Loud people like Chelsea Handler

I reviewed the stand-up comedian/talk show host/author Chelsea Handler last week at a sold-out Shea’s. I’ve never found her to be all that funny – her pop culture observations are unoriginal, and her “I’m a drunk with loose morals” act is a bit transparent. But while much of her set was what I’d expected it to be, with stale jokes about Angelina’s adopted brood and how romantic comedies are unrealistic, Handler was an ingratiating performer who’s way more comfortable behind a mic stand than in front of the camera. The crowd absolutely ate her up, screaming and yelling things like “Vodka!” and “Grey Goose!” all night long. Handler may have mined her love of alcohol for jokes, but these audience members reminded us all that most drunk people are stupid.

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