Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Paul Shaffer joins KISS Army, Bill Murray emcees Eric Clapton’s festival, and Homer Simpson slams Rosie O’Donnell

My apologies for mentioning Rosie O’Donnell YET AGAIN in my segment, but here’s why I made an exception: Anytime I have the opportunity to break out multiple “Simpsons” impressions on TV, I’m going to go for it. At the very least, you can mock me for it. Win/win.

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Joanne Woodward was first to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From what Lower Hudson Valley college did she graduate?

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Kate Snow and Bill Clinton on Nightline tonight

tjndc5-5fw583lfvqxjnuftm51_layout.jpgWestchester resident and Good Morning America weekend co-anchor Kate Snow has been traveling with former President Bill Clinton throughout Africa for a series of reports on various ABC News shows. Yesterday she filed a story for GMA.

Tonight, she’ll conclude her reporting on Nightline with what TV Newser calls “an in-depth story.”

Snow has been covering the Chappaqua resident’s various projects throughout the continent. Yesterday, Snow described Clinton as something of a rock star.

<blockquote><div>In Africa, they seem to be on a first-name basis with the former President, shouting Bill, Bill. </div></blockquote>

Some conservative blogs have criticized her story for being overly deferential to the possible future first gentleman.  Tune in tonight and judge for yourself.

(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) 

Top 10 Reasons Ball State is Naming a Building after David Letterman*

(Associated Press file photo/Adam Rountree.)10. Jay Leno turned them down.

9. Letterman was first in school history to major in competitive pie-eating.

8. Paul Shaffer threatened to lurk over school grounds as a movie monster if they didn’t.

7. Indiana rats agreed to celebrate in New York City’s subways.

6. The home-office in Sioux City, Iowa was getting all the groupies.

5. It’s Alan Kalter-iffic!

4. The building is made entirely out of canned ham.

3. Dave’s mom bribed school officials with holiday pies.

2. Dave agreed never to reveal his real reason for picking the school: It had the word “Ball” in it.

And the No. 1 Reason Ball State is Naming a Building after David Letterman…

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De Niro-Pacino dramatic dream team may film in Norwalk


After just filming the movie “What Just Happened?” in Norwalk a couple months, it looks like De Niro may already be back to film another film in the CT town. But wait, it gets better: According to the Stamford Advocate, both De Niro AND Pacino may come to town to make the flick “Righteous Kill.” Filming begins as early as September.

Among the possible locations currently being: The Norwalk Police Station, the old police building, pubs like Bulldog and O’Neill’s, and Belden Ave. And for those of you who don’t see the Haley’s Comet-like appeal of having legends like De Niro and Pacino in the same place, filming a movie at the same time, there’s also a chance that 50 Cent, another one of the film’s stars, will show up in Norwalk.

“Pacino, De Niro may film crime thriller in Norwalk” [Stamford Advocate]

(De Niro: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber; Pacino: AP Photo/Rene Macura)

Bush to Woodruff: Congratulations on staying alive

tjndc5-5eg6e2r05n8tazo841r_layout.jpgIt’s months too late and more than a little disingenuous, but still, President Bush has finally acknowledged that our injured soldiers aren’t exactly getting the best quality of treatment. Late last week he gave a press conference addressing the results of a panel created to look into the mess at Walter Reed, et al. And while there’s absolutely nothing funny about the whole situation, I couldn’t help grinning a bit at this Gawker headline:

Ayn Rand, Our President: Plucky Bob Woodruff Celebrated For Not Dying

The reference being to a part of the Prez’s speech in which he applauded the Lower Hudson Valley’s own Bob Woodruff, a Rye resident and ABC reporter, for overcoming injuries he sustained during an IED attack in Iraq.

“Congratulations on the will to recover,” Bush said. While the new strategy for soldier healthcare wasn’t revealed, judging by that comment, I’m guessing Bush will be pushing some hybrid of “The Secret” and Dr. Phil.

( Mark Vergari / InTown Magazine )

Mos Def and Susan Sarandon team up to fight fat kids


This coming September, Pound Ridge’s Sarandon and rapper-turned-thespian Mos Def will be presiding over the 4th Annual Children’s Sports & Fitness Expo in NYC as honorary co-chairs. As event founder Vincent Ferguson put it, “With their support [Def and Sarandon], we hope to bring more attention to the fact that 1 in 3 children born since 2000 will get diabetes according to the New England Journal of Medicine. Children will lose 3 to 5 years off of their lives because of obesity. This is a call to action.”

The event will involve over 5,000 children, and will get them involved in lots of free activities, including 25 sports, nutritional classes, and admiring the chiseled, fat-free jawbones of the honorary co-chairs.

