Friars Club

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    May 7, 2014

    Gilbert Gottfried Is Offended You're Offended

    Performing since the age of 15, native New Yorker Gilbert Gottfried still boasts a jam-packed tour schedule, a delivery like a rusty can opener and an affinity for saying the perfectly wrong thing at the absolutely wrongest time. Hot on the heels of his latest controversy, he headlines Carolines o ... More >>

  • Film

    November 6, 2013
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    October 10, 2012

    Really Old-Time Dish Served Me At The Friars Club

    I was having lunch with Jerry Stiller, Christopher Lloyd, and Robert Vaughn at the Friars Club yesterday--you heard me--when comic Stewie Stone dropped by our table and spilled some old beans. "Engelbert Humperdinck is a horrible human being," said Stone, who used to open for the singer and found h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Phyllis Diller, RIP

    The hairy, feathery lady comic was a riot, whether making fun of her hatchet face, her drooping boobies, or her sagging knees. The reality is she was actually kind of attractive, but she did the shtick for laughs, and even turned into some kind of feminist in the process, especially when she dresse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Tom Cruise Pledged His Love For Katie Last Night

    Last night at the Waldorf-Astoria, the Friars Club saluted Tom Cruise with its Icon Award, so I was there like a top gun, all cocked and sitting at full attention. Tom's Rock of Ages costar Alec Baldwin MC'd a lineup of speakers like Cuba Gooding Jr. and Kevin Pollack, but Jerry Lewis, who was supp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Borscht Belt Humor Lives at the Friars Club!

    And I'm thrilled because I find it as essential as a substantial breadbasket at a corner booth in a neighborhood deli. The humor was in full force at last night's tribute to Susan Lucci at the Friars Club. The MC, Stewie Stone, provocatively said his microphone "looks like Ben Vereen's schlong." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Larry King Talks To Me About His Gala Tribute, Part One!

    ​ On Monday night at the Sheraton Ballroom, onetime Abbot of the West Coast Friars Club Larry King gets a Friars Testimonial dinner, emceed by Katie Couric and featuring testimonials from the likes of Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, and Donald Trump. I called Larry to toast the TV legend on his a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Who In History Would You Like To Interview?

    At a Friars Club tribute to Bob Woodruff the other night, a panel of TV journalists was asked that very question. One replied Sandy Koufax because the famed pitcher was so inspirational and also has never talked much to press, so it would be a big "get."

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Lisa Lampanelli Will Sing At My Party!

    ​My book party next week will be cohosted by riotous Broadway-bound comic Lisa Lampanelli, who is planning to sing a scalding spoof of a familiar showtune. She's narrowed it down to two possibilities, and either way I win; they're both gems for anyone with good taste in theater! (And she san ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Susan Lucci Tells Me About Working With An Idol

    ​I cornered the amazing Susan Lucci at her book party at the Friars Club last night to tell her I'd turned on All My Chidren the day before and saw her doing a hilarious scene with TV legend Carol Burnett (who brought her Verla Grubbs character back for Tuesday's episode). "It was beyond fun, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    The Guard Writer/Director Was Banned From Heath Ledger Set

    ​At the Friars Club luncheon for the Don Cheadle-Brendan Gleeson comedy The Guard the other day, the film's writer/director John Michael McDonagh casually mentioned that he wrote the 2003 movie Ned Kelly, but was banished from the set by the director, Gregor Jordan. Why? "I don't get on with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Don Cheadle, Brendan Gleeson, And A Telegram From Jerry Lewis

    ​They were all in the same room at yesterday's Friars Club event declaring Cheadle and Gleeson the best buddy comedy duo for their work in the fish-out-of-water romp The Guard.

  • Film

    June 22, 2011
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    June 6, 2011

    Connie Francis Interview Part II: Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Hollywood

    ​The amazing 1950s and '60s singer Connie Francis is being honored by the Friars Club tonight at the Waldorf, where no one will say "Who's sorry now?" Meanwhile, let me honor Connie with part two of our incredible interview, where she talks about her craft, her background, and her regrets. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2011

    Connie Francis Interview About Her Struggle With Mental Health

    ​On Monday, legendary 1950s and '60s singer Connie Francis gets a gala tribute from the Friars Club at the Waldorf, where big lights will turn out to honor the Newark-born belter of hits like "Mama," "Who's Sorry Now?" and "Lipstick On Your Collar" and shower her with deserving accolades. I j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    The Today Show's Hoda Kotb Is In Love

    ​At yesterday's Friars Club event, Kathie Lee Gifford said, "Hoda's so in love now, and I'm happy for her. "But duh. It's gonna spoil everything!" She meant their mildly whiny dynamic on the show. Anyway, Hoda explained how it all happened, which is beyond a fairy tale, even for a TV star.

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    April 26, 2011

    Kathie Lee Loves Drag Queens!

    ​I just got back from the Friars Club, where Today Show fourth-hour hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb were celebrated with a luncheon and an onstage interview. And Kathie Lee revealed that among their viewers, "There are a lot of drag queens."

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2009

    Liveblogging the Academy Oscar Awards! Part III!

    Additional, excellent live-blogging here with Allison Benedikt at Sound of the City. The King of All Oscar Predictors walks among you in Part III. Will this hubris bring us low? Watch and judge! Oh no, Ben Stiller, you are not. Natalie Portman, good straight woman. Stiller probably thinks he's Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2009

    Lisa Lampanelli Draws The Line at Barry Manilow's Sexuality

    Photo of Lisa Lampanelli on stage making fun of an audience member via Gangis Hilarious "queen of mean" comic Lisa Lampanelli just helped induct '70s crooner Barry Manilow into the Friars Club, but strangely enough, she wouldn't go to that gay place in her speech. At the event, Lampanelli told me s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    New Inaugural Balls Added to Tonight's Program

    I-minus zero! Today, in addition to the swearing-in and speechifying, it is announced Obama will attend 10 inaugural balls: five for regions of the country, one apiece for the Obama and Biden home states, a Youth Ball, and the Commander-in-Chief's Ball with the military. But we are told there has b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    It's Obama Time; Rightbloggers Outraged!

    Predictably, Obama has been named Time's Person of the Year. Very predictably, rightbloggers are showing their usual graciousness about it. Take this congratulatory telegram from American Power: "It's bad enough the we now have an America where a millions of people look to our new president as a 'L ... More >>