We Love Chelsea Han­dler

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Caus­tic, clever and just a lit­tle crass (in the classi­est pos­si­ble way, of course), come­di­enne Chelsea Han­dler is tak­ing her sig­na­ture sar­casm from late-night to some­thing al­to­gether more binge-able: a se­ries of four doc­u­men­taries on Netflix (out now)—on ev­ery­thing from drugs to mar­riage—called Chelsea Does. “Not that I think of my­self as a ‘doc­u­men­tar­ian,’” dead­pans Han­dler over the phone from L.A. “I don’t think of my­self as any­thing but a mess.” Here are four more rea­sons to laugh with, and some­times at (she’s okay with that), the hi­lar­i­ous Han­dler.

She’s cool with be­ing vul­ner­a­ble. “When I was do­ing my late-night show [ Chelsea Lately], I drove the ship—ev­ery­one looked to me for val­i­da­tion. Do­ing th­ese docs, I had to put my­self out there in a way I couldn’t con­trol. In the Drugs doc, I’m on cam­era vom­it­ing in Peru while do­ing ayahuasca; in the Mar­riage doc, I talk a lot about be­ing the age that I am and sin­gle. When I watch that back, I go ‘Oh, I feel so sorry for that girl; she seems sweet.’ And then I’m like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s you.’”

She wouldn’t be caught dead read­ing a goss ip rag. “I haven’t bought any of those id­iot mag­a­zines since I stopped do­ing my late-night show. What they talk about is so dumb, and more than half the time it’s just com­pletely made up. Celebri­ties say that all the time, but I’m a celebrity who’s in with celebri­ties and, let me tell you, I know the sto­ries be­hind th­ese sto­ries, and they’re not true!”

She’s hon­est to a fault. “My dad lied all the time when I was grow­ing up be­cause he was a used-car sales­man, and I just never wanted to be like that. I want my house paid for, I want my car paid for, I don’t want my elec­tric­ity to be shut off—I just want to be on the up and up as a gen­eral rule. If some­body asks me some­thing, I’ll tell the truth—it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the soft­est way to say some­thing. I’ve hurt a few friend­ships by be­ing hon­est.”

She’s the nicest mean per­son you’ll ever meet. “My friends al­ways say it’s the big­gest se­cret how nice I am. I am very nice, very thought­ful—I re­ally am!”

“If you’re not go­ing to do some­thing hugely pro­found or mean­ing­ful in life, at least make

it in­ter­est­ing for your­self.”

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