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Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres (born Ellen Lee DeGeneres on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, USA) is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and currently the Emmy Award-winning host of the syndicated talk show “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”.

Whenever DeGeneres’ friends put together a show or party, DeGeneres was asked to do a comedy routine. She did an act and was soon asked to perform as a stand-up comedian at small clubs and coffeehouses, and eventually became the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club (the only comedy club in New Orleans at the time). While working at Clyde’s in 1981, DeGeneres recorded her club performances.

After traveling around the United States performing her comedy act, she was chosen in a national competition in 1982 by the cable channel Showtime as the funniest person in America. She then appeared on late night television and comedy programs.

Soon afterward, DeGeneres was invited to perform on the Tonight Show by booking agent and producer Jim McCawley for her first appearance in 1986. She was the first comedienne to ever be asked over to the couch to visit with Johnny Carson on her first visit. McCawley truly believed that she was going to be a hit and often spoke in praise of her when her name was mentioned.

She also appeared as a stand-up comedian as early as on the HBO Tenth Annual Young Comedians special, where she was introduced as an up-and-coming talent by Young Comedians show veteran Harry Anderson.

Before getting her own show, DeGeneres began her television career on the short-lived TV sitcom “Open House” (1989-1990) and “Laurie Hill” (1992).

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