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I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

I Shouldn't Be Telling You This

(But I'm Going to Anyway)

Chelsea Devantez
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"It's f*cking great!!! Raw, intimate, hilarious, actually inspiring." -Jon Stewart

A dynamic memoir-in-essays by comedian, screenwriter, and podcaster Chelsea Devantez, detailing her tumultuous upbringing and uproarious career path into Hollywood.

There are things Chelsea Devantez probably shouldn't be telling you. Many of them are in this book: some are embarrassing (like her three year spell of celibacy that she tried to break with a guide of seduction tips). Some are confessional (getting sentenced to the "hell hill" at Mormon church camp). Some are TMI (a series of outrageous doctor visits that ended with one doctor misdiagnosing her as "pregnant." Woopsies!).

Then there are things Chelsea really shouldn't be telling you: like the time her biggest family secret got publicly outed, or about the drive-by shootings and the precipitating domestic violence she survived. Yet through the ups and downs, it's the women in Chelsea's life who kept her going - from the lowest points of her childhood when she and her mom had only $100 left to their name, all the way to her career highs as the Emmy-nominated Head Writer for The Problem with Jon Stewart and sensational podcaster deemed "the memoir whisperer" by her fans.

In I Shouldn't Be Telling You This, Chelsea centers each story around a different woman who shaped her life, taking us on a tour of friends and strangers, fictional characters and celebrities, heroes and villains who will destroy any Netflix algorithm for a "strong female lead." Reading this book will feel kinda like that moment at a party when your friend beckons you close, sloshes her martini around, and covertly whispers, "I really shouldn't say this, but..."


Chelsea Devantez is an Emmy-nominated writer, comedian, and filmmaker. She was most recently the Head Writer on Jon Stewart’s Apple series, The Problem with Jon Stewart, in addition to a Co-Executive Producer on the ABC show Not Dead Yet starring Gina Rodriguez. At the beginning of 2022, Chelsea entered into an overall deal with 20th Television where she is developing her own TV shows. She began her TV writing career on Jon Stewart's staff at his never released (nor titled) HBO show and since her first go-round with the host, Devantez has written on Peacock's Girls5Eva, ABC's Bless this Mess, NBC's Abby’s, and Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. In 2020, Chelsea wrote, directed, and starred in the 2020 SXSW film, Basic, and is set to direct her feature debut this fall. In addition to her film and television projects, Chelsea is the host of a top-performing, independent podcast, “Glamorous Trash with Chelsea Devantez" which has garnered over 3 million downloads. Her memoir will be published in June 2024 by Hanover Imprint at Harper Collins.

  • Publisher: Hanover Square Press (June 4, 2024)
  • Language: English
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1335455078
  • ISBN-13: 9781335455079
  • Item Weight: 1.22 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.13 x 1.13 x 9.25 inches


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