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Chelsea Handler – Pouring Heart and Humor into Her New Book – Extended Interview | The Daily Show

Welcome back to the show. Thank you for having me,
Trevor Noah. And congratulations on another New York Times
best-selling book– number one -New York Times best-selling
book. -Thank you. Thank you. -Congratulations. That’s huge.
-(applause and cheering) Um… A lot of people have always
loved your writing. I was interested
and-and shocked, to be honest, at how much heart this book had. I knew it was gonna be funny,
but I-I… I was… I was really taken by…
by just how vulnerable it was. Was-was this a departure
for you– just, like, literally pouring
your insides into a book? Um, yeah.
I mean, I’ve made a career of oversharing my person life in… in inappropriate ways,
so this felt like the first time for an opportunity for–
not the first opportunity, but the first opportunity
I looked at as an opportunity -to overshare
in a positive way… -Right. with something that was kind of,
like, heart… you know, gut-wrenching for me
to go through, but necessary. And, uh, so I was eager
to share it, ’cause I was eager -to get it off of my plate,
you know? -Yes. And I… and discover
and understand why I’ve been such a bitch
for so long, -what my issues were.
-(laughter) So, having a professional break
that down for me, you’re like, “Oh, paying somebody to tell you
what your issues are.” -Yes. -I was like,
“Oh, yeah, I can take this. Give me more. Give me more.”
Um, but the responses is what I wasn’t expecting. The responses from people
who have… who are all… We’re all just going
through the same thing. -Yes.
-You know, we’re all struggling. We’re going through the
same thing in different ways. I-I… won’t… I won’t lie. I always thought that part of
Chelsea Handler was a character, you know, and then you read
in the book, and it’s, like, no. You-you basically say
that for a good 30 years, you never shed a tear, you never really engaged
in your emotions. You-you were just fighting
against the world. And it all stemmed from the death of your brother
when you were nine years old. That’s-that’s
a powerful exploration to go to in your mind
through therapy. Why was therapy so important? Well, therapy was so important
because I was so upset about the election
when Donald Trump became, um, you know, our president.
You know. You’re being serious about this. -By the way, you-you…
-No, no, I’m being very serious. -(laughter)
-I had, like, a mental… Like, I was like,
“Aah! No, no, no, no! I can’t deal with this reality.” Like, um, that be…
represented to me– which I’m sure most
of the people watching this program feel,
um, feel similar to… It felt like
the world became unhinged. And I had… And finally,
I had all this energy -to place my anger towards–
Donald Trump. -Right. Right. Finally, I had something
to be pissed off about other than just being a bitch. Now I could be a bitch
towards him, so it was a… perfect pivot. (applause and cheering) You know? And so then,
when I start… start talking to my psychiatrist, Dan,
who I speak of in the book… You know, he said… You know, it took me a while
to circle the drain a little bit about what
I was really angry about, and through that discussion,
which took weeks and months and, you know, over a year,
it was… Donald Trump represented to me
what happened when I was nine years old
and my brother said he was coming back
and never came back. My world became unhinged. -So this was a trigger for me.
-Damn. So, and I know this was a…
it turns out Donald Trump’s been a trigger
for millions of people. -(laughter)
-Um, so I’m really glad that I shared it,
because you know what, I wanted to make
something positive happen -Yes.
-out of this administration, and I didn’t want them to rob me
of another year of my life. That’s powerful.
It really is a… -a powerful journey to be on.
-(cheering, applause) I also love that-that you take
digs at yourself in the book. There’s ways that
you explore your life, uh, not just as a celebrity
or a famous person, but also somebody who’s living
a very privileged life, both as a rich person
and as a white woman. And that was interesting for me,
because most people talk about white privilege
like it’s an outside thing, and then you were like,
“Oh, no, no, no, I… I’m rocking
white privilege hard.” That was, like, a really
interesting way to frame it. -Yeah, yeah.
-Why did you do it that way? Yeah, I’m killing
the white privilege. I’m like, “Yeah, over here!
Give me more!” Um, I didn’t realize
I was part of the problem. I think every white person
who doesn’t think about white privilege is part of
the problem, not the solution. -Um, so…
-(whooping, applause) for me to wake up and go,
“Wait a second, I am… this is…
look at all that I have,” yes, you can argue
that I’m talented. You could also argue
that I’m not talented. You could argue
that I’m whatever. -It’s a matter of luck,
a lot of luck, -Yes. and a lot of privilege,
a lot of things being rewarded or given to me as a reward
for bad behavior. -Yeah. -You know, my first book
was about one-night stands, and they’re like,
“Oh, excellent! Bring it!” It was a… you know,
and then that was a success. -Yes. -And then my second
drink… uh, my second book… (laughter) -(cheering, applause)
-See where this is going? I always mention “drink”
when I’m sober. It slips out. It’s like,
“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, where is everything I need?” Yeah, but that…
but that has been… that has been a journey. One of my favorite things
I learned about you was, like, you’re so impatient that
sometimes you’ll go to a store and you want a magazine, but you
