Synopses & 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 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 to use and very funny. Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is... contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including:
-More than 50,000 simple, short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs.
-Thousands of observations on everyday life -- from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer, and Eminem.
-All twenty-six letters of the alphabet.
Entertainment Weekly DeGeneres is in top form with her second collection of kooky observations....Her strongest assets -- a-hard won dignity and softly skewed worldview -- are on chuckle-inducing display throughout.
Brilliantly imaginative, shrewdly observant, and delightfully absurd--Ellen DeGeneres' unique voice made her first book, My Point...and I Do Have One, a smash hit that spent more than six months on the New York Times bestseller list. Now, with her profile higher than ever thanks to her role as Dory in Disney's blockbuster animated film, Finding Nemo, and a critically acclaimed new talk show that "makes daytime TV fun again" (Entertainment Weekly), Ellen once more turns her attention to the written word with her second collection of comic essays. The Funny Thing Is... brims with Ellen's trademark insights into the simple, witty, universal truths of life. Riffing on everything from why prison might not be so bad to a visit to God's house for fondue and chablis, from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul, Diane Sawyer, and Eminem, this is Ellen at her self-deprecating, whimsical, and wholly irreverent best.
The instant "New York Times" bestseller--now in paperback--is a hilarious tour de force from the beloved comedy superstar and daytime talk show host.
About the Author
Ellen DeGeneres's first book, My Point...and I Do Have One, was an instant national bestseller that spent more than six months on the New York Times bestseller list. DeGeneres has won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award, and a People's Choice Award for her work as a writer and actress on her television series Ellen, and received Emmy nominations as host of the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, as an executive producer of HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2, and as star and executive producer of her critically acclaimed one-woman HBO special The Beginning. DeGeneres made history when her on-screen persona Ellen Morgan became the first openly gay leading character on television, but her groundbreaking legacy had already begun in 1986, on the Tonight Show, when she became the first and only female comic invited by Johnny Carson to sit down with him after her stand-up performance. In September 2003, DeGeneres launched The Ellen DeGeneres Show, her own nationally syndicated daytime talk show.
Table of Contents
table of contents
A Message from the Author
The Brunch Bunch
That's Why Prison Wouldn't Be So Bad
My Most Embarrassing Case Scenario
God, What a Day!
Gift Exchange, or, The Art of Believable Acting
Silence Is Golden
Making Your Life Count (and Other Fun Things to Do with Your Time!)
This Is How We Live
Penny-pinching for Today's Gal, or, How to Land a Man
Working It Out
The Things That Are Bothering Me This Week
My Dad Was Like a Father to Me
The Serious Chapter
The Controversial Chapter
The Chapter of Apologies
A Scientific Treatise Regarding a Matter of Great Entomological Concern to All of Us
It's Just an Expression
Clothes I Have Regretted Wearing
Naming My Book: The Odyssey
That Was Then or Then Was That or Anyway, It Was Before Now
Ellen's Personal Home Tour
Things to Be Grateful For
My Self-Conscious, or, Check Me Out!
The Last Chapter