Ellen DeGeneres is going back to her roots. She and Netflix announced on Twitter (see below) that she will return to stand-up comedy in an upcoming special for the streaming service. DeGeneres’s last comedy special was “Here and Now” on HBO back in 2003.
It has been more than a decade since DeGeneres’s last special, but she’s hardly been away from the spotlight. In the intervening 14 years she has starred in her self-titled daytime talk show, for which she just set a Daytime Emmys record for most victories for Best Talk Show with 10.
But DeGeneres was also a hit with the TV academy in primetime. “Here and Now” earned her two Emmy nominations: Best Variety Special and Best Individual Variety Performance. Before that she was nominated in those same two categories for her 2000 special “The Beginning.” Additionally she has earned Emmy noms for hosting the Grammy Awards in 1996, and the Oscars in 2007 and 2014. She also contended for acting in “The Larry Sanders Show” (1997) and “Ellen” (1995-1998), and for producing the telefilm “If These Walls Could Talk 2” (2000), but her only Primetime Emmy victory to date was Best Comedy Writing for her landmark coming-out episode of “Ellen” in 1997.
Netflix has become a major player in stand-up comedy in recent years, with Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock and Louis C.K. among the A-list comedians making exclusive specials for the streaming service. Are you excited for DeGeneres’s return to stand-up? How will her comedy have changed in the years since her last special? Discuss this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums, and keep up with the latest Gold Derby entertainment news.
Looks like it’s been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?
— Netflix US (@netflix) May 24, 2017
Let me think about it. Ok I’m in. https://t.co/kUAdHyXAjS
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 24, 2017