Random Thoughts

Using our voices instead of our fingers to get information from search providers and elsewhere is becoming more and more common. I recently bought an Amazon Alexa and am amazed at how good it is at voice recognition. I rarely have to repeat myself, and the response is...

Rain Pryor Talks About Richard Pryor

Comedy legend Richard Pryor would be 77 years old today. Here's a conversation I had several years ago with his daughter, Rain Pryor, when she published her book about him, "Jokes My Father Never Taught Me." We discussed the N-word controversy that's still humming...

The Al Franken Harassment Story

I'll admit that I was quite surprised to see Al Franken's name appear on the list of men charged with sexual assault -- not because I know him, but because he never seemed to be that kind of guy. Shows you what a judge of character I am. I only know Leeann Tweeden...

Showbiz Show 11/10/17

This week on the showbiz segment of my show, Max and I reviewed the new version of "Murder On The Orient Express" and its all-star cast. Then we discussed the just-released statement by Louis CK about his sexual misconduct, the effect he had on his victims, whether...

Our Weekend Double Bill

My wife and I spent the last two evenings at the Fox Theater having a great time. Friday night, we were there for Jerry Seinfeld, who maintains his rank as the best standup comedian of our time. His writing is brilliant -- every word, phrase, sentence, pause, action...

Mulaney, Oswalt, and Letterman

I've become a big John Mulaney fan over the last couple of years. I didn't watch his Fox sitcom, (which only ran for a dozen or so episodes in 2014), but discovered him via his Netflix standup special, "The Comeback Kid." I was impressed by his writing, delivery, and...

Tripp Whetsell On The History Of The Improv

Long before there was a Funny Bone or a Helium Comedy Club or the Comedy Store or the Comic Strip or Yuk Yuk’s, there was a place in Hell’s Kitchen in New York called The Improv. It was started by Budd Friedman, who I met a couple of years ago when I was in LA and my...

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