Cheeky California comedienne and best-selling author Chelsea Handler, of the E! Entertainment series “Chelsea Lately,” is bringing her 2010 CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG TOUR, presented by Live Nation and sponsored by — what else? — Belvedere Vodka, to the brand-new downtown Raleigh Amphitheater and Festival Site at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, July 30th.“Chelsea Lately” panelist, writer, and story producer Heather McDonald will open the show.

Chelsea Handler’s website bio reads:

“Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Chelsea broke into the world of late-night talk shows with her E! Entertainment series, ‘Chelsea Lately,’ airing weeknights at 11 p.m. Consistently the network’s highest-rated program, ‘Chelsea Lately’ offers a tongue-in-cheek look at entertainment news, celebrity truths, and rumors that just won’t die, along with other hot topics of the day. Bringing refreshing new energy to and redefining perceptions of the talk show, ‘Chelsea Lately’ is an authentic and hilarious commentary on the celebrity culture around us. Both Handler and the show have also been recognized as pioneers in late night, with the show boasting five female writers to account for half of its writing staff. This is unprecedented in the late-night arena that has historically been dominated by male hosts and writers.

“In addition to her wildly successful television series, Chelsea is equally well-known as a best-selling author. On March 28, 2010, she achieved a spectacular feat when her three books took the #1, #2, and #3 spots on THE NEW YORK TIMES Best Seller list. CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG, from Grand Central Publishing, was the #1 nonfiction hardcover; ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA, from Simon Spotlight Entertainment, was the #2 nonfiction paperback; and MY HORIZONTAL LIFE, from Bloomsbury, was the #3 nonfiction paperback. In hardcover, ARE YOU THERE, VODKA? IT’S ME, CHELSEA debuted at #1 on THE NEW YORK TIMES Best Seller list when it was published in April 2008; and MY HORIZONTAL LIFE has been a bestseller for 80 weeks.

“As a testament to her versatility and tireless work ethic, Chelsea’s 21-city comedy tour, also entitled ‘Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang’ and sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, kicked off in March 2010. After tickets sold out immediately, Live Nation added 15 more shows. As one of the nation’s most acclaimed and cutting edge-comedians, Handler delivers a sharp combination of fearless honesty, ironic riffs, and self-deprecations with no shortage of material.

“With her roots in both stand-up comedy and television, Chelsea [Handler] was also the star of Oxygen’s ‘Girls Behaving Badly’ (now syndicated in over 90 markets ) for all of its four seasons. She also starred on E! in ‘The Chelsea Handler Show.’ In 2007-08, Chelsea starred with Jenny McCarthy and Leah Remini in the hugely popular MSN online web series ‘In the Motherhood.’

“In March 2009, Chelsea was honored [with] the prestigious Ally for Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign, recognizing the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit, and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] people. She continues to be an influential and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.

“Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.”

Heather McDonald’s website bio reads:

“Besides performing stand-up comedy, Heather McDonald is a full-time writer and story producer on the E! Channel’s top rated show — ‘Chelsea Lately.’ Heather can be seen weekly on ‘Chelsea Lately’ either on the roundtable or performing in the comedy sketches where she has impersonated such celebrities as Drew Barrymore, Celine Dion, The Kardashians, Amy Winehouse, Marlee Matlin, Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Palin, Renee Zellweger, The Octomom, Ali Lohan, Cher, Lauren Conrad, Geri Jewell, and various ‘Real Housewives.’ She co-wrote WHITE CHICKS with the Wayans brothers’ and had a supporting role in the movie. She was also in The Wayans brothers’ and Paramount pictures DANCE FLICK in May 2009. She was a series regular and writer on MTV’s ‘Lyricist Lounge.’ Heather [McDonald] has been a guest star on the hit television shows ‘Frasier,’ ‘Malcolm in the Middle,’ ‘Reno 911,’ ‘Drake and Josh,’ ‘Quintuplets,’ and ‘Watching Ellie.’ She has been writing for US Weekly’s ‘Fashion Police’ for eight years.

“Heather [McDonald] headlines comedy clubs and has also opened for Chelsea Handler in sold-out performances around the country. These 3,000-5,000 seat theaters have included Carnegie Hall, The Borgota in Atlantic City, The Pearl in the Palms Casino, The Fillmore in Miami, The DAR in Washington DC and The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, to name just a few.

Heather as "Geri"

“Heather [McDonald] was a member of The Groundlings Theater where she performed in the Sunday Company for two years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Heather has been married to her husband Peter for 10 years, and they have three children. They reside in the San Fernando Valley next door to her parents, just in case they run out of milk, Chardonnay, or need one of her dad’s Vicodin.”

Live Nation presents CHELSEA HANDLER: 2010 CHELSEA CHELSEA BANG BANG TOUR, co-starring Heather McDonald, at 8:30 p.m. July 30 at the Raleigh Amphitheater and Festival Site, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC 27601.


  • Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000


By Robert W. McDowell

Robert W. McDowell is a Raleigh, NC-based freelance writer, editor, and critic. He has written theater, film, book, and music previews and reviews for The News & Observer, The Raleigh Times, Spectator Magazine, and Classical Voice of North Carolina, all based in Raleigh. In 1980-91, he covered business, industry, government, and education for (We the People of) North Carolina magazine, published monthly by N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry. In April 2001, McDowell started Robert's Reviews, a FREE weekly e-mail newsletter that provides comprehensive, in-depth coverage of the performing arts in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, which includes Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro. Triangle Review is the latest-and-greatest version of McDowell's original newsletter. (To start your FREE subscription, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE TR in the Subject: line.) From December 1980 until September 2017, McDowell served on the board of directors of The Cinema, Inc., a Raleigh-based nonprofit film society formed in 1966. He currently publishes a weekly list of FREE advance screenings of movies in the Triangle area. (To have your e-mail address added to this FREE list, e-mail robertm748[at] and type SUBSCRIBE FFL FREE in the Subject: line.) McDowell also co-edited and supervised the production of Jim Valvano's Guide to Great Eating (JTV Enterprises, 1984), a 224-page sports celebrity cookbook; and he served as a fact checker for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead (Pocket Books, 1991).