Whitney Cummings is Best Known For writing and creating the CBS sitcom, Two Broke Girls (2011-2017) and creating the NBC sitcom, Whitney (2011-2013). She was also cast to play the character of Whitney in the show.
Born Name Whitney Ann Cummings
Nick Name Whitney
Born: September 04, 1982, 36 years and 7 months, Georgetown, Washington, District of Colombia, U.S.
Sun Sign Virgo
Occupation Actress, Stand-Up Comedienne, Producer, Director, Writer
Years active 2004–present
Hair Color Dark Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Height 5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
Measurements 33-24-35 in (84-61-89 cm)
Bra size 32A
Ethnicity She is of Scottish descent.
She graduated from Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland in 2000.
Whitney worked as a runway and catalog model while studying in school and college. She also interned at WRC-TV aka NBC 4 as a multimedia journalist and polished her acting skills at the non-profit, Studio Theatre, in Washington, D.C.
She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
After finishing college, Whitney relocated to Los Angeles keen on becoming an actress. During her struggle period, she paid her bills by hosting countdown shows on E! Network and VH1.
Father – Eric Lynn Cummings (Expired 2017) (Lawyer, Venture Capitalist)
Mother – Patricia aka Patti (Former Public Relations Executive)
Siblings – Ashley Cummings (Older Sister) (Yoga Teacher)
Others – Lucasta Cummings (Stepmother) (British Actress), Gerald Leonard Cummings (Paternal Grandfather), Virginia Jeanette Spickard Cummings (Paternal Grandmother), Mark David Cummings (Paternal Uncle), Dr. David A. Cummings (Paternal Uncle), Cathy Ellen Cummings (Paternal Aunt), Lisa Chittum Cummings (Paternal Aunt), Victoria Grace (Cousin), Shannon Cummings (Cousin), Johnathan Cummings (Cousin), Kevin Cummings (Older Half-Brother). She possibly has 4 other half siblings.
Her mother is Patti Cummings, a former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie. Her parents divorced when she was 5 years old. She has an older half-brother, Kevin Cummings, and an older sister, Ashley Cummings.
She went to high school at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.
She interned at Washington’s NBC-owned television station WRC-TV as a journalist. She studied acting at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theater.
Cummings graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude in 2004 with a degree in Communications.
Cummings moved to Los Angeles after college and worked on Punk’d on MTV in 2004 and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes.
She began performing stand-up in 2004. In 2007, Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007. In 2008, Cummings appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing, although she did not pass the showcase. She performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
She co-starred on The Tony Rock Project and appeared in the 2008 movie Made of Honor. She has also made several appearances on the E! show Chelsea Lately at its roundtable. She hosted the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Dailies. She was named one of 12 Rising Stars of Comedy by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.
Her television appearances have included Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Live Nude Comedy (which she created, starred and wrote for), The Very bad Show, truTV Presents: World’s Dumbest…, and the Comedy Central Roasts of Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff, and Donald Trump. She released her debut stand-up album, Emotional Ninja. In August 2010, her first one-hour special, titled Whitney Cummings: Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central. In 2010 Cummings went on tour with Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour to promote the show’s sixth season. She also appeared with Leary on Douchebags and Donuts.
In June 2014, Cummings did her second hour-long special, I Love You, on Comedy Central.
In 2011, two multi-camera, live-audience sitcoms Cummings created were picked up by broadcast networks: 2 Broke Girls (which Cummings co-created and executive produced with Michael Patrick King) and Whitney (which Cummings starred in, executive produced, and created). Whitney was not well-received by critics, and Cummings acknowledges it was a learning curve for her. 2 Broke Girls ran for six seasons and was cancelled in May 2017; Whitney lasted two seasons, and was cancelled in May 2013.
Cummings had a talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012, which was cancelled after 11 episodes.
She appeared for several episodes in Season 3 of Undateable.
Cummings was one of the head writers, an executive producer, and overseer of day-to-day production of the 2018 revival of the comedy series Roseanne.
Cummings has described her comedic influences, beginning with Paul Reiser, who she said “made these hysterical, brilliant commentary about the most mundane things and open it up to a hysterical world.” Other important influences for her were George Carlin. Later influences were Dave Attell—”a legend now but he’s very edgy”, Lenny Bruce and Bill Hicks.
She is managed by
Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
Jimmy Miller, Mosaic Media
Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson, The Lede Company (Publicist)
Tall and lean physical frame
Deep, emphatic voice
Small, sharp nose
Thin and sharply arched eyebrows
She has been featured in promotional videos for Lexus CT 200h.
Whitney did a video series for Tinder to introduce their Reactions feature.
Through her social media accounts, she has often promoted various brands such as Cool Haus ice-cream, Leeza Braun jewelry, NetJets, Cristina Ottaviano Womenswear, Away Luggage, and FabFitFun.
