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Ellen DeGeneres Shares Why She Became a Comedian | Relatable | Netflix Is A Joke

My parents were obsessed with celebrities and so, hi, here I am. Yeah, they really made it known that celebrities were something and I remember, Charlton Heston came to town and I was four years old and everybody was crowding around trying to get a good look at Charlton Heston. And my dad put me on his shoulders to get a better look at him cause you know how four-year-olds love Charlton Heston. He was using me as bait — hoping that Charlton would go — “Oh, cute little girl.” And come over, you know. Cause people do that to me. If I’m out somewhere and people have a baby They’ll hold it out towards me like, for me to hold it and I’m like, “This is cashmere, no.” But you know, so then I grew up going — “Oh, celebrities!” I guess, everybody’s like that but like — I mean, I was 16. I was younger than that I think and Michael Jackson was in New Orleans and I was so… I heard where he was — that what street he was on and so, I chased — I didn’t chase. I was walking — he was walking — he started running — I had to catch up. And… So I was excited by celebrities. I was really like, you know — and like I said — Do you wanna finish laughing? I don’t wanna stop you. But I really — you know, as much as that was an imprint that celebrities were special and, you know, I knew that I didn’t think I was gonna be a celebrity. I didn’t have a talent — I didn’t play an instrument I didn’t sing — I wasn’t in drama class — I didn’t act, I wasn’t a class clown I was just kind of a regular kid. And I didn’t know what I was gonna do. I graduate high school I’m still lost I just was doing anything to pay rent and I shucked oysters, and I sold vacuum cleaners and I worked for a landscaping company I was a waiter, which by the way I was a waiter, which by the way
I think everyone should wait tables at least once in their life. I think everyone should wait tables at least once in their life. [crowd cheers] Yep. That, and coal mining cause that seems hard, too. But I didn’t know what I was gonna do and my life changed when I was 21 years old and my girlfriend at the time was killed in a car accident And I passed the accident — it had just happened. I didn’t know it was her cause she was in a different car. I almost stopped but then sirens were right behind me and showing up so I kept going and I found out later it was her. And… so… I had to move out of the place we were living cause I couldn’t afford to live there anymore. I had no job — I had no car, no money. I moved into this tiny basement apartment and you could hardly stand up in it. It was two rooms and I had a mattress on the floor and the entire basement was infested with fleas. There were fleas everywhere. And I was laying there and I just couldn’t believe It was the first person I ever lost that I loved and I was just… how is this possible? This beautiful young girl is gone and fleas are here. I don’t understand what fleas do even. I was so angry at fleas and I was like… And I just thought they must do something because I do truly believe that everything in nature works together. Even if we don’t understand it, it does something for something else. And I wanted to understand this. And I thought I would like to talk to God, not just pray but I would love to be able to pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get the answers. ‘Cause I used to write all the time. I journaled and I wrote poetry. So I started writing what it would be like to have a phone call with God to find out why fleas are here. and it wasn’t meant to be funny. I’d never done comedy before and but I started thinking — well, it would ring for a long time it’s a big place and then he’d put me on hold because he’s a busy guy and Onward Christian Soldiers would play but it was live, not a tape and — I’m not gonna do the whole thing. Go back and watch the special but Anyway, I finished writing it. I literally wrote without stopping.— I finished writing it and I read it and I said to myself — “I’m gonna do this on Johnny Carson” “and I’ll be the first woman in the history of the show” “to be called over to” “to sit down to talk to Johnny Carson.” And… [crowd cheers] I mean, I’m in a basement on a mattress with fleas, never done comedy. I make that statement — six years later, this happens. Thank you very much! [brass band playing] -That’s well done! -Thank you, thank you. -Yeah, that’s very clever and very fresh, and- Well, that’s wonderful hearing that from you. -No, I mean it, it’s good material. -Thank you. -How long you’ve been doing it? [crowd applauds]

100 thoughts on “Ellen DeGeneres Shares Why She Became a Comedian | Relatable | Netflix Is A Joke

  1. Thnk you for the real inspirtion ellen ove u from the bottom of my heart….

  2. 2:10 I agree on this, hate to see anyone spilin their shit on the waiter and always think they would never do it if they ever worked as one even for a month 😬

  3. Hi Ellen! My birthday Jan 26. My truck tag said, “Be k1nd” . I had it before I ever saw u say that at the end of one of your shows. I still have it.

