Legion of LoHud celebs donates artistic skills to benefit Brewster charity

The Columbus Day Parade has gone to the dogs!

Well, art shaped like dogs. Whatever. It’s a good cause. Stay with me here.

This Monday, the artwork of celebrities – many with a connection to the Lower Hudson Valley – will be paraded down the streets of New York City as part of an initiative to raise money for a Brewster charity.

gere.jpgAbout 30 celebs painted life-sized fiberglass dogs that will be aboard a float in the city’s Columbus Day Parade. Among the artistic celebs with a local connection are Pound Ridge residents Richard Gere (pictured) and Clive Davis; Bedford residents Chevy Chase, Glenn Close, Robert Kennedy Jr., Paul Shaffer and Martha Stewart; Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams; North Salem resident and John Jay High School alumnus Stanley Tucci; and former Putnam County resident Judge Judy Sheindlin.

The money raised through a subsequent auction will benefit Green Chimneys, a 60-year-old non-profit organization that operates a special education school, a residential treatment center for children and a farm and wildlife rehabilitation center in Brewster. The auction ends Nov. 1.

For the rest of October, the dogs will be on display at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.

Among the other celebrities to apply their palates to fake pups were Fiona Apple, Rachael Ray, Robin Quivers, Dan Aykroyd, Jane Goodall, Cyndi Lauper, Soledad O’Brien, Joe Piscopo, Mike Richter and Bill Walton.

Check out and bid on all the dogs at www.CharityFolks.com and learn more about Green Chimneys at www.GreenChimneys.org.

(AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

‘SNL’ newbie Bobby Moynihan first topic of today’s Howard Stern show

The likeness of Eastchester native and new “Saturday Night Live” cast member Bobby Moynihan to comedian Artie Lange was the first topic of conversation on Howard Stern’s radio show Monday morning.


Lange serves as a sidekick to Stern, who launched his professional radio career in Briarcliff Manor.

Here’s how the show started while Rob Zombie and Stern’s “American Nightmare” theme music slowly faded in the background:


Howard Stern: I don’t even know where to begin.
Robin Quivers: Well, you could say ‘Good morning.’
HS: Uh, good morning. That’s a good place to begin. Every television show has like a Belushi type; now it’s the Artie type. ‘Saturday Night Live,’ look at the latest guy they got: Bobby Moynihan. Who’s he look like, Artie?
Artie Lange: (Laughs.) Does that look like me?
HS: You know, that— does that look like you?!
RQ: Oh, my God. Of course it does!
AL: No, well, uh—
HS: It’s like the Artie type—
AL: I told you— Artie type?! It’s the Belu—
HS: The Belushi type.
AL: John Belushi got guys like me a career. God bless that guy.

OK, so the entire Bobby Moynihan conversation lasted 35 seconds. But after only two “SNL” appearances, at least word is spreading fast and Stern’s assessment was rather benign.

As Bedford resident Chevy Chase will tell you, being an “SNL” alum on Stern’s cranky side can have serious pitfalls; only in recent years did Chase and Stern amicably settle a nasty public feud that raged for nearly two decades. Continue reading

‘Razzi Rundown: Where alliteration lives, puns are fun and timeliness is optional

Disclaimer: I’m an avid reader of BestWeekEver.tv, one of my favorite non-LoHud blogs out there these days. So if this quick-hitter format and source material looks familiar, it is, and I’m coming clean with that up-front. Plagiarism kills, kids!

jayz.jpgRINGDOM COME: New Scarsdale resident Jay-Z is finally wearing a wedding ring these days. You might have “the hottest chick in the game wearin’ (your) chain,” Shawn, but Beyoncé seems pretty intent on your wearing jewels of Hova matrimony. (Source: MollyGood via BestWeekEver.tv)

MUNCH SINGS!: My friend and comedienne extraordinaire Abbi Crutchfield caught comedian Richard Belzer’s recent act at Comix, where he was lauded by Robert Klein of Briarcliff Manor from the crowd and backed by Bedford’s Paul Shaffer and the Belzonics on stage. No word on if Ice-T offered similar musical collaboration, which surely would have been accompanied by the echoey “Law & Order” gavel. (Source: The Apiary)

PANETTIERE IS FRENCH FOR ‘PARKING ANYWHERE’: “Heroes” star and Palisades native Hayden Penettiere appears to have been busted for a parking violation. It’s unknown if similar fines are pending for a subpar second season. (Source: I’m Not Obsessed via BestWeekEver.tv)

BA-ED NEWS, GOO-ED NEWS: Ed McMahon, whose family once lived in Bronxville, is being sued for money he allegedly owes his daughter’s divorce attorney. At least his new gig helping out Jimmy Kimmel will help Ed pay off his McMahon-sion. Hiyo! (Source: E!)

