Thursday 25 June 2009

The Funny Thing Is by Ellen Degeneres

Pages 177

Challenges - Non Fiction Five, 100+ Books.

I was intrigued to read this book after reading about it on Rebecca's site Lost in Books.

I really like Ellen Degeneres, I used to love watching her TV comedy show 'Ellen', many years ago. Do you remember the show when she used to own a book store with a coffee shop in it. How popular did that idea become. Can't visit a bookstore now without a strong smell of coffee making me gag! ( Sorry to all those coffee lovers, but the smell just makes me nauseous.)

Anyway back to the book. This really wasn't what I was expecting, which doesn't make it bad. In fact, it is a fabulous book that is really funny. The essays are hilarious and very entertaining. However, I was expecting a little insight into the life of Ellen Degeneres, a sneaky peek into Ellen's world. Alas, there is not even a tiny bit of truth in the book. It is full of stories that Ellen could easily tell on stage. I would have to be verging on the side of stupid to believe even one of her stories, even the one about Eminem bringing gazpacho to her weekly Sunday brunch.

Here is one of my favourite paragraphs.

The key to having confidence about your appearance is all in the

Take your nails. Nothing builds self-esteem like a beautiful set of
nails. Haven't had a manicure in a while or ever? Do it yourself by
opening the car door and dragging your nails along the pavement whenever you
slow down for a stop sign. Why spend money on emery boards when you can save
dollars a year my way.

Rebecca over at Lost in Books mentioned that you should probably try and read this book as if Ellen was actually talking to you and telling these tales and I have to agree with her. If you like to watch Ellen on stage, then this is the book for you. A funny selection of essay looking at the daft things we all do in our everyday lives. Definitely a light and easy read to lighten up your day and have you giggling to yourself, which will concern your family into thinking hysteria has set in. Enjoy!

Other reviews of this book.

Lost in Books


  1. You can almost hear her voice just in that paragraph you have shared with us.

    I love Ellen and was another one addicted to her show :)

  2. I have this one on my bookshelf. I am a complete and total Ellen fan. Thanks for giving the forewarning on what to expect tho'. I, too, thought it would be more of a memoir of sorts!

  3. I LOVE Ellen, and really need to read this one. The quote was so funny!

  4. I love Ellen - I'll definitely have to check this one out!

  5. I've read My Point. . . and I do have one by Ellen. It was really funny. I think you're right, you have to imagine Ellen talking to enjoy the book. Great review.


  6. I am going to have to check out the non fiction five challenge. This sounds intriguing!

  7. I agree that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting either, but still entertaining. Thanks for linking to my review. I will do the same!

  8. I like Ellen. This one sounds good.

  9. Ohh this sounds like a me book. I loved Ellen's show and she does make me laugh. I could hear her talking when I read that paragraph might be another book I have to hunt out. xx


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