Who’s your favorite Letterman guest?

As we count down to David Letterman’s 25th anniversary on late-night TV (tomorrow night at 11:30 p.m. on CBS), vote in the poll in the right margin and comment below on your favorite guest appearance on his show!

Let’s review the nominees:

•Drew Barrymore: Famously flashed Letterman while standing on his desk.
•Calvert DeForest (a.k.a. Larry “Budâ€? Melman): Dave’s bespectacled buddy.
•Biff Henderson: Dave’s headset-wearing stage manager.
•Rupert Jee: Owner of the nearby Hello Deli.
•Dorothy Letterman: Dave’s adorable mom, famous for pie-baking prowess.
•Madonna: Famously shocked Letterman and his audience with her language in the ’90s.
•Bill Murray: Sneden’s Landing resident was the first guest on Dave’s CBS and NBC late-night shows. Also, one of the greatest people ever.
•Regis Philbin: Guest-hosted when Dave was out for heart surgery.
•Mujibur Rahman and Sirajul Islam: Former souvenir shopkeepers at nearby K & L’s Rock America.
•Tony Randall: Late comedian who made cameos as the straight-man.
•Richard Simmons: Very-alive comedian who still makes cameos as, um, not the straight-man.

UPDATE: •Jack Hanna: Animal expert keeps Dave on his toes.
(Associated Press file photo by J.P. Filo/CBS)

Vintage ‘Late Night’: Bill Murray, David Letterman chat about ‘Ghostbusters’

YouTube, even though you’re cracking down more than ever on copyright infringement, somehow this 1984 clip with North Salem resident David Letterman and Sneden’s Landing resident Bill Murray remains in your library. Let’s keep it there, OK?

This Thursday night, Murray — who was on Letterman’s first late-night shows on both NBC in 1982 and CBS in 1993 — crashes Dave’s set again to celebrate the host’s 25 years on late-night TV.

Nine years before Murray defaced Letterman’s desk with spraypaint for Dave’s CBS debut (above), the two comedy geniuses were discussing “Ghostbusters” a week before its release. Murray was at his best, mocking movie merchandise [at the 1:16 mark], accurately proclaiming that the flick as “just the funniest damn bunch of funny you’ve ever seen in your life” [2:18] and working the crowd [2:36].

Bonus points:

•To talk about how he may have gotten into shape to prepare to costar with Sigourney Weaver, Murray says (jokes?) that he worked with the guy who trained “Chris What’s-His-Name on ‘Superman.'” Of course, Murray’s referring to the late, great Pound Ridge resident Christopher Reeve. [3:47]

•Off-screen, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer’s on keyboards. [5:44]

The second part of the interview is arguably even more fun. Find that link and learn how much movies cost in 1984 after the break.

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Irvington’s Meredith Vieira will not continue with “Today” — for a fourth hour

tjndc5-5cxrhlxf2493etcojpx_layout.jpgNBC’s announcement that it’s extending “Today” to a fourth hour this fall reminds me of one party animal friend in college. He was one of those guys who loved our annual “Spring Fling” weekend so much he remarked, “If Fling is so much fun, why don’t we do it EVERY weekend?”

Indeed, why not? And hey, if “Today” is such a cash cow — helping the network to subsidize pricey programs like “Studio 60” — why grow it to five hours? Or six? Heck, would anyone really mind if we just renamed the network to “Today” and went wall-to-wall?

Well, hosts Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira might not be crazy about the idea. Three hours on air daily is already a tall order, and the team at “Today” has already wisely decided not to force the two to go to four, says USA Today. But oh, lucky us, in their place we’ll get Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush and Maria Menounos! Yes, that’s right, we’ll get to see Menounos insult and taunt America Ferrera over breakfast now, too. And that’s not all. We’ll also get ex-Giants running back Tiki Barber as a men’s lifestyle contributor. Oh, and can’t forget about Ann Curray and Al Roker. Poor suckers — for some inexplicable reason, they’re still on the hook.

“NBC to take ‘Today’ to fourth hour this fall” [USA Today]

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Where oh where have you gone, Ang Lee?

tjndc5-5baqxskpxpca73wq6bw_layout.jpgAfter leading Westchester’s Oscar onslaught last year, nabbing the best director statue for “Brokeback,” Larchmont resident Ang Lee went MIA for the rest of 2006.

And so, after finding out that the county scored a big goose egg in the this year’s Academy Award nominations, I needed find out what exactly he’s been up to. Running for the PTA? Working on The Hulk 2? Lobbying for stem cell research on behalf of his wife, Jane Lin, a genetics researcher at the New York Medical College?

