She’s just 38 years old and has already achieved a net worth of $30 million. Whitney Cummings has parlayed her talents as a stand up comedian into a successful career as a director, writer, producer, creator and actress in several television shows and films. Cummings fell right into her stand up career following her college graduation. From that she built a special relationship in the comedic community, participating in comedy specials that led to acting roles, writing, directing and producing roles, and creating television series. Here’s how Whitney Cummings achieved a net worth of $30 million.
She was born in Washington DC
Whitney Cummings was born in Washington DC on September 4, 1982. Her mother Patti worked as a public relations director for Neiman Marcus at Mazza Gallery and her father Eric worked as a lawyer and a venture capitalist. Whitney grew up in the Georgetown neighborhood with her older sister and older step brother. Whitney always enjoyed making her friends and family laugh and showed talent early on. While attending St. Andrews Episcopal School, she studied at Washington DC’s Studio Theater. After graduating from high school in 2000 Whitney studied Communications at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communications and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2004. She did an internship at WRC-TV, a Washington DC NBC affiliate station and followed her dream to have a career in television by moving to Los Angeles after graduation.
Early Career and Stand Up
Soon after arriving in Los Angeles, Whitney began performing stand up comedy in local clubs. She also snagged a job working on MTV’s “Punk’d”. People started to notice the talented young comedian and she appeared on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien” and “Last Call With Carson Daly”. She also appeared in the low budget thriller “EMR” which was screened at Cannes. In 2007 Variety Magazine named Whitney as one of the “10 Comics to Watch”. The following year Whitney competed on “Last Comic Standing”. She didn’t make the final cut, but saw it as a learning experience and a way to improve her skills. In the meantime, Whitney was getting parts in short films and guest star roles in television shows including “What About Brian”, “Tell Me You Love Me”, “House” and “The Tony Rock Project”.
Film & Television
2008 was a pivotal year in Whitney Cummings’ career. The public was starting to notice her. She appeared in the romantic comedy “Maid of Honor”. Whitney was a regular guest on the roundtable of comedians on Chelsea Handler’s E! series. Entertainment Weekly named Whitney one of the “12 Rising Stars of Comedy“. Whitney was a regular panel member on “Comedy Central Roast” including for Joan Rivers, David Hasselhoff and Joan rivers. In 2010 Comedy Central aired Whitney’s first of four one hour specials. She also appeared with Dennis Leary in the sixth season of his “Rescue Me Comedy Tour” and appeared with Leary on “Duchebags and Donuts”. That year Whitney won the Young Hollywood Award for Comedian of the Year. 2011 would be a very productive year for Whitney Cummings. She hosted her own talk show “Love You, Mean It with Whitney Cummings” on the E! channel. She brought her humor to the show and interviewed celebrities. The show ran for two seasons. Also in 2011 Whitney launched her own television series “Whitney” and helped create and produce the popular sitcom “2 Broke Girls”.
In 2011 Whitney Cummings had her own series. She created, wrote and starred in “Whitney” which aired on NBC through 2013. The show was a semi-biographical adaptation of Whitney’s own life and centered around a group of twenty-somethings living in Chicago. Unfortunately the show was not a critical success but fans loved it. Whitney’s salary was $60,000 an episode which helped increase her net worth.
Whitney had better success with her next project. She co-created and co-produced the sitcom “2 Broke Girls” with Michael Patrick King. The series starred Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs playing Max and Caroline, two girls from entirely different sides of the track working as waitresses. The pair decide to raise money to start up a cupcake business. “2 Broke Girls” earned 2 Prime Time Emmy Awards and a People’s Choice Award. Along with her salary for creating and producing the show, Whitney Cummings continues to earn royalties from syndication. TBS bought the syndication rights reportedly for $1.7 million. Dennings and Behrs reportedly are expected to earn $50 million in royalties. Cummings apparently has a similar deal.
Included in her net worth are Whitney’s Comedy Central Specials and appearances and directing roles in films and television shows. This includes the 2017 thriller film “Unforgettable” which starred Katerine Heigel and Rosario Dawson, IFC Films’ “The Female Brain” and the upcoming film “The Opening Act”. In 2016 Whitney published “I’m Fine…and Other Lies“, a collection of her personal stories.
In 2018 Whitney Cummings helped push for the reboot of the popular 1990’s sitcom “Roseanne”. She was a head writer and an executive producer for the series. When controversy arose however of tweets sent out by the show’s star Roseanne Barr, Whitney quit the show which was quickly canceled as other members of the show’s team and stars also did not want to appear with Barr. The show was later rebooted as “The Connor’s” having written off Barr’s character.
Whitney Cummings is continuing to build her net worth. In November 2019 she launched her Podcast “Good For You”. Whitney purchased a $4.3 million home in Woodland Hills, California. She previously lived in a $1.49 million home in Studio City, California. She is currently planning her wedding to Miles Skinner. Skinner is a Creative Director for Vice Media.The couple were engaged in September 2018 when Skinner proposed to Cummings in front of her beloved rescue horse “King”. Cummings formerly dated Peter Berg and NFL Player Kerry Rhodes.