After fifteen years, Ellen Degeneres is back in a stand-up comedy act in a fully-packed theater in Seattle. As soon as this was released on Netflix a few days ago, I watched it immediately. Not that I can’t get enough of Ellen, but I want to see how her stand-up comedy act will be different from her daily show.
When I heard “Seattle” and saw the theater and the audience, I couldn’t help but ask if this is the same theater where JoKoy held his stand-up comedy act years ago.
Anyway, the show started with Ellen’s anecdote about returning to stand-up comedy. The friend she referred to as a “he” asked, “Do you think you’re still relatable?”
As it goes, Ellen tells personal stories that the audience could relate to. She’s a natural conversationalist, she can act, she can dance, and she knows when to hit the punchlines. All of these make the audience keep on laughing and cheering.
The 68-minute show is a mixture of personal anecdotes and a dash of good jokes. The topics range from stereotyping gays or lesbians, coming out as a gay or lesbian, being kind, buying shoes, to her personal journey to become who she is today.
A video screen above shows images that would coincide with her spiels, especially when she tells about images on social media she kept sending to her wife, Portia de Rossi.
After the show, there is a separate 10-minute segment of Ask Ellen where a few members of the audience asked her questions.
Overall, the stand-up comedy act is cohesive, bringing all the topics into a inter-related whole. And because the viewers are laughing, it shows that Ellen is still relatable and funny despite she has a daily show that runs for many years now. Personally, I’m giving this 5 out of 5 stars.