25-pound weight gain. You looked fantastic in that picture. Why did you post it?

A: In my line of work, it’s about telling the truth and revealing your struggles in a comical way. I did a show on NBC [Whitney]. Being on television, there’s a lot of pressure. It got to me. I felt I was too thin, and I didn’t want to be a bad role model for girls. I made a conscious effort to put some weight on in defiance of this thin-obsessed culture.

Q: You are a celebrity supporter of Best Friends Animal Society, the nation's largest no-kill animal shelter.

A: Everyone’s got their thing. My thing is, I’m a crazy dog lady. For myriad reasons, I’ve started working with a lot of pit bull rescues. For every one pit bull saved, over 300 are euthanized. They are bred, then discarded. I have three pits, and two that I foster. There is an unbelievable number of dogs being euthanized, and it makes me crazy. I like to help people know more about the breed because pits are very misunderstood. There are 3 million dogs in shelters, so I encourage everyone to adopt. It feels like a manageable goal. When I go to a new town, I like to go to the shelters and take pics of the dogs and help spread awareness.

Whitney Cummings
River Spirit Casino Resort
8330 Riverside Parkway | Tulsa
Feb. 25, 2017
Event tickets can be purchased and will call tickets can be picked up from the Players Club Box Office daily from 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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