Stand-out comedienne will do stand-up at Merrill

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PORTLAND – Chelsea Handler, star of “The Chelsea Handler Show” on the E! Network, is coming to Merrill Auditorium Saturday, Oct. 13.

As one of the nation’s fastest-rising comediennes, Handler has performed stand-up at venues and festivals throughout the country, including the Montreal Comedy Festival and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.

Monday, she broke int the world of male-dominated, late-night talk shows with her new E! Entertainment series, “Chelsea Lately.”

Last March, her first half-hour stand-up special, airing on Comedy Central, was a ratings hit. A recurring correspondent for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” Handler was the star of Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” for its first four seasons. She has made guest appearances on such shows as Comedy Central’s “Reno 911,” ABC’s “My Wife and Kids,” FOX’s “The Bernie Mac Show” and David E. Kelley’s “The Practice.”

Her first book, titled “My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands,” published by Bloomsbury, was recently released in the United States and more than 20 other countries. It has become a best-seller on several lists. Her follow-up book, “Are you there Vodka, it’s me Chelsea,” is expected to be released in 2008.

The Portland comedy show presented by Mills Entertainment and Outback Concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets, $32.50 and $27.50, may be purchased at The Merrill Auditorium box office or through PortTix at 842-0800; and at www.PortTix.com.

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