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The Funny Thing Is...

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  6,137 ratings  ·  591 reviews
Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point...and I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book.
After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of slee
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ebook, 192 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2003)
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Dani Peloquin
I love Ellen (who doesn’t?!). I think that she’s funny, insightful, and incredibly wise. While I enjoy watching her show, I also loved her before she became the dancing, housewife heartthrob. It is for this reason that I picked up her book. More specifically, I got a copy of her audiobook so that I could listen to her read her book to me. I thought it would be like a private stand-up show with Ellen in my car. Sadly, it missed the most important ingredient...laughter.

In this book, Ellen has comp
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Myra
May 28, 2008 Myra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ellen DeGeneres fans
Shelves: adult-lit-2008
I got this book for my birthday, along with DeGeneres' other book, and I jumped right into it. Here's a big surprise - I LOVED IT! Ellen DeGeneres is so talented and funny. Each chapter is in no way tied to the others, so it's not like readers are taking in an on-going story. DeGeneres rambles her way through the point that she is trying to make, and her ramblings only add to the humor. The chapter titled "A Scientific Treatise Regarding a Matter of Great Entomological Concern to All of Us" is a ...more
BrokenTune
Oh, I wish I had read this before picking up Seriously ... I'm Kidding.

The Funny Thing is... did make me laugh - of course, it's Ellen after all - but, with the exception of a few chapters, it is not as coherent and thought-provoking as her next book. The Funny Thing is... is just that little bit too silly to be really funny. It's cute, tho.

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Rossy
I LOVE Ellen, but I don't love this book.
It's not funny! I'll admit I chuckled a couple times,but I actually fell asleep.
I still love her, though.
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Huda Al-Anbar
The Funny Thing Is...as I was listening to this audiobook:

1-Suddenly the thought of cleaning my room sounded appealing.
2-I watched the whole season of the cancelled CBC show Friends With Better Lives, 12 full episodes.
3-I organized my ebook library, shelving is as important as reading!
4-I decided to learn and make all kinds of breakfast eggs:scrambled, poached eggs, cheese omelet, and basically anything I could do with a 30 egg carton.

ANYTHING not to listen to this audiobook!! I appreciated that
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Callie Rose Tyler
Liked not loved, good not great. I love Ellen and thoroughly enjoyed Seriously...I'm Kidding(5 Stars) but this book just didn't pack the laughs I thought it would. It might be because it is an older book and I have heard this material before.

Once again I see that this is labeled biography/memoir, it isn't, it is a comedy book. The style is stream of consciousness/ridiculousness.

Amy
As funny as she is on TV, this was a yawn. Not good, since I listened to it while driving. I think I laughed out loud once or twice - very disappointing. She is so much better when she has people to play off, and I felt like there was very little sense of comic timing as she read, which is strange, because on TV she is a master. Maybe lack of facial expressions were a problem for an audio book too.
Jenn.
This book was not funny at all! What a complete waste of my time.
Lindsay
Snooze...pretty awful.
Tea Time with Marce
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If you are a fan of Ellen your expectations will be met, no surprises, with Ellen, what you see is what you get. Ellen is silly and you enjoy laughing at her and with her. At times I rolled my eyes, laughed out loud, giggled to myself and said what the hell is she saying, oh right, ok that is so Ellen why did I fall that crap, lol.

Hands down my favourite chapter was Working it Out, about parallel parking, exercise, specifically her personal trainer. He tried to talk her out of eatin
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Kyla
I have always appreciated Ellen's style of comedy and this book was no exception; I had to pause the audiobook more than once because I was laughing too hard to hear. I love when authors read their own books because you hear everything exactly how it was intended and, especially with a semiautobiographical book like this, it just makes it that much better.
Jessica
I am a fan of Ellen Degeneres BUT because this book was written 2003 I didnt expect too much. I am happy to say that I was pleasantly "suprised" (I knew it would be good even though the jokes werent up to date). I especially liked the part about skinny swedish legs and her wishing she was born in Sweden "like everyone else" Haha Sweden is as big as a flypoop next to America! I live in Sweden and I contantly wish I had been born in the US! She also said all Swedes eat healthy and have naturally h ...more
Tess J
It took me way longer than it should have to read this book, and I think I figured out why. It was really monotonous. What works for Ellen on tv and in her stand-up specials is awful to read: the absurdity and light-hearted humor that I think defines her style makes a book that feels like trying to eat a tub or reddi-whip or something. Its light, familiar, and really fun for the first bite. But after 5 bites you're full of this homogenous cloying stuff and it's a struggle to finish the book. Ell ...more
Melissampa
This is an easy light read that made me laugh out loud a bunch of times. Ellen is obviously very funny and this book was really enjoyable on my way into work (audiobook). For those looking for a funny mindless read.
Realini
The Funny Thing is… by Ellen DeGeneres
- I was procrastinating and people said you should see someone
- Wait a minute!
- Why should I pay to see someone to hear what I have to say
- When I can get others to pay to listen to what I have to say

The funny thing is…I did not find this book all that funny.
Mrs. DeGeneres is the first woman that I knew for sure that she is a lesbian…
Among the first and few celebrities that I know to have come out of the closet.
But the book is a disappointment though, for th
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Lori
Funny, lighthearted, and entertaining, "The Funny Thing Is" is a fine audiobook for your commute. I had heard most of the funniest parts in one of her stand up special "Here and Now," but enjoyed listening (and laughing) to them again.

