Ellen DeGeneres Stages Return to Stand-Up With Netflix Special

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Netflix has booked another famous stand-up comedian for a special.

The streaming service announced Wednesday that daytime talk show phenomenon Ellen DeGeneres is returning to the stage for the first time in 15 years.

It announced the special in a cheeky tweet sent out Wednesday morning.

To which DeGeneres had a speedy reply.

She also made the announcement on her show Wednesday.

“Earlier this week, I got a Tweet from the people at Netflix and I have good news and bad news. The bad news is they wouldn’t tell me what happened to Barb on ‘Stranger Things,’ but the good news is they asked if I was interested in doing a stand-up special,” she told her audience, who cheered before they could even hear her response.

“I said I’m going to have to think about it and then 30 seconds later I said yes. Exciting!” she continued.

You can watch the announcement below.

DeGeneres also added that she’s writing it now and she’s excited to jump back in.

“It has been 15 years since I did a stand-up special. 15 years,” she said. “I’ll keep you posted when and where I’m gonna shoot my Netflix special. I’m excited to do it; I’m excited for you to see it.”

The last time DeGeneres performed stand-up was in a series of Emmy-nominated HBO specials: 2001’s “Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning” and 2003’s Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now.”

Since 2003, she’s been bringing her brand of humor to daytime TV with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which is now in its 14th season. The show has won more than 50 Daytime Emmy awards and has been nominated for dozens more.

Netflix has been ramping up the number of comedy specials it releases. In 2017 alone, the service scheduled over 20 specials, including ones by Dave Chappelle, Maria Bamford, Amy Schumer and more.

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