Faux-lympians Al Roker, Matt Lauer weave dreams with rhythmic gymnastic exhibition

“Today” hosts Al Roker, formerly of Yorktown, and Matt Lauer, formerly of Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, did the Lower Hudson Valley and America proud this morning with the following triumphant athletic exhibition:

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(Courtesy of MSNBC.com; via BestWeekEver.tv.)

‘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.)


Yanks announcer Michael Kay meets ‘Brobot,’ a.k.a. my bud Bobby Moynihan

Some things in life just make me smile. Beagle puppies. Deluxe cheeseburgers. Amy Adams. Anything Bunk says on “The Wire.” And funny commercials.

michael-kay.jpgBut amusing ads inspire a wider grin when it combines a Yankees broadcaster (YES Network play-by-play man, Michael Kay), a rising comedy star (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre icon Bobby Moynihan) and legit connections to the Lower Hudson Valley (Kay is a Hartsdale resident; Moynihan just happens to be a good friend of mine since our days as students at Eastchester Middle School).

Here’s the 30-second TV commercial for Kay’s ESPN talk-radio show. If you’re not at least cracking a smile once the “Brobot” kicks in, I don’t want to know you. Or at the very least, I don’t want to know you don’t like it.

I also found a 15-second version of the same commercial with an alternate ending involving “siz-zl-ing ba-con.” A worthy sequel, for certain.

Moynihan told me Kay was great to work with on the set, going so far as to call him “the bomb.” I’ve met Kay on a couple of occasions about a decade apart and I, too, can attest to this.

And if you’re asking, “Hey, is Michael Kay worthy of Suburbarazzi status?” He is for at least two reasons.

For starters, Page Six recently had an item about him in the Hamptons. Listen to Kay respond to the report, courtesy of a link from his radio-show Web site: here

And two, any celebrity is allowed to make the cut if deemed worthy by our esteemed panel of experts — picture Ted, Aman and me in judges’ robes and/or lab coats.

How dare you hypothetically question our authority!

(Photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News.)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Chevy Chase goes green, Fred Norris is King, and Survivor’s Dave Bickler is a Real Man of Genius


My apologies to the great Dave Bickler for unintentionally dropping the “r” in his last name during this segment. It’s almost like the French pronunciation thereof. Classy, but inaccurate in this case. My bad. I clearly did not have the eye of the tiger in that moment.

At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Which Yankees broadcaster sang Broadway hits at a one-night-only concert in Irvington this weekend?

A) Michael Kay
B) Paul O’Neill
C) John Sterling
D) Suzyn Waldman

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Talk show travails, ‘SNL’ regales and Halloween tales


This week’s quiz: Former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is moving to L.A., but where are his houses in the Lower Hudson Valley?

A. Harrison and Mahopac
B. Hartsdale and Mamaroneck
C. Haverstraw and Mount Kisco

The answer is at the end of the video or after the break.

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Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Forbes’ rich list has lots of LoHud love, Richard Moll gets ‘Fantastic’ in Yorktown

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This week’s quiz: Of these “Today” show personalities, who did NOT make Forbes’ most recent list of Top TV Earners?

A. Matt Lauer (formerly of Ardsley, Chappaqua and Hartsdale)
B. Al Roker (formerly of Yorktown)
C. Meredith Vieira (currently of Irvington)

The answer is at the end of the clip and after the break.


Shockingly, the answer’s Al Roker. The guy’s been on “Seinfeld” for cryin’ out loud! Give him a raise.

From Lauer to Leno to Letterman, LoHud celebs dominate Forbes list of TV’s Top Earners

letterman.jpgNorth Salem resident David Letterman earned $40 million from June 2006 to June 2007 through television, ranking him fourth on Forbes magazine’s new list of TV’s Top Earners and tops among celebrities who have lived or attended college in the Lower Hudson Valley.

His newest BFF, Oprah Winfrey, tops the list. And it isn’t even close. She made $260 million in that one-year span, about $200 million more than the runner-up, Jerry Seinfeld ($60 million) and even more over “American Idol” staple Simon Cowell ($45 million).

Suddenly Alex Rodriguez’s contract doesn’t seem so out of the ordinary.

Other LoHudders on the list: Westchester real estate maven and golf course owner Donald Trump (No. 5, $32 million); New Rochelle native Jay Leno (No. 6, $32 million); former Putnam County resident (Judge) Judy Sheindlin (No. 7, $30 million); former Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale resident Matt Lauer (No. 17, $13 million); Sarah Lawrence College graduate Barbara Walters (No. 18, $12 million); and Irvington resident Meredith Vieira (No. 20, $10 million).