Favorite quotes:

“Enjoy your life. God gave us our bodies as a gift. (Granted, to some of us it's kind of a gag gift, but that's okay too.) Wear what you want, love who you want, and have fun.”

(about local news) "They do these teases to get you to watch late on. T
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Josie M.
Feb 04, 2015 Josie M. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy cheesy, witty humor, or those who love Ellen DeGeneres.
This book was worth the read, but it didn't quite live up to the expectations that I had for it. Yes, this book was funny. I found myself chuckling and laughing quite a bit. One part that I found to particularly funny was when DeGeneres goes outside to talk to a butterfly in hopes that the butterfly will give her the secret to making life meaningful. I do think that since this book was published that DeGeneres's brand of humor and comedic presence has developed, so I wouldn't go into this book e ...more
Robin
It hurts to give Ellen only 2 stars. The difference between performing stand-up and reading it is in the audience. And Ellen, who we know is brilliant and funny, just sounds a litle "is this thing on?" without an audience response. Much of this material is in her comedy act and plays better that way ("back to the happy place" and "that reminds me of Gloria Estefan."). It may also read well, but as an audio book, it tries too hard.
yoli
Am actually listening to the cassette version, thank you very much.

Listened to half this book and it just wasn't funny enough. Even the back cover blurb was funnier than the actual book in practice. I love Ellen but this was just too scattered and a little too outrageous to be funny, really. It was more puzzling and confusing than anything else.
Jamie-leigh Haughn
*3.5

This is a really enjoyable quick read! It didn't quite live up to what I thought it would, in comparison to Seriously I'm Kidding by Ellen it just wasn't as funny and captivating. That being said this is still a great little read! I wish I would have listened to it on audiobook, I think it would have made the experience better!

Jeanine
Ellen's irreverent take on ordinary things belies how incredibly intelligent her comedic style is. Get ready to laugh out loud. A gem!
Kevin Preston
I don't know why I picked this book up. I guess it was because it was there and available (that's what happens when you're relegated to the library's stock). I really like Ellen and I think she's funny. This book is very much aligned with Ellen's style: it's funny and quirky. But for me, probably a little too funny and quirky. However, even though I didn't necessarily like the quirkiness, I really can't blame the book because that is exactly what one would expect with a book by Ellen. There's re ...more
Jane Greensmith
A perfect book for a road trip--this book of funny essays got us across WY without being bored, and that's not easy!
Jane
She made my whole family laugh on our road trip. We had to skip some parts, of course.
Julie
I picked this up at the library before a road trip, not realizing it's over 10 years old. But the occasional outdated cultural references (technology, commercials, long-distance minutes) actually made it more entertaining for me, to place how things were in 2003. It's a quick audio, and I laughed out loud several times, especially when she was talking about forgetting people's names. A great road trip companion. (My kids weren't in the car. Though most of it would've been fine, probably not all ...more
Kristilyn
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Marsha
In her second book of essays, Ellen takes on such disparate subjects as family, touring, time management, unnecessary inventions and too much talking, et al. That last one is a little odd considering what she does for a living but this book is about humor not logic.

But Ms. DeGeneres proves that her first book of essays wasn’t a fluke or merely a quick cash cow. She’s pointedly on target one moment (she understands what people REALLY mean when they say “it’s the thought that counts”) and goofily
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Dianne Margaret
After a three day on and off relationship with Ellen, I finally finished it off. Like I said, "It was ok." Or if I'm allowed, "It was just ok."

This book was the kinda friend Ellen was talking about. Cathy. The kind that you might forget the name and when you finally talk to each other, you drift off. I'd like to make myself a very good example of a skim-reader. I have not enough patience to read and reread each line. But my gosh, I was skipping through pages on this one. Probably it was because
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Brittany Mcholan
Genre: Biography, Comedy

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The Funny Thing Is…is Ellen Degeneres’ second book. Each paragraph consists of a different topic. Such topics are about working out, memories with her dad, Sunday lunches with Eminem and Paula Abdul, and random things about her daily life. She doesn’t make you think at all. Just read all the words that are thrown into paragraphs and you’ll be laughing in no time. It’s hard to summarize this book because she covers so much. She is full of advice to make things
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Sara
Jul 29, 2007 Sara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: listless listeners
I realize that Ellen has a terrible new line of greeting cards out right now in all the drugstores, all of which feature really unattractive cartoon drawings of her own head, but even that can't stop me from liking this funny audio book. I really liked disk four. That is the final disk. Three was also pretty good. This is actually funny and kind of strange in parts, like, one strange part is when Ellen starts describing her childhood for a long time and it's so weird and intricate including deta ...more
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Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American stand-up comedian, actress, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She has hosted both the Academy Awards and the Primetime Emmys. As a film actress, she starred in Mr. Wrong, appeared in Edtv and The Love Letter, and provided the voice of "Dory" in the Pixar animated hit film Finding Nemo. She also starred
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