In 1986, a 28-year-old Ellen DeGeneres received her large break when she turned the first woman Johnny Carson invited to take a seat on the sofa after she carried out her well-known comedy bit “Phone Call to God” on “The Tonight Present.”
But, the hilarious routine — wherein she calls God on the telephone to ask why fleas exist — was impressed by a really tragic time in DeGeneres’ life.
The TV host defined that on the time she wasn’t doing comedy. She was a struggling 20-year-old waitress and couldn’t afford the couple’s shared condo anymore. So, she moved right into a “basement condo” and slept on a mattress “infested with fleas” on the ground.
It was throughout this time that she thought, “‘Why is that this stunning, 21-year-old woman simply gone and fleas are right here?’” DeGeneres recalled to Shepard. “And I simply thought it could be superb if we might choose up the telephone and name up God and ask questions and really get a solution.”
Impressed, she started writing the thought down, developing with different humorous tidbits till the entire routine “simply unfolded,” the comic stated.
“Once I completed, I learn it and I believed, ‘Oh my God, that’s hilarious. I’m going to do that on Johnny Carson and I’m going to be the primary girl within the historical past of the present to be known as over to take a seat down.’”
It seems we are able to add “fortune teller” to DeGeneres’ already spectacular résumé.