don’t want to go to the line, and so you just walk out
with the magazine, wave, like, a $20 bill
at the security camera, drop the bill down
and walk out. And you, like, you say,
you’re like, “A black person
could never do that,” -which is completely true.
-Well, what I said when I told my doctor, he goes,
“Give me an example of your impatience,”
and I told him that story, begrudgingly,
because it’s embarrassing, and I said, you know, I wave the
thing to the security camera, like, “I’m not trying to steal,
I’d like to pay, but I just can’t deal with the
slowness of the transaction.” -And you just walk out.
-It’s just too slow. And he said, he looked at me
with a funny face, and he goes, “Oh,” and I go, “Is that…
is that white privilege?” and he’s like, “No, white people
don’t do that, either.” (laughter) Oh. I will tell you
one of the craziest things. Actually, it reminded me
of something I saw in New York City that,
genuinely, I was just like, “Wow, that’s, like,
only a white person could get away with this.”
We were in a store– I don’t know if it was, like,
an H&M or Zara, one of those– and there was a woman
who was in the store, and she, like, had,
like, clothes with her, and she just walked out. And then, like,
the beeper went off, and it was, like,
under her arm and everything, and then the beeper went off,
and then the security guard was like, “Hey! Hey!”
and then she was like, “Oh. Sorry, I don’t want this.” -And then she just gave it back
and then left. -Yeah. And the security guard was like,
“Yeah, okay, that’s fine.” I was like, “She… she
just walked out with the shit.” Yeah, yeah,
I don’t play like that. -I’m not trying to steal.
-You wave the money. I want to give you the money, I
just want you to take it faster. Let’s, um, let’s talk about what else Chelsea Handler’s
getting up to. -Um… You have…
-I’m doing a tour for the book. I’m going to places like
Clearwater, Florida. I haven’t been on a tour
in five years. Are you– Wait. Is this, is this
part of the Netflix tour? -Or is this a separate tour?
-No, it’s part of the book tour. -I’m doing a tour in each state.
-You’re doing– so you’re doing -a book tour and then you’re
going to be doing -Yeah, yeah. -another stand-up special.
-Mm-hmm. And you’re doing a stand-up
special about white privilege. Uh, no. I did a special, a
documentary on white privilege. -Yes. -It’s hard to keep up
with all my privilege. There’s just so many projects. How many projects are you doing?
So you’re-you’re writing books, you’re making TV shows, you’ve
got documentaries going on, uh, you’re still doing
stand-up as well. -Uh…
-I’m a doula. You– Are you being serious? -No. No, no, no.
-Oh. You see, I believed you. I-I believed you. (laughs) Let’s talk about your foray
into the weed business. -That’s-that’s an interesting…
-Oh, yeah, I’m into the weed. -Well, I think if we’re gonna
have to– -(applause) -Yeah, we should all be into
the cannabis. -(cheering) But it’s a specific, it’s
a specific strain of weed -that you’re championing.
-I’m very– I’m an advocate. I’m coming out
with my own weed line. I feel like
if we’re gonna have to deal with this administration,
we should also be legally allowed
to smoke cannabis. The whole country, everybody
needs to get on board. It grows out of the ground,
and it’s our friend. So, yes, I’m doing
a lot of, um, research, ’cause I’m coming out with
my own cannabis line in– probably at the– in the fall. And what makes it special? Well, I’m trying to isolate
the strain THCV, which kind of kills
your appetite, since it’s like, um, you know, that’s a problem
for a lot of people. They don’t want to take edibles
or smoke weed, because they’re scared
they’re gonna eat. -What– the munchies? Yes.
-Yes. Yes. Don’t act like you just heard
about it, Trevor. So you’re trying to–
No, no, no, I’m just– So you’re saying, like,
I’m just like, “the munchies.” -Just be like, “I’m trying
to make weed -Yeah, right. -that doesn’t give people the
munchies. -Exactly, thank you. That’s what I’m trying to do. I want girls
to be able to smoke it and not feel like
they’re gonna pig out. Oh, I like that.
That’s a different– I want weed that only
gives me munchies. No, I’m serious.
I just like, I like… You don’t feel bad after
you eat all that stuff? -I don’t remember that I ate
all of that stuff. -Oh. There you go. Then there you have it. I just wake up the next day
and there’s just, like, Doritos packets everywhere and
I’m like, “What happened?” -“Who did this?” -Weed is just
so much more pleasant, you know? -It’s changed your life.
-I-It’s totally changed my life. ‘Cause you-you are known as
being fond of the alcohol. -Yeah. And bloated and I’m no
longer bloated, -And, um… because of the cannabis,
so I’m excited. And so the weed, you’ve said
that the weed -has tempered your drinking.
-For sure, definitely. -How? -‘Cause I– You don’t
have to drink as much when you– or at all– when you,
when you have a little buzz. Like, the weed kind of cuts
my reaction time in half, which, for me, is a benefit,
you know what I mean? I don’t want to say everything
that comes up in my mouth. I-I also want to be quiet,
I just don’t know how. So, for weed, for me,
it’s helped me meditate, it’s helped me be quiet, focus,
sit still a little bit more, -instead of being in your face
all the time. -Right. I realized I was
a little annoying. (laughter) I’m loving this. I don’t know
if you’re on weed right now, but either way, it’s always a
pleasure having you on the show. Chelsea Handler, everybody. -Thank you so much for being on
the show. -Thank you so much. Life Will Be the Death of Me
is available now. And go to
for tour dates.

