Chelsea Handler shares cheeky 2009 'Playboy' cover: '12 years later, and I'm still screwing up xmas parties'

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Chelsea Handler is in the Christmas spirit, judging from her latest throwback photo.

The author and comedian was feeling nostalgic on Friday when she reminded fans of a Playboy cover she did in December 2009, featuring her in a gold string bikini with matching boots as a supersized candy cane playful tugs at her bottoms.

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 07: 2021 PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS -- Pictured: Chelsea Handler, recipient of The Comedy Act of 2021 award for ‘Vaccinated and Horny Tour,’ poses backstage during the 2021 People's Choice Awards held at Barker Hangar on December 7, 2021 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Chelsea Handler is reliving December 2009, when she was a cover star for Playboy magazine. (Photo: Todd Williamson/E! Entertainment/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

“12 years later, and I’m still screwing up xmas parties, but now with less clothes on,” Handler wrote.

The cheeky photo, which displayed cover text that read “Ho! Ho! Ho! Chelsea Handler screws up a Xmas party,” welcomed a slew of hilarious comments from fellow comics and fans alike.

“You better werq,” standup comic Matteo Lane wrote, followed by actress Juliette Lewis who wrote, “Stop it.”

“12 years later… like a fine cab 🍷While we all think you’re beautiful. I adore your brain. #gurlcrush,” one fan added.

“Christmas parties are boring unless you f*** some shit up. Get it, girl,” one comment read, while another fan chimed in, “Now that’s what I want! Not to be anorexic at 41 but to love my white Irish body for what it is!! I’ll get there.”

At the time the cover was revealed, Handler, who frequently makes cracks about her love of drinking and smoking marijuana, joked that in order to get her body in shape for the photoshoot, she “quit drinking for like a day and a half.”

"I'm not naked on the cover," she told Jay Leno in 2009, who revealed the cover to her for the first time during a segment on The Jay Leno Show. “My dad is probably gonna love it,” she added.

THE JAY LENO SHOW -- Episode 33 -- Air Date 10/28/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comeidan Chelsea Handler and host Jay Leno view an oversized cover of the new Playboy cover featuring Chelsea on October 28, 2009  (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Chelsea Handler and host Jay Leno revealed her Dec. 2009 cover for the first time on The Jay Leno Show. (Photo: Justin Lubin/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)

These days, Handler is happily in love with her boyfriend, Jo Koy, after going public with their relationship September. The two had been friends for nearly 20 years, and last month the comedian reminded her friends about the importance of never giving up on love.

"Do you know how hot it is to have a man be turned on by my honesty, strength and confidence?" the star wrote at the time. "Someone who loves the fact that I'm not going to take anyone's s**t and isn't intimidated or emasculated by my fierceness? Jo has renewed my faith in men."

"For everyone who is still looking for their person, do not adjust who you are or make yourself smaller to find them," she told fans. "Be patient and never settle for anything less than you deserve. Your person is coming and sometimes — they've been standing in front of you the whole time."