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)

‘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: April 30

On the podcast this week: Mariah’s newest Empire; Paul Shaffer and Matisyahu prepare to rock out for Israel’s 60th birthday; and Chevy Chase chills with Captain Planet.

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Paul Shaffer, Matisyahu join concert to celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary


Bedford resident Paul Shaffer and White Plains High School alumnus Matisyahu have agreed to perform in a New York City concert marking the 60th anniversary of Israel’s inception.

The leader of the CBS Orchestra for the late-night talk show hosted by North Salem resident David Letterman will join the hassidic reggae star (“King Without A Crown”) and recent hitmaker Yael Naim (“New Soul,” featured in that MacBook Air commercial with the manila envelope) for a May 7 show at Radio City Music Hall.

Also on the bill are Israeli musicians Rami Kleinstein, David Broza and Idan Raichel.

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Word to your mazel tov! Paul Shaffer helms rap inspired by synagogue congregant’s poem

shaffer1.jpgWith a little help from the Blues Brothers, Bedford resident Paul Shaffer has collaborated with jazz, R&B and rock legends.

Now, the CBS Orchestra leader can add Larry Levy to that résumé.

Shaffer and Levy are part of the Mount Kisco Hebrew Congregation, which on April 13 will celebrate not only its 100th anniversary but also Levy’s 93rd birthday.

Levy’s poem about the anniversary inspired Shaffer to produce a rap video that uses those words and others written by Jewish rapper Etan G. The result is a video that will be shown at an event celebrating the congregation’s anniversary, but curious Suburbarazzi readers can view it on YouTube right now.

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Like many of Shaffer’s efforts, the video is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but the tribute itself seems appropriate, especially after reading about Levy’s life in a press release issued by the synagogue this week:


A native of Poland, Levy escaped when he was a teenager and immigrated to Palestine. Shortly after he left, his entire family fell victim to the Holocaust in Poland and was entirely wiped out. While living in Palestine (before the State of Israel was established), Levy met his wife, Toby, and they ultimately decided to move to America, in search of a better life. The moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they lived for 60 years. When they grew older, they made the decision to live closer to their children — in northern Westchester, N.Y. — and moved to Mount Kisco in 2000.


Mazel tov, Larry!

(File photo/The Journal News.)

Valerie Bertinelli: Dating Paul Shaffer, Steven Spielberg was ‘No biggie’

shaffer.jpgValerie Bertinelli’s new book “Losing It” not only references her dalliances with drugs and adultery, but also previous relationships with Steven Spielberg and Bedford resident Paul Shaffer, as the Daily News recently noted.

Quoth the former Ms. Van Halen about the director and CBS Orchestra band leader:


People knew about them, but I guess they’ve forgotten because it’s been 25 or 30 years. But it was all in the papers back then. Yeah, I dated them. No biggie.


I’d argue that dating one of Hollywood’s most acclaimed directors and TV’s current late-night band icon back in the day is a big deal, but by comparison it’s small potatoes compared to the seemingly angelic actress’ admissions of cocaine use and an extramarital affair. So, she might have a point.

(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Letterman to shave ‘General Lee’ beard on tonight’s show

mike-and-dave.jpgLast week, Robin Williams nicknamed David Letterman “General Lee” after witnessing the beard the talk show host sported after returning from the hiatus caused by the Writers Guild of America’s strike. But that beard will vanish tonight, according to media reports.

The (New York) Daily News reported Letterman expressing a willingness to shave off the fuzz on tonight’s show:


‘Monday, I think the beard is going away,’ the late-night funnyman says on tonight’s telecast. ‘Can we get a guy in here Monday to shave me? Now, a good guy, because the last time we did this, I looked like – when he was done, I looked like I’d been in a knife fight.’


The News doesn’t have the reaction of Bedford resident Paul Shaffer, but I bet it’ll be something like “Haaaaaaaaaaaa!” followed by a keyboard riff.

On an episode of “Late Show” last week, Letterman’s North Salem neighbor and New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg awarded the key to the city to Letterman’s beard. Post-shave, expect to see the freed facial hair and an oversized golden trinket snuggling up to Lindsay Lohan in the V.I.P. section of Marquee later this week.

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Paul Shaffer, David Letterman power 50 Cent’s ‘Ayo Technology’

paul-david-502.jpgI saw this clip of 50 Cent’s infectious “Ayo Technology” rerun on “Late Show with David Letterman” shortly after the Writers’ Guild of America strike began and have been meaning to blog about it ever since. It’s simultaneously awesome and awkward, which makes it a perfect fit for Suburbarazzi.

No shortage of things to look out for here:

1. Bedford resident Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra does an impressive job recreating Timbaland’s heavily produced track, right down to the intricate and hyperactive video-game beeps that Shaffer appears to be duplicating on keyboards. Reminiscent of LL Cool J’s “MTV Unplugged” episode.
2. Although the song’s featured vocalist, Justin Timberlake, is nowhere to be found, 50 still gives him a shout-out at the beginning.
3. The opening half-rhyme scheme was altered not only to please the FCC, but also a certain North Salem resident at the end: “50 Cent, Justin, Timbaland, Letterman.”
4. 50 Cent sings like Justin raps.
5. Old folks in the Ed Sullivan Theatre throwin’ their hands up!

What else did you love/hate about this clip?

(AP Photos — Shaffer by Diane Bondareff; 50 Cent by Kevork Djansezian; Letterman by Adam Rountree)

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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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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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.)

Suburbarazzi Week in Review on RNN: Trump, Diddy, and Sorkin soldier on!

If there was one message to this week’s segment, it was this: The Lower Hudson Valley sure know how to bounce back. Things might have looked bad from the Trumpster a few months ago, but this week there’s news that “The Apprentice” will return, not to mention two new Trump TV shows in 2008. Likewise, Sean John recovered quickly from his breakup with Kim Porter, and “Studio 60” mastermind Aaron Sorkin also rebounded quickly, landing a three-picture deal with DreamWorks.

The answer to the trivia quiz — Which Late Show personality is penning a memoir — is after the break …


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