100 thoughts on “Chelsea Handler – Pouring Heart and Humor into Her New Book – Extended Interview | The Daily Show

  1. I didn't hear anything after "white privilege". I am so tired of hearing about how privileged I am because the color of my skin. I fuucking clawed and teared my way out of poverty as a child and ive done everything in my power to stay out of it. At no fuckjng point was my life easier because I am white, what you mean is privileged in general. Smh

  2. the 'Reefer Madness Generation'' is dying off, Marijuana is no longer a Demon Come To Destroy YOUR LIFE. it's medicine that helps PTSD victims deal with the World. by this point, I think we're all PTSD victims, the constant abuse of a liar president and scofflaw cabinet has taken a heavy toll. We Need Weed.

  3. What's up with assholes becoming nice. Eminem is the politest rapper out there. And now Chelsea is nice?

  4. I thought she is coming to the show from Canada. I bet she showed her passport while entering to US unlike those in the southern border!

  5. I love Chelsea and I used to drink alot like her however when I started smoking if definitely did change my life. Full 180

  6. was eating margarine desert all day and butter filling
    just angry entitled and making up stories
    pow ver ty
    yea this girl didnt cre about the child she kept mentioning she is black that is why
    and everything else to not mention that she f*cked up having to get a kid
    or bringing it to LA right away
    also she didnt have applications phone or app
    and the person doing up needs computer
    i can ask him if he can make that computer work
    the del i liked looked like apple grey and light it was 15 or 17 inch
    presidential candidate partying waste more than trump business looses in 10 years.
    also in real estate the losses called amortization you people. that mean wear and tear to replace the worn equipment it is allowed din accounting. with any real estate asset. it is not called losses it is normal amortization. to llowd for repairs depreciation of asset etc. normal
    princess bride
    janna wanted 5 kids and wanted someone for the job
    just as martin said mel wants 2 my job is clear
    after mel figured about real martin finance they decided martin gets fixed
    she had to work Aut with her toes were not being gud enAf
    we have level of sofistic8shn
    AZ e r b y D jan
    yorba lin da
    if sarah hack a bee
    get fired how much she gets paid as compensation is that in a contract
    cause we hav people over stay in there position sometimes and they not even doing what the best for the world peace
    hu acts 2pissy
    o r v v ant l o t t o ff mani
    Sm peopel d not really care or believe they just they fr the paycheck
    and to eat crafts dinners lunchs
    all top 6 article 4 people liking their gossip news
    journalist what they look into what kind of news that is why they not allowed or they just piss Sandra hack a bee?
    luk at Azer 5 articles
    what news avail to hu in seraches?
    it takes one hero liek cain to die and takes too many to get in teh news when something like lightning strikes

    liek 16 dead?
    Valdosta State coach Tommy Thomas said. “If you didn’t like Ben Jackson, you had to find out what was wrong with you.″

    we have talented business men e d N & talented businessman
    in respect of competition

  7. I love that she's working on a munchie-free strain!
    I only keep healthy veggie snacks around so I can munch without guilt. Being munch-free would be much better!
    She's so right about the reduced drinking when you smoke.
    For me alcohol was the deadly gateway drug that lead to everything thing else!

  8. "For 30 years you never shed a tear" oof… that hit a little close to home for me. It's not until someone you're afraid of finally dies – and you can feel ALIVE and FREE

  9. The throwing money at a security camera thing is called "hot privilege". Probably the most powerful one.

  10. Geez white people! Even when they're acknowledging they have white privilege they still manage to profit off of other peoples backs! Smh

  11. My brother didn’t come back either when I was in 2nd grade he was in a car wreck and no you are not great, you are just plain annoying and geez enough with the PRIVILEGE already!!!

