Ellen Degeneres - Live [DVD]
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Ellen DeGeneres captured live in performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Filmed upon her return to the stand-up circuit, following many years working in film and TV, the show includes Ellen's thoughts about recent events in her own life.
Ellen Degeneres represents the comic's triumphant return to stand-up after the cancellation of her controversial sit-com. It is a tighter set than one might expect, given the besottedness of the audience to which she is playing, and whenever she drifts into hippy-dippy New Age pieties it can be guaranteed that they will be subverted within seconds. The principal reference to her coming-out and the furore it created is an opening section in which she declines to talk about it and instead offers a hysterically funny interpretative dance version. Other highlights of the set include a prolonged meditation on what you do after zoning out in the middle of a conversation and why talking about Gloria Estefan always helps, discussions of the terrible consequences of meditation, or wanting to buy some cheese, and an account of a social interaction with God, who serves a very nice peppery Chablis. Her forté is the slightly surreal extended narrative which goes in strange directions--a bit like a cross between Victoria Wood and Eddie Izzard; Ellen Degeneres shares with both those comics a slightly worrying need to be loved.
On the DVD: the DVD comes without any features other than chapter selection; it is presented in crisp Dolby sound and a 4:3 video ratio. --Roz Kaveney
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Top Customer Reviews
What made me laugh most? Erm, well thats a though question there were so many funny and hilarious moments it's hard to chose.I guess the abit about'The video taping sex,' was very amusing it had me crying with laughter, I guess thats why she is known as 'America's Funniest Woman!'
If you don't buy this you won't know what your missing, 'The greatest female comic of our generation!
In all, a confident, fresh and wonderful return to stand-up from one of the people who does it best.
Her observations about everyday life are what made her famous and thankfully she hasn't changed her style.
She's right up there with Eddie Izzard for laughs.
Keep watching right until the end. While the credits are rolling there are some questions from the audience, especially a very touching interaction she has with a young woman at the very end.
Let's hope Ellen carries on giving us great comedy like the central standup routine here while she grapples with the responsibilities of being one of our best-known out performers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very funny - good clean dry wit and some great dancing! This is the first of her stand up I have seen and I was crying with laughter in places - simply very funnyPublished 17 months ago by Sean Rose
I love ellens style of humour, I go to bed and watch this in bed, as it is a good clean humour so I can relax to it and go to sleep with a smile on my face.Published on 29 July 2013 by brenda
this was Ellen doing what she does best... standup. a woman at the top of her game... very funny. i loved it,she is now doing the rounds of friends, i fear i may never get her... Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2012 by tree