Vance DeGeneres

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Vance DeGeneres
Born (1954-09-02) September 2, 1954 (age 65)
OccupationActor, comedian, musician, singer, film producer, screenwriter
Years active1979–present
Mimi DeGeneres
m. 1990; div. 1991)

Joanna Brooks
m. 2013)
Parent(s)Elliott DeGeneres
Betty DeGeneres
RelativesEllen DeGeneres (sister)
Portia De Rossi (sister-in-law)

Vance DeGeneres (born September 2, 1954) is an American actor, comedian, musician, film producer and screenwriter, known for his work in television and movies. He is the older brother of Ellen DeGeneres.


After a two-year stint in the Marine Corps, during which he reached the rank of corporal, DeGeneres hosted a radio program called New Wave New Orleans in the late 1970s, broadcast on WQUE-FM.

He played bass guitar and was a songwriter in the hugely popular band The Cold, a new-wave band founded in New Orleans in 1979 and inaugurated into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2018.

He originated the role of "Mr. Hands" in "The Mr. Bill Show."

In 1991 DeGeneres was a staff writer on "Eerie, Indiana," on NBC.

In 1993 DeGeneres co-created, with Karl Schaefer, a pilot script for ABC called "Lost Angels."

In 1994/95 DeGeneres wrote and produced "9 Line."

In 1995 he and Emily Cutler co-created and co-hosted "Movies Schmoovies," a movie review pilot.

In 1995 DeGeneres and Alex Herschlag co-created and co-hosted a comedy show called "The 4th Floor Show," a mock talk show. The pilot episode aired on E!

In 1996/97 DeGeneres was a writer on "Ellen."

In 1998 DeGeneres was a writer on the UPN sitcom, "Hits."

DeGeneres has been a writer on The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards, and The Grammy Awards.

In the mid-1980s, DeGeneres co-founded the rock band House of Schock with The Go-Go's drummer Gina Schock on Capitol Records.

In 1998, he played keyboards and guitar for the New Orleans-based band Cowboy Mouth. In March 2006, he appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Cowboy Mouth to perform their song "The Avenue".

DeGeneres was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart from 1999 to 2001.[1]

In 2002 he co-created, with Andy Lassner at Fox, a comedy pilot called "Your Local News." DeGeneres also hosted.

DeGeneres was co-president of Carousel Productions at Warner Bros. for six years, Steve Carell's production company, developing comedy movies, including "Crazy Stupid Love," and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone." [2]

He was an executive producer on "Crazy Stupid Love" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone."

DeGeneres was an executive producer on the Showtime series, "Inside Comedy," hosted by David Steinberg, for four seasons.

He currently has a television development deal at Telepictures Productions, a division of Warner Bros.

During the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, DeGeneres and Rick Springfield created the online series, Rick Springfield & Vance DeGeneres Present the Miniseries: the 60 Second Guide to Songwriting with a Partner. The comedic series resulted in two songs: "The Wall Will Fall," and "Welcome To Your Bright New World," with proceeds benefitting Feeding America.[3]

Personal life[edit]

DeGeneres married his wife Joanna in 2013 in a small ceremony at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, and actor Steve Carell were among the guests.[4]


  1. ^ Yahr, Emily (August 5, 2015). "How 'Indecision 2000' changed everything for Jon Stewart and 'The Daily Show'". Washington Post. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Fleming, Michael (January 13, 2009). "Steve Carell's Carousel forms TV arm". Variety. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  3. ^ Spera, Keith (May 2, 2020). "Vance DeGeneres, Rick Springfield's 'The Wall Will Fall': a goof that grew into a fundraiser". The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate. New Orleans, Louisiana. Retrieved July 21, 2020.
  4. ^ Thompson, D. L. (December 13, 2018). "Vance DeGeneres, Ellen's Brother: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved February 21, 2019.

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