Ellen DeGeneres: Andrew Macpherson/Corbis Outline
Nicholas Fonseca
March 11, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ellen DeGeneres made our list of America’s Top 10 comedians

DeGeneres, whose career seemed all but kaput a few years ago, has earned back adoration simply by being her affably dry self. (Daytime Emmy voters agree — ”The Ellen DeGeneres Show” just reaped a whopping 12 nominations.) Whether it’s her circuitous monologues, her deadpan celebrity interviews, or that vocal turn as Dory in ”Finding Nemo,” she remains one of the cleanest, coolest funny ladies around.

We laughed at Dory’s attempt to speak ”whale” inside the mouth of a humpback.

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