Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning

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  • TV-14
  • 2000
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (913)

Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning is a stand-up comedy special featuring comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres. The special aired on HBO in 2000, and showcases DeGeneres' signature observational humor and unique perspective on life. The special begins with a high-energy entrance by DeGeneres, who bounces onstage to the delight of the audience. She launches into her first bit, recounting her recent experience on a plane, where she was seated next to a man who was attempting to work out math problems aloud. DeGeneres' commentary on the absurdity of the situation is hilarious and relatable, drawing laughs from the audience.

Throughout the special, DeGeneres discusses a variety of topics, from relationships to technology to the quirks of everyday life. Her humor is grounded in the details of her own experiences, and audiences find themselves nodding along with recognition as she describes the quirks and frustrations of everyday life.

One of the highlights of the special is a bit in which DeGeneres describes her failed attempts to exercise. She hilariously describes her experiences with various gym equipment, including the ubiquitous treadmill and the confusing stair climber. Her physical humor and spot-on observations elevate the material and leave the audience in stitches.

Another standout bit in the special is DeGeneres' discussion of her experience at a luxury spa. Her description of the overly attentive spa workers and the ridiculous treatments they offer is both funny and insightful, poking fun at the excesses of the wellness industry.

The special also features DeGeneres' trademark audience interaction. She brings several audience members onstage to participate in comedic bits, using their responses to riff and improvise on her material. The interactions are a testament to DeGeneres' talent as a performer, as she seamlessly weaves audience members into her act.

Overall, Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning is a funny and engaging stand-up comedy special that showcases DeGeneres' unique comedic voice. Her relatable observations and witty commentary on everyday life make her one of the most beloved comedians of her generation. Fans of her talk show and her other comedic work will find plenty to enjoy in this early performance.

Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (1 episodes). The series first aired on July 23, 2000.

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Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
1. Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
July 23, 2000
The smart, sassy actress/comedienne's third solo HBO special features material taped in front of a live audience at New York City's Beacon Theater. In this show, Ellen makes her triumphant return to the irreverent, irresistible humor that launched her career.
Where to Watch Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning
Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning on demand at Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    July 23, 2000
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (913)