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The Funny Thing Is... | [Ellen Degeneres]

The Funny Thing Is...

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 best selling 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 audiobook.
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Publisher's Summary

Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 best selling 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 audiobook.

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 on the ears 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: more than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs; thousands of observations on everyday life, from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer and Eminem; all twenty-six letters of the alphabet read aloud.

Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is... is Ellen in top form.

©2003 Crazy Monkey, Inc.; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. Audioworks Is An Imprint Of Simon & Schuster, Audio Division, Simon & Schuster Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Her off-kilter observations are guaranteed to have listeners in stitches." (AudioFile)
"The laid-back, observational comedienne's stream-of-conscience musings gain additional zest from her wry and adroit delivery....Degeneres is a delight." (Publishers Weekly)

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    JustScott Woodland Hills, CA United States 02-24-04
    JustScott Woodland Hills, CA United States 02-24-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Trying so hard to like it..."

    It think Ellen is GREAT! Her standup, talkshow, and first book are all funny. Unfortunately, I just didn't find this book to be terribly funny. Perhaps it's just me...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Victoria 11-12-03
    Victoria 11-12-03 Member Since 2002
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    "starts out hilarious"

    ...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.

    48 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    San Francisco 07-15-05
    San Francisco 07-15-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Ellen needs an audience"

    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Leithold Kalamazoo, Michigan 09-29-08
    Ellen Leithold Kalamazoo, Michigan 09-29-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Just awful"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 01-26-04
    Ram HOUSTON, TX, USA 01-26-04
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    "Insipid!!"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Shaw East Windsor, NJ USA 08-24-14
    Laura Shaw East Windsor, NJ USA 08-24-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Adult Content"
    Would you try another book from Ellen Degeneres and/or Ellen Degeneres?

    Yes, I would try another book by Ellen Degeneres.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have used less inappropriate words.


    What aspect of Ellen Degeneres’s performance would you have changed?

    At times I didn't like how she used inappropriate language.


    Do you think The Funny Thing Is... needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed it but I could not listen to it with my children in the car.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Morrison 04-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "disappointing!"
    What would have made The Funny Thing Is... better?

    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. :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 01-08-14
    Jonathan Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada 01-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's not was I had expected..."
    Would you try another book from Ellen Degeneres and/or Ellen Degeneres?

    No...


    What could Ellen Degeneres have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A beginning and an ending with something that make sens in between.


    What aspect of Ellen Degeneres’s performance would you have changed?

    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...


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Funny Thing Is...?

    Ouff... at least 25% of the book would have been cut.


    Any additional comments?

    Her TV show is great !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ornella Davis 08-05-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm simply me

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    "I just Love Ellen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Funny Thing Is...?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Ellen Degeneres – was your favorite?

    The character of Ellen in general


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me snicker a lot


    Any additional comments?

    Absolutely lovely. Love her voice as well. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-11-12
    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Ellen is Funny as Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Funny Thing Is... the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Ellen Degeneres???s performance did you like?

    Ellen's short story telling is light and entertaining


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh, hysterically


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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