In 2004, she made her theatrical film debut as CyberBunnyLilly in the thriller movie, EMR.
First TV Show
She made her first TV show appearance in the reality series, Punk’d, in 2004.
In 2014, Whitney used to train at Rise Movement gym with celebrity trainers Ben Bruno and Jason Walsh.
Both the trainers help their clients get lean by emphasizing upon gaining organic strength and functional fitness through free weights and other fitness equipment which is not one dimensional.
Ben Bruno often programs heavy rows, landmine deadlifts, and power sled pulls and pushes for all his female clients including Whitney.
He once shared in an interview that he supervises exercises with heavy weights for glutes, hamstrings, and back but recommends moderate load and higher repetitions for all other body parts.
In 2014, Jason Walsh shared a clip of Whitney hip thrusting 315 lbs for 12 repetitions on Instagram.
Whitney attends SoulCycle classes every time she visits New York City.
The comedienne wrote a memoir called I’m Fine … and other Lies (2017) in which she revealed her 15 year battle with anorexia that started in her teens and lasted throughout her 20s.
From the age of 14 to 18, she only ate rice cakes, apples, and nonfat yogurt. In her 20s, the comedienne primarily survived on coffee.
Her irrational fear of body fat made her extremely thin.
Her disordered eating gave her monthly colds that aggravated into pneumonia a couple of times. It also resulted in chronic hair fall and inexplicable pain in various parts of her body.
After visiting several doctors and therapists, she allowed her body to gain 25 pounds that resulted in greater vitality and youthful appearance.
Whitney suffers from a dust allergy so severe that she had to remove carpet flooring from her home. She is also allergic to tomatoes and gluten.
She avoids or maintains a minimal consumption of sugar, wheat, and caffeine.
Whitney consumes a weed candy at bedtime in case she faces trouble falling asleep, especially, while staying in a hotel room.
She always travels with a band-aid or duct-tape to cover specks of red or green light coming through any electronic device in her hotel room because she can only sleep well in pitch dark.
Whitney Cummings Favorite Things
Restaurant – Nobu
Vintage Book – The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Book –The Female Brain (2006) by Louann Brizendine (Whitney has adapted the book into a screenplay and directed the movie.)
Books She Likes To Recommend – Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, The Fantasy Bond by Robert W. Firestone
Comedic Influence – George Carlin
Time Killing Habit – Browsing through e-commerce websites
Credit Card Company – Jetblue
Exercise Equipment While Traveling – Resistance bands
Skincare Device – NuFace Toning device
Ambiance Essential – Rose Diptyque candles
Celebrity Idol – Mae West
Coffee – Coconut Milk Mocha
Whitney Cummings Facts
For many years, the comedienne had a cynical view of marriage because her parents got a bitter divorce when she was 5 years old. By the time she turned 15, she claimed to have witnessed 3 acrimonious divorces in her family.
Whitney experienced bullying in school for her last name.
She paid for her college tuition by working a non-glamorous modeling job. Whitney had to dress up in discount clothing outside the King of Prussia Mall in suburban Philadelphia, directing potential customers towards the sale counter.
She performed her first stand-up show at the age of 22 in a bar on Vine Street, Fountain Avenue in Hollywood. However, she struggled to find an authentic on-stage style for 3 years after that.
At one point of time, Whitney purchased a Lexus Hybrid and destroyed it the very first day she drove it by unknowingly filling the fuel tank with diesel. She later used that incident as material for her stand-up shows.
Once Whitney started making good money, her most significant expense was to purchase health insurance so she could visit a neurologist to treat her chronic migraines.
To sustain her creative energy and think outside the box, Whitney meditates and uses adult coloring books. She also likes to watch TED talks about the various subject she has no prior knowledge about and watches classic films and animated movies to spot details that are not readily noticeable.
When running short of motivation, Whitney watches the documentary and videos of Serbian performance artist, Marina Abramović. She considers her as a significant source of inspiration.
She has rescued 2 dogs from an animal shelter – a pit bull named Ramona and a Great Dane named Frankie.
In 2017, Whitney also rescued a retired show horse named King. She frequently states that tending to animals is extremely therapeutic. She feels free from any sort of judgment when she’s around the animals which further helps her to nurture her inner child while also making her pets feel safe around her.
To make a good impression on Michael Patrick King, best known for being the writer, director, and executive producer of Sex and the City series and movies, Whitney spent $800 of her then total $900 bank balance on a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes that she wore on her first meeting with him.
She is a self-proclaimed workaholic to the point where Whitney confesses it as her biggest vice. Her drive partly stems from seeing her financially irresponsible parents battle debt during her childhood years.
Stand-up comedy fulfills Whitney because, during her early years, she never had a voice that was taken seriously. Before landing sitcom deals on television, she would travel across the country to perform more than 80 stand-up shows a year.
She is the first woman to perform stand-up comedy in Dubai and Beirut.
Official website @ whitneycummings.com.