That’s why she’s developed new materials for a brand new standup tour, “Vaccinated and Horny,” a title that is very on model for Handler, however, she says, additionally holds a deeper message.
(Full disclosure, I used to be nervous to do that interview. I’m a hardcore Handler fan. I’ve adopted her religiously since I started watching her on “Chelsea Lately” in 2007. I’ve learn all her books. I’ve seen all her reveals and specials. She is one among my favourite company on Howard Stern. I really like her curiosity and the manner she tries to do good. She all the time makes me smile, so I very a lot cherished spending time speaking to her. And sure, she’s every thing I believed she was, considerate, just a little offended, loving, and most of all, humorous.)
The comic not too long ago spoke to CNN from Nashville, TN., her newest cease on the tour.
“Being with people out for the first time after Covid, like being the reason that people are coming together is so meaningful and so fun. I mean, we are just having a blast. I’m having a blast onstage. It doesn’t feel like work,” Handler says of being again on stage.
In 2020, Handler had debuted one other hour-long standup particular, “Evolution,” about staying dwelling amid the pandemic, going to remedy, and coming to phrases together with her older brother’s dying when she was a toddler. Her new present, Handler says, is equally private.
“I’m a storyteller. I tell stories. So, you know, my standup is my life.”
Handler’s dwelling life, for a lot of the pandemic, included extra household — and new realizations about gender inequity.
“I had a reckoning because my sister moved in with me, with her oldest son and her two girls. The world began to have this conversation about the White male, patriarchy, how every system is built on that. It’s not men’s fault either. We’re all products of our culture,” she says. “When all I saw the way my nephew took up space in my house versus the way my two nieces, I was like, oh, this is what everyone’s talking about. Men feel they have more license to say whatever the hell they feel like saying, even when they don’t know what they’re talking about half the time, whereas women have been muted. So, there are deeper concepts, deeper conversations to be had here, but through the lens of comedy to then being able to make fun of my 24-year-old nephew, mansplaining basketball to me in my own home, his legs splayed open on my couch in a way that I’ve never even sat on my own sofa.”
At this level, she laughs, telling me she’s all labored up and “ready to jump out a window.”
Thankfully, she says, she’s acquired a present that night time the place she will vent. And some hashish gummies.
“I will say, it remains an integral part of my daily repertoire,” she quips.
Handler says whereas she as soon as believed she was accomplished with standup, it has since develop into her one among her biggest joys as a result of she’s capable of deal with onerous topics with humor.
“It’s a great way to express what so many of us are feeling and not everybody’s sitting around writing it down and then telling everybody. You’re getting this messaging across in a really profound way,” she says of her comedy. “And I don’t like to ever minimize anyone’s platform, whether they’re a public figure or a private person … So when you do have a large platform, you better make sure what you’re saying is what you mean.”
Handler has additionally discovered one other strategy to attain folks. She’s internet hosting a weekly recommendation podcast, referred to as “Dear Chelsea,” the place with the assist of her co-host and assistant Brandon Marlo, she provides callers recommendation on every thing from relationship to detoxing. She says it is aimed to provide folks a nudge in the proper course of their lives.
“I have a strong personality and I’ve learned how to use it, right? So, like I have no business giving people advice, but you know what, I do have business doing, giving you like a nudge in the right direction and being your biggest champion,” she says. “I’ve got no skin in the game. I want to help people. I don’t have any personal agenda in any of it. I want people to be strong and brave.”
She says most of her callers are individuals are in the course of of creating a “life decision.”
“I know personally how that goes, when you don’t know what to do and you don’t have a gut feeling and you feel lost and you go around asking for everybody’s opinion,” she says.
“I think of myself in this big sister kind of way. Like, I would never steer a girl down the wrong road. I will never steer any person down the wrong road,” she says, including that she thought it was going to be a “much sillier podcast.”
“But people started calling in with real problems and I realized, oh, people really do lack a sense of direction at certain times in their lives. So that’s what the podcast has become.”
Handler says she’s sincere with callers if she does not have experience in a topic and can name in assist.
“We do incorporate real people and experts,” Handler says. “I think the next step for the podcast is actually having a regular person who does have the medical expertise, so that I don’t have to say ‘let me figure this out and call you back.’ I think we do need somebody who has some credentials, because I only went to community college for one semester.
Handler laughs. And just like that she’s got another joke.
“I like to inform those that it was one among the prime ten group schools in the nation.”
Eventually, I have to let her go, I thank her for her time and nervously give her a book recommendation, which she writes down. “Well, I hope you might have an excellent day sister,” she tells me, not understanding she already made it nice for me.