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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 024. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/695.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com JUNE 27, 2003 23 television brianmoylan Ellen DeGeneres returns to stand-up where she belongs, but trail-blazing comedian plays it safe on HBO special. Ellen playing it safe IF YOU SAW ELLEN DEGENERES live on her latest stand-up tour, skip watching her new HBO comedy special, "Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now," on Saturday. The special is the same act she performed on tour this spring. DeGeneres shouldn't be faulted for this. A show that is going to get so much exposure on national television needs to be tried out in front of live audiences beforehand. But for a special called "Here and Now," not only is the material a bit old, but there is also nothing edgy about DeGeneres' act anymore. It's neither in-your-face like Sandra Bemhard's standup material, nor politically current like Bill Maher's whiny revelations. DeGeneres garnered national attention for being one of the first actors to come out in publicly — on national television and on the cover of Time. But since then, she gradually shied away from talking too much about politics or sharing cutting-edge material. THE NEW SPECIAL IS VERY SIMILAR to DeGeneres' last failed sitcom, "The Ellen Show," which aired on CBS in 2001. It tried to resurrect the familiar feelings evoked by family sitcoms like "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Andy Griffith Show." Ellen's now-defunct show had its funny moments, but something was lost in the translation from Griffith and Van Dyke. Too much time passed, and the formula for those programs faded to the point that audiences just couldn't relate. The new special would be more aptly titled "Then and Now," since most of the jokes are based on the disparity between how simple life once was and how complicated it is today. DeGeneres jokes about the days before remote controls, how toilet paper used to have more than one ply, and how pickles used to be in a big barrel in the general store. If a comedian like Bob Hope, who turned 100 on May 29, were to discuss such revelations in his act, it would generate chuckles. But Ellen is only 45 — not exactly a spring chicken, but also not old enough to do the "when I was your age" bits yet. Many of her observations are quite funny and astute, but some of the jokes fall flat before reaching the finish line. Talking about how hard it is to open new CDs is more of a gag to do with friends in a bar than a bit in a standup act. After breaking barriers when she came out on national television, out comedian Ellen DeGeneres fails to break new ground on her HBO special on Saturday, June 28. (Photo by Cliff Watts/HBO) IF NONE OF THIS SOUNDS GAY- oriented, that's because it isn't. At the beginning of the show's hour, DeGeneres says that everyone in the audience has something in common. "You're all here, because you're gay," she teases. It's a smart move to address the "gay issue" right off the bat. For someone who became famous for being openly gay but who still strives to reach mainstream audiences, it's worth joking about briefly "That was my obligatory gay remark," she says. "If I didn't do anything gay people would be upset. They'd say, 'She didn't do anything gay She's not our leader! What happened to our leader?'" She's makes a gay joke or two, but the meat and potatoes of her act is the wry, insightful, observational quips that will crack up anyone, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. DeGeneres notes in the show that the real reason everyone has gathered before her is just to "to laugh." Watching her in action does generate laughter. 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