Chelsea Lately – Universal Studios
Chelsea Lately is an late night comedy talk show hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler which was broadcast on E!. The show debuted on July 16, 2007, and was produced by Handler’s production company, Borderline Amazing Productions.
Chelsea Lately was presented in a half-hour format, and was broadcast Monday through Friday at 11:00 p.m ET/PT, although the Friday show was frequently a re-run. Chelsea Lately opens cold and Handler performed a short stand-up monologue. The routine was usually focused on a topic from pop culture or current events, and sometimes included a video clip or other visual aid. Over the opening credits, the announcer presented the topics of discussion and the show’s guest, then makes a comment about something totally irrelevant.
After the open, Handler introduced the round table panel of three guests consisting of some combination of comedians, actors, or staff members. She lastly introduces the show regular, her assistant Chuy Bravo who sat in his own chair near the edge of the studio’s stage. Handler then discussed the goings on in pop culture with the round table members, occasionally including Chuy whose comments are always one-liner jokes. After the round table ends, if there is a sketch in the episode, it was shown next. Then, after returning from a commercial break, Handler interviewed a celebrity guest (or guests) for about six minutes each show. The show then closed with either another very short monologue (essentially Handler delivering a one-liner) or with a small segment like “Fat Baby” with pictures shown for comedic value. Handler and Chuy then usually interacted with the audience as the closing credits and music plays.
In September of 2012 Chelsea Lately made the move to Universal Studios Stage 1. With a brand new set and a new lighting design, consisting of mostly LED lighting fixtures, the show debuted in the new studio in October.