Comedian gets personal in Reno |

Comedian gets personal in Reno

Dan Thomas
Chelsea Handler makes her Reno debut at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino. Call (800) 648-3568, (800) 648-5080 or visit for ticketing information. (E! Entertainment)

Comedian Chelsea Handler has already achieved a certain degree of notoriety in Reno before making her debut there Saturday, March 15.

During her appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman” last year, she recommended Reno as the place Britney Spears should go – instead of Las Vegas – if she truly wanted to get away from the paparazzi.

“Everybody I talk to from Reno brings up that clip,” Handler said. “You guys must take yourselves pretty seriously.”

Handler talked to Lake Tahoe Action by phone Wednesday, on the heels of a big Tuesday night, when her talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” marked its 100th episode. The E! network has signed on for 150 more.

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Handler also has a new book due out next month, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea,” a follow-up to “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands.”

“It’s less about sex than it is just about life,” Handler said.

Those who have read “Horizontal Life” or have seen “Chelsea Lately” probably know what to expect, but Handler indicated that her stand-up is a little more personal.

“It’s definitely the same tone,” she said. “I talk a lot more about my personal life, my friends’ life.”

(As an example, Handler warns audiences about the dangers of dating a redhead: “Well, when you wake up in the morning and you think that you’re looking at a clown in a leg lock,” she said. “The other thing is they look ridiculous in the daytime.”)

Even though Saturday’s appearance at the Grand Sierra Casino is Handler’s first appearance in Reno, this isn’t her first foray to the region.

“I’ve done Tahoe, and then I went to Sundance this year to ski, but I didn’t really perform this year.”

Still, she sounds like she knows at least a few things about Reno.

“I don’t really ever expect much,” she said. “I certainly don’t expect the paparazzi to be there.”

If you go

Who: Chelsea Handler

Where: Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, Reno

When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday, March 15

Tickets: Call (800) 648-3568, (800) 648-5080 or visit

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