An attractive blond woman with cojones, comedian Chelsea Handler can be an acquired taste. As the host of Chelsea Lately over the past three or so years, she often comes off as insufferably annoying. But her undeniable wit, as she consistently embarrasses top rappers and shames touted actors into giving up interview gold, can also be as catchy as a deliciously naughty R. Kelly song, hooking viewers with or without their express consent. Her new book of essays, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, follows her debut Are You There, Vodka? Its Me, Chelsea, and she has cleverly combined book touring duties with a schedule of comedy performances. She stops here today first for a book signing at 1 p.m. at Books Inc. at Opera Plaza (www.booksinc.net), and then for two live shows, the first of which, at Nob Hill Masonic Center, sold out instantly. Apparently Handler has grown on a lot of locals as well.
Fri., March 12, 10:30 p.m., 2010