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 is the creator and star of theNBC sitcom Whitney, as well as the co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls.
Cummings was born September 4, 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 interned at the local NBC news affiliate as a journalist. She began college at the University of North Carolina before subsequently transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude from Penn in three years in 2004, with a degree in communications and film. She was a model before becoming an actress
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. Variety named Cummings one of 10 Comics to Watch in 2007. 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. 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 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). Both shows were renewed for a second season. She was given her own talk show, Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings on E! in 2012, which was cancelled after one season.