Millions of viewers turn on their TVs every afternoon to watch Ellen DeGeneres, one of the most popular television hosts on the planet. Originally a stand-up comedian, Ellen later had her own sitcom. Then, in 2003, she launched The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and the rest, as they say, is history.
With her charming personality, quick wit, and neverending array of silly games, Ellen quickly won over the hearts of millions of viewers. Today, the show not only broadcasts in the United States, but it also shows throughout many other countries. These include Canada, the United Kingdom, and several destinations across Asia.
Whether you’ve never heard of Ellen DeGeneres before or you simply cannot get enough of her hilarious sketches, you’re bound to love this overview of her show. Join us as we embark on a retrospective of her success and then, share a few laughs together as we relive some of her greatest moments of all time.
Dissecting an Ellen Episode
Every episode of Ellen features new guests, interviews, and sketches. The show airs five times a week, however, and it follows the same structure every day. Fans of Ellen know what they’re tuning in to see…that’s part of the fun.
Let’s look at how an average episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show unfolds on screen.
The Show Starts with Standup
Ellen DeGeneres launched her career doing standup routines in the 80s. While she’s come a long way since those early days, she still stays true to her roots on the comedy scene. Every episode of Ellen starts with a funny dialogue. Basically, Ellen speaks directly to her audience for a few minutes. She might tell a funny story, share some observations with her viewers, or simply riff off of current events. One thing is for certain, this introduction always has Ellen’s guests roaring with laughter.
Ellen also includes her audience in many of her comedic bits, include the one above, called “I Thought You Were My Friend!” The talk show host surprises guests in her audience with some unflattering photos with hilarious results…how would YOU feel if your friends sent embarrassing pictures of you to be shown on camera?
After sharing some laughs with her audience, the talk show host asks her in-house DJ to play some music and everybody dances together. This isn’t your typical talk show, but it’s certainly one of the most fun ones out there!
Next, Ellen Interviews Her Guests
Like many of the most popular talk shows, Ellen frequently welcomes celebrity guests to her show. She is also friends with many of the people who regularly appear on her show, which adds to the fun of her interviews. Most every popular movie star or singer on the planet makes a visit to the Ellen studio at some point. She’s even interviewed presidents and first ladies from across the world, including former U.S. President Barack Obama and former First Lady of France, Carla Bruni.
Even better, Ellen doesn’t only speak to celebrity guests. When a video goes viral on the web (meaning it’s shared over and over again), Ellen often invites the star of the clip to her set. From talented kids to amazingly talented amateur musicians, you never know who will be appearing on her latest episode.
Ready for Some Fun and Games?
Arguably one of the most popular portions of an Ellen show, every episode features a silly comedy sketch or crazy game. Ellen often invites members of her audience to join her on stage. Then, these everyday people get to rub shoulders with their favorite celebrity! Plus, games on the show almost always feature spectacular prizes.
Ellen’s producers never cease to come up with hilarious new games. One of the most popular is called “Know or Go.” In this dramatic competition, participants from the audience stand on top of a large platform. Ellen asks questions and if the contestants provide the wrong answer, they drop through a hole.
Of course, it’s all in good fun…and hey, who doesn’t want to win a great prize for appearing on Ellen?
So, Why is Ellen So Popular?
The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been on the air for nearly 15 years. In that time, she’s filmed over 2,000 episodes and won countless awards for great content. She even has one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world! So, why is Ellen DeGeneres so popular?
Most people love to watch her simply because she makes them laugh. Even with so many difficult things going on in the world, Ellen always finds something funny to share with her audience. The hour-long episode offers a great escape from the bad news floating around and lets people focus on something hilarious.
Plus, Ellen always makes an effort to give back to local communities. She often features people on the show who are down on their luck, facing difficult circumstances or championing charitable causes. Such segments further endear her to her rabid fan base.
Now you know why she’s popular and the whole point of the show…let’s take a peek at five of the most popular segments in the show’s history.
Explore Popular Ellen Segments
Adam Levine Meets His Girlfriend
In this adorable segment, Ellen interviews a little girl who was quite upset when she learned popular singer Adam Levine got married. Mila is only three years old, but she has a little crush on the musician. In a viral video, her mom told her that Adam found a wife…and Mila burst into tears!
Ellen invited her to the show to talk about Mila’s love for Adam. And, much to the audience’s delight, Adam himself made a cameo during the show, bringing his young admirer a rose. How adorable is that?
Ellen Remakes a Nicki Minaj Music Video
When most people think of Ellen, they think of the wholesome comedian who loves family fun. After all, this is the same woman who voiced the blue tang Dory in the Disney movies Finding Nemo and Finding Dory!
Of course, Ellen’s guests come from all walks of life. For example, Nicki Minaj, the hip-hop artist, frequently makes visits to the show. Ellen likes to kid around with her and make fun of her very racy image.
After the release of Nicki’s video for her song, Anaconda, Ellen decided to have a little fun and remake the video…in this version, the comedian made a cameo as one of the dancers! Over 40 million people have watched this hilarious clip since it was first published!
David Beckham Plays a Ridiculous Prank
Ever the jokester, a few years ago Ellen played a hilarious joke with David Beckham. Ellen’s producers hid a small earpiece in his ear ,before he met up with a masseuse. As David went through the massage, Ellen instructed him what to say.
The results were so funny they have to be seen to be believed. The poor massage therapist does her best to stay professional and handle David’s increasingly odd demands. Even Ellen herself can’t help but crack up multiple times during the skit.
Fortunately, at the end of the segment, they let the flustered masseuse in on the joke.
Ellen and Britney Hit the Mall Together
What does Ellen do in her downtime? Why, she calls her friends and hits the mall of course, just like anybody else.
In this over-the-top segment, Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears stop at a shopping center in Los Angeles for a bit of retail therapy. Of course, shoppers can’t believe their eyes! As you see, Ellen somehow convinces her celebrity guests to do insane things with her, all in the hopes of entertaining viewers at home.
Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres Scare People
Ellen often tries to scare her guests and audience members alike. In this funny clip with Justin Bieber, the talk show host and her guest hide in the audience bathrooms. As women come into the room, the two jump do their best to make them jump with fear.
Of course, after recovering from the shock, Ellen’s audience members happily hug the host and the young singer. Who wouldn’t want to be surprised by these two?
Can’t Get Enough Ellen DeGeneres?
You can easily see why Ellen enjoys such popularity across the world. The happy-go-lucky comedian does her best to keep her audience smiling and loves to see others happy. In fact, she even ends every show with the same simple thought, “Be kind to one another.” After all, isn’t that what the world needs to be a better place?
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