VIEIRON MAIDEN: With Irvington resident Meredith Vieira on lead vocals, former Yorktown resident Al Roker on drums and former Chappaqua-Ardsley-Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer on “guitar,” the Today Show’s attempt to play Rock Band is almost as bizarre as the Willard Scott ditty that follows it. (Source: BestWeekEver.tv.)


Podcast: June 11

On the big show this week: Dave Matthews vs. Mel Gibson, Ed McMahon vs. The Bank, and Howard Stern no longer vs. Rosie O’Donnell.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s trivia quesiton: On Sunday night, O’Donnell appeared on “Million Dollar Password” and helped Yonkers resident Dante Mercadante win $50,000. While giving clues, which of the following words did Rosie successfully get Mercadante to say?

A. Grease
B. Trump
C. View

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EXCLUSIVE: Audio of Suburbarazzi references on Howard Stern’s radio station

howard.jpgBecause I needed some time to figure out how to use the audio software on my computer, I’m a little late in posting these clips of Suburbarazzi mentions on Howard Stern’s radio show. (OK, six weeks late.) But better late than never! Still seems appropriate, considering Stern’s sound effects master, Fred Norris, performed with his band in Yonkers on Saturday night.

First up, although neither the blog nor my name is mentioned in this clip from the Jan. 2 Howard Stern show, here’s the first on-air reference to Suburbarazzi’s exclusive interview with Norris in Eastchester:


Later that day, Howard 100 News reporter Steve Langford interviewed me for a Howard 100 News brief that first aired at 5:37 p.m. Jan. 3:


Hooray for technology!

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Fred Norris to return to Westchester this Saturday

fred.jpgAfter a well-received and well-documented performance at Mickey Spillane’s restaurant in Eastchester on Dec. 8, the rock trio fronted by and named after Howard Stern sidekick Fred Norris will return to Westchester County with a Yonkers gig this Saturday night.

King Norris will be performing at Burke’s Bar at 645 Bronx River Road. Showtime is scheduled for 10:30 p.m.

If it’s anything like his Eastchester show, Norris will be kind to fans who approach him, crack a few jokes and — oh yeah — play some solid covers of classic, punk and alternative rock songs.

(AP Photo/Stuart Ramson)

Trump tees up plans for new golf course in Scotland

Maybe it’s just the frigid temps and brittle lawns, but for some reason this weekend I started daydreaming of golf. And maybe that’s why, despite already feeling “Celebrity Apprentice” fatigue, I was still drawn to one story about The Donald lately. Specifically, his plan to build a new set of links — “the best course in Europe and maybe in the world,” in his words — over in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

trump-golf.jpgAs Trump put it to the Telegraph, “We have the land to do it, and I’m willing ot spend the money to make it the finest coure of its kind in the world.” That land consists of 2.5 miles of coastal sand dunes called Menie Estate. While the article makes an analogy to Burt Lancaster’s interloping oil-tycoon character in “Local Hero,” it also makes an interesting historical note: Trump’s own mother, Mary Macleod, was born in the country. She grew up “in the village of Tong outside Stornoway before leaving the island of Lewis in 1930 for a new life in New York, where she met property developer Fred Trump at a dance.” That, Trump explains, more than anything else, accounted for why he settled on the site.


“After looking at 211 rival sites around the world. I really wanted this to be built in Scotland. Mary Macleod was seriously Scots. When I first saw this piece of land I was overwhelmed by the imposing dunes and rugged Aberdeenshire coastline. I’d never seen such an unspoilt and dramatic seaside landscape. It’s the perfect location. </div></blockquote>

“Donald Trump to build golf resort in Scotland” [Telegraph]

(Trump photo: Linda Barat/The Journal News)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Goodbye to a beard (David Letterman), a camera (Stephen Baldwin) and 2007 (Hayden Pannetierre and Lindsay Lohan)


At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Of the following celebrities who have called Mount Vernon home, who was scheduled to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today?

