“I mentioned that I worked a lot over the summer,” she said. “What I did was I went back to stand-up. I didn’t do stand-up for 15 years and I decided … I just all of a sudden was like, I miss stand-up, I want to do it. So I made a deal with Netflix, and I was working on stand-up all summer.”
The special, titled Relatable and premiering Dec. 18, was taped in Seattle at Benaroya Hall during her eight-show run last month.
“It was so much fun,” said DeGeneres, 60. “I loved it so much. The audiences were great, Seattle was great. Thank you everybody in San Francisco and San Diego!”
Ellen airs weekdays (check local listings).
This article originally appeared in PEOPLE.