Podcast: July 31 (EXCLUSIVE interview with comedian Nick Di Paolo!)

Special edition podcast this week: In an exclusive interview with Suburbarazzi correspondent Chris Serico (a.k.a. me), stand-up comedian Nick DiPaolo recounts his experiences performing in Afghanistan, explains his move to Westchester and talks about his new radio show on Sirius.

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Quake shakes up set of ‘Judge Judy’

Judge Judy Sheindlin — and her set — were all shook up during yesterday’s magnitude 5.4 earthquake impacted Los Angeles and its surrounding areas.

judge-judy.jpgCheck out the footage via this CNN link. I kept expected the feisty Sheindlin to quip something like, “Don’t throw a banana peel at my feet and tell me it’s an earthquake,” but she apparently cleared out of there in a hurry.

A couple of swaying light fixtures and rattled audience members, but no one seemed to get hurt here. But if there’s a case against Mother Nature, perhaps Sheindlin’s son, Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy, will take it on.

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Jon Voight slams Barack Obama

Yonkers native Jon Voight had harsh words to say for presumptive democratic nominee Barack Obama this week.


“If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way,” he wrote in an editorial for the Washington Times.

Ouch. To no surprise, Voight is a conservative and endorsed Rudy Giuliani for president this year.

(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Happy Hump Day from Bill Murray

The mid-week doldrums got you down? Enjoy this photo of newly single Bill Murray taken at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.


Bill, who lives in Sneden’s Landing, was master of ceremonies for the show and wore his ’70s rock-star best for the occasion (boy, is that guitar is a thing of Reading Rainbow beauty).

If this doesn’t manage to impress the ladies, surly parachuting into the 50th annual Chicago Air & Water Show next month will do the trick.

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Can Johnny Drama lick Phil Mickelson on the links?

Can’t wait until September for the return of “Entourage”?

Newsday has a juicy little tidbit about the upcoming season: golfer Phil Mickelson will be guest starring. This they plucked out of an HBO press release.


Normally I wouldn’t find an “Entourage” cameo all that noteworthy, but consider: Kevin Dillon, aka Johnny Drama, is longtime golf nut, with a 7.3 handicap, according to Golf Digest (second only to Bill Murray’s 7.2 as the best in the LoHud region). Dillon’s dad, Paul, is also coach of the Fordham golf team. And the family belongs to Winged Food in Mamaroneck, where Mickelson had his infamous U.S. Open meltdown.

So, will these two do battle on the links? Considering that Drama is also prone to blowing his top, which one is more likely to come apart on the green?

Expect to find out on Sept. 7, when the season 5 debuts.

(Dillon: HBO; Mickelson: AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Mariah Carey wants hubby to ‘get a job’

Wednesday marks the three-month wedding anniversary between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. Woo hoo! Time to bust out the kiwi-strawberry wine coolers!


Not so fast. According to latest issue of Life & Style Weekly, Nick Cannon has slipped into debt trying to keep up with the lifestyle of his former Bedford resident wife.

By the way, I’m well aware I posted an insanely dated picture of Mariah Carey. Because as good as Mariah’s last two albums have been, nothing will get my Indian derrière wiggling like her 1995 hit “Fantasy.”

Anyways, it looks like Nick Cannon’s stash of riches from his Nickelodeon days is running low. He did have that Wild N’ Out show on MTV, but the network has put it on hiatus by essentially saying “You can’t do that on television.”

But according to the magazine, it looks like Mariah has double dared her husband to take on the physical challenge of becoming an underwear model. Is there any truth behind this legend to show off his hidden temple? Who knows, maybe Calvin Klein does want to salute his shorts.

(The Nickelodeon reference count is at 5.)

There has also been all sorts of speculation that the marriage between the two is on the rocks, which both have denied. Earlier this month, Nick Cannon told People magazine that the marriage was the “best thing that ever happened to me.”

Well, it definitely wasn’t the movie Underclassman.

(AP Photo/MTV)

EXCLUSIVE: Dying of embarrassment? Nick Di Paolo mulls the shame of being killed by a bomb signed by ‘Baba Booey’

To die by the hand of an enemy must be hard enough, but to be one of eight insurgents to reportedly lose lives at the expense of a bomb signed by Baba Booey? “Embarrassing,” according to stand-up comedian and northern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo.

nick-pic-2.jpgWhile flipping through photographs of his recent USO trip to Afghanistan, Di Paolo pointed out in an exclusive interview with me last week that he and fellow regulars from the Howard Stern radio show autographed a bomb that he said was later dropped by an unmanned “Reaper” plane onto eight enemy insurgents.

Signing the 500-pound weapon at a military base were Di Paolo, fellow comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell and Jim Florentine and Stern radio producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate.

Mulled Di Paolo:

Imagine getting killed by a bomb signed by Baba Booey? How embarrassing.

Listen to the whole clip here:


And if you liked that clip and live in or close to the Lower Hudson Valley, tune in to RNN’s “NewsCenter Now” tonight at 5:45 p.m., when they’ll run a full three-minute segment of my interview with Nick D!

Related Suburbarazzi exclusive: Nick Di Paolo fires a few rounds, also shoots machine gun.

(Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News)

Sopranos actor from Yonkers seeks bail

Lillo Brancato Jr., whose been in jail since 2005 for the slaying of a New York City police officer, is seeking bail again.