A. Sean “Diddy” Combs
B. Sidney Poitier
C. Phylicia Rashad
D. Denzel Washington

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Oh là là! Donald Trump mum about rendez-vous with French prez’s new flame

trump.jpgFor a guy who’s quick to give his opinion on about just about anything — Rosie O’Donnell, “The Apprentice,” himself — Donald Trump was surprisingly silent yesterday when he was asked to discuss details about a relationship he reportedly had with the girlfriend of French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Howard Stern got Trump on the phone yesterday to ask the Westchester real estate maven about his relations with Carla Bruni, the current girlfriend of Sarkozy, who divorced his wife Cecilia in October. No matter how many times and ways the former Briarcliff Manor deejay posed the question, Trump claimed that he didn’t want to get into that discussion for fear of harming the United States’ relations with France and changed the subject.

Stern was able to get one related statement out of him: The Donald did deny the rumor that Bruni ruined his marriage to Marla Maples.

(AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

Howard Stern celebrates 2nd anniversary of his Sirius debut

howard2.jpgHoward Stern, who in 1977 launched his professional career as a deejay in Briarcliff Manor, celebrated his second anniversary at Sirius satellite radio this morning.

When Stern announced in October 2004 he’d be moving from terrestrial radio to Sirius on Jan. 9, 2006, the radio provider had 700,000 subscribers, according to the company. Today, Sirius claims to have 8.3 million listeners.

How’d the Stern crew celebrate on-air? In addition to being treated with a special breakfast and rejoicing in the subscription news, they laughed at phony phone calls, interviewed “Price is Right” host Drew Carey and evaluated two women’s chances for Playboy (both were told they wouldn’t make the cut).

Just another typical day at the office.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Howard Stern reporter interviews Suburbarazzo; report slated to air tomorrow on Sirius

king-norris01.jpgEarlier today, I spent some 20 minutes on the phone with Steve Langford, a reporter for Howard 100 News — a team of journalists that cover stories relating to the Howard Stern show for channels 100 and 101 on Sirius satellite radio.

Quips one tongue-in-cheek promo, they’re “fair and balanced — about Howard.”

This morning, Langford briefed the Stern crew on an exclusive Suburbarazzi interview I conducted with Stern’s sound effects guru Fred Norris. I decided to give the reporter a call later in the day and invite him to discuss that interview and more of my personal experiences covering Stern, his crew and celebrities who know him. Langford took me up on the offer and was pleasant, professional and thorough in his questioning.

We talked about Norris’ gig and interview in Eastchester; Stern’s first professional deejay gig in Briarcliff Manor and other Westchester connections; portions of my exclusive interviews with Chevy Chase, Isaac Mizrahi and Charles Grodin (post pending) in which they reflect upon Stern; a Manhattan encounter I once had with Stern sidekick Robin Quivers; and the origins of my fandom. (My sophomore-year college roommate introduced me to the show in 1997; I’ve been hooked ever since.)

I doubt all of these topics will be incorporated into the Howard 100 News report, whose lengths can range from 30 seconds to about 3 minutes, but you never know.

My segment is slated to air on Sirius channels 100 and 101 sometime tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 3), most likely in the afternoon. As I mentioned earlier, two or three Howard 100 News briefs air before commercial breaks during daily reruns, so it’s tough to pinpoint when the Suburbarazzi-related segment will air. If one should miss it Thursday, the news report might be rebroadcast Friday on channel 100’s “Week in Review” show, which airs from about 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

As usual, I’ll keep you updated if and when I find out more information.

(Photo by Chris Serico/The Journal News)

Howard Stern’s news team cites Suburbarazzi’s exclusive interview with Fred Norris

king-norris02.jpgSince former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern moved from terrestrial radio to Sirius, he and his crew have been closely followed by Howard 100 News, a team of reporters who document all things related to the Stern show.

This morning, Howard 100 News reporter Steve Langford teased an item scheduled to be broadcast in a Howard 100 news brief later today. Langford quoted my exclusive Suburbarazzi interview with Stern’s sound effects guru, Fred Norris, thusly:


The normally mysterious Fred Norris, speaking out in another interview with a blogger. Fred saying he never imagined the Stern show would still be roaring 30 years after meeting Howard in Hartford. Norris saying, “I thought the most the show was going to go was three months and the (general managers) and program directors would get tired of it and say, ‘You guys are messed up,’ and kick us out.” Norris also asked about the possibility of a Fred roast. Fred saying, “That’s up to them. If they’re feeling lucky and want to take their lives in their own hands, be my guest.”


Stern sidekick Robin Quivers laughed heartily at the latter quote, then echoed, “That’s how everyone feels.”

“I would keep quiet about that,” Stern replied.

For those who have Sirius, Howard 100 News updates are broadcast just before commercial breaks during that day’s reruns of the Stern show. If I happen to hear the Suburbarazzi-related news update, I’ll let you know.