Los Angeles-based comedian, actor, writer and producer, Whitney Cummings is a busy lady. She co-created and co-wrote the CBS comedy, “2 Broke Girls,” with Michael Patrick King, and also wrote, produced and starred in her autobiographical sitcom on NBC, “Whitney.” And on Saturday she will be the headliner at Foxwoods Comix Comedy Club & Bar. Cummings, named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch,” and one of Entertainment Weekly’s “Comedy Stars of Tomorrow” has also starred in movies and appeared on several tv shows including E!’s “Chelsea Lately. She has a yen to get back to her stand-up comedy roots and so is coming to entertain in Connecticut, but not before she Spilled the Beans with Java.
Q: What’s happening at Foxwoods?
A: I don’t think I have been to Foxwoods for two years. I know casino tricks can be tricky but I had so much fun the last time I was here, decided to come back. I have a whole hour of new material and since I haven’t been touring for two years, I have a lot of backed up anger and frustration to work out in my routine.
Q: Like what?
A: I got out of a relationship with a man I was living with and now I am in a new relationship with someone new who has kids and that’s challenging. And very conducive to writing stand-up . And I’ve been through a lot of therapy. The last time I toured I was scared of commitment and had a lot of fear. I was terrified of being in a relationship. And while I was doing my tv show, people were calling me crazy and that angered me. I have been doing a lot of research on that. Why are we called bitches when we are assertive and guys are called strong.
Q: I know “Whitney” has been cancelled but “2 Girls” will have a new season. How are you finding time for everything?
A: It used to be by not sleeping but now, I think it is important that I have balance in my life. That has become important. In order to write about my life I have to have one so I am taking on less. My focus now is the tour, my boyfriend and trying to have that life.
Q: I know you come from a pretty nice family. Were you ever a broke girl?
A: Oh yes! I still am. No matter how much money I make it goes into supporting my family it just seems to drain out of my account. That is one of the reason Patrick and I bonded. We had all these stories about being broke. I really did buy beef jerky to eat. I used to do focus groups to pick up some money or sell my clothes. A lot of the show episodes are based on things that actually happened to me. I think “2 Broke Girls” is honest and it resonates with people, especially in this economy. The girls have three outfits each and that’s all they wear on the show. I think it feels real and honest. They are modern women not obsessed with getting married and boys. If a man wrote the show, it would be different.
Q: Who are your favorite comics, dead or alive?
A: Richard Pryor, Chelsea Handler, Ellen DeGeneres, George Carlin, although he discouraged me because he was so good, David Attell, Bill Burr. I think Joan Rivers is still the greatest.
Q: Something no one knows about you?
A: If no one knows it, there is a reason. But I guess that I hate thongs. I wear regular, full butted underwear and I don’t care about panty lines. And I never go to gossip sites, none of them. They are addictive and I won’t get anything done. I have them blocked on my computer. I do go to Huffington Post though. There’s no gossip there.
Tickets are $35 to $60 for the 8 p.m. show. Go to foxwoods.com for information.