Ellen DeGeneres returns to The Chicago Theatre tonight at 7:30 with her fourth variety show for TBS. Like last year, this spectacular will feature live music, comedy and unique specialty acts. The show, which will also air on TBS, will include The Catwalk Acrobats, Dominic Lacasse, James Galea, Matrix Ping Pong and DJ Nick Cannon.
I had the opportunity to speak with Ellen about the show and let me just say she is a lovely woman. Polite. Sweet. Unassuming. Charming even. And is looking for writers to do fresh and clean bits for her talk show...
Q- What else you're going to have happening on the show?
Ellen DeGeneres: We have some – I think, personally, I think, this is the best one so far as far as interesting acts to you know it is a jam-packed show and some really cool, the Kabuki act is really cool. The flagman is great, the magician is incredible, he was on my show and I was just blown away by – I don't know, I have no idea how he does that trick, that's called (King Street). Lady Antebellum, there's more comedy than I've done before because I'll be just kind of in between each act and then trying to do probably whatever just happened, I'll try to reenact some of that.
So you know because it's hard to keep it fresh but being able to do just one a year, I'm able to really focus and do as many unique things as possible
Q- What do you look for in a variety act that is going to mesh well with this particular kind of show?
ED: Well, you want something that is really good live. Some things are really impressive but there are – they may not be as good live. We want exciting and which these acrobats are very exciting. The flagman is very exciting, the Kabuki is really cool to watch and very funny. You know and you're trying to find something that there – that you're not going to see anywhere else, that's our hope anyway. And I don't know, just entertaining and fresh, and fresh and clean; so fresh and so clean, clean.
Q- You've said love it in Chicago, why do you like it so much?
ED: Well, what's not to like? I mean, it's a great city, it's – I don't, what's different about it, well, I don't know. That you can't – you can't really answer that without alienating other people and other cities, but Chicago really is a very special city and the people are nice, and I have found – every time I've done standup there, they're smart and they're polite, and for the most part, sober which is important to me. And what different about it is windier, it's Windy City.
I don't know, it's – I just – I just love, I love the architecture, I love the art, I love everything. I just – I just really enjoy that city. Really, and I've said it before, it's just the winters would get to me. I couldn't live there because of the winters, but I do love – I love the city very much.
She is super proud of the show and super into variety shows and I can't wait to see it.
If you can't get in tonight...
Ellen's "Somewhat Special" Special airs on TBS, Sunday, June 27 at 9:00 pm Eastern and Pacific