Review: Whitney Cummings, “I’m Your Girlfriend” (HBO)

There’s a moment in the beginning of I’m Your Girlfriend, the new hour stand-up special from Whitney Cummings (and her first for HBO), in which she stops to examine the audience members in the front row for her taping.

“I’m shooting my HBO special. No big deal. This has been a dream of mine for a very long time,” Cummings says. Then she takes in a man sitting with shorts. “Thank you for wearing shorts, sir. You were getting ready. You were like, I am going to Whitney’s dream come true, and I’m gonna — I’m gonna wear these seersucker, operative word suck, shorts. I just want her to look at my scrotum the whole night to let her know what I think of her accomplishments.”


I wrote a full review of her HBO special for Here’s an excerpt from the top:

The past five years may have made Whitney Cummings a great big pile of money, as the co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls (now in its fifth season) and the creator and star of NBC’s Whitney for two seasons. Both of those sitcoms premiered in the fall of 2011, and broke Cummings big as a comedic voice good for more than just a Comedy Central Roast or three.

But all of that money and stardom didn’t buy Cummings happiness. And it certainly didn’t buy her love.

So now Cummings releases her first HBO comedy special, Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend, at a time in which she’s a little bit older (now 33), wiser and jaded about being anyone’s girlfriend.

If you thought Cummings was loud before (and to be sure, she was literally shouting her jokes at us), then you may be surprised to find she has toned it down, while simultaneously speaking volumes about the plight of young women who want to stand up for themselves and still have healthy relationships now.

Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend premieres tonight on HBO, and is available on demand afterward.

Read my full review of Whitney Cummings: I’m Your Girlfriend at

And here’s a backstage interview with Cummings for HBO. Roll the clip!

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5 thoughts on “Review: Whitney Cummings, “I’m Your Girlfriend” (HBO)

  1. This HBO special was the unfunniest hour of tv that has ever aired. I did not laugh a single time. I do not think I’m alone in this. I am a single woman in my mid 30s, and Cummings does not speak for me or any of my friends. I honestly don’t care what you’re talking about, as long as you’re funny! Which she is not! Cursing doesn’t make you funny. Desperately trying to copy other comics by trying to be “shocking” and talking about squirting and anal sex, is not funny. Cummings is simply an UN funny person. Her material, timing and delivery are all awful! I defy anyone to tell me one of her jokes in this special that made you laugh. I honestly think even she knows she’s not funny. I wonder what that feels like to be so bad at your chosen career. My only consolation is that this was so bad, I’ll never have to be subjected to her doing stand up again.

    1. Thanks for the warning. I’ve never even heard of this woman until this very moment, but now that I’ve found out about her shtick, I’ll be sure to avoid her like the plague. Quite frankly, she sound like most other stand up “comedians” who’ve been running amok in recent years, what with her apparent foul mouth tacky material and all.

      Honestly, when are comics ever going to learn that you cursing and talking about smut doesn’t automatically make one funny?

      1. *“Foul mouth AND tacky material and all.” Sorry about that. This stupid computer just doesn’t know when I’m typing when I’m on certain sites.

    2. I just watched it on a rerun, to see if maybe it would be funny the second time around. Nope, it was just an hour of watching a sexually frustrated woman, ranting on sex and relationships.

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