Whitney Cummings (born September 4, 1982) is an American comedian, actress and producer. She created the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (2011–2017) and the NBC sitcom Whitney (2011–2013), appearing in the lead role of the latter.
She went to high school at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, Potomac, Maryland, graduating in 2000.
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 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.
In June 2014, Cummings did her second hour-long special, I Love You, on Comedy Central. Her fourth special, "Can I Touch It?" came out on July 30th, 2019 on Netflix.