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Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982) is an American comedian and actress. She was formerly a cast member of the MTV television show Punk'd and currently stars in the NBC sitcom Whitney.

Early life

Cummings was born September 4th, 1982 and raised in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. Her mother Patti is a PR executive and her father is a venture capitalist. She went to Holy Trinity School and then to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000. She began her college career at the University of North Carolina before subsequently transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Penn in 2004, with a degree in communications and film.

Career

Cummings presented Punk'd on MTV in 2004 and the same year starred in a low-budget thriller, EMR, which was screened at Cannes. She appeared in the San Francisco audition for Last Comic Standing in 2008, though she didn't pass the showcase. Since then, Cummings has performed on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton, NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly, Comics Unleashed, and NESN's Comedy All-Stars. 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 on its round table. She hosted the 2008 Sundance Film Festival Dailies.

Her television appearances have included Comedians of Chelsea Lately, Live Nude Comedy, The Very bad Show, truTV Presents: World's Dumbest..., and the Comedy Central Roasts of Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff and Donald Trump. In August 2010, her first one-hour special premiered on Comedy Central titled Whitney Cummings: Money Shot. In 2010 Cummings went on tour with Denis Leary and the Rescue Me Comedy Tour to promote the show's 6th season. She also appeared with Leary on Douchebags and Donuts.

In 2011, two of Cummings' television sitcoms were picked up by broadcast networks: 2 Broke Girls (as co-creator and executive producer) and Whitney (as star, executive producer, and creator).


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