Ellen DeGeneres - The Beginning
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Release Date: 7-AUG-2001
Media Type: DVD
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I have always been a huge fan of Ellen's, and her new material is just as funny and fresh as ever. Of course, everyone expects her to address the issue of her national coming out, and she does, first thing, with, what else but...humor. She begins her act with an "interpretive dance" that could easily be one of the funniest things I have ever seen. And from that moment on, things only get better. The material here rivals the old Ellen and the "Phone Call to God," and "Taste This" routines. She certainly hasn't lost her touch, and it is so great to see her, FINALLY back on the stage where she belongs doing stand-up comedy.
Being in the audience for her return to the stage is a memory that I will always treasure, and now, I am able to watch her perform the material from that tour over and over again. To the casual viewer, this is an entertaining and funny video that you could watch with your kids. Ellen prides herself on remaining a clean and non-malicious comic. To the die-hard Ellen fan, well..fantastic. A must-own item. So, do I like this video? In a sentence...
Yep, it's great.
This 2000 tape has moments like that--the shampoo bit is priceless. But she was moving beyond the everyday and into the socio-political. That's only to be expected, I guess, after coming out on network TV a few years before--and creating a media firestorm. (I've never actually been sure how significant it was for most people on an individual level, but the media certainly made hay of it.) Inevitably, her return to stand-up would have to address her sexuality and the (real or manufacturerd?) frenzy surrounding it.
And address it she does. The blow-up doll and the harness bit was a stitch. Of course, I had to ask myself what it said about ME that for a moment, I thought, "But wait, wasn't that her mom in the audience?" Well, hey, if mom's OK with it, I guess I am too.
The only question I do have is one that I see at least one other reviewer posted and subsequently receive "0 helpful votes" for--but it still bears posing (though Goddess knows how many unhelpfuls it'll garner me), namely: is this something you want to rent (or, like me, maybe borrow from the libary)? or is it a virtual MUST for every collection.
Well, the answer is simple enough. If like me, you like Ellen a whole lot, but don't see yourself watching it on a near daily basis for the next six months, you may want to just rent or borrow it. Neither the punch lines nor the delivery is going to change from viewing to viewing. But certainly if you're a fan, this is a "must have." Maybe you could rerun it for me should I drop over...
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Without a doubt one of her funniest! It never gets old - I laugh every time I watch it.Published 8 days ago by Amanda T.
This is one of the best comedy DVDS ever but this skipped they out. Too much trouble to return. Oh well. Bummed but no time to deal with it.Published 9 months ago by edgygirl