Brancato is most known for playing the son of Robert DeNiro’s character in “A Bronx Tale.” Great movie if you haven’t seen it. More recently, he did a string of appearances during one of the early seasons of “The Sopranos.”

But if you really want to impress someone of the opposite gender at a party, mention the fact that Brancato makes an appearance in the music video “My Boo” by Usher and Alicia Keys. Fast forward to 3:01 in the video to see the Yonkers native:

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Is Diddy Engaged?

Not according to his rep, who told People.com that the rumor is a “complete fabrication.”


Speculation picked up over the weekend about whether or not the Mount Vernon native was planning on tying the knot with singer Cassie, a New London native signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy record label.

Cassie told reporters earlier this month the two are not together but “definitely friends.”

Just friends? That’s about as credible as me denying my healthy heterosexual man-crush on Jack Bauer.

Diddy has tried to steer attention away from the rumors by talking about his VH1 reality show debuting next month about contestants competing to be his next personal assistant. But if only we cared. Poor Diddy, he’s about as relevant today as Dwayne Wayne’s sunglasses.

(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

’24’ + The Bible / ComiCon = Stephen Baldwin’s ‘The Remnant’

Consider this my last Stephen Baldwin post here on Suburbarazzi. (Hey, I heard that collective sigh!)

Comicon, as you may have heard, is THE place to promote any and every sci-fi or action project in the works. Either that or it’s a very clever plot by Gillian Anderson to round up all world’s uber-geeks and dissapear them in plume of purple smoke.

Until that happens, though, movies like the “Star Trek” reboot, the upcoming “Watchmen” comic-book-turned-blockbuster, TV shows like “Heroes” and “Lost,” and even the “Dr. Horrible” webisodes will continue getting the red carpet treatment. Add to that list one Stephen Baldwin, who has co-created a new comic book series, dubbed “The Remnant.”

For your consideration:  A supernatural thriller cartoon in the vein of “24,” with religious undertones.

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Baldwin, who has a home in Upper Grandview, summed it up this way to CBR (Comic Book Resources, to those of you not in the know):

tjndc5-5kyuk8xml1t13dyofm9h_layout.jpg“I wanted to do a comic that asked the big questions but answered them in little ways. Philosophy and spirituality are complex beasts, but I believe literature’s purpose is to contextualize these tricky subjects into entertaining stories that speak, not preach, to the reader.”

Baldwin teamed up with the creator of the TV series “Eureka,” Andrew Cosby, as well as Caleb Monroe, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Paul Azaceta to create the new series.

Now, if only we could convince them to do an reboot of that Illustrated Children’s Bible, with Jack Bauer periodically showing up to interrogate the apostles. That I’d pay to see.

(AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

Susan Sarandon hates sick people and their sickly hospitals

Back in my old NYC hood, a battle is brewing over the proposed expansion of St. Vincent’s Hospital. Some Greenwich Villagers feel that the growth of the facility will have a negative impact on the neighborhood. Two of those people, according to Ecorazzi, are Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon.


The couple, you may recall, also have a vacation home in Pound Ridge, and are some of the most outspoken environmental activists. While I’m normally on their side (exception: when Robbins is railing against “our pornographic obsession with celebrity culture”), they’ve crossed some kind of line here. Opposing hospitals in any way, shape, or form just feels wrong.

And no, my doctor wife didn’t pay me to say that.

“Sarandon Fights Hospital Expansion” [ecorazzi]

(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Hans Gruber to take the Pelham Picture House hostage

Karl, schieß auf das fenster.

[puzzled look]


Ahh, I love that movie. I know Alan Rickman has starred in everything from “Harry Potter” to “Galaxy Quest” to “Robin Hood” since, but none of his roles ever made quite such an indellible impression as Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.” (My wife, for the record, strongly objects, and thinks his performance in “Love Actually” is one for the ages.)

Anyway, getting back to the point of this post: Rickman has agreed to come preview his new film, “Bottle Shock,” at the Pelham Picture House on August 5th. Afterward, he’ll do the usual Peter Travers Q&A, along with the the film’s director, Randall Miller, and its producer, J. Todd Harris.

The film centers around the early days of California wine making,  back before Napa was a brand-name for vino. Rickman plays Steve Spurrier, the Brit who more or less helped put the wineries of California on the map when he organized the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976, aka “The Judgment of Paris,” in which the U.S. wines outshone those from France.


Tickets went on sale on Saturday through the Picture House’s website, and are still available. Rickman might not have the megawatt star power as some recent Picture House visitors by the names of Clooney and Cruise, but at $35, the tickets are a relative bargain. And — going out on a limb here — the movie looks a little more entertaining than “Leatherheads.”

Course, it would be all the more so if somehow the screenplay managed to work the following line into the Spurrier character’s dialogue: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.”


EDIT: Ok, I just checked Rickman’s IMDB page and made a heinous omission: “Something the Lord Made,” the HBO film about the doctors who pioneered the first form of heart surgery on blue babies. If you haven’t seen it yet, Netflix that one. Co-stars Mos Def in an equally excellent performance. Still not quite on the level of “Die Hard,” but absolutely deserving of the Emmy it won in 2004.

(Photos: IPW)