Chelsea gets a han­dle on things

The co­me­dian goes on a se­ri­ous ad­ven­ture

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Fed up with all the celebrity shtick, co­me­dian Chelsea Han­dler ex­ited her long-run­ning hit show Chelsea Lately, and oc­cu­pied her­self pen­ning books and other projects. But now TV’s ‘queen of mean’ re­turns for a dif­fer­ent kind of ‘late-night talk show’ on Net­flix. “By na­ture of me be­ing my­self, it will be dif­fer­ent,” she said.

“All these shows try to start out sell­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent, and ul­ti­mately all be­come the same, just with a dif­fer­ent guy. I have to do every­thing I can to prevent that from hap­pen­ing. ”

She’s turn­ing things around for the new show Chelsea, which de­buts to­day. Sim­i­lar to her four-part docu­com­edy se­ries run on the stream­ing site early this year, Chelsea won’t be chat­ting with stars be­hind a desk. The show will have some stu­dio seg­ments but more on-field work filmed around the world with Chelsea throw­ing around ques­tions and get­ting thought-pro­vok­ing re­sults. One thing is for sure, it’s go­ing to be dif­fer­ent to her last show. She said of the se­ries that ran on E!: “We’re sur­rounded by peo­ple who are non­sense.

“No one’s com­ing to this net­work look­ing for news or po­lit­i­cal sto­ries or hu­man in­ter­est or global is­sues. None of the things I’m in­ter­ested in are be­ing talked about.”

Chelsea is a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion al­to­gether - judg­ing by the trailer, it’s a wild ride smat­tered with the star’s acer­bic wit. We see the 41-yearold be­ing smacked by leaves, dress­ing up in Ja­pan and car­ry­ing around a Don­ald Trump piñata.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Bill Wolff says it’s all about con­ver­sa­tions.

He says: “Guests come from a wide range of ar­eas, so that could be en­ter­tain­ers, but also politi­cians, news­mak­ers, ex­perts. Part of the chal­lenge is to put dif­fer­ent ma­te­rial through her comedic prism.”

Chelsea added: “I al­ways think it's bet­ter to let it all hang out. It’s like the same rea­son on In­sta­gram, I try not to use fil­ters on my face, or post pic­tures that aren’t as beau­ti­ful as ev­ery­one try­ing to make them­selves look beau­ti­ful all the time. Or why on Snapchat I’m half naked, rap­ping like an id­iot. Be­cause that's a part of how I am.”

SHE’S BACK: Chelsea Han­dler’s new Net­flix travel-talk show streams to­day

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