Netflix has boasted that Relatable will be the talk show host’s “first stand-up special in 15 years.” Rumors that DeGeneres was working on a new hour started circulating last year when fellow lesbian icon Tig Nataro tweeted out a photo of DeGeneres performing on her stand-up show in Los Angeles.
— Tig Notaro (@TigNotaro) June 5, 2017
Back in August, the daytime giant did a limited-run comedy tour on the West Coast called An Evening With Ellen DeGeneres before the new special was announced.
Between her game show and talk show duties, many people forget that DeGeneres started as a stand-up comedian. DeGeneres started doing comedy in New Orleans and by 1981 she was the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club. In 1984, she was named Showtime’s funniest person in America. DeGeneres’s last comedy special was 2003’s Here and Now which came out on HBO.
DeGeneres also premiered The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003, which she still hosts. She has become a household name ever since her sitcom, Ellen, premiered in 1994. The show is most remembered for 1997’s The Puppy Episode, an episode where the fictionalized Ellen comes out as gay. The episode caused controversy and led to the cancelation of the show in 1998. Some said, at the time, the fact that DeGeneres was an out gay person damaged the star’s relatable brand of comedy.
In the trailer released by Netflix, Ellen talks candidly about her perceived relatability. Making jokes that she has only ever flown first class on a flight and how people told her that “no one wanted to watch a lesbian in the daytime.” So relatable.
See DeGeneres back on stage in the full trailer below.