1998 was the year when ABC confirmed the cancellation of its show ‘Ellen’ starring Ellen DeGeneres. That was a year after she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine, declaring that she is Gay.
2003 was the year when Ellen had her last stand up special – Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now. That was 15 years ago. Since 2003, we have been getting our regular dose of Ellen with ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’.
Ellen is indescribably amazing. She makes stand up look like a piece of cake. And she is human!
It will be 2019 soon, and Netflix decided to give us the best New Year’s gift ever – a comedy special Relatable by Ellen DeGeneres. In this special, Ellen talks about all that she has been through, with her brand of humor mixed in – even the toughest moments sprinkled with the spice of comedy. Keeping a straight face, she talks, about her ‘butler’, not knowing if the plane has ten rows and not caring about ruining the back seat of her car with fuel, just because she can always buy a new car. We just fell in love with her a little bit more.
Ellen’s powers of observation are on a different level altogether. Seemingly insignificant moments inspire Ellen. In Relatable, she takes instances like a driver going too slow, trying out new shoes and squeezing the last drop of toothpaste out of the tube, and gives her own sweet spin to them. Ellen definitely seems to have gotten better with age.
A lot has changed for Ellen in the last 15 years. Her jokes then were absolutely different from the ones now. Of course, we didn’t think otherwise, did we? Last 20 years have been something for Ellen. She came out of the closet when she was 39. One can only imagine what she would have been going through before that. Pretending to be someone you aren’t can’t feel good. When she did come out, going against all her advisors, her show was axed. She never had it easy, but then, icons never do.
She loved. She lost. And she loved again.
If she is not an inspiration, we don’t know who is.
If she is not Relatable, then who is!
Ellen! And her moves! (You’ve got to watch her shake a leg to ‘Back That Ass Up’ on-stage)
She can make anything seem hilarious.
What’s Blah: It ended too soon.
Parting Shot: Watch It NOW!
Cast and Crew:
Directors: Joel Gallen & Tig Notaro
Comedy Special Relatable by Ellen DeGeneres is streaming on Netflix