Ellen: First Selfie Ever Taken
Ellen kicked off her show by talking about the first selfie ever taken. The selfie was from 1839 and the man in the picture wasn’t smiling at all. “It looks kind of rough, but he was with Zac Efron at the time, I think,” she said.
Ellen said back then, you’d have to set up the camera and hold the position for about 15 minutes. Ellen said that’s why no one is ever smiling in the old timey photos, because they have to sit for so long and the smile really starts to slip after about ten minutes.
Ellen TV: Using Real Film
Ellen said when she was growing up, it was all about film. Back then, you had to treat the film so carefully, like a newborn baby. You had to make sure it wasn’t exposed to the light and put it in its own special dark container. “Well, it was more like a vampire than a baby, but anyway,” she said.
But you had to take all the pictures before you could develop the roll, so by the end you’re taking photos of anything. At some point, you get your pictures back, but you hadn’t seen them in a while so you’re always surprised by what you see.
Now, everything is digital, so we take pictures of stuff all day long and never delete anything. “So you end up with ten million photos of your cat, and you only need nine million, really,” she said,
Ellen said she missed physical photos and the audience agreed with her. Luckily, now Polaroid has a digital camera that prints instantly. It takes a little bit to print though, so in the meantime, Ellen danced with her audience.
Ellen: Guest DJ Twitch & Penguin Shake Dance
Ellen’s guest DJ was Twitch and so to thank him for guest DJing, Ellen gave him the photo. She also gave everyone in the audience the Polaroid camera.
Twitch said he would grow out the mustache for Movember, but he thought only the Pringles guy looked good with the mustache. Ellen said Tom Selleck managed it okay, but if Twitch grew it out, she’d wax it for him on the show.
Twitch showed off the Penguin Shake dance he created for the new Penguins of Madagascar movie. The penguins in the movie do karate moves so Twitch based the dance on karate moves. Ellen picked six women from the audience for Twitch to teach the dance to. He took them in the back to teach them the dance to come out later in the show.
Ellen’s Challenge to Tony Goldwyn
Ellen had the entire cast of Scandal on her show earlier this year. On that show, she gave everyone a different object and told them the first person to get the object on the show in the scene would get $5,000 for a charity of their choice. Tony Goldwyn did it first. It was spotted by a viewer and the viewer let Ellen know.
Ellen said that she would gladly give Tony’s charity $5,000, but if he wanted to go double or nothing, he would have to get a giant, pink, framed photo of Ellen’s face photoshopped on an early ’90s picture of Tiffani Amber Thiessan in acid wash jeans and a midriff top. If somehow he got that onto Scandal, Ellen would give $10,000 to charity.