EXCLUSIVE: Ellen DeGeneres talks about her comedy roots - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

EXCLUSIVE: Ellen DeGeneres tells WMC Action News 5's Kym Clark about her comedy roots

(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) – The new season of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" premiered Monday, Sept. 8 on WMC Action News 5. Our Kym Clark chatted with the new queen of daytime TV about southern roots and sticking with it.

"I'm from New Orleans," said DeGeneres.

Her big easy start was anything but easy. Long before she was a household name, she was a coffee house comic.

"There were many times that I wanted to quit, 'cause it was really hard and I was traveling and I didn't always do well. And when you don't do well, when you're a stand up ... it's really sad," DeGeeneres explained. "You just go home and cry."

Instead of accepting defeat, she dreamed bigger and penned a life-changing bit called "Phone Call to God."

"Yeah, hi God, this is Ellen. Ellen. DeGeneres. DeGeneres. What's so funny? No, I never thought of that. It does sound like that, doesn't it," she laughs.

"At the time I wrote that bit, I was in a basement apartment, sleeping on a mattress on the floor, it was infested with fleas, which is why I wrote the bit to find out why fleas were here," DeGeneres told Kym Clark.

DeGeneres explained her intention for the comedy bit.

"And I thought, 'I'm gonna do this on Johnny Carson and I'm gonna be the first person in the history of the show to be called over and sit down,' said DeGeneres. "And 7 years later, I did it on Johnny Carson ... I was the first woman in the history of the show to sit down and talk to Johnny Carson, because I put that in my intention."

The rest as they say is history. DeGeneres has won 13 Emmys and hosted the Oscars twice.

Be sure to watch the new season of her talk show on WMC Action News 5 at 3:00 p.m.

Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.   

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

    Actress arrested in sex trafficking in 'guru to stars' case

    Friday, April 20 2018 4:13 PM EDT2018-04-20 20:13:13 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:50 GMT
    (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex tr...(Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, File). FILE - This June 26, 2012, file photo shows television actress Allison Mack at a party in Los Angeles. Federal prosecutors say television actress Allison Mack, from "Smallville" has been charged with sex tr...
    Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a...More >>
    Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman's close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru.More >>
  • Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Judge accused of abusing, berating defendants

    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:20 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 7:30 AM EDT2018-04-21 11:30:55 GMT
    Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)Judge Merrilee Ehrlich has stepped down after being accused of berating defendants. (Source: WSVN/CNN)

    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

    More >>

    A judge accused of "aggressive and tyrannical" behavior has stepped down from the bench.

    More >>
  • Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delights high school girl with prom surprise

    Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson delights high school girl with prom surprise

    Friday, April 20 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:35:23 GMT
    Friday, April 20 2018 5:35 PM EDT2018-04-20 21:35:23 GMT
    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month. (Source: Vianney Le Caer/AP)Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month. (Source: Vianney Le Caer/AP)

    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month.

    More >>

    Katie Kelzenberg invited the Hollywood star to her prom next month.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly