In 2010, Whitney Cummings was killing it. She was coming off of two crushing performances on the Comedy Central Roasts; had recently released her debut comedy album, Emotional Ninja; and filmed a one-hour special for Comedy Central. Her standup career was on fire, and she was being viewed as the next mega star of comedy. Then things got dicey.
Over the next couple of years, Cummings stepped away from the stage to pursue a booming acting career that included her own sitcom, Whitney (which was canceled after two seasons), as well as co-creating the wildly popular 2 Broke Girls. After that, she was given her own talk show on the E! network, Love You, Mean It (which lasted one season). While her visibility was at an all-time high, she was no longer viewed as a "comic's-comic" by her peers, and was seen as sort of an outsider in the standup world.
Three years after exploding on to the scene, Cummings is once again focusing on where she got her start, hitting the road for a theater tour across the U.S. This Friday, she'll be stopping by the Pantages with a new set of material that she promises shows a new side of who she has become.
Cummings spoke with City Pages last week and discussed her new outlook, enjoying oxygen, and what it means to be a lone wolf in comedy.