Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

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  • TV-PG
  • 2003
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (1,574)

Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is a stand-up comedy show starring none other than the beloved talk show host and comedian, Ellen DeGeneres herself. The show aired in 2003 on HBO and is an hour long. This is DeGeneres' second stand-up comedy special following her first special, Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning in 2000.

The show was filmed at the Beacon Theatre in New York City and features DeGeneres' signature observational humor and witty antic, taking on topics from the mundane, like public restrooms or grocery shopping, to more significant issues, such as politics or technology. While the show has its humor, it also contains some mature content.

DeGeneres approaches the stage fabulously dressed in a hip pantsuit, exuding the confidence and good humor that have made her one of the most endearing comedians of our time. The audience is greeted to a warm round of applause, and from the first moments, they are caught in DeGeneres' contagious laughter.

The show starts with a monologue by DeGeneres about the significance of words and how they have manifested in our society. She goes on to speak to the absurdity of certain phrases and how they came to be, taking on topics such as "happily ever after" in fairy tales, and the overuse of "literally" in our everyday language.

DeGeneres then moves on to the more serious matter of politics in America. She cleverly pokes fun at the ongoing political fervor and politicians' promises, mingling her hilarious humor with her thought-provoking commentary. She also addresses the topic of same-sex marriage at a time when it was a debated topic. Her skit on how "straight people would have made same-sex marriage work" is witty, on-point, and allows her audience to think differently about the matter.

As the show progresses, DeGeneres also takes on technology, including the then-popular Palm Pilot, and gives her audience the do's and don'ts of mastering this device. She then moves on to the absurdities of infomercials, venturing into the commercials that promise dramatic weight loss and how unrealistic it is to believe them.

Throughout the show, DeGeneres interacts with the audience, asking personal questions, and breaking the fourth wall. This interaction adds to the humor of the show and makes the audience feel like they are a part of the act. Her humor is quick-witted, and her delivery is flawless, drawing on her talent to connect with the audience, no matter what the topic.

Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is a display of DeGeneres' unique brand of humor, cementing her place as one of the most beloved entertainers of our time. Her energy and infectious laughter are addictive, and her jokes are both hilarious and thought-provoking. It is no wonder that the show was so well received, garnering two Emmy nominations.

In conclusion, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is a delightful stand-up comedy show that is both funny and eye-opening. DeGeneres' humor is relatable, her delivery is impeccable, and her jokes are both humorous and insightful. The show is a testament to DeGeneres' talent as a comedian and entertainer, and it is a must-see for fans and those who wish to experience a lighthearted yet thought-provoking night of laughter.

Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (1 episodes). The series first aired on June 28, 2003.

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Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
1. Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
June 28, 2003
Ellen DeGeneres has carved out a special place for herself in the pantheon of stand-up comedy superstars, thanks to her honest observations and off-the-wall wit.
Where to Watch Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now
Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now on demand at Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    June 28, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (1,574)