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My Point... And I Do Have One

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  7,419 ratings  ·  550 reviews
With the unpredictable wit and engaging warmth that has won her a loyal following, and the undeniable star quality that has made her television series an instant hit, Ellen DeGeneres brings her unique comic perspective to the page in a book of simple yet brilliant observations, outrageous dreams, and hilarious life stories.
Paperback, 211 pages
Published September 3rd 1996 by Bantam (first published September 1st 1995)
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Clumsy Storyteller
one of the funniest books i ve ever read ! i love Ellen so much she is a great human being and funny i loved her books so much and this one is my favorite

“That's what life is all about. There's a lot of crying. So you'd better cry now and get used to it.”

i had so many "funny monents that left me laughing out loud :p" LOVE YOU ELLEN :D

Was I good at anything?
Athletics, I suppose. You were on the tennis team. And you started the girls golf team. You were the only one on the team, playing every d
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was ok
I found this book extremely hard to get through. I love Ellen, and her brand of humor. Why did I dislike the book so much? Well, I finished reading the book yesterday. Except if you can't see the date, then you might think today is yesterday, which it may have well been depending on when you read this review. But if you read the review a year from now, then me saying I read it yesterday will be irrelevant. But if you read this review today, then it can be accurately concluded that it was really ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would have loved to give this book at least 2 stars, just because it's Ellen & I love her so much!! But no, that's totally out of the question :/
I guess Ellen developed her "sense of humour" throughout the years as this book was written in 1995 & I found it hardly entertaining. I had to chuckle a few times but that's pretty much it.
It's even impossible to sum it up as it's a collection of stories about nothing & everything. They are supposed to be funny situations out of Ellen's
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, nonfiction
I respect Ellen DeGeneres as a person and I enjoy her comedy. This book, however, was not a great idea. I went to the library for her latest, Seriously...I'm Kidding, and figured I'd pick up her others at the same time. Unfortunately, her comedy relies a lot on inflection, timing, and facial expressions. These are things that do not translate to print. She even says as much when she explains why she's not including her signature Phone Call To God bit.

Here are two examples to show exactly how th
Miranda Reads
Mar 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Quirky. Very, very quirky. Almost too much quirk for one book.

Review to come.

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Read by the author (always a plus in my book) however, I soon learned that there were plenty of doodles in this book and opted to stop listening and started reading!

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Teagan Cantle
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Why i decided To read this book?
i decided to read ellen degeneres my point...and do i have on because i read her seriously im kidding and really liked it, so i ordered this online and read it :) although it was still good it wasnt as good as the first one

Which category on the bingo board does this cover?
i decided to put this in 'My own choice', Mainly because it doesnt cover anything but autobiography and i have already used that,

my favourite quote from the book, and why:
there were many great qu
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfic
I wanted to know more about Ellen. I had a few good laughs throughout the story and there were some quotes that I related to. But I felt like the entire book was written as a joke. None of what was written was believable for the most part and it seemed like someone was just telling me a make believe story about a certain event. I wanted it to be more of something that taught me something about her and be something relatable instead of reading make believe stories about how she gives her neighbor ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I am a huge fan of ellen and was hoping the poor reviews were wrong. I admire ellen and she is my favourite comedian. However I struggled to get through this book. It is horribly boring. I really gave it a go, I got to the end when I really didn't even want to keep reading. The problem is, I think, her book material is written as a standup, relying heavily on expression, timing etc... It does NOT transfer well in written form. I regret spending the money on this book. I didn't even crack a smile ...more
Aug 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
As much as I love Ellen, I hated her book. It was incredibly boring, & not at all funny. It was like she tried way too hard to be funny, & the opposite came across. I almost stopped reading it halfway through, but I stuck it out because I like to finish what I start.
Apr 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
Yikes, most unfunny book by a comedian ever! Thank goodness for David Sedaris.
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, non-fiction, memoir
I like the occasional pointless book but it needs to have some entertainment value, this fell short. Too bad, because I like Ellen’s sense of humor. It seemed like she was trying too hard to be funny and it backfired. Towards the end of the book it got annoying as she kept going on about her contractual obligation to write at least 60,000 words for the book. If she would have made fun of life situations it would have worked better. Instead she kept making stuff up. In short—this was rambling non ...more
Janus the Erudite Artist
I had a blast with reading Seriously... I’m Kidding, which is Ellen’s third book, but I didn’t find My Point... and I Do Have One as fun. Both books have pretty much the same idea and My Point... and I Do Have One even has these cute doodles in them. Sadly it didn’t make the book funnier.

I love Ellen and the way she makes people laugh with just a few words. But the focus of each chapter in this book kind of gets lost whenever she shifts suddenly to an off topic subject (a problem I didn’t have
Jun 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedy
Some comics have a sense of humor that easily translates to ink and paper. Unfortunately, I think Ellen's genius loses a lot when you can't see what she's doing. Her facial expressions, body language, and mastery of the dramatic pause just don't come through in My Point ... And I Do Have One.

