Just for a laugh | The Awakening of Chelsea Handler

Our phone says 10:30 AM (7:30 AM LA time) and Chelsea Handler is still in bed, but the comedian, author, host, actress, activist, producer and heavy cannabis user is wide awake. She even “sat up straight” just to be “alert” for our interview. And you can hear it.

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Marc Andre Lemieux

Marc Andre Lemieux
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Our day may have started three hours early due to jet lag, but Chelsea Handler is so quick-witted you’d swear she just had an afternoon of eloquent debate. Whether we’re talking about the culture of exile, the ills plaguing the United States, her imminent arrival in Montreal, or the more “committed” direction she’s been taking of late, Chelsea Handler responds to all of our questions with candor, intelligence, and poise .

“The election of Donald Trump was a turning point,” says the 47-year-old American. It was a very dark time. It was scary. It made me think about others more instead of always thinking about myself. Since then, my speech has become much more enlightened. I don’t want to happily pocket a paycheck any longer. »

His journey bears witness to the change of course. After piloting a pop culture talk show (Chelsea lately) secure ! for seven seasons and published several bestsellers in the New York Times (Whose My horizontal life, in which she describes her one-night stands), Chelsea Handler began producing documentaries for Netflix. And the more years pass, the more interested she becomes in the big issues of society. All this without ever giving up his irreverent and caustic style.

She has also been the hostess since 2021 Dear Chelseaa weekly podcast where she uses humor and relevance to guide her listeners who are struggling with different types of issues (love, sex, money, family).

“Like everyone else, I’ve had ups and downs,” she says. Today I feel like I’m in control. I am anchored I do what I want. I say yes to the things I want to do and no to others. It is a great feeling. It’s strong as a feeling. I like to think that I can be a role model for young women who think there are things they can never achieve because we live in a man’s world. we can choose But you have to trust yourself and take risks. It takes courage. »

American madness

Speaking of bravery, Chelsea Handler has never failed to speak her mind without a filter, even if it means incurring the wrath of the Republican electorate. In recent months, she has not shied away from condemning the lifting of the freeze deer v. wadeguaranteeing abortion rights in the United States and the inaction of politicians in the face of the mass murder epidemic.

It’s crazy ! It seems that we are going backwards, that we are taking a step backwards. It is that far to the west. It’s terrible. And that’s why I take every opportunity to leave the country.

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This week, the comedian will combine business with pleasure by temporarily leaving his adopted home of California (she’s from New Jersey) to host a gala at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival. On stage, she will offer the audience new material written especially for the event. She will therefore not immerse herself in them one woman showjustified Vaccinated and Horny (in French, Vaccinated and horny), which she is currently celebrating across North America.

During her time at Théâtre Maisonneuve she will be surrounded by eight stars of British humor including Vanessa Gonzales, Atsuko Okatsuka, Celeste Barber, Sam Jay and Salma Hindy. “The new generation of comedians are so funny and talented. She inspires me a lot,” she emphasizes.

Chelsea Handler has never hidden her love for Canada. Anyone who follows her adventures on Instagram knows that she spends a lot of time there, especially skiing. We could also cite a short video filmed last winter (and viewed 6,200,000 times) of her running down the slope topless, a joint in one hand and a cocktail in the other.

I love Canadian women. You are strong. You lead the boat. It’s something I appreciate! Canada is a much more civilized alternative to the United States.

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When Chelsea Handler is informed that certain Quebec figures like to repeat on various platforms that “we no longer have the right to say anything,” Chelsea Handler is unmoved. As a notorious comedian, she never felt like she wasn’t free to say whatever she wanted.

“All we ask of people is that they stop being racist and sexist,” she summarizes. That’s all we want. It’s not very restrictive. If you’re not smart enough to respect these fairly clear boundaries, you should reconsider your career. Having to maneuver within a few elevated parameters is not particularly challenging. That says a lot about your true talent when you can’t. »

Listening to her, we understand that Chelsea Handler has run out of patience with her peers who are clamoring for censorship.

” Your work, not to discriminate, but to make people laugh and stimulate discussion. And promote coexistence and inclusion. Everyone complains that everything is too politically correct, that you can’t say something like that, that you can’t say something else. The idea is not to resist change by saying, “Ahhhh! I can’t do my job!” That’s the easy way. You have to be able to adapt to the times you live in. »

In therapy

These days, Chelsea Handler doesn’t have time to finish her many projects. Between two appearances at the microphone, she finishes a new book. The factory should be called first The Filipino in me (in French, the Filipino in me), in a nod to comedian Jo Koy, who she’s been dating for a year, but since the couple just announced their split (just hours after our interview), we don’t know what fate will be in store for them.

The star is also preparing a semi-autobiographical television series for Peacock, the NBC network’s streaming platform.

“This might be new to me. I’ve never played my own role on TV. It’s going to be super exciting. It will be a bit like that Curb your enthusiasmbut trying to figure out with me in therapy why I got so fat female dog. »

Chelsea Handler hosts a Just For Laughs Gala with guests Salma Hindy, Vanessa Gonzalez, Atsuko Okatsuka, Adam Christie, Sam Jay, Tommy Little, Jay Jurden and Celeste Barber. At the Théâtre Maisonneuve, Thursday 28 July, 7 p.m

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