Review: Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

“It always helps to think about other people instead of ourselves.”

I picked up this audiobook in hopes of it lifting up my spirits while I had a cold. And for the first two (out of three) hours it did its job. I laughed heartily while getting to forget for a minute that I was feeling awful. And two passages in particular really stayed with me.

One for being witty: “Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”

And the other for being relatable: “Leaning forward in your chair when someone is trying to squeeze behind you isn’t enough. You also have to move the chair.”

when-she-met-real-ellen-had-dance-offThere’s quite a few things I was to discuss, so let’s start with the things I enjoyed:

  • The comedic timing.
  • The author sharing details and the behind the scenes of her talk show, interviewing guests and how she needs to keep talking and talking and talking for hours.
  • how the audiobook had certain chapters that got background noises, such as beach waves, rain drops, casino noises…
  • DeGeneres repeatedly mentioning her want for a Nemo sequel.
  • when she talked about the environment, coming out, being happy, veganism, and becoming a cover girl.

But I feel like everything that was important was glossed over. Meanwhile, the topics that contributed nothing more than to pass the time were elaborated on more than necessary…
Real talk: you can quit listening after two hours because nothing meaningful is said after. We have chapters about:

  • math equations and counting to “help” the listeners fall asleep.
  • making up a dream where the listener is a reptile…
  • deciding to eat an apple instead of reading the chapter about text abbreviations… really?!
  • making strange noises with her mouth just for the audio listeners… I wish I were kidding, but I can’t make this shit up. I had to put the volume on low so my mom wouldn’t think I was actually listening to someone making weird noises in an audiobook.
  • also, on a totally separate note, I kind of hated how the author kept bashing social media and using the phrase “technology is destroying our social skills.” To quote this article, technology doesn’t make us less social; it just changes the way we socialise. And I’d recommend watching this brilliant episode from the show Black-ish discuss this topic as well.
  • And most importantly, her white privilege kept showing throughout without being examined…

Simply put, a lot of chapters felt like filler, which towards the end really got on my nerves. The more nonsense was said, the more fuming I got. And to be honest, this book doesn’t really contribute anything new or exiting about DeGeneres. If you didn’t read Seriously… I’m Kidding, you would know the same amount about the author by watching the talkshow.

I personally haven’t watched The Ellen Show in awhile, so the only thing that compelled me to pick up Seriously… I’m Kidding was my feeling ill and desperately wanting to distract myself of it. So I appreciate this read more for making me feel a little better rather than for its content.

2.5/5 stars

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