This Friday, April 28th at 3PM Pacific Time onNBC, Ellen DeGeneres celebrates the 20th Anniversary of The Puppy Episode. What is that, you ask? In 1997, Ellen "came-out" on her then sitcom called Ellen. For those of you who don't know about that show, I hope you'll tune in and learn about it, and find out why it was called The Puppy Episode. For those of you who were around at that time, you can relive the excitement of that emotional moment. It was the first time the star of any TV show risked it all to finally be who she really was. These days it may not seem like a big deal, but it was ground breaking then.
Here's another reason I'm hoping you'll watch on the 28th: I was invited along with my then TV writing partner, Jonathan Stark to be on the show! We've already taped it. It was wonderful for us to see Ellen again, as well as writers Dava Savel and Mark Driscoll, and many of the others who participated in that show. Ellen's panel guests were Oprah, Laura Dern, and most of the regular cast of the Ellen sitcom - Joely Fisher, Clea Lewis and David Higgins. Jonathan and I were interviewed before the show - (I hope we make the cut!) Then we sat in the audience with Patrick Bristow, Alice Hirson, Vic Kaplanand David Kissinger, where Ellen came up and hugged us. It was such a fun, electric day. Everyone was crying.
Me getting a big hug from Ellen. Sorry you can barely see me!
The scene that changed everything.
A video of our Emmy win. Note: if you're a short person among tall people, learn where to stand!