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'Chelsea Lately' Overview


'Chelsea Lately' Overview

Talk show host and author Chelsea Handler

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Fast Facts

Title: Chelsea Lately

Host: Chelsea Handler

Theme Music: Performed by Doug Deangelis

Format: 30 mins, celebrity interview and round table guests.

Broadcast information: Monday through Friday at 11 p.m. on cable channel E!.

Tapes: In Los Angeles

Premiere Date: July 16, 2007


Chelsea Lately was born out of The Chelsea Handler Show, comedienne Handler's half-hour sketch comedy program on E!. Once that show was cancelled, Handler was approached to do a late night talk show.

The show debuted in 2007 and has kept to the same formula: a short monologue by Handler then a spiked coffee klatch of celebrity guests gossiping about pop culture subjects (sex, annoying celebrities, and so forth). Afterward, Handler typically sits down and chats with a celebrity guest.

Interspersed in the mayhem are comedy segments and silly moments with Handler's perennial sidekick, Chuy Bravo.

The show celebrated its 500th episode in April 2010.

Popular Segments:

  • Judge Lately: During which Handler acts as judge, moderating everyday problems with outrageous resolutions.
  • Staff Book Club: The Chelsea Lately staff attempts to discuss the week's novel, but inevitably descend into mundane or ribald topics.
  • Chelsea's Blessing: Up pops a graphic whenever Handler shows praise about a story or opinion.

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