Jay Leno goes for laughter longevity! INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Jay Leno, comedian By Bob Andelman May 30, 1986 Jay Leno is very funny. He’s probably the most recognized comedian doing stand-up today. But he isn’t the type to sell T-shirts with his picture on them, oi the type to be remembered by some temporarily hip phrase such as Steve Martin was (“Let’s... Continue Reading →

727 Another Fine Mess: A serious look at funny movie history! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Saul Austerlitz, author, Another Fine Mess: A History of American Film Comedy Image via WikipediaIf it’s a choice between watching drama or comedy, I always pick comedy.Why choose to get all weepy and sad when the other option is to fall off your chair laughing? I think the die was cast for me... Continue Reading →

639 It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia when Thesy Surface slurps! VIDEO INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Thesy Surface, actress, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"   Think about this for a minute. You’re a beautiful young actress, born in Chicago, raised in London and when you open your mouth, the most delightful, sophisticated accent comes pouring out. You’re waiting for your big break in show business when the phone rings.... Continue Reading →

Remember Sabbath’s Ronnie James Dio with a lost interview! PHONE INTERVIEW

  When word reached us last night (May 16, 2010) that singer Ronnie James Dio lost his battle against cancer yesterday at the age of 67, my wife said, “Didn’t you interview him?” Yes, yes, I did. It was May 22, 1986, one of my first interviews at my new job as pop music critic... Continue Reading →

32-33 Seinfeld’s own Soup Nazi, Larry Thomas, drops by Mr. Media! PODCAST INTERVIEW

  (UPDATED JULY 5, 2015: When I discovered the original audio player for this interview with actor Larry Thomas no longer played correctly, I went digging in my audio archives, found the original from June 8, 2007 and upgraded the entire track. But it sounded a little funky. I looked again and there was a... Continue Reading →

8 Cartoonist Drew Friedman: Not an Old Jewish Comedian… yet! PODCAST INTERVIEW

Today's Guest: Drew Friedman, cartoonist, Old Jewish Comedians   I have enjoyed the illustrations of Drew Friedman for many, many years. He has going for him what many artists can only dream of – a distinctive style and, if you will, a voice that sets his work apart. Depending upon your age and interests, you’ve... Continue Reading →

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