  12. Chelsea is def onto something with the weed. I'd smoke way more and be an all around more pleasant person if I didnt have to carry an extra 10 lbs because I eat everything I see when I smoke

  13. she was pretty cool.. i agree with her alot. me, personally… i aint drank in over 3 yrs.(since i founsd my Dad dead on the couch from the stuff, WHILE his neighbors were robbing him)…. anywho,,, my Dr. found out i been smokin & he str8up cut me off of my arthritis meds. they aint even a narcotic, but they said it IS a "controlled substance"… 1st dirty test… bye bye? . & it so petty/ i guess now, i'm supposed to wither up & die from pain.

  14. If we are going to deal with this administration, we should be allowed to smoke weed 😆 looool hahahha how true

  15. She’s not the only one that became depressed and lost it when trump became president, I think most of the U.S.A did 🤣

  16. I love ❤️ u Chelsea the fact u still haven’t made it about u…..enough with the Segway of the president or x u dated!!! I can’t wait to see u the real u set free! 🤗

  17. She is not lying though. Weed calmed me all the way down cause Lawd the state of this nation has me going nuts.

  18. White privilege isn’t about white people realizing their benefits. It about how exploited black people are because they aren’t white

  19. I hope this bitch doesn’t think we are going to buy her weed, black people are only going to buy weed from their own…

    How condescending it would be for them to think we are going to continue being gentrified by them, long as they are our friend??? Wtf

  20. "Everyone should be doing the weed"

    Someone hasn't done their unbiased research. Aside from medical necessity, WEED IS FACTUALLY HARMFUL. END OF STORY. IF YOU DISAGREE, TRY DOING YOUR RESEARCH WITHOUT BIAS FOR ONCE.

  21. White privilege isn't a thing, in the west everyone has the chances to grow to be successful and it isn't easy to do that for any normal working class citizen.

  22. America don t inderstand it s not really white people privelege. It s rich people privelege. Will smith kids are a million more time privilege than a random white poor kid. Also that actrice know saying that is going to get her likes on twitter and youtube. Nothing brave about it. I respect a guy like kapernick for the risk … her saying that is good for her carrer no risk ( i m french sorry for the typo)

  23. The problem is people see white privilege as a “BAD” thing. It’s neither good nor bad. It just is. I’m not going to suffer myself because of a situation i was born into.

  24. Right after the 2016 election I thought "therapists are going to make a killing!" Personally, the most disturbing aspect of the Trump era for me is trying to cope with reality of a number of family, friends (some now former), and acquaintances buying into (and enabling) the madness.

  25. I always tell people that if they think white privilege is not. the are crazy and we many whites like that here in SA

  26. I love Chelsea!! I used to kinda get annoyed when I heard about her and then I watched her Netflix docuseries and fell in love with her! She seems like such a chill real person and is someone I would love to party or just hang out with!

  27. This is probably the most likeable I've seen Chelsea Handler but that's still not saying much because she just annoys me for some reason. I just don't get her humor and she always sounds so rehearse and try-hardy.

  28. The term white privilige irritates me. Anyone cares about explaining to me why it's being treated like as if you should be ashamed of yourself when you're white? Does white privilige even exist or not? I would like to read opinions on both sides.

  29. White privileged is always on my face, i was waiting in line at Wholefoods and there was a young while man with a bunch of tattoos in front of me with a box from salad bar, he continued eating from his salad box for about 15 mins long line and when there were two people left before his turn in line he went ‘urgh’ and left the line and left the store. so he ate all the food for free and no one didn’t notice or cared i remember thinking ‘it is nice to be white’ coz no security not customers seemed to care nor pay attention

  30. Chelsea needs help. Perhaps to much time in show biz and comedy has caused her to loose connection with reality.

  31. She's a great entertainer for sure but saying smoking weeds help her focus goes against all the doctors' warning about cannabis which make you lose your focus. Having said that she's such a breed apart perhaps it did help her

  32. Maybe piss face Handler can get Mutt boy Noah to give her a faceshot. Two fucking useless leftist ass fucks

  33. No, I didn't watch the interview. Back and forth bullshit from a couple of dopers? No thanks. And don't forget to vote for trump in 2020. That is, if you have any brains.

  34. If she had literally poured her insides into a book, she'd be dead now. Good thing Trevor doesn't have a job where he has to know words.

  35. The munchies are a state of mind… you can ignore them. Training one's mind, is better than removing something that's natural from nature to suit ourselves… Don't humans learn??? We are a part of the earth, not its superior species!!

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