  4. I thought Ellen had been doing comedy, prior to the Tonight Show; her time frame out does Peewee Herman's. Peewee had only been doing comedy for two weeks before he performed for Carl Reiner. Both cases: Unbelievable!

  5. Omg I get extremely itchy and get red bumps, that's how I know fleas are here. Fleas are the worst, you can't wash em off and it's so hard to kill. Their bites don't stop itching!! How is it possible they didn't do anything to her. Maybe they weren't fleas?

  6. You are my inspiration ellen…….. I love u soooo much………. One day I will be on your show………… 😘

  7. When she doesn't support Michael Jackson being innocent
    But she uses him to make her "job" better

    And that's what Michael Jackson was saying " Everyone is using me"

  8. I really like Ellen regardless of her sexual preference. You see her heart. Its genuine. I like that.

  9. Ellen ❤️❤️❤️love love!! Laughing is the best medicine.. You're a famous and great doctor.. If you didn't know already 😍😍😍 you're fantastic beyond words!!!

  10. You're right about people trying to bait celebrities by using their cute children. They did it to Michael Jackson all the time. Like you discovered your true calling, MJ discovered his true calling from HIS conversation with God was to help children. He dedicated his life to children. He would've held that child, cashmere or not. Sad how distorted his legacy has become. I did watch Leaving Neverland and I cannot understand why a true account would have so many lies.

  11. That's so amazing and motivational that it's difficult to express in words! It's a great example of how to achieve what you are dreaming about! Thank you for your life power and talent, Helen!!! You remind me my university teacher also named Helen who isn't with us now, unfortunately, but she is always in my memories for her unique way of living freely and positively completely like you!!!! Respect from Ukraine.

  12. 1. This is cashmere, no.
    2. I heard about MJ – I was walking he was walking so … I had to catch up
    3. I think you should wait one table once in life.

    PS: Between she is a true inspiration for the rest of comedians.

  13. What people are missing is that this is an example of your affirmations and belief systems manifesting times x10.

  14. Wow I didn't know this about her, somehow we think famous people got it easy and we will never be able to be successful in our lives, we need this kind of humility to be inspired by.

  15. S T O P. R A P E I N G. B A B I E S
    Yeah back in 2007 /because they down low sen was getting so crowed /the used her to pull people into sexual child abuse // i don't think you're a teeny chaser (which was the implication) / but gay people tend to chase teenagers ,but for real // thetes a few phsyc lessons in there

  16. I lost a lot of respect for Ellen when she started pandering to garbage like the Kardashians.
    She's an extremely powerful woman; she could take a stand against reality show trash and people would listen.

  17. I dare you to find it. You never will. She did her tv debut on a show called “duet”. She was the long winded secretary that would go on and on about nothing. Inserted laughter was needed. But sick Hollywood had to embrace her cuz she eats 🐱. Now she has writers and skipped to the front of the line. How is she even a A list celebrity. She never paid her dues. She was atrocious in looks, bad dresser, and unfunny. Oh yea!! She eats 🐱.

  18. Wow… she has come a very long way, yet stays very real and very true to self. Truly amazing, inspiring person.

  19. Not really too much of a fan of hers because of her political stances particularly supporting Hillary simply because she had a vagina, but I'm not hateful towards her I just don't watch her stuff anymore. Netflix did have a bout there where they thought people would want to watch her and Amy Beth Schumer Ellen is funny whereas SJW or feminist comics are not funny

  20. I have been a fan of ellen since her first stand up special, and wouldnt criticize her out of mean spirited hate or anything, but i will say that her material barely brought a smile to me. I was very disappointed in how bland and boring this was. She is much better suited for her show now because it seems she has lost her stand up ability.

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