Actress, writer, comedians Ellen Degeneres and Andy Richter on this edition of Fresh Air. Ellen Degeneres will soon begin a comedy tour. Her five-year sit-com Ellen won an Emmy for her much anticipated coming-out episode. She and her character came out at the same time. This was followed by a very public relationship with actress Anne Heche, which eventually ended. Degeneres talks about coming out, her relationship with Heche, and why she resists becoming a lesbian role model. Degeneres is the author of the book, My Point...And I Do Have One. For seven years he was Conan O'Brien's sidekick on Late Night. Now, Andy Richter has his own sitcom on FOX, Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Richter could be seen in the movies, Scarey Movie 2, Dr. T & The Women, and in the upcoming films Big Trouble, and Run, Ronnie, Run. (Broadcast Date: April 15, 2002)
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Great Ellen interview!!
This Fresh Air interview with Ellen Degeneres takes place before her talk show was in the works. Terry is a great interviewer and listeners get a true sense of Ellen's self as well as her background. The Andy Richter interview reveals some of his inspirations from growing up in Chicago and thoughts on comedy.
Fresh Air Archive, Ellen Degenerous and Andy Richter
Very disappointing, I was expecting some stand up comedy, but instead I got a somewhat boring interview w/ Ellen and Andy. Not to say I didn't learn something about both of them, but I would have much rather spent my money on their stand up, or not have spent it at all.
Ellen talks about her first love Kat Perkoff
towards the end of the interview is a wonderful bit,about Ellen's girlfriend Kat Perkoff ( currently a film is being made about Kat called anotherlostangel ) whose death inspired Ellen to write her signature piece " The phone call to God".
Terry is a great interviewer!