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  • -Welcome back, everybody.

  • I'm talking with Chelsea Handler.

  • Chelsea, congrats on the new standup special, "Evolution."

  • Standup, I mean, the fact --

  • By the way, it's your first standup in six years.

  • I can't believe that. Why has it been six years?

  • -Well, because I didn't have really anything to say.

  • You know, I kind of needed a time-out from everything.

  • You know what it's like to be on a show every single day.

  • So I kind of just burned out in a big way.

  • But when I did my book tour last year

  • and I was doing the tour being interviewed by people,

  • like, about what was in the book.

  • And as I was telling these stories, I'm like,

  • "Oh, I'm warming up my set in an interview style

  • so that I can get some legs underneath it

  • before I get up and try standup again,

  • because I hadn't done it in so long.

  • I didn't even know if anyone would want me to do it

  • or would want to see anything I was doing.

  • You know, or if I could sell tickets in the same way

  • because I wasn't on a TV show all the time.

  • -Wow. -So it was a real humbling,

  • like, foray out there.

  • You know, like putting myself out there in that way

  • was good for me because I needed to kind of get a little humbled.

  • You know what I mean?

  • I wanted to really give something during this time.

  • You know, I wanted to put something out there that was

  • going to bring some relief and some joy

  • and some humanity... -Oh! We need it.

  • -...to this dark time that we're all living in.

  • -We need it right now. We need it.

  • It's so funny, the special,

  • but also, it's raw and kind of emotional.

  • -Yeah. -And you do talk about

  • your older brother, who died when you were 9,

  • and the impact it had on you and the family.

  • And you went there.

  • -Yeah. I mean, it always was a thing for me.

  • You know, I remember watching "Steel Magnolias,"

  • you know that scene where Julia Roberts' character dies

  • and Sally Field is like -- she's hysterically crying,

  • and she's just, like, "I just want to hit somebody,

  • I just want to hit somebody."

  • And then, Olympia Dukakis is like, "Here, hit Ouiser,"

  • and throws her in her face, right?

  • So you have that pivot from that hysterical,

  • like hysterically crying to this hysterical laughter and joy.

  • And I thought, oh, when I saw Hannah Gadsby's special

  • a few years ago... -Oh, yeah.

  • ...and she was able to do that, I thought,

  • "Oh, you can do that in this medium."

  • You can be original and make it -- I mean, you know,

  • and make it -- you can marry those moments.

  • You can still have hysterical jokes for 45 minutes

  • and get serious for five minutes.

  • Like, there's no reason that that form is, you know --

  • it's not so rigid and defined as it used to be.

  • So it was challenging and it was just --

  • it feels so good that I was able to

  • accomplish something during COVID.

  • -Because I've never seen you do anything like that.

  • Usually, it's all jokes the whole thing.

  • And I go -- Which I love.

  • But this was a good little thing,

  • and everyone's like -- and after reading

  • your last book, where you go like --

  • learning more about you and your family,

  • like, ooh, it's a person up there.

  • And it's like -- But you did it...perfectly.

  • You wrote the line perfectly.

  • And you did it in New Jersey. -Thank you.

  • I did it in New Jersey.

  • I thought it was a nice, like, homecoming.

  • I wanted to like have a night out in my hometown

  • where people could come, almost --

  • you had to quarantine to even be in my audience.

  • So these people, some of them hadn't been out for COVID

  • the whole time, and then bringing them into

  • and on this beautiful, like, beautiful outdoor train station

  • called Liberty Station,

  • And my view was of the Manhattan skyline.

  • So it just felt great to, like, bring that kind of relief.

  • And it just reminded me of, like, oh, yeah,

  • you know, we've got to, like -- people are depending on us

  • to bring joy and laughter to this time.

  • And you know, you know it as well as I know it

  • that it's a responsibility that we should take

  • a lot of pride in, you know, in honoring

  • and bring it -- and bring it, like bring it.

  • Bring the comedy, bring the laughter, bring me something.

  • -We don't have an option right now.

  • We have to do it. You have to show up, yeah.

  • It's awesome that you did this. I love it, and I love --

  • Don't forget where you came from.

  • I love that. It's so cool.

  • I want to show a clip. Here's Chelsea Handler

  • in her standup special "Evolution" on HBO Max.

  • Take a look at this. -I'm like, I spend tons of times

  • in hotels and I get home at like 1:00 or 2:00

  • in the morning.

  • I want my snack.

  • I call down, I order what I want

  • from room service.

  • And that's too slow.

  • At 1:30 in the morning, there should be like a double speed,

  • you know, where people are quicker and more alert,

  • or just quicker.

  • Then they want to repeat the order back to me.

  • It's like, "Please, whatever you think you heard,

  • just bring double." [ Laughter ]

  • And don't say chicken fingers out loud again.

  • I'm 45 years old. I don't want to have this conversation.

  • -Chelsea Handler, everybody.

  • "Chelsea Handler: Evolution" is streaming now on HBO Max.

-Welcome back, everybody.

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