“Mos Def, Susan Sarandon Help Kids Slim Down” [Hip Hop Elements]

(AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini) 

Bill Murray keeps Eric Clapton’s music fest — and its audience — rolling

AP Photo/Stephen CherninThis just in: Bill Murray is hilarious. The Sneden’s Landing resident served as emcee Saturday at Eric Clapton’s second Crossroads Guitar Festival in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Ill.

Hilarity, naturally, ensued.

If none of the following quotes documented by Northwest Herald (Ill.) music blogger Bryan Wawzenek makes you laugh aloud, I’m not sure I want to know you — but please keep reading Suburbarazzi!


There’s been a seismic shift in the world of music today. Chicago is no longer the home of the blues. It is now Bridgeview, Ill. Yeah, that’s right. Let’s hear it for Bridgeview.



[Dressed as an aging rock star and faking a British accent to introduce John Mayer] They say, ‘How can this big-haired guy from Greenwich, Conn., have the blues?’ Well, I met this man last night and let me tell you, the guy is miserable. If you think things are bad and can only get worse, please welcome John Mayer.



[Introducing a country-leaning set by Vince Gill and wearing a cowboy hat] Oh, enough of the blues. I want a NASCAR moment. A bunch of you with your shirts off, run around in an oval over there.


More of Murray’s quips after the break.

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Homer Simpson slams NBC, Rosie O’Donnell before Jay Leno boots him

FOXYou know Nyack resident Rosie O’Donnell is buzzworthy when Homer Simpson takes a shot at her on the (animated) stage of “The Tonight Show.”

Quoth the Simpson:
Here I am at NBC, which, by the way, stands for Never Been Crappier. Have you seen the crap they’ve put on this network? Networks are good sports. I’m not sure if this is a joke but GE makes a lot of other bad things. According to my daughter, Lisa, they fill the air with more dangerous hydrocarbon emissions than Rosie O’Donnell!

Leave it to New Rochelle native Jay Leno to put him in his place — on his bright yellow fanny just beyond the stage door.

(Photo Illustration courtesy of Fox.)

Glenn Close, twisted genius Goddess

I’m not a big fan of watching TV in the summer…especially if there aren’t dancing kids being criticized by crazy Fox judges. But, I couldn’t avoid FX’s new series, Damages, starring sometime-Bedford resident Glenn Close. Literally half the conversations I’ve had in the past two days have included, “By the way, have you seen Damages? It’s awesome.”


So I bit the bullet and watched it last night. And now I can respond to everyone, “Yes, I’ve seen it. It’s awesome. Now shut up.” Here’s the thing, I’d watch Glenn Close give a stage reading of the phone book. She’s just one of those actresses! But this role is perfect for her–dark, strong, difficult to read. And you can tell Close is having a great time with it (I’m sure she’s been rehearsing her Emmy speech since she first read the script). [[SPOILER ALERT]] The closing image of her on a beachfront pier, effortlessly tossing the bloody dog collar into the sea, reminded me of Barbara Stanwyck circa Double Indemnity. She’s just so effortlessly cool, sexy, and vicious.

The show itself is twisted and fun–though I could have done without the gimmicky flash-forwards. Nevertheless, Ted Danson and Rose Byrne (who is quickly becoming one of my favorite young actresses) both give can’t-turn-away performances. Needless to say, it’s going to be a long summer.

(Added bonus: producers promise the plot won’t be dragged on for years. There will be a resolution to the story by the end of the season and a new story arch will commence next year. Thank God for that!)

(AP Photo/FX, Larry Riley)

Paul Shaffer wants to rock ‘n’ roll all night, party ev-er-y day

(AP file photo/Tina Fineberg.)Bedford’s most famous band leader, Paul Shaffer, recently served as sidekick to someone other than North Salem resident David Letterman.

The sidekick with the most distinctive one-syllable laugh on late-night (“Haaaaaaa!”) pitched in for the solo album of former Kiss drummer Peter Criss.

With fellow CBS Orchestra musician Will Lee on bass guitar, Shaffer plays keyboards on “One for All,” an album of break-up songs that hit stores Tuesday.

Hopefully it’s more entertaining than Gene Simmons’ snoozer of a reality show, “Family Jewels.”

(AP file photo/Tina Fineberg.)

‘Old Dogs’ John Travolta and Robin Williams at Shea today

The two actors were supposed to be at the Mets stadium today to film their Disney flick, “Old Dogs,â€? during batting practice. Filming was scheduled to take place between 10 and 11:15 a.m. And while that’s not really all that noteworthy — especially given that both men are West Coasters and probably could care less about the Mets — what would be cool is if Matt Dillon, who is also cast in the movie, was there, too.

As we all know, he’s a huge fan and threw out the first pitch at one of the 2006 NLCS games against the Cards. And why do we all know? Because the photo is in Suburbarazzi’s “Star Sightings” image gallery, of course!

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)