When Ellen DeGeneres eased the country back into laughing

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After two postponements following the tragic events of 9/11, Ellen DeGeneres hosted a no-frills Emmys in November 2001 with hilarious energy. She nonchalantly opened her monologue with “Welcome to the 53rd, 54th and 55th Emmy Awards” and deftly handled the moment with lines like “What angers the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews. Funny bits on and offstage took viewers on a tour of the Shubert Theater, a meeting with Jiminy Glick (Martin Short), and an impromptu interview with an unsuspecting seat-filler to ask, “Which celebrity gave you the warmest seat?” ?’ Most eye-catching moment: The comedian wears a swan dress inspired by what singer-songwriter Björk wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year. To the laughing crowd, she quipped, “I guess that’s business casual.” The momentous evening ended with a standing ovation and possibly a healing nation, comfortable enough to laugh again.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/awards/story/2022-07-06/when-ellen-eased-the-country-back-into-laughing When Ellen DeGeneres eased the country back into laughing

Sarah Ridley

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