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Ellen DeGeneres: The Beginning is a 2000 compilation of humorous material from comedian Ellen DeGeneres's live stand up routine. Filmed at the Beacon Theater in New York City, the live recording highlights the comedian's wit, warmth and wacky brand of humor. DeGeneres blends an open and approachable delivery with a razor-sharp wit. Although she's unafraid to touch on subjects others find controversial, DeGeneres always does so with friendliness and a warm spirit. The show at Beacon Theater includes DeGeneres's skits about the strangeness of telephone numbers on shampoo bottles, how to survive in the wild, why ants always travel in a single file line, why houseflies land on mirrors and other zany topics that show the humor in both nature and everyday life. Nominated for two Emmy awards, the live show captures DeGeneres's ability to explore controversial topics in one breath and then shift seamlessly to lighthearted jokes about traditional subjects.