Ellen DeGeneres has millions of reasons to smile and laugh — and millions of fans to smile and laugh along with her. The most consistently successful and popular female comedy star of her generation, and the host of one of daytime TV’s most popular shows, DeGeneres may hold the record as the most popular stand-up comedian who hasn’t done a stand-up comedy tour in a very long time. How long? A full 15 years, to be exact. But that’s about to change, starting in San Diego.
Not so fast!
On June 14, DeGeneres announced a three-city summer stand-up comedy tour, which kicks off Aug. 10-12 at San Diego’s Balboa Theater. Those shows sold out in an instant, as did her dates in San Francisco and Seattle, where her special will be filmed for a Netflix special.
Netflix is paying DeGeneres $20 million for her stand-up comedy special. That’s the most ever paid to a female comedian for a stand-up special. No wonder she’s smiling and laughing so much! Then again, DeGeneres’ earnings for this year alone have been estimated at $87.5 million by Forbes magazine, which in July designated her as the world’s 15th highest paid celebrity.
Queen of clicks
How big a deal is Ellen DeGeneres on social media? Let us count the followers.
Instagram: 52.5 million
The Ellen files
- Ellen Lee DeGeneres, 60, is a Louisiana native who lives in Beverly Hills with her wife of 10 years, actress Portia de Rossi.
- A staunch champion of LGBT rights and gender equality, DeGeneres is a vegan and a skilled ping-pong player.
- She provided the voice of Dory the fish in the hit animated film Finding Nemo.
- She was a finalist for the role of Phoebe on the TV series Friends.
- In her pre-fame days, DeGeneres’ day jobs included shucking oysters, painting houses, selling vacuum cleaners and being a waitress at TGI Fridays.
- She is Madonna’s 11th cousin. No, really.