Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning

7.61 h 5 min2000X-Ray18+
[HBO] HD. The sassy actress/comedian's third solo HBO special features material taped at New York City's Beacon Theater.
Joel Gallen
Ellen DeGeneres
ComedyArts, Entertainment, and CultureDocumentary
English [CC]
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Randy E. HalfordReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2009
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Thank God for Ellen Degeneres!
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One of the funniest women on the planet talks about everything from the world of insects to mundane shampoo bottle directions to being caught by the highway patrol wearing nothing but a leather harness, captain's hat & paddle on the road. She opens her stand-up comedy special doing an interpretive dance expressing her experience coming out, and it's a classic Ellen bit that only she could think up. Her visit to God's house (as it turns out, God is a fortysomething black woman) is a brilliant satire of mankind's relationship with religion, cleverly funny, much like her earlier "phone conversation with God" routine. Ellen has that unique gift for approaching her material at a sideways slant, particularly when she discusses the controversy over same-sex marriages (the "goat" analogy was hilarious).
But the evening concludes with a Q&A segment. The most touching moment is when an androgynous-looking young Lesbian woman (which temporarily causes some embarrassment for Ellen) tearfully thanks Ellen for being such a great role model.
A terrific evening showcasing a brilliant comedic talent that so deserves her success. See it, and you'll laugh from start to finish!
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Mark GriffinReviewed in the United States on April 14, 2019
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Unbelievably Funny
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Ellen DeGeneres is absolutely too funny in this special. If you just need to feel good, watch it. I laughed until I had tears!
Real HelpReviewed in the United States on March 27, 2019
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Great Product - As described & reasonably price & arrived on time
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Great Product - As described & reasonably price & arrived on time
Heidi JohnsonReviewed in the United States on July 8, 2016
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Ellen from the "good" old days
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Interesting to watch this in 2016 and realize how far we've come and the role that Ellen played in that progress. I think of Ellen as being a very above-the-belt comic and this is a little raunchier than I would have predicted. Even so, at several points I had to laugh and clap with delight. The woman is a comic genius.
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Michael GorantReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
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It's Ellen
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It's Ellen. The greatest comedian. Family friendly. No swearing.
Boo Radley Reviewed in the United States on May 23, 2017
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Come on, it's Ellen!
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Hilarious! Love Ellen, especially before she became daytime blah.
Padma KarmaReviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016
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Five Stars
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Give us more Ellen on Amazon Prime Videos. She is sharp, insightful, and compassionate, rare qualities in any person.
Banana P.Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2016
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... you don't need to be vulgar to be hella funny!
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Ellen proves that you don't need to be vulgar to be hella funny!
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