Word around the water cooler is that NBC’s “Whitney” star Whitney Cummings nabbed herself a new talk show “Love You, Mean It With Whitney Cummings.”
Now, you may be asking yourself, “Whitney??” and “Didn’t that show get terrible ratings?” and “Wasn’t it just all around abysmal?”
Well, yes… But maybe television execs aren’t as hollow-headed as we’d like to think.
Cummings will join a long list of comediennes-turned talk show hosts, some of whom were quite successful in the endeavor.
Let’s take a look at the roster.
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This fiery redhead made herself well known on the Bravo show “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and made her comeback to the network on April 19 with the series premiere of her new talk show “Kathy.”
Sure, we’ve all seen Kathy’s stand-up routine. When it comes to penetrating our laugh reflex, Kathy has a gift for making even the toughest audience crack.
But, did you know some of her fist work in the biz was in Quentin Tarantino’s early films? This comedienne made quick, but memorable appearances in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms seen here.
She’s one of the most famous people in the talk show genre, not to mention television as a whole.
Say the name “Ellen” to most people, and not only do they know the talk show you are referencing, but the comedienne herself and her trademark jokes that you expect to hear on her show.
“Ellen,” aka “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is a brand as much as it is a talk show. Ellen’s timeless sense of humor can be seen in her early work anywhere from her own 90s sitcom series “Ellen” to her voice as Dory in Finding Nemo, to her gut-busting stand-up comedy spiels like those seen here.
You can’t mention Whitney Cummings without talking about Chelsea Handler. Before starring in “Whitney” and producing the CBS series “2 Broke Girls,” Cummings made a name for herself as Handler’s assertive guest on “Chelsea Lately.”
Previous to becoming a best-selling author with books like Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, the comedienne began her career on Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” and then aimed for a career in comedy with stand-up acts like this.
You might not recognize her from her old days of performing stand-up comedy, but it’s her!
O’Donnell has been making the headlines lately with her protests about Lindsay Lohan taking on the role of Elizabeth Taylor in the upcoming biopic Liz & Dick. Coincidently, Lohan’s first interview in 1998 was on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” which ran for seven years on NBC.
Here’s some footage – before any of that - from Rosie’s comedy act, sporting some serious eighties hair.
You can’t go wrong with Whoopi. This EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) winner has been all over television lately.
We know her as a personality on the talk show “The View,” but Whoopi has also made some recent guest appearances on television shows like “Glee” and “The Middle.” There are way too many credits to list, but here’s a clip from Whoopi’s one woman Broadway show from 1985.
It may have been short-lived, but it still counts. “The Wanda Sykes Show” aired for one season in 2009, hosted by the personality and comedienne.
Even a sidekick like Keith Robinson – whoever that is – couldn’t save the show.
Still, Sykes can certainly hold an audience as seen in the video below. Since the cancellation of the show, she has done several voice-acting jobs, including roles on Rio and the upcoming Ice Age: Continental Drift.