Turns out I needed to look to the media of the Far East for answers. And thanks to the Himalayan Times, I can now tell you that Ang is hard at work on a Chinese-language thriller called “Lust, Caution,” an espionage tale set in WWII Shanghai. It was just one of many articles giddily reporting that Lee cast Anupam Kher, a Bollywood superstar (who you might remember as the father in “Bend it Like Beckham”), in one of the lead roles. In another article on Zee News, Kher relays that “Lee has put up a massive Hollywood-style set, the kind we used to see in the films of Cecil de Mille, etc. The technicians, including the cameraman, are the same as ‘Brokeback Mountain.'”

Interestingly, another of last year’s Oscar nominees, Dan Futterman, may also hit it big in 2007 with a movie filmed in Asia (India this time). He’s got the leading role opposite Angelina Jolie in the Daniel Pearl biopic, “A Mighty Heart,” and, coincidentally, Futterman’s also from Larchmont. We may have stuck out this year, but oh, we’re so going to dominate the ’08 Oscars!

“Oscar Winner Ang Lee signs Anupam Kher” [Himalayan Times]

“Ang Lee’s humility was disarming” [Zee News]

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Meryl Streep meets the Prince of Wales and–I think–asks him to marry her

Prince Charles was in Manhattan yesterday, stopping at a youth program in Harlem and then picking up an award at the Harvard Club for his work on environmental causes. Al Gore and Meryl Streep presented the plaque to his holy highness or his royal majestiness (or whatever his official title is).

According to The New York Times, Streep told the crowd in midtown: “When I was a little girl growing up in New Jersey, one of my goals was to marry the Prince of Wales. Now, as I look at you through my reading glasses, I have to appreciate you in other ways.�

Prince Charles later responded by telling Ms. Streep that her remarks “entirely made my year.�

 

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But the best response to the Prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, came from 12-year-old Alhamodou Minaga, a student at the Harlem Youth program the royals attended, who responded to a question from The Times, asking who the Prince was, by saying:<blockquote><div>He’s rich and he rules in England.</div></blockquote>

And the duchess?

<blockquote><div>Oh, so she’s Dutch.</div></blockquote>

(AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

Hillary Clinton + singing the national anthem = [make your own American Idol joke here]

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Open mics are a politician’s worst enemy. Just ask Condoleezza “I Love my Fox guys� Rice, or George W. “Get Hezbollah to stop doing this s**t� Bush. The most recent victim—Chappaqua’s presidential contender, Hillary Clinton, who was picked up singing the national anthem (if singing is even the right word) at an event in Iowa this weekend. At least she knew all the words.

Hillary Clinton sings the National Anthem [YouTube]

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

R.I.P. Marcheline Bertrand

jolie1.jpgAfter a long battle with cancer, Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Associated Press reports. She was 56.

Bertrand, a former actress best known for her roles in Lookin’ to Get Out and The Man Who Loved Women, raised Jolie and her brother James Haven after divorcing from actor Jon Voight in 1978. Three years later, Bertrand purchased a home at 182 Woods Road in Sneden’s Landing, a few miles from where Jolie attended elementary school in Orangeburg.

According to a statement released by the family, Jolie, Haven, and Jolie’s boyfriend Brad Pitt were with Bertrand when she passed away. A private funeral is planned and the family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai.

(L-R: Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina Jolie, and Jaqueline Bisset in 2001. Photograph courtesy of the Associated Press/Kevork Djansezian)

Note to Bob Saget: Your fame alone won’t pay for car repairs

Artie Lange, the sidekick of the former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern, this morning laughed at studio guest Bob Saget’s driving skills and gullibility on a 1998 trip back from a Westchester golf course.

Saget, the “Full House� star who directed Lange and former “Saturday Night Live� star Norm MacDonald in the 1998 movie “Dirty Work,� had flown with MacDonald to New York to promote its theatrical release.

Recalled Lange: “They’re going on a golfing trip up in, like, Westchester, (and) say, ‘You wanna come?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t golf, but I’ll come.’â€? Saget and his personal assistant joined MacDonald and Lange on the links of a Westchester golf course that Lange didn’t name.

“It was fun, right?� Saget said in the studio.

Lange agreed, then recounted that Saget wanted to drive Lange’s brand new black Cadillac Eldorado back to New York City. “We get down to the West Side Highway, getting back into New York (City) and he just had it pinned, man,� Lange said. “We’re doing like 120 (mph).�

In the studio, Saget laughed and protested, claiming he wasn’t driving that fast.

“So we get to, like, 56th Street, where you can re-enter Manhattan,” Lange said. “He makes a left like ‘Starsky and Hutch,’ like, screeching out. … So, we’re speeding down the street; he hits a big pothole, blows out my [bleeping] tire.â€?

