When I heard that former Columbia Records president Walter Yetnikoff died Sunday (just days before his 88th birthday), I remembered the conversation I had with him in 2004 — one of my all-time favorites. You can listen to it here.
My review of the new biography of a showbiz legend who directed a huge number of classic productions on stage and screen — while struggling with cocaine addiction, multiple marriages, and Walter Matthau.
My review of a new book by comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff about Native American comedians, sketch performers, and teams which covers their successes and struggles against stereotypes, racism, and promoters.
I was sad to hear of the death at 91 of Norton Juster, author of what I consider the greatest book of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Here’s my little tribute to him and his classic work.
Here is my review of a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World,” which includes a great story about The Beatles.
A review of the autobiography of the moviemaker who gave us “Get Shorty,” 2 Addams Family movies, 3 Men In Black movies, and more — after overcoming an unbelievably troubled childhood (and an adulthood that wasn’t all that smooth, either).
My review of Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines,” in which he recounts stories from his career as a comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” as well as Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and many others.
My review of Woody Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos Of Nothing,” in which he shares stories from every facet of his life, from childhood to TV writer to standup comedian to writer/director/star of dozens of movies — and yes, the controversy that derailed his career.