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Chelsea Handler -- irreverent host of the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately -- is hitting the road for a national stand-up comedy tour in support of her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. An absurd and hilarious collection of travel essays, Uganda Be Kidding Me finds Handler detailing her exploits while on safari in Africa, attempting to kayak in the Bahamas and escaping from a German hospital on crutches. She also shares her unique thoughts on etiquette, hot spots and memorable destinations. Handler's previous books, which include My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang and Are You There, Vodka? It's Me, Chelsea, have been met with critical acclaim for their comedic voice. Be prepared for a night of laughs when the words in her latest book leap from the pages and are delivered straight from Handler's feisty mouth. Learn More
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As Ray Barone on the CBS hit Everybody Loves Raymond, Ray Romano was the star of one of the most respected sitcoms in television history and won numerous awards, including an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2002. He also received two additional Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series as one of the show’s executive producers in 2003 and 2005. Along with the rest of the cast, Romano earned a SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2003. He also won Peoples Choice Awards as Favorite Male TV Performer in 2000, 2001 and 2003; in 2006, he earned his fourth Peoples Choice Award when the show was named Favorite Television Comedy.
Romano admits that he always knew he could make his friends laugh, but he never gave stand-up comedy serious thought until one fateful open-mic night at a New York comedy club in 1984. He did well, the bug bit hard, and Romano decided to pursue stand-up full-time. He performed regularly at comedy clubs across the country, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and later with Jay Leno, as well as Late Night with David Letterman. Letterman recognized something unique in Romano’s persona and offered him a development deal with his production company, Worldwide Pants. It was through that association that Everybody Loves Raymond was born.
Ray made his big-screen debut as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in the 20th Century Fox hit Ice Age, and starred in the wildly successful sequels Ice Age: The Meltdown and Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Other films followed, including _Eulogy, Welcome To Mooseport _(with Gene Hackman), Grilled (with Kevin James and Burt Reynolds) and The Last Word (with Winona Ryder and Wes Bentley). In 2006, he was the subject of 95 Miles To Go, a documentary of his life on tour.
He is the author of The New York Times best-selling book Everything and a Kite, which was inspired by his comedy. With his brothers Bobby and Rich Romano, he wrote the children’s book Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2006 for Best Spoken Word album. His comedy album, Live at Carnegie Hall, was nominated for a Grammy in 2002.
In 2009, four years after drawing the curtain on Raymond, he joined forces with Mike Royce, a fellow stand-up from NYC and writer for Everybody Loves Raymond to create his return to episodic television, the one-hour series Men of a Certain Age, for TNT. The drama/comedy co-starred Golden Globe winner Scott Bakula and Emmy winner Andre Braugher. Men of a Certain Age won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011.