Exclusive: Whitney Cummings Admits 'Being A Comedian Is One Of My Favorite Things In The World': 'I Take So Much Pride In It'
Whitney Cummings has a lot to brag about on her resume: from creating 2 Broke Girls alongside Michael Patrick King to starring, executive producing and creating the TV hit show Whitney, while also dabbing in comedy specials for HBO, it's safe to say she's made it.
"It's a trip!" the 40-year-old, who teamed up with Baileys to showcase the limited-time minty green offering Baileys Vanilla Mint Shake, an adult (and proudly Irish) twist on a classic treat — perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration, exclusively tells Morning Honey of her success. "I try not to give too much advice because comedy is so specific, and it's really about digging deep insider yourself, but I realized how I made it doesn't exist anymore."
"I don't know if you dance on TikTok or what, but I think it boils down to quality rises to the top," she explains of how to make it these days. "You have to be flexible and authentic and tell the truth. As a comedian, telling the truth means you have to be brave. Being a comedian is one of my favorite things in the world because yes, we can come off critical sometimes, but we're ultimately playing devil's advocate. I take so much pride in it."
"What I like to say to comedians that are up and coming is: it's so hard but it's worth it. I wanted to give up many times, and I had these moments where I was discouraged or ready to throw it away. But one thing will happen and there's a magical thing that keeps you going — whether it's an audience member saying something or wearing a shirt with something you said. It's always going to be hard, but it's always going to be worth it. I'm grateful I came up at a certain time."
It's especially satisfying that the brunette babe is making a name for herself in a (mostly) male-dominated industry. "I think that's why I am able to resonate with younger women and men. For the first 10 years of my career, I didn't want anyone to think about my gender," she explains. "I just wanted to get everything fairly. Now that I've built my career, I want to celebrate the fact that you can have these magical feminine qualities that I can now use. I'm not just a female comic, I am a comic."
Along the way, the TV star has picked up some tips from working with some of the greats, including Michael Chiklis and John Cleese. "When you finally get in there, it's surreal that you can't even process it," she admits. "When you're acting, it's hard to process it. But they were magical moments. I am proud to be someone who is fighting to be the voice of the voiceless in a way and telling the truth. I take it incredibly seriously. It's amazing that I get to be on set with people that are in different businesses than me and they allow me to improvise and pitch jokes — that's the greatest feeling in the world."
In the meantime, the writer is gearing up to observe St. Patrick's Day with Baileys, as she is celebrating the launch of the limited-time minty green offering Baileys Vanilla Mint Shake. "I lost my mom and I found out I had all this Irish ancestry. Baileys came up with this drink, and it's the best thing ever. We've always been a Baileys family, too. Now, here we are working together — finally!" she quips. "It has delicious flavors of mint, vanilla and a hint of chocolate, and whether you're having it as a milkshake or over ice cream, it's fantastic."
Keep scrolling to see how you can make your own fun cocktail for St. Patrick's Day!
Baileys Vanilla Mint Shake Cocktail
- 3.5oz Baileys Vanilla Mint Shake
1. Pour Baileys Vanilla Mint Shake into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
2. Strain into a coupe glass.
3. Garnish with chocolate shavings
- Chocolate shavings