Ellen DeGeneres turns 54 today, born on January 26, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana.

She says her influences were Woody Allen and Steve Martin.

In 1986, when she made her first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, he compared her to Bob Newhart.

Of course, Ellen's got her own unique comic voice. And it's been working just fine for her and for her fans!

Thanks for all the laughs, Ellen, and happy birthday!