|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster|
|Publish Date:||Oct 2004|
|Number of Pages:||177|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.45|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.5 x 8.25 x 0.5|
Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born January 26, 1958. DeGeneres was raised in Metairie, Louisiana, the daughter of Elizabeth Jane DeGeneres, a speech therapist. She moved back to New Orleans to attend the University of New Orleans, where she majored in communication studies. After one semester, she left school to do clerical work in a law firm with her cousin Laura Gillen. She also held a job selling clothes at the chain store the Merry-Go-Round at the Lakeside Shopping Center.
Other working experiences included being a waitress at TGI Friday's, a house painter, a hostess, and a bartender. She relates much of her childhood and career experiences in her comedic work. DeGeneres started performing stand-up comedy at small clubs and coffee houses. By 1981 she was the emcee at Clyde's Comedy Club in New Orleans. In the early 1980s she began to tour nationally, being named Showtime's Funniest Person in America in 1982. In 1986 she appeared for the first time on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, who likened her to Bob Newhart.
When Carson invited her over for an onscreen chat after her performance, she became the first comedienne in the show's history to be treated this way. DeGeneres's comedy material became the basis of the successful 1994 - 1998 sitcom Ellen, named These Friends of Mine during its first season. Ellen reached its height of popularity in February 1997 but when the ratings started to decline the show was cancelled. DeGeneres returned to series television in 2001 with a new CBS sitcom, The Ellen Show.
DeGeneres launched a daytime television talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show in September 2003. It was nominated for 11 Daytime Emmy Awards in its first season, winning four, including Best Talk Show. The show has won 25 Emmy Awards in its first three seasons on the air. In additions to her television series Ellen DeGeneres has written several books. Some of her titles include My Point... And I Do Have One, The Funny Thing Is... and Seriously...I'm Kidding which earned her a spot on Publishers Weekly Best Seller List and made The New york Times Best Seller List for 2012.
|A Message from the Author||p. 1|
|The Brunch Bunch||p. 9|
|That's Why Prison Wouldn't Be So Bad||p. 15|
|My Most Embarrassing Case Scenario||p. 21|
|God, What a Day!||p. 33|
|Gift Exchange, or, The Art of Believable Acting||p. 39|
|Silence Is Golden||p. 45|
|Making Your Life Count (and Other Fun Things to Do with Your Time!)||p. 51|
|This Is How We Live||p. 59|
|Penny-pinching for Today's Gal, or, How to Land a Man||p. 67|
|Working It Out||p. 73|
|The Things That Are Bothering Me This Week||p. 87|
|My Dad Was Like a Father to Me||p. 91|
|The Serious Chapter||p. 101|
|The Controversial Chapter||p. 103|
|The Chapter of Apologies||p. 105|
|Dear Diary||p. 107|
|A Scientific Treatise Regarding a Matter of Great Entomological Concern to All of Us||p. 121|
|It's Just an Expression||p. 123|
|Clothes I Have Regretted Wearing||p. 131|
|Naming My Book: The Odyssey||p. 137|
|That Was Then or Then Was That or Anyway, It Was Before Now||p. 143|
|Ellen's Personal Home Tour||p. 149|
|Things to Be Grateful For||p. 157|
|My Self-Conscious, or, Check Me Out!||p. 163|
|The Last Chapter||p. 171|
|Bonus Chapter||p. 173|
This medley of comic essays is satisfyingly rambling as DeGeneres muses about the familiar and fantastic, from toilet paper to the conjectured advantages of living in prison. The author's wry, deadpan reading gives this audio the nuance and spark of stand-up comedy. Although the book inspires more smiles than laughs, its energetic good spirits provide the same brief, pleasant diversion one might get from sharing an ice cream sundae with a chatty, opinionated friend. Recommended for adult audio collections.
-Judith Robinson, Univ. at Buffalo, NY
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Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point... And I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book.
After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy to use and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is... contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including:
Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is... is an indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do.
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