...but sadly, peters out towards the end. I have always been a fan of Ellen's stand-up, and in the first part of the book I was laughing out loud. (good thing I was at home listening to this, or I'm sure I would have gotten some funny looks for my unexplained bursts of spontaneous laughter..) It loses 'funny' when she tries to slip in some 'political agenda' material, ie: advocating for gay rights, same-sex marriage, blah-blah-blah. I could give two-hoots about these issues, truly, and they have no place in a work of comedy, unless you are making fun of them. That's the place of comedy. Good comedy advocates nothing and can make you laugh about anything. Also her depiction of God as a black woman is so clich?. It's been done. That whole God-as-a-woman thing lost it's 'funny' a long time ago.
I'm not sure this was worth the money I paid for it, but I at least really enjoyed the first part, and will probably listen to it again.
Ellen is far funnier when she's delivering her standup routines in public than when reading her book aloud to an empty room. Like many performers, she has more energy and better timing when she has an audience. Quite a few of the chapters in this book are also standup routines I remember. The audiobook falls flat to me. Read it yourself and imagine her delivery, or just catch her on TV.
Not funny. I generally like Ellen Degeneres and find her ad libs very funny, but this book is very dull and uninteresting. It started slow, but I kept listening thinking it had to pick up. However, I couldn't even make it through the third chapter. Just too boring.
I am a big fan of Ellen. I think she is awesome.
But, this book is probably the worst I've heard of Ellen. Her narration is very very very flat and there is absolutely no intonation.
Very unlike her TV shows. Not impressed at all.
Disclaimer: On this audio book, I just could not get myself to go beyond the 2 hour mark (due to how wearingly dull the narration was) - so cannot comment on if the quality (somehow) improved after.
I love Ellen Degeneres but this book does not show off her talent. This should not have been a surprise to me since the reviews were not promising but I thought maybe the reviewers were not true ellen fans. I had to listen for myself. I mean how could ellen not be funny? I laughed out loud for only one chapter. :(
A beginning and an ending with something that make sens in between.
It's like if I had assisted to her brainstorming idea that she got during the time she wanted to write a book without any continuous line...
Ouff... at least 25% of the book would have been cut.
Her TV show is great !!
I'm simply me
Yes. Because it is very relaxing and it allows you to take your mind off the things bothering you even if it is just for a while.
When Ellen was pretending to be the dog, cursing at the neighbor next door who is yelling at him to shut up when she is making noise as well.
The character of Ellen in general
It made me snicker a lot
Absolutely lovely. Love her voice as well. :)
Fun read for a road trip! Listened on the way to Oregon form Los Angeles, made the late night driving fun, most definetly kept me awake, laughing.
Ellen's short story telling is light and entertaining
This book made me laugh, hysterically
Did you just ask me if i have any stupid friends?
Write a story rather than attempting a comedy club act.
Everything seemed to be an over-the-top punchline attempt. Not entertaining OR funny.
Most of what I listened to did not seem like "scenes" at all... just a bunch of bad punchlines. The brunch was the only actual "story" I remember.
I got about an hour in, but it was like swallowing glass... so I stopped.
"The Funny Thing Is..." ranks right up there with all of the audiobooks I have listened to. The only drawback, I wished it was material I hadn't seen before. A few of the chapters were word for word the same as a few stand up routines. I guess I don't mind the really funny stuff...which is pretty much the entire book. Never mind, I take it all back.
Tina Fey's Bossypants. Same humor all around.
The Things That Are Bothering Me Today (or something to that effect)....very funny and you are thinking..."Me too!!!" the whole time.
Laugh out loud in the middle of dehydrating slides at work just to have co-scientists look at me probably asking "what the heck is so funny about dehydrating slides?"