The Funny Thing Is... by Ellen DeGeneres

The Funny Thing Is...

By Ellen DeGeneres

  • Release Date: 2003-10-28
  • Genre: Humor
Score: 4
From 115 Ratings
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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 an indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do.


  • Lol

    By Jenboat
    Simply hilarious!!!
  • Funny thing is...

    By J2per
    Ellen's wit is on point and made me actually (lol) not the lol we use at the end of every sentence on the Internet but truly laugh. Thanks Beth!
  • :)

    By Ryan R Joseph
    Ellen is hilarious! She couples the truth with outlandish stories for scenarios that you can't help but put yourself in! Worth the buy! Worth the time! Thanks for a great book Ellen!
  • haha

    By shopping
    funny get it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Love that Ellen!

    By Deb the Avid Reader
    Thank you Ellen for all the laughter and smiles you've brought to mu life! Love your books, love your stand-up, love your TV show(s!), love YOU!
  • Awful

    By z3ppi
    I love Ellen, I love her stand up, her show, her, but this book has nothing. She blabs on, but about nothing. I guess it's not too different than her stand up, but you don't get her facial expressions and it seems like most of the book is 'filler' to make it seem like the writing is worth a full book.

    By Chuck norris like
    Ellen Degeneres wrote this book. How can it not be good. I read it in a day. And a half, and I am currently rereading it. It's laugh out loud funny!! A must read.