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Wrong number: Yankees broadcaster Michael Kay laughs at on-air gaffe

Hartsdale resident Michael Kay told a funny story to his YES Network broadcast partners during last night’s Yankees-Blue Jays game.

michael-kay.jpgKay said that about three years ago, he invited listeners of his ESPN sports talk radio show to call him up to contribute to the conversation. The only problem: Kay rattled off his home phone number instead of the ESPN Radio hotline.

As soon as he broadcast the wrong digits, he realized what he had done, but opted not to address the matter in an effort to draw as little attention to the mistake as possible. But savvy listeners still called him at home and left him messages that I’m sure had very little to do with sports.

Asked if he changed his number, Kay laughed and said he hadn’t; he said that people just forgot it over time.

The same can’t be said for 867-5309. Poor Jenny.

(Photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News.)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: ‘Today’ stars visit ‘Sesame Street,’ Stephen Baldwin gets a load of bull and Alan Ruck is ‘Burning’

Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the “Sesame Street” contributions of former Lower Hudson Valley residents Matt Lauer and Al Roker; the perilous bull-related accident of Upper Grandview resident Stephen Baldwin; and the appearances of Piermont resident and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” alumnus Alan Ruck on “The Bronx is Burning.”

After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: Yorktown High School alumnus Eric Stein appears on what current reality TV show?

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Matt Lauer helps ‘Sesame Street’ viewers discover newspapers (Thanks, Matt!)

matt-lauer.jpgFurther proof that “Sesame Street” is as much for adults as it is for kids, Matt Lauer is part of a star-studded campaign to teach young viewers new words with the show’s new “Word on the Street” segment.

Lauer says the word “newspaper” in a celebritastic promo (click on the first video). To return the favor to the man who spent most of his childhood years in Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale, I will say the word “morning show” in this post. Wait, that’s two words. You owe us a “Suburbarazzi,” Lauer!

A fellow “Word on the Street” celeb with LoHud connections is former Yorktown resident Al Roker, who unravels his wallet photos for the word “family.” Aww.

Among the other stars in the promo are Sarah Jessica Parker, Howie Mandel, Tyra Banks, Anderson Cooper, Rachael Ray, Chad Pennington, Ellen DeGeneres, James Blunt (really?), Chris Brown and Conan O’Brien.

Actually, I’ve named all of the stars in the promo except one I can’t identify: the blondish woman in the coral long-sleeve and purple floral blouse who explains that that day’s word is “WINDY!” Who is she, loyal readers?

Appearing on the Monday premiere for the show’s 38th(!) season will be Brown, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and — my personal favorite of all these celebs — Tina Fey, according to Gothamist.

(Photo: The Journal News/Mark Vergari.)

Bernie Williams to return to Bronx to play … guitar

Tom Nycz/The Journal News Armonk resident and former New York Yankee outfielder Bernie Williams will be headed back to the Bronx in August, but as far as we know, he won’t be playing center field. He’ll be playing a six-string.

Williams plans to teaming up for a concert with Jose Feliciano and other performers Aug. 18 for “A Night of Peace, Unity & Hope” at the Paradise Theater.

If you haven’t heard Bernie play, he’s no hack. In addition to releasing an album that scored well on the charts, he took the stage with the Allman Brothers in April.

Another Lower Hudson Valley resident scheduled to appear is Hartsdale resident Michael Kay, the primary Yankees play-by-play announcer for the YES Network.

Even more intriguing is the nature of the expected appearances by Jim Leyritz and Darryl Strawberry, who were teammates with Williams when the Yanks won the 1996 World Series. They’ve signed up to take the stage as actors in a production of “The Boy of Steel,” according to The New York Times.

There’s no way Strawberry’s acting will be as awesome as it was in one of my favorite episodes of “The Simpsons” — the same episode in which C. Montgomery Burns repeatedly demands Don Mattingly to “shave those sideburns.”

Matt Lauer, Stone Phillips, Taylor Hicks to tee off at Mamaroneck charity outing


Local NBC veterans Matt Lauer and Stone Phillips are expected join Season 5 “American Idol” champ Taylor Hicks and other celebs at Winged Foot Gold Club in Mamaroneck this Monday to fundraise for an autism charity at the ninth-annual Celebrity Golf Challenge.

Founded by former NBC CEO Bob Wright and his wife Susan, Autism Speaks sent invitations to the “Today” show co-host, who spent part of his childhood in Chappaqua, Ardsley and Hartsdale; the “Dateline” alumnus, who owns property in Dobbs Ferry; and the silver-haired “Idol,” who, um, will be in Westchester County possibly for the first time.

Among the other celebrities expected to attend are Gregg Bello, Joe Kernen, Jeremy Lincoln, Jack Ford and Don Criqui, according to the organization.

Many thanks to fellow Remote Access contributor Amy Vernon for the tip.

(Lauer photo by Mark Vergari/The Journal News; Phillips photo by Stuart Ramson/Associated Press; Hicks photo by Frank Micelotta/Fox)