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.
- 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.