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Ellen DeGeneres to go on tour for first time in 15 years

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Ellen DeGeneres is returning to her stand-up comedy roots in a tour this August, which will feature on a Netflix comedy special.

It's time to purchase your plane ticket to the United States as the popular daytime TV host and actress will be visiting three cities across the West Coast over an eight-day period, kicking off her tour in San Diego, before making her way to San Francisco and Seattle (yes-unfortunately, no UK dates). 

Her final two tour dates in Seattle, Washington, will be filmed for a Netflix stand-up comedy special that is set to be released later this year.

News of DeGeneres’ Netflix special was first announced in May 2017.

DeGeneres, 60, announced the Netflix special on her talkshow last year in her usually joking style, where she said: "I'm excited to do it, I'm excited for you to see it.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. Fifteen years. And I’m writing it now, I can’t wait...And now, each one of you, you get to Netflix & chill with me. How about that?":

Ellen began her career as a stand-up comedian in the 80's and eventually went on to launch her hit talk show The Ellen Show in 2003, which has won a whopping 30 Emmy Awards to date and seen her become one of the most popular talk-show hosts in the world. 

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Degeneres's wife, Portia de Rossi, shared a photo on Instagram of the comedian writing jokes for the tour, during their holiday to French Polynesia in March. She wrote: "Working on her Netflix special in the most peaceful place in the world."

21 years ago, Ellen made history in April 1997, where she featured on the front cover of TIME Magazine with the headline 'Yep, I'm gay' where she explains why she came out. In the article, DeGeneres states: "I hate that term 'in the closet...until recently I hated the word lesbian too.

"I've said it enough now that it doesn't bother me. But lesbian sounded like somebody with some kind of disease. I didn't like that, so I used the word gay more often."

The cover went on to feature in the list of the best ever TIME covers.

 

DeGeneres has not made it clear why she has returned to stand-up comedy after this length of time, but nevertheless, we can't wait to watch her in action.

The tour will run from 10th-23rd August 2018.

Pre-sale tickets will go on sale on 19th June until 21st June, before general tickets go on sale on 22nd June on Ticketmaster.

 

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