Whitney Cummings, on 'Lipschtick' and the 'stripper flight' to Las Vegas

Whitney Cummings, on 'Lipschtick' and the 'stripper flight' to Las Vegas
Whitney Cummings talks all things Vegas and her "Lipschtick" show at the Venetian Las Vegas. (Michael Muller)

Comedian Whitney Cummings turned out to be the face of "Lipshtick — The Perfect Shade of Standup," the all-female comedy show at the Venetian Las Vegas.

The co-creator of the hit CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls," last year joked that she was proud to be featured in "an area of entertainment in Vegas that isn't really covered, which is women with their clothes on."


Cummings returns to the show for selected dates in March. Otehr performers include Jennifer Coolidge, Roseanne Barr, Lisa Lampanelli and Elaine Boosler.

Get some tips from Cummings on how to get to Las Vegas and see a good show at the same time, how the first year of "Lipshtick" went and where you might find her shopping in Las Vegas.

"Lipshtick" started up earlier this year. What do you think of an all-female cast of comedians leading this comedy series?

"I'm just glad. Maybe it's because I had to be publicly supportive of these female artists. I was excited that someone took the risk to book an all-female cast. They can book such big names. It's just a cool thing.

"Every now and then when you offer to do something they take you up on it. I've made Vegas my second home. It's such a great opportunity to do drugs and drink.

"I feel like it's long overdue. We get a lot of girls' night outs or bachelorette parties, but if you don't want to see guys' junk, we're the place to be. Las Vegas has a lot of programming directed toward men."

Is anyone else doing something like this?

"No. Definitely not. Standup specials couple female comedians. Especially for a showroom like this, it is a big risk. It's a historic moment to program acts like this.

"But the big secret is out. We all love each other."

You do meet and greets with the VIP package. What's the funniest thing that's happened with that so far?

"I have this theory that I always need to get out of a conversation after the second compliment because the third always turns into an insult. They'll say, 'I'm such a big fan. I love your show. You're so much bigger in person.' "

"No, really, people are pretty cool. What shocks me the most is how bad people are at using their own phones. I want to ask them, 'Did you just steal that phone?' They can't get it on, turn the button, don't know how to use the flash. I spend the most time trying to work people's phones to work.

"One guy had five selfies on his phone. I get to see private lives of my fans."

At least he wasn't naked.

"But I didn't scroll left.

"I'm also shocked at how revealing I am in my standup. People will ask, 'How's that guy you were dating and you found the text on his phone?' I forget that I talk about these things in my show."

At McCarran International Airport, the poster for your show says, "creator of CBS's '2 Broke Girls'." Does that present challenges for material? Are there audience members turning up expecting network TV style comedy and content?

"I don't think so. "2 Broke Girls" tends to be edgy for network TV. They let us get away with murder on the show. My sitcom people knew I had to hold back. On stage is the place where I get to be completely unfiltered and an animal. I figure if you're coming to Las Vegas, you're already a sicko."

At the Venetian, at least driving through the parking garage, it seems like 60% of the license plates are from California. Any tips for California visitors?


"This Southwest flight from Burbank is probably just as expensive as gas. As an added bonus, the Friday morning flights from Burbank are mostly strippers leaving LA. It's hilarious to see them in their Juicy Couture sweatpants on the phone crying. They're always in fights on the phone. This is their Super Bowl.

So who would you see perform in Vegas you weren't working?

Justin Timberlake. Last time I was there I tried to see Cesar Millan. I work at night so I can't see shows. I went to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibit and the "Bodies" exhibit. I usually walk around and buy things I can't afford. There's a Barneys in the Venetian. I would probably go see other comics. I'm not going to mention anyone who is playing this weekend.

Your mother was a former public relations director at Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallerie in Washington, D.C. Did that turn you off shopping and retail for life?

It made me a shopper at a very young age. Because we were poor, it made me have expensive taste. We would wear Prada and Gucci, but it was 60% to 80% off. I usually wear a T-shirt, jeans and sneakers. I'll go to Barneys and buy the expensive T-shirt. People think I'm poor because I wear a T-shirt, but I say, "This is a $100 T-shirt."