31. My Point...And I Do Have One by Ellen DeGeneres
Topic/Theme: book by a comedian
Synopsis: With the unpredictable wit and engaging warmth that has won her a loyal following, and the undeniable star quality that has made her television series an instant hit, Ellen DeGeneres brings her unique comic perspective to the page in a book of simple yet brilliant observations, outrageous dreams, and hilarious life stories.
Ellen DeGeneres is one of my favorite comedians (um...comedienne). So when I saw that I had to read a book by a comedian, it was a no-brainer that I chose Ellen. I had originally wanted to read her more recent book, Seriously...I'm Kidding. However, I happened to come across this one first. I decided to roll with the punches and read it instead.
My Point...And I Do Have One is Ellen's first book she wrote. I am more familiar with her from her talk show, which started in 2003, and her comedy style from that point. Saying that, I was only a kid when this book came out in 1995. This leads to an interesting perspective. I didn't know Ellen's comedic style back then. It was actually nice to get to know that side of her more. However, I wasn't impressed as much as I thought I would be - just because I didn't get or understand some of the jokes she was making throughout the book. Now, were there some good and funny parts? Absolutely. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts.
I have wrote about it before that writers' first books are not as good as their later ones. I think the same can be applied here. I have heard that her later books, The Funny Thing Is... and Seriously...I'm Kidding, are better. I am looking forward to reading them at some point.
I'm going to end this with what Ellen says at the end of every show (it's also one of my favorite quotes):
Happy Reading and Keep on Writing!