The Funny Thing Is... (2003) DeGeneres is in top form with her second collection of kooky observations, whether imagining an encounter with God ("Please join me for fondue and Chablis....… 2003-10-28 Comic Novels
Book Review

The Funny Thing Is... (2003)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Oct 28, 2003; Writer: Ellen DeGeneres; Genre: Comic Novels

DeGeneres is in top form with her second collection of kooky observations, whether imagining an encounter with God (''Please join me for fondue and Chablis.... No need to RSVP. I'll know if you're coming'') or kvetching about everyday annoyances (''Ranch dressing is always ordered 'on the side.' It's the mistress of salad dressings.... Stop treating her like a whore''). A lot of this material -- perhaps too much -- appeared in last summer's HBO special ''Here and Now.'' And for all their hilarity, her wisecracks never quite kill in print; they're missing her pitch-perfect cadence. Still, her strongest assets -- a hard-won dignity and a softly skewed worldview -- are on chuckle-inducing display throughout.

Originally posted Nov 07, 2003 Published in issue #736 Nov 07, 2003 Order article reprints