Whitney Cummings on Boyfriend Screwups, Her Next Special, and Ruining Valentine's Day

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Whitney Cummings is at Stand Up Live February 14 through 16.

"It's like we're kittens in lion costumes." That's how Whitney Cummings describes the one part vulnerability to two parts adrenaline that is stand-up comedy. Like any good comedian, she brings her personal experiences to the stage, specifically the unspoken good, bad, and ugly of relationships.

As Cummings wraps up her latest comedy tour in preparation for her upcoming special, the writer, actress, and co-creator of CBS' 2 Broke Girls spoke with Jackalope Ranch about love, laughter, and her latest dating pet peeves.

See also: Whitney Cummings on Why Her Show Whitney Got Canceled and Returning to Stand-Up

In our last interview. you talked about Whitney getting canceled saying, "TV can be authentic, but only if you want to go to really taboo, honest places that require some thinking. It's my fault for wanting to go to those places." What exactly are those taboo places?
Well, it's so interesting to me that every CSI episode is about rape and hookers and strippers and semen, but then in a comedy you can't say Jesus or God. It's interesting that, when you're joking about something, it's off limits. Bringing levity to it makes it taboo.

It's so amazing to me that anything sexual is so taboo, because it's a thing we all do -- hopefully a couple of times a week. It's actually the one thing that unifies all of us. Whereas rape or something -- not all of us rape; not all of us do that, well, hopefully -- but that's less weird.

I think all of it comes from the Puritan base of this country. Religion's really tricky. I feel that it's becoming more and more taboo. I think when things get harder in society people get more religious instead of less religious. Rape is another one that you would think would be abating but that's just as tense as ever. I think as we make progress in certain places we regress in certain places.

Don't get me wrong, I love taboo. We need it for comedy because otherwise nothing would be shocking. If everyone was just super-cool and accepting of everything nothing would be funny. I think what offends someone is very personal. What makes someone uncomfortable and what someone thinks is funny says a lot about them. I think taboo humor can be very educational to the person hearing it. What you laugh at says a lot about you. I like to play around with that area because you can't script laughter, you can't force it. It's all involuntary. I have this new bit on stage where I talk about all the types of male orgasms, and whoever laughs, that's them. When you're laughing at something, you're basically saying, "Yes, I agree" or "Yes, I feel that." It's really validating.

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