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The Funny Thing Is...

de Ellen DeGeneres

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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 book 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, supplemented by easy-to-understand charts, graphs, and diagrams so that you'll never miss a joke. Overseeing all aspects of production, DeGeneres labored over details both significant and insignificant, including typefaces, page number placement, and which of the thousands of world languages to use. Ultimately she selected English, as it's her mother tongue, but translations into Hindi and Pig Latin are already in the works. DeGeneres takes an innovative approach to the organization of her book by utilizing a section in the beginning that includes the name of each chapter, along with a corresponding page number. She calls it the "Table of Contents," and she is confident that it will become the standard to which all books in the future will aspire. Some of the other innovative features you'll find in this edition: • 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. Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is...is an indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do.… (mais)
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..this wasn't so funny as I expected.

It has the usual Ellen jokes,but...ahh it just wasn't the same as her most recent book.
I listened to this to maximize the experience, though I didn't find her tone to be as casual as I am used to. And that ruined it for me.

Don't get me wrong; I still enjoyed this. I just wish it had a better narration tone. I guess Ellen hadn't completely found her style back then. She is a stand up comedian and maybe talking to a microphone with no audience was weird? Idk..
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  asthepageturns | Jun 13, 2019 |
This is definitely one of the more light-hearted autobiographies I have read this semester and I loved it! She talks about what she sees in everyday life and what she has to deal with on occasion such as getting 21 minutes of sleep consecutive days and still maintaining to function. I am going to have to use some of her phrases she has come up with sometime too because they are hysterical! I would definitely recommend this autobiography because even though it was a longer book for me, I flew through it! I would read aloud certain pages during snack time to 5th graders. ( )
  MarkiT | May 11, 2017 |
Oh, I wish I had read this before picking up Seriously ... I'm Kidding.

The Funny Thing is... did make me laugh - of course, it's Ellen after all - but, with the exception of a few chapters, it is not as coherent and thought-provoking as her next book. The Funny Thing is... is just that little bit too silly to be really funny. It's cute, tho.

Review first posted on BookLikes: http://brokentune.booklikes.com/post/993951/the-funny-thing-is ( )
  BrokenTune | Aug 21, 2016 |
I like Ellen a lot, but to read this book I needed to be in the mood for stand-up, because that's essentially what it was. (Some of the bits were actually from one of her shows that I've seen on DVD.) Plenty of it was funny, but in the silly way of humor that has no purpose but to be funny. I'm really more in the mood for actual memoir right now.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
As many other reviewers have said, this was enjoyable & entertaining, but not hilarious. It seemed on par with her stand-up comedy, which is decent enough, and audio is definitely the way to go, since Ellen's delivery is a large part of what makes her funny. Given the choice, however, I still think she's more entertaining as a talk show host. My favorite part was the portion about women in the restroom with automatic toilets, sinks, and hand dryers. Spot on! ( )
  indygo88 | Aug 2, 2015 |
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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 book 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, supplemented by easy-to-understand charts, graphs, and diagrams so that you'll never miss a joke. Overseeing all aspects of production, DeGeneres labored over details both significant and insignificant, including typefaces, page number placement, and which of the thousands of world languages to use. Ultimately she selected English, as it's her mother tongue, but translations into Hindi and Pig Latin are already in the works. DeGeneres takes an innovative approach to the organization of her book by utilizing a section in the beginning that includes the name of each chapter, along with a corresponding page number. She calls it the "Table of Contents," and she is confident that it will become the standard to which all books in the future will aspire. Some of the other innovative features you'll find in this edition: • 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. Sure to make you laugh, The Funny Thing Is...is an indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do.

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