“In order for art to imitate life, you have to have a life.”
– Whitney Cummings
Whitney Cummings (@whitneycummings) is a Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer, and producer.
She is the executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy-nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls. She has headlined with comics including Sarah Silverman, Louis C.K., Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, and others.
Her first one-hour stand-up special, Money Shot, premiered on Comedy Central in 2010 and was nominated for an American Comedy Award. Her second stand-up special,
I Love You, debuted on Comedy Central in 2014, and her latest special, I’m Your Girlfriend, premiered on HBO in 2016.
Whitney will be publishing her first book later this year, titled I’m Fine… And Other Lies.
In this episode, Whitney answers questions submitted by listeners, including:
How to overcome codependency
Her updated thoughts on marriage
The art and luck of creating something funny
The benefits of having dogs (or pets in general)
How to maximize your creative energy
Tips for more effective writing
And much, much more.
Please enjoy this Q&A with Whitney Cummings!
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Want to hear another episode with Whitney Cummings? — Listen to her first appearance on the podcast. In this episode, we discuss emotional intelligence, how to overcome workaholic tendencies, managing instant gratification and much, much more (stream below or right-click here to download):
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Selected Links from the Episode
Connect with Whitney Cummings:
Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Whitney Cummings on Turning Pain Into Creativity (her first appearance on this show)
Whitney’s stand-up comedy specials: Money Shot, I Love You, and I’m Your Girlfriend
2 Broke Girls
What is codependency?
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
Whitney Cummings to Direct ‘The Female Brain’ Movie Comedy by Dave McNary, Variety
Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie
Whitney Cummings: Rough Sex, Frozen Eggs, and What Chris Rock Said about Her Hair on Howard Stern
The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
Susan Garrett — Master Dog (and Human) Trainer
Learn about a real-life horse whisperer in the documentary Buck
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Adult Children of Alcoholics Fellowship Text
Whitney copes with writer’s block through Bambi, adult coloring books, and Marina Abramovic’s documentary and autobiography.
Black Mirror — Series 1-2 and Special
Against The Stream Buddhist Meditation Society
The Magic Ingredient That Brings Pixar Movies to Life TED Talk by Pixar’s Danielle Feinberg
Whitney calls The Comeback “one of the top three greatest comedy shows of all time.”
Miraval Resort & Spa in Arizona
The Larry Sanders Show
The Reflective Horse
How ‘2 Broke Girls’ Star Beth Behrs Is Using Equine Therapy to Help Sexual Assault Victims by Tracy Ross, The Hollywood Reporter
Learn more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self by Alice Miller
The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower — and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
Phil Stutz on WTF with Marc Maron
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding of How Men and Boys Think by Louann Brizendine
Laird Hamilton, The King of Big Wave Surfing (Plus: Gabrielle Reece and Brian MacKenzie)
Friday Night Lights
On being expeditious. [05:14]
Defining codependence, getting to the root of its origins, and ways Whitney works to overcome its pervasive influence. [06:10]
“Perfectionism leads to procrastination, which leads to paralysis.” [16:35]
The fabric of humor: can Whitney deconstruct what makes something funny? [20:55]
Has Whitney’s view on relationships changed since her interview with Howard Stern last year? [27:51]
Would there be a market for The 4-Hour Marriage? [36:19]
Whitney’s advice on introducing dogs when upgrading to a multiple-canine household. [37:28]
Ways to maintain creative energy during overwhelming workloads. [44:50]
How Whitney nurtures her inner child. [45:43]
Why rituals are important (especially if you work from home). [51:59]
The surprising efficacy of color therapy. [54:16]
On developing a healthier attitude about working in a male-dominated industry — even among other women. [56:15]
How Whitney would approach show business if she were just getting started today. [1:01:07]
Challenges the codependent faces when hiring and firing people. [1:03:47]
What’s been the most challenging thing that equine therapy has prompted Whitney to accept and overcome about herself? [1:08:50]
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming), hypnosis, and therapeutic book recommendations. [1:16:14]
Want a low-risk place to test your jokes? Start a funny Twitter feed. [1:26:32]
Worrying about being perceived as a hack might be a sign of codependent tendencies. [1:27:15]
Out of writing, acting, stand-up, and other projects in which she’s involved, what is Whitney’s favorite creative outlet? [1:35:35]
Why Whitney thinks everyone should try stand-up comedy at least once. [1:38:19]
How do you get your TV script or screenplay read by the right people in Hollywood (especially when you don’t live in Hollywood)? [1:40:42]
Where does Whitney get ideas for jokes? [1:43:27]
Whitney wants to redo her billboard answer. [1:45:37]
Wisdom from Vince Lombardi and other closing thoughts. [1:48:40]
Michael Patrick King
Gregg “Opie” Hughes