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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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."
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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.
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."