With a handful of small movie roles, comedy gigs and Comedy Central Roasts, Whitney Cummings is still a brand new player to the Hollywood game. This week, the 29-year-old Washington, D.C. native is debuting two television shows, including NBC's Whitney, on which she serves as star, co-producer and creator.
On Monday, 2 Broke Girls (a show Whitney co-created and co-produces) premiered on CBS to a comfortable 19 million viewers, following the much-anticipated premiere of Two and a Half Men.
So just who is the big-eyed brunette whose past television credits include MTV's Punk'd with Ashton Kutcher and a minor role in the 2008 film Made of Honor, starring Patrick Dempsey?
I'm a comedian and actress. I am dead inside. I'm aware that I look older than I am so no need to @ reply me about it, according to Cummings' official Twitter page.
In the comedy world, Cummings is no stranger to the stage or the always popular Comedy Central Roasts. Her past roast victims have included David Hasselhoff, Joan Rivers and Donald Trump.
Cummings has famously shared her two cents on topics like the Twilight films, women as emotional ninjas and men's obsession with sports teams (see video below).
In recent years, Cummings has been scratching the surface of major TV networks, thanks to gigs on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien and Last Call with Carson Daly.
Cummings appeared on the Today Show Thursday morning to celebrate the addition of her sitcom to the famous Thursday night lineup.
I have been failing for so long, what is this overnight success? I have heard 'no' so much . . . I am a stand-up comedian, so I've been touring a lot, spending a lot of time in airports. This is such a dream come true, Cummings told Ann Curry.
Whitney premieres Thursday night on NBC.
More about Whitney Cummings:
In 2004, Cummings graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in communications and film.
Cummings' personal blog is called Princess Complex: Whitney Cummings has a blog.
Cummings has worked with Denis Leary on several occasions, including Rescue Me comedy tour in 2010.
Her first major television gig was MTV's Punk'd in 2004.