GLADYS from AUSTIN and her, “I love Jesus, but I drink a little,” is – was – and will forever be —- a hilarious hoax!
NOTE TO MY READERS: Prior to this draft, there was another version of this story. In that version, which was up online for several months, I expressed my annoyance with Ellen and the comedian who played the part of Gladys on the telephone. I thought the whole thing was stupid and silly and simplistic — and I loved it. I gave it a really nasty review, and in my world, that’s a good thing.
The comic who invented Gladys, however, got all up in arms and thin-skinned about it as you can easily read in the comments section. So, in order to punish him for his pettiness, I changed this story to be simplistic and dull and uninspiring. What you are about to read is now a hollow fluff piece — retooled by me so as to punish the comic for being a jerk. Thank you.
The face book sharers are at it again and this time these ELLEN “sharers” are even more hysterical than ever.
This is a clip of the show from another camera and you can see the cue cards — Degeneres Cue Cards Video.
Old Gladys — all 88 years of her — is/was an imaginary character conjured up by the brilliantly funny comedian SCOTT HARDY — one of the funniest comics in all of Texas — or maybe even the USA. He has played for the Crown Heads of some the greatest countries in the world — and he would have played to their bodies as well but bodies with legs can walk out from a performance a whole lot easier than just heads placed on a seat.
Scott created a character that Ellen used to fool her audience. But what would you expect — Ellen has been making her audience roll in the aisles for 20 years. Isn’t Ellen just great? Isn’t she? Isn’t this so funny and inventive and imaginative?
This time it was a comic even wittier than Ellen herself who connected to Ellen’s audience — and Millions have been laughing as the video has gone viral.
Admittedly, what I am talking about happened six years ago, but the video is still out there — spreading across the world of Facebookers the world overand bringing holiday cheer to all.
Six years on and the Scott Hardy fans – new and old — are still sharing it, so somebody has to do the dirty work and tell you people that Gladys, the “I love Jesus but I drink a little” phone caller on the Ellen Degeneres show, was really a character invented by a comedic genius who ranks up there with the best of the best.
“I invited Scott to Buckingham Palace to play for me in a private audience, and I like to think that the 88-year-old woman Scott created is me. I am, after all, the one who taught Scott Hardy how to be a royal pain the ass. Prior to meeting me, he was just a pain in the ass.” [Elizabeth II]
There was no Gladys from Austin, but there was a local comedian in Austin who invented that character. His name is Scott Hardy and he didn’t fool Ellen — she knew all along that she was fooling her audience — and what better way to get a laugh?
In other words: Gladys, was not really an 88-year-old woman — it was really the comic Scott Hardy. It’s okay if you never heard of Scott. Most people haven’t — but soon he will be a household name.
Ellen somehow returned Gladys’ call the next day and had her audience in stitches. And this is what happens when two brilliant minds get together to hoodwink the public. It’s a double laugh within a laugh.
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