Ellen: Seriously I’m Kidding Review & Wanda Sykes Breast Cancer Survivor


Ellen: Seriously I’m Kidding Review

On the eve of the official release of her book, Seriously…I’m KiddingEllen encouraged all of her fans to buy it.

“I don’t want to talk it up too much but in 24 hours your lives are going to change forever!” she said jokingly.


In order to get her fans excited about the book, Ellen said she wanted to post excerpts from it on Twitter, but found that difficult because tweets can only be 140 characters long. To demonstrate how troubling that is, Ellen gave an example.

“If some one ever says you’re weird, say thank you and curtsy,” she said. “No. Don’t curtsy. That might be too weird but…”

Ellen: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Ellen commented on how cold it was outside.


“It happened everybody. It happened. It’s October. How?” she said. “I couldn’t believe how chilly it was when I left the house this morning. I had to run back inside to grab a sweater and pants.”

Ellen used this joke as an introduction to what she really wanted to talk about: breast cancer. October is breast cancer awareness month and Ellen encouraged all of her fans to check their breasts every month. Providing them with mock instruction on how to do so, she said, “You go around in little circles for two minutes or until the plaque is gone.”

Ellen: Wanda Sykes Breast Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Ellen noted that her friend Wanda Sykes and her mother, Betty DeGeneres, were among countless Breast Cancer Survivors. (Rena Schild / Shutterstock.com)

Betty DeGeneres & Wanda Sykes: Breast Cancer Survivors

Ellen said that breast cancer awareness is very important to her because her mother, Betty DeGeneres, is a breast cancer survivor. Her close friend Wanda Sykes is also a survivor. Wanda even had a double mastectomy. Ellen marveled at Wanda‘s ability to find humor in hardships like that.

“I think it’s important that you laugh no matter what is going on,” Ellen said.

Ellen said she thinks laughter is the best medicine after laughing gas and cough syrup.

“The great thing about laughter is that it’s free and doesn’t keep you from operating heavy machinery,” she said.

Ellen: Audience Member Ellen “Chemo Buddy”

“Occasionally when we have a little extra time, I talk to people in the audience,” Ellen said in order to introduce a video clip from a previous show. In the clip, a woman in the audience stood up to thank Ellen.

“For five years, you’ve been my ‘chemo buddy’ every night,” the audience member said. She said that Ellen‘s show helped her to laugh even when her life was filled with hardships. Ellen walked over to the audience member and embraced her. It was a very touching moment.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart,” the audience member said.

Ellen said she hopes she can help all women battling breast cancer and to all of them she said, “I send you love and strength and I dedicate this dance to you.” Ellen then proceeded to dance up and down the audience and to her seat on stage.

Ellen: Classic Joke Monday

When Ellen made it back to her seat, she started talking to her DJ, Tony.

“I can’t believe it’s October already Tony–can you?” she asked him. Tony said he felt like the year had just flown by. Ellen agreed and said “Halloween is just around the corner.”

“That reminds me, what did the ghost say to the bee?” Ellen asked Tony. “Boo Bees!”

The joke was that saying “boo bees” sounds just like saying “boobies,” which tied into Ellen‘s introduction about breast cancer. “That was our first edition of classic joke Monday,” she said.

Ellen Shop: Breast Cancer Awareness Products

Ellen announced that there were several new items being sold at the online Ellen shop and the proceeds all go to Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure. Showcasing some of the new products, Ellen showed the audience three T-shirts. Each one referenced breast cancer awareness and had pink incorporated into the color scheme.

“We washed all of these with a red towel and this is what we got,” Ellen said, joking about how each shirt was at least partially pink.


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