Ellen On The Couch

Our Ask Billy question comes from Freddie in Hawaii who writes, “I just saw Ellen’s new comedy special.  Was she really the first female comedian Johnny invited to the couch?  Not someone like Joan Rivers or Phyllis Diller?”

It’s true, the first time Ellen DeGeneres did stand-up on The Tonight ShowJohnny Carson waved her over to the sofa.  But she wasn’t necessarily the first woman he invited over.  According to reports, when Roseanne made her first appearance on The Tonight Show a year before Ellen, Johnny also waved her over…but she was so scared, she just ran off the stage.  As to Joan and Phyllis, they were always on the show as guests – not to do stand-up.  So, they didn’t have to be invited over to the couch – they were booked on the couch.

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When our couch stories have nothing to do with casting, it’s definitely a new year and time to end yet another column.  I’d love to chat more, but it’s New Year’s Eve and, frankly, I’ve got better things to do.  But, the celebrations will continue all year long at www.BillyMasters.com – the site that straddles more than years.  If you’ve got a question, send it to me at Billy@BillyMasters.com, and I promise to get back to you before Criss gets cast in a straight role!  Until next time, remember, one man’s filth is another man’s bible.

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