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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, thatâ€” does that look like you?!
RQ: Oh, my God. Of course it does!
AL: No, well, uhâ€”
HS: It’s like the Artie typeâ€”
AL: I told youâ€” Artie type?! It’s the Beluâ€”
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. (more…)
EXCLUSIVE: As a football player, comedian Nick Di Paolo teamed up with Mark Bavaro, lettered 2 years at Maine • 08.03.08
I finish our extensive and exclusive Nick Di Paolo coverage with a SportsCenter-style Did You Know and a link to my full feature article about him in today’s Journal News.
Did You Know the stand-up comedian and Massachusetts native helped captain a Danvers High School football team that included former New York Giants star Mark Bavaro, then lettered two years on the University of Maine squad? Seriously!
Now a northern Westchester resident, Di Paolo said his favorite on-the-field moment was against the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), whom Maine hadn’t defeated in about two decades:
“My first starting job was as a running back against UMass on Homecoming, and we did a double-reverse. I went 65 yards, outran a kid, Grady Fuller, who ran a sub-4.4 40 (yard dash), and I outran him. … I went around this kid like he was standing still. The coaches kept rewinding it, because this kid was an All-American and (stuff). So I had the reverse for the touchdown — I had two touchdowns that day and I had 85 yards on the ground and 65 in receptions for 150. And we won 42-16 or something like that.”
Even cooler is the fact that Di Paolo said he caught the comedy bug as a high school senior when he did running commentary for a slideshow at Danvers’ football banquet:
“I killed! It was like 300, 400 people there and the pictures were killing. I remember going home really excited.”
(Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News)
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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EXCLUSIVE: Dying of embarrassment? Nick Di Paolo mulls the shame of being killed by a bomb signed by ‘Baba Booey’ • 07.29.08
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.
While 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)
Yesterday, I had the chance to interview one of my all-time favorite stand-up comedians, Nick Di Paolo.
The northern Westchester resident spent about a week with the USO touring with other regulars from Howard Stern’s radio show: comedians Artie Lange, Dave Attell and Jim Florentine and producer Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate. And just minutes after performing a set at in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the military base came under attack and they were shuttled to a bunker for protection.
More about that later. Right now, I want to share with you a clip of Nick talking about his experience firing a machine gun and nearly starting an “international incident” while flying in a Blackhawk:
Just as amusing? Attell’s e-mailed response to Di Paolo’s Rambo impersonation:
I don’t think I have ever seen him more excited and happy (than) when he got a chance to shoot machine guns out the door of a Blackhawk helicopter. Thank God he’s on our side.
More clips from my exclusive interview with Di Paolo will be posted next week. Have a great weekend, everyone!
(Photo by Carucha Meuse/The Journal News.)
Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Bryce Dallas Howard directs, Tim Robbins reflects, and Hayden Paniettiere’s legal for… cigarettes • 08.22.07
Yesterday, I chatted on RNN about the directorial debut of Byram Hills High School alumna Bryce Dallas Howard; a Robert Altman tribute to be attended by Pound Ridge resident Tim Robbins; and the 18th birthday of Palisades native Hayden Panettiere.
After the break, find out the answer to this week’s quiz question: What defunct radio station dumped stand-up comedian Nick Di Paolo’s show when the station switched formats?
Northern Westchester resident Nick Di Paolo is this week’s featured comedian on MySpace, the social networking site founded by a guy who evidently can only be awkwardly photographed from the side. Here’s what MySpace had to say about one of the region’s most notorious funnymen:
Nick Di PaoloÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s uncompromising, seething and sarcastic style is what has made him not only a NY club favorite, but a true ‘comic’s comic.’
Suburbarazzi’s own Robert Zeliger was interviewed in December on the 92.3 FM talk radio show of Di Paolo, whom CBS Radio let go when the station returned to a rock format in May. On Di Paolo’s MySpace page, the comedian swears he’ll return to the airwaves soon:
Thanks to all the dedicated listeners who supported the show, and don’t worry, I PROMISE I WILL BE BACK ON THE AIR! In the meantime, keep an eye here for my tour schedule and try to make it out to a show.
We’re rootin’ for you, Nick!
Remainders: Ariel Levy makes lesbian weddings and bat mitzvahs look good; Bob Woodruff heads to Cuba; Keith Olbermann gets a new pad; Nick DiPaolo performs live this weekend • 04.27.07
++One of my favorite NY writers, Ariel Levy, has a piece in this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s NY MagazineÃ¢â‚¬â€the Sex and Love issueÃ¢â‚¬â€about her lesbian wedding, which, the writer says, totally Ã¢â‚¬Å“rocked.Ã¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“I do not believe in crummy parties,Ã¢â‚¬? Levy writes. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I believe in glamourÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ There was no way I was going to let this thing be shoddyÃ¢â‚¬â€some pathetic hers-and-hers imitation of the real thing.Ã¢â‚¬?
