Who Whitney Cummings
Accomplishments Comedian and actress (her Comedy Central stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You, premieres June 28 at 11 p.m./10 c); co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls
Base Los Angeles
What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
Digg and Huffington Post tend to be my first news sites. If I have some time, I’ll go to Salon and Slate, and then I’ll begrudgingly go to Deadline. If I’m going to be honest, I go straight to Gilt. It’s perfect; I’m groggy, I haven’t had my coffee yet, so I buy things I don’t need.
What are your go-to social media platforms?
I’m on Instagram, Twitter, and that’s really it. I didn’t get into Vine, and I’m not on Facebook. I did join Tinder, though. Please let everyone know that I’m available and on Tinder!
Have you been on any Tinder dates?
Not yet. I first joined because I went to a wedding and everyone was on it, and as a comedian, it’s my job to know how people are dating. Eventually I stopped hearing people say, “I went on a Tinder date” as a joke, and started hearing, “I met my fiancé on Tinder.” Now I kind of do it as an experiment so I can talk about it onstage, but it’s also really compelling, to say the least.
Have you seen anyone you know on there?
Oh, all the time! It’s so funny. But, to me, it’s just like a microcosm of the real world. We walk into a bar and say, “Yes, no, yes, no.” I half think it’s the apocalypse and half think it’s genius.
What other apps do you use?
I use the TED app a lot. If I have some downtime, I’ll try to educate my goddamn self.
Who do you follow on Twitter?
Seth Rogen’s funny. And Adam McKay, the director, always tweets interesting news stories. He does my news collecting for me, basically. Louis C.K. uses Twitter to make a difference. Like when TMZ posted a video of Tracy Morgan’s car accident, Louis used Twitter to petition them to take it down.
What TV shows do you watch?
I love It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I feel like people take it for granted because it’s such a reliable, funny show. I’m a big fan of 2 Broke Girls, no bias there. I also watch a lot of documentary shows like the Sundance series The Staircase. That was bananas.
What’s on your reading list?
I’m reading Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart. Usually I read nonfiction—as a stand-up, you always want to be jamming science and neurology stuff into your head—but every sentence in Super Sad True Love Story is a work of art. I also read a lot of self-help books, but I’m not going to tell you about them!
How about just your all-time favorite self-help book?
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix is so good. It has the worst title ever, but it’s a game changer. I give it to all my friends.
How do you wind down before bed?
Funny you should ask because my doctor actually just prescribed to me that I can’t have my phone in my bedroom within 30 minutes of going to sleep. Looking at your phone produces cortisol and adrenaline, which keeps you up. So now I’m going back to reading a book before bed.