Ellen DeGeneres’ Netflix stand-up special will debut in December.
The comedian, actress and TV show host announced recently that she would go back to her roots, when she started out as a comedy club emcee. Her first stand-up special in 15 years will see her back behind the mic. Called Relatable, the special will drop on Netflix on Friday 18th December.
DeGeneres announced the title and release date this week at the start of The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s 16th season.
“I mentioned that I worked a lot over the summer,” DeGeneres she told the audience. “What I did was I went back to stand-up. I didn’t do stand-up for 15 years and I decided… I just all of a sudden was like I miss stand-up, I want to do it. So I made a deal with Netflix. And I was working on stand-up all summer. I taped it in Seattle. This is the Benaroya Hall where I was. It was so much fun. I loved it so much. The audiences were great, Seattle was great. Thank you everybody in San Francisco and San Diego.”
Ellen DeGeneres returns to stand-up for Netflix special
25th May 2017
After 15 years, Ellen DeGeneres is returning to the stand-up stage.
It’s hard to think of the TV presenter and Oscars host before her hit talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, arrived on the airwaves. Now in its 15th season, with 59 Daytime Emmy Awards under its belt, it’s become a staple US TV. But the Finding Dory star – also Emmy nominated multiple times for Best Actress in her ABC series, Ellen – was an acclaimed stand-up comic when she trod the boards. After her career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans, she went on to bag award nods for her HBO stand-up specials – The Beginning and Here and Now.
In 2017, as she heads back to the mic, HBO has been overtaken by Netflix as the new home of stand-up comedy, with the streaming service signing up a host of big names in the last year, from Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK. DeGeneres is the latest star to join the pack, with no release date for her special yet confirmed.
“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” she says. “And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait. I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”