“And it sounded like the axel broke,� Saget added.

On 10th Avenue, the foursome flagged down a tow-truck whose driver was not fluent in English. After the four headed back to the towing facility, MacDonald spoke with the tow-truck operator alone.

Find out how MacDonald pranked Saget at a tow station after the break.

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The Donald don’t get no U.S. Open respect!

trumpinusatoday.jpgIs it just me, or is Trump beginning to resemble Rodney Dangerfield, circa “Caddyshackâ€?? As if his bombastic pronouncements and semi-regular feuds weren’t enough, the front page of today’s USA Today practically screams out, “No resepect, I tell ya, I don’t get no respect.â€?

The story is about Donald’s quest to land a U.S. Open (or other marquee golf tournament) at his course in Bedminster, NJ — nicknamed “Trumpminster� by Sports Illustrated. Putting aside for a second the obvious favoritism he’s showing, promoting his Jersey course instead of Trump National in Briarcliff, the article was fairly interesting from a golf development standpoint. And I couldn’t help finding it cool that Trump started playing in Philly, at the public Cobb’s Creek course, a set of links deep in the heart of sketchy West Philly where I used to play. So while he may be crass and every bit as obnoxious as Dangerfield, it’s weirdly comforting to find out that the billionaire learned to golf at my favorite ghetto course.

“The Donald wants to host a U.S. Open” [USA Today]

Isabella Rossellini once appeared in Pelham, giving me an excuse to write about ’30 Rock’

Isabella Rossellini — who visited Pelham in October to promote a movie about her father, director Roberto Rossellini — will be making a cameo on “30 Rock” next week, playing the ex-wife of Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin). According to the promo that appeared after last night’s rerun, Paul “Pee Wee Herman” Reubens also guest-stars and Rossellini’s character gets into a cat-fight with Liz Lemon (Tina Fey). Place your bets.

I was slow to give “30 Rock” a chance when it premiered this fall, mostly because of its original time-slot and my general malaise when it comes to trying out new shows. But, wow, is it funny. It reminds me a lot of “Saturday Night Live” at its best and “The Simpsons” in terms of its comedic style, running gags and its ability to prompt frequent, genuine guffaws.

NBC was smart to move it to Thursdays as part of its “Comedy Night Done Right,” formerly dubbed “Must See TV” before an awkward stretch of programming after “Seinfeld” (and, to a much lesser extent, “Friends”) went off the air. NBC would really get me to watch for a solid hour if “The Office” and “30 Rock” were back-to-back, because I’ve never really enjoyed “Scrubs” all that much.

Find out why I appreciate the performances of Fey, Baldwin and Tracy Morgan after the break.

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To Vanessa Williams’ neighbors in Chappaqua: Try being a little more supportive

tjndc5-5d0bj615ikhf2xozlta_layout.jpgThe Ugly Betty actress (and one of the most glamorous women in Westchester) tells TV Guide this week that people come up to her all the time at the airport (she films the show in L.A. but flies home to be with her children in Chappaqua). However, in her home ‘burb, Williams says she doesn’t get much of a reaction at all from her friends and neighbors.

<blockquote><div>I live in a town outside of New York where I’m known as my kids’ mom. A lot of my friends, who are also moms, are too busy to watch.</div></blockquote>

Williams also reveals that she isn’t dating anyone at the moment, but she is still close to her two ex-husbands (and the fathers of her four children), Rick Fox and Ramon Hervey. She and Fox talk every day and Hervey comes over to “have dinner as a family.� She adds, “I love my two exes because they were great guys. In terms of husbands, that might have been a different story, but in terms of guys, they’re wonderful.�
That’s such a cool answer, it makes me want to forgive her for this:

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 (AP Photos/Ric Francis and Chris Pizzello)

Matisyahu’s music makes men crazy…

tjndc5-5d8rnl9x4txpb9stoq6_layout.jpg…or at least it makes Jared Leto crazy (or maybe he was crazy to begin with). According to the New York Post, the Hassidic Reggae star performed at Harry O’s Tao in Park City (if you’re counting, that’s the third party sighting of the White Plains-bred singer, after Riverhouse Café and the Heineken Party). Leto was in the audience and “stirred things up,� flirting with the girlfriend of Chris Robinson and “bumping into people in the crowded venue as he headed back to his table.�

<blockquote><div>When a fellow patron told Leto to “relax,” Leto grabbed a liquor bottle and held it above the guy’s head. Spies said when bouncers asked Leto to leave, he responded by holding up a beer bottle as he was led out.</div></blockquote>

Real class act, that Leto dude!

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)