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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  9,846 ratings  ·  923 reviews
An indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read—or wants to fool people into thinking they do—The Funny Thing Is... is sure to make you laugh.

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
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Paperback, 179 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Simon Schuster (first published October 28th 2003)
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Swaroop Kanti
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is, as the title says, funny. It is not intended for deep life lessons or to change lives.

The Funny Thing Is... is a brief collection of Ellen DeGeneres`s thoughts, musings and experiences on various subjects. It will make you smile, have little bit of fun and remind to floss.
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Dani Peloquin
Apr 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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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♛ Garima ♛
I love Ellen DeGeneres show because who doesn't?

I read this quite quickly because it is very easy to read book. I don't know whether to call this memoir because there are some life events included...anyways it was light hearted and fun book.
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Kristie
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
I love Ellen. I think she is a genuinely funny and kind person. However, I think that a lot of her humor is due to her timing and presentation. I don't find that it comes across as well in her written work. It helps to imagine the book being told in her voice, but not enough to make me love it. ...more
Yuthika
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I saw many bad reviews about this one, and was not too sure I'd like it. But it made me laugh - be it the brunch, the conversation with God, or the random ramblings! Ellen is always a delight. (I did prefer Seriously, I'm Kidding, though). ...more
Huda Al-Anbar
Sep 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
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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Deb
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Meh...O-kay..
The problem with this one is that it's kind of old and I probably have heard most of these jokes or antidotes in some of her old stand up. Don't get me wrong, it was "chucklesome". (Like that word do you? Lol) But I wasn't laughing hard. This book didn't really tell much about her per se. I don't know if it was supposed to? It was a lot of randomness put into a book. When at the beginning she said she thought she'd fill the time prior to her show starting (her current talk show)
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Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pretty good book. She has such an interesting tone.

Review to come.

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Rossy
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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BAM Endlessly Booked
Humorous
But if you're a lifelong fan you'll recognize some old school skits being placed in the chapters of this book
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Mariah Roze
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
"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 sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy
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BrokenTune
Sep 17, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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.

Review first posted on BookLikes: http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/...
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Bigsna
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Two books by Ellen heard in a single day. And you know what, I couldn't tell them apart. I'm now wondering why these books were written at all. They are a collection of completely random musings, which seem to be overly caricaturized versions of the actual incident, most of which aren't even funny.
So while the first one i heard today was decent becoz of the novelty factor, the second one is downright boring and unnecessary.
I would now say, you can skip all of them altogether.

Just watch Ellen'
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Myra
Jan 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Rahma
Aug 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2018-reads
Not “funny” at all. Honestly, one star is too generous. Highly disappointed!
Jennifer
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun, light and silly read from Ellen!
Ruci Tukana
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Full of confusion just like her!
Callie *Fights Censorship*
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.

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Jennifer
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
“There are all sorts of books offering advice on how to deal with life-threatening situations, but where's the advice on dealing with embarrassing ones?”

Finished this in one afternoon because..
1. It's Ellen
2. I studied while listening
3. IT'S ELLEN.

Ellen is my favorite, and this book did a great job of showing her sense of humour. I listened to the audiobook and it felt just like watching her show. I wasn't the biggest fan of her diary portion when she was on tour, but everything else was hilari
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Amy
Jul 13, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liralen
I love Ellen. She's funny, and fantastic, and an absolute icon. I'm just not entirely sure that her kind of comedy translates well into writing.

Oh, the book is humourous. I enjoyed it; I'm glad I read it; I'll probably keep an eye out for her other book. It's just also very disjointed and, because it is in print rather than verbal humour, lacks the delivery to make that final push.

Still, an entertaining read.
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Linnea
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I'm writing this review about a month after listening to this I have to say: I remember mostly nothing about this book. Nonetheless I remember enjoying it: DeGeneres is a good and nuanced narrator, she has a clear voice and I like her humor so there you go. A fun listen and also not too long so the joke doesn't get old. ...more
Salam Almahi
May 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
There were some funny bits (which though rare were Hilarious) but in general it felt like Ellen was somehow forced to write this book so it sounded like she was trying too hard to find random topics to talk about and put some humor into, unfortunately.. without success.
Lindsay
Apr 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008
Snooze...pretty awful.
Jenn.
Apr 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was not funny at all! What a complete waste of my time.
Veronica Foley
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Ellen. She is funny. This was short and sweet. She read the audiobook and it was very well done.
Nerita
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not that funny...
Eram Hussain
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
“Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.”

I read two of Ellen's book back to back and honestly I couldn't tell them apart. They are a collection of completely random thoughts, which seem to be parody versions of the actual incident.

'What doesn't kill you puts you in a whole lot of pain and makes you cry a lot and want to crawl in a hole forever and live with rodents.”
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Wael Margheni
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another book by the sweet and lovely Ellen DeGeneres; a person I respect and love. Anyway, that's not the point. The point is: I am too tired and sleepy to write a big detailed review and therefore all I am going to say about this book is that I really had a good time reading it. And though maybe I kept comparing it to my first Ellen book, 'Seriously... I'm Kidding', (and that is a very wrong thing to do) but I have to admit, this one felt more 'serious'. Doesn't mean it's not funny. I couldn't ...more
Kate Powers
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't like to give books anything below a 3 because hello if I ever write a book I want the same treatment. I think my biggest criticism was that a good portion of this was from her Here and Now comedy routine, where the jokes were way funnier (sometimes the theatrical hands and facial expressions are just so necessary). I also wish she would tell more truths about her life, but I guess that's like telling a fish to just try living on land for once. ...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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