Levy, who grew up in Larchmont, also talks about her equally rockinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ bat mitzvah:
<blockquote><div>As a 10-year-old, I decided that I wanted to have a bat mitzvah. I was the only kid in the history of Westchester County who demanded Hebrew school. And as I stood in front of the racks of red at Bergdorf Goodman, I recalled the feeling IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d had at some point in my preteen Jewish odyssey when I looked down at the sacred ancient letters on the scroll: What have I done?</div></blockquote>
++Meanwhile, in CubaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
RyeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bob Woodruff is making his first overseas reporting trip this weekend, since an attack last year in Iraq that nearly killed him. The former anchor of ABCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s World News Tonight, is heading to HavanaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be accompanied by cameraman Doug Vogt and sound technician Magnus Macedo, the same people who were with him during the attack last year (Vogt suffered less severe injuries in the explosion and the two-pictured below-remained close).
Woodruff will be covering May Day commemorations on the island nation. His reports will be seen starting Sunday night on World News and then throughout the week.
++Keith Olbermann seems to be cashing in on his recent big-time pay raise at MSNBC. The Hastings-bred host of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Countdown with Keith OlbermannÃ¢â‚¬? is apparently eyeing a $4.2 million dollar marble-adorned apartment on the Upper East Side, according to The New York Observer. The 5-bedroom, 3-balcony monster pad is on the 40th floor of a Trump condominium. The paper notes, the apartment is far from (in more ways than one) the home of his arch-nemesis, Bill OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Reilly, who lives in a gated, waterside Manhasset spread.
++And, if you need something to do this weekend, check out WestchesterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nick DiPaolo (who puts the classy in totally not classy) performing live at Comix in Manhattan. DiPaolo, who also has a radio show on 92.3 FM, will perform four timesÃ¢â‚¬â€today and tomorrow night at 8 and 10:30. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a rare opportunity to see the popular standup (at least when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not riffing on Pam Anderson, Andy Dick, and Courtney Love on Comedy Central roasts), since, as DiPaolo told me recently, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s traveling less and less in order to concentrate on his radio gig. (Tix are $22; 353 W. 14th St.; 212-524-2500; comixny.com). The only downside for the combative comic: it seems Don Imus stole his act.
(Photos: Woodruff and Vogt-AP/ABC,Ida Mae Astute; Olbermann-AP/Reed Saxon; DiPaolo-Mark Vergari/Journal News)
Whether he’s roasting the crew of The Howard Stern Show on Sirius, butchering the word “Suburbarazzi” on
KRock FreeFM, or cracking jokes about drinking and driving on the Saw Mill, Westchester resident Nick DiPaolo isn’t afraid to push your buttons.
This Friday, you can push a few buttons on your remote to catch his new Comedy Central special, which debuts this Friday at 10:30 p.m.
To prep, check out his Web site to view some of his raw material. (Before you send me angry e-mails, some of his content is for “mature” audiences, if you haven’t figured it out by now.)
One of the highlights is a segment from the departed Comedy Central roundtable show “Tough Crowd.” After host Colin Quinn shows the audience a clip of a boy getting beat up on a school bus, Nick quips: “First of all, if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want your kid to be beat up on a bus, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t send him to school with a Dorothy Hamill haircut.”
Di Paolo, the comic and radio personality who loves the Saw Mill Parkway and Alcohol so much he thought to combine them, is not as deformed as we assumed most radio guys are. He doesÃ¢â‚¬â€ironically for a guy extolling the benefits of driving drunkÃ¢â‚¬â€look like heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s posing for a mugshot.
You all know Nick Di Paolo right? No, neither did we really (heck, we couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even find a picture of him so youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to have to use youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re imagination). HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s best known for his commentaries on the short-lived Comedy Central show, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn.Ã¢â‚¬? Some of his bons mots include: Ã¢â‚¬Å“The only advice I ever got from my dad is this: sex is like pizza, even when it’s bad you still gotta pay for it.Ã¢â‚¬? And the classic: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was born gay, but 8 months of breast feeding wiped that right out. I’m just glad my Dad wasn’t walking around naked when I was teething.Ã¢â‚¬?
Okay, so heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s pretty funny, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll give him that. The point, though, is that Di Paolo, who lives in Northern Westchester, just got a radio gig on 92.3 FM, which once carried Howard Stern and Classic Rock and now carries 50 guys making fart jokes all day long.
Yesterday, Di Paolo was killing time on air because the phone lines were down and started discussing a news item about blind people getting permits to hunt in Texas. If they can hunt, shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t I be able to drive drunk, he asked. Then he said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“You have to have a few drinks in you to drive on the Saw Mill at night on the weekends.Ã¢â‚¬?
You do? I had no idea that my sober driving all these years was such a social faux pas. Someone get this man a breathalyzer (or a pre-fab in Jersey). Nick, granted, as your bio says, you have an Ã¢â‚¬Å“uncompromising point of viewÃ¢â‚¬? (also, apparently you had a recurring role on Grace Under Fire, which must mean you were abused in unspeakable ways by Brett whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s-her-name), but maybe you could joke about something that doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t involve manslaughter.