Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now

[HBO] HD. Comedian/actress Ellen DeGeneres brings her honesty and off-the-wall wit to this stand-up special taped live at NYC's Beacon Theater.
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Ellen DeGeneres
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BrokenboxerReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ellen, a simple woman with a hilarious view of life as it is today
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Ellen is brilliant. She takes the most ordinary life events and makes us see the insanity of our way of life. It's great to look back to her stand up years and see exactly why she has come so far. I love the way she forged ahead , unashamed to be gay, and just when we thought she had gone too far, lost her career due to coming out on her sit come, she broke through those long established barriers, and now has one of the most loved talk shows on TV. She is simple and honest...and how wonderful that those basic American values have allowed her to become not only a hero for the gay community but a hero for us all. Because, in the end of all the pressure to be just like everyone else, she shows us that we do share so much in common, and we do enjoy the same type of humor, and we are all just doing the best we can to hang in there as the world becomes more and more complex. A simple woman with a great sense of humor, Ellen is one of a kind and at the same time a mirror for all of us.
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Renee WenkerReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2013
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Ellen shines in this briliant, witty, poignant look at life today, and how much has changed!
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Ellen is the "Dalai Lama" of our era's sociological crisis, understanding the fundamental issue that has critically impacted human nature as a whole, and on an individual level. "Here and Now" is a masterful presentation that brings to our attention the heart of American life today. It's amazing how eloquently she nail's the vague, deeply unsettling core adversity that represents the hallmark of American citizens lives today, while making us laugh hysterically at our weakness.

I've always admired Ellen, seeing in her a wise, compassionate, deep soul that loves and understands people. She has courageously sacrificed herself to offer humanity a kind service with the gift of her humor, even as she vulnerably exposed her true self publicly, knowing she would face the heavy burden of society's judgement. In "Here and Now", Ellen has never been more beautiful, witty, humble and radiant, a woman who has attained her full potential with grace, and this all makes the subject matter of her show more touching on a personal level.

This is a must-see for all, especially for baby-boomers and early Gen-Xer's, who will so easily relate and laugh at ourselves and our lives, poignantly bringing us back in touch with life before the chaos, when things were so much simpler, and joy could be experienced in the little things that mattered.

Bravo, Ellen! What a beautiful way to share your vision and help us all more aware that we can make life what we want it to be more like - if we choose. I could not help but enjoy the show even more so, for "seeing" that lovable little blue fish called Dori in my mind - they both share so much in common.
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reader12Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ellen is funny as usual!
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This is as usual for Ellen, very funny and entertaining. She is so clever with her jokes. She doesn’t have to rely on dirty language to make a joke
William ParrishReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
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Ellen at her finest
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This DVD is awesome. Funny from the beginning to end. Ellen is truly one of the best comics for our generation!
Tiff :)Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2020
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A must see! 🍿🎥
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One of my FAVORITE stand ups!! Couldn’t be more relatable! I definitely recommend!
Chris PhillipsReviewed in the United States on September 27, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
A great act and a great show.
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I like Ellen and this is a good example of her standup. I have to say that watching it after another comedy show, left me comparing. I feel that is not fair and shouldn't be done. However i did and it wasn't favorable.

She didn't have the delivery I would expect from someone so outspoken.
Connie PReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great for some laughs
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I laughed so hard the first time I watched "Ellen DeGeneres - Here and Now," I actually had tears rolling down my face (a rarity for me). Even though I've watched it several times now, it still makes me laugh. I can relate to so many things: procrastinating (with unfinished jobs all over the house); forgetting what I was going to say; waving at the wrong person; tripping then pretending to jog; singing the wrong words to songs; etc. On top of that, Ellen's humor is quite "clean" compared to most routines heard these days. I highly recommend this DVD for anyone looking for some good, clean laughs.
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joe g.Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2016
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Ellen is my hero!
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Omg Ellen DeGeneres is my hero always has been and always will be! She is hands down one of the best comedians, human being on this planet! I Love Her!! Although this special is a few years old it still stands as one the best and just as funny!! I've seen it so many times and still makes me laugh out loud! I just can't say enough about it! If you see this one you have to see the special she did before it called The Beginning! It's just as good if not better!!
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