I like Ellen Degeneres and her show, but I don’t religiously follow it. I mean, I’ll catch clips on YouTube (or EllenTube, Ellen’s version of YouTube), but I don’t watch it live – I don’t really have the time.
I was surfing around YouTube and found clips where Ellie Kemper actually hosted The Ellen Show because Ellen was out sick. It’s kind of interesting that they didn’t just play a rerun episode but got someone to fill in.
Anyway, I thought it was funny and that Kemper did a good job (she made it the Ellie Show), so I attached some clips below. It’s kind of odd seeing someone else sit in Ellen’s chair.
A couple of weeks ago or so, I wrote about watching Ellen Degeneres’ 90s sitcom Ellen and how it’s hilarious. There’s an episode I saw where they’re filming a movie in the bookstore that Ellen owns and manages. Because she’s the owner, they let Ellen be in the scene as an extra. They’re like “just sit at the counter and act natural.” And this is what she does on her first take:
I thought this episode was hysterical because it takes them a ton of takes to shoot the scene (I believe it ends up they don’t finish the scene because of Ellen), and in each one Ellen tries to be “natural” but she ends up screwing the scene up somehow. It goes to her staring awkwardly at the people talking, to knocking over a bookshelf (by accident), sneezing, slamming a door (again, by accident), and other crazy things.
The reason why I find this so hilarious is that it reminds me of a project I had to do when I was junior in high school. As part of our English class, we were required to take the play “Macbeth” and adapt it into a short film. My group decided to make a 24-themed Macbeth, much to my displeasure; I had never seen the show, but I got out voted.
I just remember we were shooting the opening seen of a secret agent walking into a “secure” location with a briefcase, and the kid who was playing Macbeth kept telling me he’d just walk by the agent in the background as an extra. I was like “you can’t do that! You’re Macbeth!” He proceeded to take his glasses off and tell me no one would notice.
Well, we didn’t win Best Picture (it went to a Santa Claus-themed Macbeth I believe, which was actually ridiculously funny; Santa McClaus’ best line was “Is that a candy cane I see before me?”). I guess life is just full of people who have good intentions making mistakes that, in the end, we should just laugh at.
I found this DVD collection at work for the five seasons of Ellen, Ellen Degeneres’ sitcom from the early 90s. Now, I was just a young baby at that time, so I had no idea Ellen had a sitcom. I generally think Ellen is funny and has good intentions and I happen to love sitcoms, so I was excited to watch the show. And as great as Ellen currently is, I think 90s Ellen was perfection.
I haven’t gotten that fair in the series, but there’s an episode where Ellen (her character has the same first name) and her friends decide to watch a boxing match. While her friends are enthusiastic about watching the match, Ellen doesn’t really seem interested (which is basically me during sports events). So, she goes out and gets a “descrambler box” (I have no idea what that is, ’twas before my time) and basically goes through a whole ordeal to actually watch the match. Finally, the match begins and it lasts like fifteen seconds. All of her friends are excited and are like “that was a great match!” and Ellen’s just like “is that it?” She then goes on about how since she paid so much to see the match they should provide further entertainment. She ends the whole thing by saying “even if they shaved a poodle on stage, do you know what I’m saying?” The way she delivered the line is hysterical.
So far, I got to say that Ellen couldn’t be funnier. Although it is a bit different seeing her with long hair and dating men (although, I read that her character comes out towards the end of the series, which was about the same time Ellen personally came out). It’s also a bit weird because Maggie Wheeler stars in the first season, and she was also the actress who played Janice from Friends; I’m just waiting for her to shout “OH MY GOD!”