Having seen some of Ellen's standup acts, the sections discussing weird bathroom behaviors and airplane experiences were the funniest because I could envision her actions. The parts about meeting her publish
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've always thought Ellen was pretty funny and I was looking for a laugh, so I picked this up. I've heard her later books are great and much better, but I have this thing about having to start from the beginning with books. Since this was her first published book, I had to start here.

I did laugh a few times, but overall this was just annoying to read. She bounced around from one mindless rambling thought to the next, and it just became a little grating. From the middle of the book and on, she re
Joseph Hare
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised by how low this is rated on Goodreads, people do not like this book. I think possibly part of the problem is that these days people are of course familiar with Ellen Degeneres from her talk show, and although she's retained a similar style of humour throughout her years as a comedian, this book was written before her talk-show days and is more like a long, written-out standup act, which was what she did at the time. You should see her perform stand-up before you read this bo ...more
Apr 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, humour
I was expecting this book to tell me more about Ellen herself and her life. Instead it was just like one long joke - "I did this...ok, only joking, no I never" that sort of thing. I got boring. I didn't discover anything new about Ellen. The only redeeming feature was that it was over relatively quickly. Had it been any longer, I doubt I would have finished it.
Another fun, light-hearted read from Ellen! Not quite as funny as 'Seriously... I'm Kidding' but still worth a read if you are a fan of Ellen.
Hannah ♡
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
a good book to read from when you had a bad day.
Amy P.
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was ok
This book was obviously still trying to hide Ellen's Sexuality. I thought this was supposed to be a biography, but it was a poorly written book with some funny anecdotes thrown in.
Ivan Magnus
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn't done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit's eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson's eyes and ask him if it hurts.”

Already read Ellen's other books and thought they were funny but this is my favorite. I think this book is hilarious and also relevant, (don't know why) it surprised me that I read about, like, ho
Ann Crawford
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fun ride!

Well, with a book by Ellen Degeneres, how could it be anything but a really fun ride? I read this on the plane to our vacation (another really fun ride!), and I’m sure I startled more than one passenger with my LOLs from this great read.

One thing I really appreciated was Ellen’s authenticity. With celebrities we never know if what we see is what they really are, but I felt like I got a better glimpse into the real Ellen....who seems to be as much a character behind the scenes
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-reads
I'm still wondering what is the point, despite reading the whole book. It's a disjointed narrative with a cocktail of so many concepts that don't get to any point! She mentions one thing and just runs away with it without making any sense. There is no unifying strand in the book except for Ellen trying to be humorous - which might work well on stage but definitely not in writing.

Skip the book and you won't miss anything. (I can safely say the same about her other 2 books - Seriously..I'm kiddin
Barb ODell
Jan 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Some very funny laugh out loud moments, but a little frantic and rambling. I love Ellen and in her defense this was, I believe, her first book and while it is trademark Ellen, humor is difficult when put into print form. Without the ability to time the punch lines or see the facial expressions and body language, you lose much of the humor.

I was surprisingly disappointed by this. I love Ellen and enjoy her comedy, but this is a little weak. I liked the Iditarod chapter, though!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
The humorous context has gone out of date. I felt like I was just reading endless pages of my own bad writing during NaNoWriMo.

I love Ellen DeGeneres, I really do! However, I don't like this book. I guess I was expecting an autobiography, instead all I got was incoherent ramblings and nonsense. I love her standup comedy from the '80s, I even watched an episode here and there of her television show Ellen, & I adore her new Ellen DeGeneres show. (that is now in its 10th season!)

Is her mind really this chaotic? I found myself really wanting to like this book, but in the end I didn't even want to finish it. After the
Amy Wilder
Jan 19, 2010 rated it liked it
The thing about Ellen is, she's really funny in a lightly self-deprecating way. She mocks herself for foibles like a fondness for kittens and an inability to manage gadgets. She doesn't go too deep or ask you to - but she does kind of give you that everybody's human so give yourself a break kind of glow.

I breezed right through this, chuckling all the way, and I'm glad Ellen is out there, being a gay person whose persona is not all about being gay. She's like the Bill Cosby of gays.

If Cosby said
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably one of the worse books I've ever read. It seems as though it was dictated from a stream of consciousness recording. The reader doesn't get a chance to really learn more about Ellen's point of view on anything as you can never know if she's telling the truth about anything. She makes is it obvious that she was required to write 60000 words so there are chapters of pure nonsense that are frustrating to read because its word garbage to eat up the required word quota. Too many topics covere ...more
Apr 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
People have been telling me to read Ellen's books for years so I finally got around to reading one. I just...did not like this book as much as I wanted to. It was an easy read and when I did pick it up, I'd read a few chapters just during my lunch break. But I didn't really want to pick it up. It had funny moments, but it got a little annoying with all the talking in circles and taking segues that often weren't funny. I know some of the jokes would've worked better with Ellen herself reading the ...more
Sep 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
I know that Ellen in general has a very non sequitur type of humor in which she ping pongs from one topic to another. Unfortunately, in a book that type of popcorn thinking drives me mad. I expected there to be some cohesion to the chapters, something that tied them together, and as far as I could tell by about halfway in there wasn't anything of the sort. On top of that I didn't find the chapters themselves particularly funny. It's a shame really since I'm fond of Ellen, just not, I've found, o ...more
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