A dead ex-girlfriend inspired the comedy routine that gave Ellen DeGeneres her big break.
"And I used to write all the time, I wrote poetry and songs and stuff, and I thought, 'Why is this handsome 21-year-old girl just gone and fleas are here?'" she continued.
The star spoke on the podcast Armchair Expert about the tragedy. I was living with her when she was killed, ' DeGeneres said on Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast.
Speaking on his Armchair Expert podcast this week, DeGeneres recounted how "my girlfriend was killed in a auto accident when I was like 20 years old." .
The Ellen Show host recounted how she couldn't afford to continue living at the home she shared with her girlfriend and moved into a small basement apartment by herself.
She explained that the girlfriend was killed in a vehicle accident, sparking a series of unfortunate events.
"I moved into this tiny basement apartment. I thought, 'Why is this lovely, 21-year-old girl gone and fleas are here?"'
The harsh randomness of existence got to her, she explained, saying "I just thought it would be awesome if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer". "I'm going to do this on Johnny Carson and I'm going to be the first woman in the history of the show to be called over to sit down'".
"So I started writing".
"I just thought it would be awesome if we could just pick up the phone and call up God and ask questions and get an answer... When I finished I read it and thought "oh my god, that's hilarious", she said.
In November 1986, DeGeneres did exactly that, and wasthe first female comedian invited to sit down on The Tonight Show host's couch after a stand-up routine.