"We bonded and joined forces and now we’re the dynamic duo."The initial fruit of the partnership came in January, when Handler, 39, announced her first tour in four years — more than 30 dates in theaters and arenas to coincide with her fourth book (and fourth New York Times No. Two months later came a potentially even bigger development: After seven years of Chelsea Lately, Handler will be leaving the E!
There weren’t tons of them, so it was easy to stand out.”Rather than her looks, however, it was the way she used her own discomfort that bailed her out many times. But I always come back to myself: I start with myself and I end with myself.”That style also drives Handler’s books, which boosted her profile significantly, starting with My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands in 2005, which has sold 944,000 copies, according to Nielsen Book Scan. “The attention from TV fuels her tour, her tour fuels TV, the book fuels both, they fuel the book.
You’ll see incredible guests and great shows to the end.”Handler makes about million a year at E!
, and her tour has moved 125,000 tickets and grossed .5 million in ticket sales to date, according to Live Nation comedy president Geof Wills. Very few — if anybody — do more concert business than her, and, yeah, she gets paid,” he says.
Her work ethic played a significant role, but so did Handler’s good looks.
“I was a girl, and at the time there were definitely girls, but not as many as there are now, so that set me apart,” she says. It is her best-selling book, having sold more than 1.4 million copies.