Sometimes it’s worth it to pay to laugh.

For an hour on June 30 Ellen DeGeneres had the sold-out Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa laughing and applauding, and wishing for just a little bit more.

The comedian is on a multi-city standup tour which she says will be her last. For those who prefer not leaving their couch, DeGeneres has an hourlong Netflix comedy special coming out this fall. This, too, she says will be her final one.

Even though the comic’s 19-year TV talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show ended in 2022 after she was accused of being the leader of a toxic workplace, this tour proves she is leaving on her own terms.

And apparently people want to see her. Two more dates were added in Santa Rosa, both selling out.

DeGeneres didn’t shy away from talking about her departure from being a television host.

“Let me catch you up on what’s been going on with me since you last saw me,” she said. “I got chickens.”

Then she said, “Oh yeah, and I got kicked out of show business for being mean.”

DeGeneres was adamant when she said, “‘I am many things, but I am not mean.”

She also reminded people this wasn’t the first time Hollywood showed her the door. DeGeneres was booted out of the biz in 1997 when she came out as a lesbian.

“Next time, I’ll be kicked out for being old. Old, gay and mean, the triple crown,” the 66-year-old DeGeneres said to applause and laughter. Looking around at the predominately female audience the comment might have resonated with many.

That’s the thing about good comedians, they can laugh at themselves, poke fun at others, and point out the absurdities that we call normal life.

It really was an enjoyable evening. Go to DeGeneres’ show if you can.

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