Ellen DeGeneres to front stand up comedy special for Netflix

Ellen DeGeneres is to star in a one-off stand up comedy special for Netflix the content streaming provider has announced.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years. 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.” – Ellen DeGeneres

Best known in recent years as a chat show star of the self-titled The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which can be seen in the UK on ITV2, the talk host is returning to her comedy roots for Netflix. A stateside television icon and entertainment pioneer, Ellen DeGeneres’ distinctive comic voice has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film, and in the literary world.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show, a daytime stalwart of the television schedules is now in its fifteenth series with the show earning Ellen a total of 59 Daytime Emmy Awards. She has also been on the other side of the gong shows as  host, fronting  the Academy Awards, the Primetime Emmys and the Grammy Awards. Most recently, President Obama presented DeGeneres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.

In addition, in October 2012, DeGeneres was awarded with the 15th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. DeGeneres also received critical success for her Emmy nominated HBO stand-up specials The Beginning and Here and Now.

DeGeneres’ career began as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on These Friends of Mine by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed Ellen. Running from 1994 to 1998, the programme garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy nominations each series in the Best Actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy for writing the critically acclaimed Puppy Episode when her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.

Netflix have confirmed a stand up special will star Ellen, however all other details on Ellen DeGeneres’ return to stand up are currently being kept under wraps.

“Ellen DeGeneres will be headlining a stand-up special for Netflix, the special marks Ellen’s anticipated return to stand-up comedy.” – Netflix statement

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