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Food, comedy and career changes: Whitney Cummings continues to speak her mind

Whitney Cummings returns to the Treasure Island Theatre Sept. 27.
Whitney Cummings returns to the Treasure Island Theatre Sept. 27.
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When Whitney Cummings found out her NBC sitcom “Whitney” was being cancelled last May, she didn’t have quite the reaction one might expect.

“I didn’t want it to end,” Cummings told, “but it was a bit liberating, as I wasn’t really able to do any stand-up [while filming the show].”

Returning to Treasure Island Sept. 27, Cummings is excited to be back onstage doing what she loves most. While the comedienne/actress said that a lot of what audiences saw on “Whitney” was the real Whitney Cummings (“It was me, just with much better clothes,” she joked), her new stand-up material might be a bit different from what most fans are used to given how much she’s grown since her 2010 hour-long stand-up special, “Money Shot.”

“I’m more grown-up now,” she stated. “I’ve had my heart broken and I’ve changed a lot. I’m just in a more emotional place.”

Known for always voicing her feelings, Cummings actually interned as a journalist at NBC before deciding to become a comedian.

“[Being a journalist] was hard because I have such strong opinions,” she said. “I’m too judgmental; I’m not objective enough. Comedy appealed to me because I could voice my opinions and people appreciated just how loud and angry I was. My flaws in journalism were rewarded in comedy—it was very freeing. Before comedy, I didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere.”

Despite winning the Comedian of the Year Award at the 2010 Young Hollywood Awards, Cummings said she never feels like she has being a successful comedian “in the bag,” as every time she produces a new hour of material or starts touring again, she always feels like she’s starting “at the beginning.” Inspired by the great Louis C.K., though, Cummings is constantly working hard so she can get better.

“I’m not doing this to be famous or get rich,” she said. “I just want to get better.”

Having just performed at Treasure Island in April, it was only natural to ask Cummings if she had any favorite restaurants in town.

“I always go to Nobu (inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), although I always get lost trying to find it,” Cummings replied. “Usually I tend to eat wherever I’m performing. There’s this steakhouse at Treasure Island (Phil’s Italian Steak House) that I like to go to so I can spy on the people coming to my show. I like to spy on my fans and see what they’re wearing, who they’re dating and what they’re eating.”

As for what Cummings is eating, the svelte comedienne surprisingly admitted that she’s a big carb person.

“I love bread,” she said. “It’s a simple pleasure. Also, if there are sweet potato fries on a menu, they’re going in my mouth. I like salty/sweet things, like chocolate and pretzels.”

The former model knows how important it is to be in shape, though, and credits SoulCycle with helping her keep her famous figure. As for whether or not the outspoken comedienne has any dining out pet peeves, Cummings does have one thing that bothers her.

“I hate when waiters don’t write things down,” she said. “They always end up getting your order wrong. I don’t know why they think it’s a weakness; I know they have a lot going on. I won’t lose respect for them if they write down my order—like, don’t have so much pride!”

When asked if, given her background, she had any plans to write a book of her own one day, Cummings just said that, for now, her focus is on stand-up and “getting out of the house, not sitting in front of a computer.”

“I need to make some more mistakes before I write a book,” she said.

Not that she doesn’t have enough on her plate. While “Whitney” and E!’s “Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings” may have recently gotten the axe, CBS’s “2 Broke Girls,” which Cummings co-created and co-writes, is still on the air. In fact, when asked what makes her laugh on a regular basis, Cummings credited the hit series with tickling her funny bone.

“Every time I get a ‘2 Broke Girls’ script, it always makes me laugh,” she said.

As for what else makes her laugh, Cummings just said, “I like stupid comedy and pratfalls. So much of stand-up comedy is cerebral…I like easy stuff you don’t have to overthink.”

Whitney Cummings performs inside the Treasure Island Theatre Sept. 27 at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $49.95, plus tax and handling fees. To reserve your seats, call 702-894-7722 or simply click here.

For more on Whitney Cummings, visit the comedienne’s official website.

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