#106 Chelsea Handler
I love a person who speaks their mind freely, openly and without caring what others may think. When I conjure up an image in my mind who fits this description, it is Chelsea Handler.
On one hand, Chelsea Handler is a hilarious comedian, TV talk host, writer, producer, and general jack of all trades. Which, by the way, does NOT mean you are master of none. It has been thought this in the past, but no longer. What being a jack of all trades means (at least to me) is that you are unafraid to try.
Try something new, something different than you are are accustomed to, and doing so, gaining a fresh perspective on something you may have known little about. Chelsea Handler is stepping outside of her regularly scheduled program this year to do just that.
After a very successful career in movies and television comedy, including her late night program- Chelsea Lately, and her Netflix show, Chelsea Does. Chelsea has decided to take this year to pursue political activism.
“Like so many across the country, the presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box will mark a defining moment for our nation,” Handler wrote on Twitter.
“My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way. I want to travel the country and visit areas and people I don’t know enough about and gain a better understanding. I have joined forces with EMILY’s List to elect more women to public office, register people to vote, and campaign for candidates who are fighting for women’s rights, LGBT rights, and gun control.”
Ms. Handler is touring the country, and with the support of The Delta Foundation she is bringing her show “An Evening with Chelsea Handler” to Pittsburgh on April 4th at the Benedum Center to benefit the LGBT community.
Hosted by six-time emmy winner Bruce Vilanch, the evening is sure to have you both laughing in your seats, and opening your hearts and minds to your community around you.
It is rare to get to witness a person who is a self described “open book”, but after chatting with Ms Handler for this episode, it is clear that she truly is what she says. This conversation I imagine will be much like the event on April 4th. A combination of humor, serious subjects, and at the very core creating a connection between what drives us all as humans. I find her refreshing, engaging, and loved having the chance to discuss the following topics.
- What backlash has she received from her recently decision to pursue political activism
- How she got her start in Hollywood being a girl from New Jersey (I may have compared her to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
- What Chelsea thinks about the term “Zero fucks”
- How you can make a difference by having a voice in your community
- Her year of solo travels and explorations
- Traveling to different countries to gain cultural awareness
- Chelsea’s experience using the drug Ayahuasca <— I had to ask about this.