The University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication proudly welcomes comedienne Whitney Cummings (C ’03) as its alumna speaker for the 2015 Annenberg Undergraduate Graduation Ceremony, Sunday, May 17, in the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Cummings is executive producer and, along with Michael Patrick King, co-creator of the Emmy nominated CBS comedy 2 Broke Girls, which was recently picked up for a fifth season. She also wrote, produced and starred in Whitney, which aired on NBC from 2011 to 2013.
She recently appeared in the 2014 summer tour Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, co-headlining with comics Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, Aziz Ansari, Louis C.K., and others. Her second one-hour stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You, debuted on Comedy Central in June 2014.
A communication major at Penn, Cummings graduated magna cum laude. She was active in University Television and the Undergraduate Communication Society.
Cummings speaks fondly of her time in Philadelphia. “Going to Penn was just amazing. It was like the best school…It had so much diversity, it had so much creativity – there is a counterculture there,” she said in a 2012 interview with the Philadelphia Daily News.
She adds, “Philadelphia is hands down my favorite city – the realest people, the funniest people, the best sense of humor.” Reflecting on the edgy and provocative humor for which she is known, she muses, “If I was to have a goal, it would be to take a little bit of the shame away from being human.”