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Heather McDonald
Heather McDonald
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McDonald in April 2011
Birth nameHeather Ann McDonald[1]
Born (1970-06-14) June 14, 1970 (age 51)[2]
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active1990s-present
SpousePeter Dobias
Notable works and rolesChelsea Lately
After Lately

Heather Ann McDonald (born June 14, 1970) is an American actress, comedian and author. Born and educated in Southern California, she is best known for her appearances on the E! series Chelsea Lately. She was one of the eight writers on the show and often participated in sketches and segments. McDonald also wrote and appeared in the show's spin-off, After Lately. Her first book, a 2010 memoir of her college years, made the Bestseller List of the New York Times.[3]

Early life

McDonald was born in 1970 in the San Fernando Valley, to real estate agent parents. She is of three quarters Irish and one quarter French-Canadian descent.[4] She and her brothers and sisters were raised Catholic and attended private Catholic schools.[5] After high school, McDonald attended the University of Southern California (USC),[6] where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.[7]

After graduating from USC, McDonald began to take theatre classes at The Groundlings. During her time there, McDonald performed improvisational shows and sketch comedy at the Groundlings Theatre. At the same time, McDonald became a licensed realtor like her parents.[8]


In the late 1990s, McDonald began writing with Keenan Ivory Wayans.[9] In 2001 and 2002, she was a writer and performer for MTV's Lyricist Lounge[10]. She made an appearance on Frasier as one of Frasier's many blind dates.

McDonald first gained popularity through her stand-up comedy shows in Los Angeles. She also began writing and performing for the Wayans Brothers in a couple of their films. She was a writer and roundtable regular on Chelsea Lately since its premiere in 2007.[11]

In June 2010, McDonald published her first book, a memoir entitled You'll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again: One Woman's Painfully Funny Quest to Give It Up, which made The New York Times Best-Seller List.[3] The memoir covers her college and sorority experience while attending the University of Southern California. McDonald published a second memoir in 2013, entitled My Inappropriate Life (Some Stories Not Suitable for Nuns, Children, or Mature Adults).

McDonald's standup special entitled Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag was recorded in 2014 and released on Netflix in September 2015. She also has a successful podcast called "Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald," which began airing in June 2015.

McDonald has a repertoire of women characters of whom she does impressions in her standup routines.[12]

Personal life

McDonald is married to Peter Dobias, with whom she has three children. They reside in Los Angeles.

McDonald attended college at the University of Southern California where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority. While in college, she performed in local stage plays, including the critically acclaimed "Legend of Horseface".


  1. ^ "HEATHER McDONALD on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Twitter". twitter.com. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Best-Seller List". The New York Times. July 2, 2010. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Profile Archived 2014-01-11 at the Wayback Machine, tweetwood.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile, robinschicks.com; accessed June 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "'After Lately' Star Heather McDonald: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved .
  7. ^ Solomon, Michael (2011-09-15). "Sorority Sisters". ELLE. Retrieved .
  8. ^ "Chelsea Lately's Heather McDonald is One Funny Mother". Palm Springs Life. 2014-03-09. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "'After Lately' Star Heather McDonald: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved .
  10. ^ "Check out Heather McDonald at Irvine Improv on Aug 17, 2019". Eventful. 2017-04-21. Retrieved .
  11. ^ Action, Lake Tahoe. "'Chelsea Lately' alum Heather McDonald to perform at Tahoe's The Loft Theatre". www.tahoedailytribune.com. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Heather McDonald jokes about kids, marriage in standup Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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