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Heather McDonald

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Heather McDonald
McDonald smiling
McDonald in April 2011
Birth nameHeather Ann McDonald[1]
Born (1970-06-14) June 14, 1970 (age 48)[2]
San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Years active1990s–present

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 write 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]

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Does the truth matter? Not to groups like Black Lives Matter. That’s tragic for many reasons, not the least of which is that black lives are being lost as a result. When it comes to the subject of American police, blacks, and the deadly use of force, here is what we know: A recent “deadly force” study by Washington State University researcher Lois James found that police officers were LESS likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white or Hispanic ones in simulated threat scenarios. Harvard economics professor Roland Fryer analyzed more than 1,000 officer-involved shootings across the country. He concluded that there is ZERO evidence of racial bias in police shootings. In Houston, he found that blacks were 24% LESS likely than whites to be shot by officers even though the suspects were armed or violent. Does the truth matter? An analysis of the Washington Post’s Police Shooting Database and of Federal Crime Statistics reveals that fully twelve percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by cops. By contrast, only four percent of black homicide victims are killed by cops. But isn’t it a sign of bias that blacks make up 26% of police-shooting victims, but only 13% of the national population? It is not, and common sense suggests why. Police shootings occur more frequently where officers confront armed or violently resisting suspects. Those suspects are disproportionately black. According to the most recent study by the Department of Justice, although blacks were only about 15% of the population in the 75 largest counties in the US, they were charged with 62% of all robberies, 57% of murders and 45% of assaults. In New York City, blacks commit over three-quarters of all shootings, though they are only 23% of the city’s population. Whites, by contrast, commit under 2% of all shootings in the city, though they are 34% of the population. New York’s crime disparities are repeated in virtually every racially diverse city in America. The real problem facing inner-city black communities today is not the police but criminals. In 2014, over 6,000 blacks were murdered, more than all white and Hispanic homicide victims combined. Who is killing them? Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks. In fact, a police officer is eighteen and a half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer. If the police ended all use of lethal force tomorrow, it would have a negligible impact on the black death-by-homicide rate. In Chicago, through just the first six-and-a-half months of 2016, over 2,300 people were shot. That’s a shooting an hour during some weekends. The vast majority of the victims were black. During this same period, the Chicago police shot 12 people, all armed and dangerous. That’s one half of one percent of all shootings. Does the truth matter? If it does, here’s a truth worth pondering: There is no government agency more dedicated to the proposition that black lives matter than the police. The proactive policing revolution that began in the mid-1990s has dramatically brought down the inner-city murder rate and saved tens of thousands of black lives. Unfortunately, that crime decline is now in jeopardy. As I write in my book, The War on Cops, police officers are backing off of proactive policing in black neighborhoods thanks to the false narrative that police officers are infected with homicidal bias. As a result, violent crime is going up, in cities with large black populations, homicides in 2015 rose anywhere from 54% in Washington DC to 90% in Cleveland. Overall, in the nation’s 56 largest cities, homicides in 2015 rose 17%, a nearly unprecedented one-year spike. Many law-abiding residents of high-crime areas beg the police to maintain order — precisely the type of policing that the ACLU, progressive politicians, and the Obama Justice Department denounce as racist. This is tragic because when the police refrain from proactive policing, black lives are lost. Lost because of a myth. The best research and data reach this conclusion: there is no evidence that police are killing blacks just because they are black. You now have the truth. Does it matter? I’m Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute for Prager University.


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 brother and sisters were raised Catholic and attended private, Catholic schools.[5] After high school, McDonald went to the University of Southern California (USC), where she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

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.[6]


In the late 1990s, McDonald began writing with Keenan Ivory Wayans.[7] In 2001 and 2002, she was a writer and performer for MTV's Lyricist Lounge. 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 has been a writer as well as guest on Chelsea Lately since its premier in 2007.

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" that she started airing in June 2015.

McDonald has a repertoire of women characters of whom she does impressions in her standup routines.[8]

Personal life

McDonald is married to Peter Dobias with three children. They reside in Los Angeles.


  1. ^ "HEATHER McDONALD on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Best-Seller List". The New York Times. July 2, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed June 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Profile,; accessed June 14, 2015.
  6. ^ "Chelsea Lately's Heather McDonald is One Funny Mother". Palm Springs Life. 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  7. ^ "'After Lately' Star Heather McDonald: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Me". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-11-21.
  8. ^ Heather McDonald jokes about kids, marriage in standup Retrieved 14 August 2015.

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