STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Chelsea Handler is vaccinated, horny and probably a little high

Chelsea Handler is vaccinated, horny and probably a little high

Posted: Jul 19, 2021 9:00 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2021 9:00 PM

Chelsea Handler hates the status quo. So, if she's got to get out and move the needle herself, she will.

That's why she's developed new material for a new standup tour, "Vaccinated and Horny," a title that is very on brand for Handler, but, she says, also holds a deeper message.

(Full disclosure, I was nervous to do this interview. I am a hardcore Handler fan. I've followed her religiously since I began watching her on "Chelsea Lately" in 2007. I have read all her books. I have seen all her shows and specials. She is one of my favorite guests on Howard Stern. I love her curiosity and the way she tries to do good. She always makes me smile, so I very much loved spending time talking to her. And, yes, she's everything I thought she was, thoughtful, a little angry, loving and most of all, funny.)

The comedian recently spoke to CNN from Nashville, TN., her latest stop 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 on stage. It doesn't feel like work," Handler says of being back on the road.

In 2020, Handler had debuted another hour-long standup special, "Evolution," about staying home amid the pandemic, going to therapy and coming to terms with her older brother's death, who died when she was a still a child. Her new show, Handler says, is equally personal.

"I'm a storyteller. I tell stories. So, you know, my standup is my life."

Handler's home life, for much of the pandemic, included more family -- 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 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 point, she laughs, telling me she's all worked up and "ready to jump out a window."

Thankfully, she says, she's got a show that night where she can vent. And some cannabis gummies.

"I will say, it remains an integral part of my daily repertoire," she quips.

Handler says while she once believed she was done with standup, it has since become one of her greatest joys because she's able to tackle hard subjects 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 also found another way to reach people. She's hosting a weekly advice podcast, called "Dear Chelsea," where with the help of her co-host and assistant Brandon Marlo, she gives callers advice on everything from dating to detoxing. She says she aims to give people a nudge in the right direction in 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 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 people in the process of making 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, adding 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 honest with callers if she doesn't have expertise in a subject and will call in support.

"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 tell people that it was one of the top ten community colleges in the country."

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 have a good day, sister," she tells me, not knowing she already made it great.

Tickets for "Vaccinated and Horny" are currently on sale.

The "Dear Chelsea" podcast is on iHeartRadio and everywhere podcasts are heard.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2408593

Reported Deaths: 55188
CountyCasesDeaths
Kings32093610760
Queens30738910177
Suffolk2296953526
Nassau2080873261
Bronx2029976705
New York1628104607
Westchester1413352329
Erie1000941888
Richmond862711908
Monroe789431158
Orange54975887
Rockland51151769
Onondaga46663723
Dutchess34029490
Albany28778370
Oneida26228554
Niagara22399386
Broome22200387
Saratoga18656191
Ulster16501273
Schenectady15473217
Rensselaer13522155
Putnam1194196
Chautauqua11235158
Oswego9920103
Chemung9354146
St. Lawrence9114119
Steuben8697160
Ontario8669100
Cayuga8034104
Sullivan789782
Jefferson764071
Wayne712878
Cattaraugus684999
Genesee6195131
Herkimer6102118
Tompkins607159
Clinton586634
Madison551598
Fulton545298
Livingston528967
Montgomery5213134
Cortland490871
Warren478478
Columbia4727109
Tioga450567
Chenango425986
Otsego422151
Allegany409193
Washington405865
Greene402483
Wyoming396454
Orleans375684
Franklin367016
Lewis326536
Delaware314241
Seneca251459
Schoharie210920
Essex200029
Yates142426
Schuyler132116
Hamilton4093
Unassigned12929
Out of NY0296
Utica
Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 64°
Oneonta
Cloudy
65° wxIcon
Hi: 71° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 65°
Herkimer
Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 64°
Old Forge
Cloudy
64° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 64°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
NEW Game Day Deals each week
Follow the 2021 Go the Distance Team - sponsored by Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy
Cool To Be Kind 2021
Chapter Photofacial Therapy Giveaway
Looking for work or looking to hire? Check out the WKTV Job Fair!
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve