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Joe Franklin Passes & Yes, I Was a Guest on his Show

One of the greats of New York talk shows just passed. Joe Franklin. He was ONLY 88, but he’s been around for so long, I thought he was in his 90s. or older.

As  a kid growing up in the Bronx, ever-glued to my television set., I Joe Franklinalways watched him whenever he came on. Which seemed to be always. He was omnipresent and I kept trying to figure out just why he had so, er, undistinguished guests.

Until years later, I became one. He was shooting his show in, I think, a TV Studio in New Jersey.I don’t know how I ever got on his Show. He was very finicky and he did all the booking himself. He was a real one man band, like I am. And you had to really pursue him, and call back a million times, it seemed. I was in the early regional theater days of my show, and we had just all traveled to Boston. To cover ART, the American Repertory Theater, run in those days by Robert Brustein.

And FINALLY Joe booked me. I couldn’t believe it! ANOTHER childhood dream come true! And then, there I was sitting on the sofa opposite him, with, I think, at least two others guests, a male to my left and a female to my right.

And I noticed something I hadn’t expected to find. He was just as nervous as I was! He put very unusual people together and then would mix it up, rapid firing questions like they were torpedo pellets. And I made the incredible, stupid mistake of saying that ART was doing something like “tap-dancing Ibsen”(which they really were) and I had said the bad word “Ibsen.” I don’t think Joe knew who that was. And then he switched the rest of the questions to the other two panelists, and didn’t come back to me again.

But at least I had made it on to his show.

Then he came back to me again, for some reason, I guess it was meeting him on Broadway for the Drama Desk. I think we got sat next to each other, for some forgotten show. And we were talking and he said, “Are you a critic? Do you want to be on my show?”

By this time he was on in the middle of the night on RADIO! You had to be there, like at 3 AM! And I don’t know if I did one or more shows this time. I remember him coming out and exclaiming with gusto”You did great, kid!” I thought I was talking to Florenz Ziegfeld.

Oh, Joe, we’ll miss you! He was the essence of New York Show Business.

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Michael Place talks Lupita at Yale

Michael Place talks Lupita at Yale

Michael Place is a wonderful, talented, inspiring young actor just like his classmate from Yale Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o. He just went on NPR radio and talked about her soooo eloquently that I just felt I had to share what he had to say about his best friend and her ASTOUNDING Oscar journey.

I met Michael the night I met Lupita in May 2012, and his description of her school days and the naming of their class as “The Wilsons” is goofy and historical at the same time.

His heartfelt description of her beauty and her talent and just how she made the transition from her native Nairobi to where she is now with so much grace, poise and intelligence and yes, ease, is just wonderful, and wonderfully insightful and detailed. And take it from me, his acting is just as good as his interview(s).

You have to wade through the NPR show about geneologies and Google glass before you get to Michael on Lupita at about 25:00, but it’s worth the wade.

Michael says and I quote:

“When your friend wins an Oscar people ask you questions about them on the radio: http://wnpr.org/post/scramble-are-aj-jacobs-lupita-nyongo-and-john-rowland-related starts at 25:00 #teamlupita #TheWilsons

Melissa “F-Bomb” Leo Apologizes Like Crazy on “The View”

Yes, I watch “The View.” I love Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, and I used to call in to Joy Behar when she was on radio doing a morning call-in show here in NYC, back in the early ’90s, before her “View” fame, when I was in Beauty School. Joy and I used to talk about hair, of course, and movies movies movies.

I think she was the one who said to me ~ on the air ~ “Stephen, a little bit of you goes a long way” …

WHATever…I do enjoy her on “The View.”

Well, this season’s Oscar nemesis Melissa Leo who famously not only won, but dropped the F-Bomb doing it, was more or less apologizing  for it. Like crazy. Sort of. It seemed to be all they could talk about. Or all they kept asking her about. It’s never ending. Evidently.

Whoopi exclaimed “It was the best Oscar acceptance speech ever!” and Barbara sort of mumbled something that seemed like foregiveness…

I must say Miss F-Bomb Leo seemed more poised and gracious than she’s ever seemed before. They even showed a clip of her from her “All My Children”days when  I was first aware of her. She was outstanding on that show. She called it “All My Rest in Peace Children.”(I feel soooo awful about it’s going off the air. It’s like a death in the family.” But that’s another article.)

She said she hasn’t yet talked to Kate Winslet about saying what looked like the hugest insult in Oscar history when she blurted out “Kate Winslet made it looked so fucking easy” in her, Leo’s, Oscar acceptance speech this year. This in reference to  Winslet’s Oscar speech a few years prior

 She also mentioned sort of grudingly, I thought, that “I was there then. When I had to watch her speech the night she won. I was nominated that year for ‘Frozen River.'” Sheesh.

She just won’t let go of that Kate Winslet envy. And she even did an imitation of her saying “She’s British, you know.” As if that was something terrrrrrible.

Still, I wish she hadn’t said it. I still feel that moment demeaned the Oscars and demeaned her whole profession.

She’s a talented actress. Did she need to do that?

Well, she’s got her Oscar now, and as I predicted, she will be apologizing for that awful moment for the rest of her life. As she was doing this morning on “The View.” It will define her forever.

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