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EXCLUSIVE: Bobby Moynihan talks SNL • 11.05.08
Eastchester’s very own Bobby Moynihan chats with Suburbarazzi in his first interview since landing a spot on Saturday Night Live this season.
My tag-team partner Chris Serico (whose been harder to find than Dick Cheney these days on the blog) caught up with Moynihan, and reminisced their middle school days together in Eastchester.
During the first episode this season with Michael Phelps, Moynihan had his first break-out sketch about an overzealous pizza waiter, a character he formed during his days of being a bartender at Uno’s in Yonkers.
Most importantly, Moynihan talks about rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bill Murray and Sarah Palin, and most importantly, what it was like to spank Anne Hathaway (hay chihuahua).
Moynihan gave another interview to the Journal News with Heather Salerno, which means he either really likes our paper, or our editors are really bad at coordinating coverage hahahaha.
(NBC Photo: Dana Edelson)
EXCLUSIVE: Mamaroneck mayor in 2012? • 10.26.08
Last week, we reported on the hullabaloo about Mamaroneck mayor Kathy Savolt’s attempt to get a ticket thrown out of court she got after being caught for driving while talking on a cell phone.
The story ended up on media outlets all over the country and was even featured on MSNBC on Countdown with Keith Olbermann â€” a Tarrytown native.
With all the national attention, I asked the mayor, jokingly, if she was shopping around for a book deal.
She e-mailed me saying the coverage was â€œhysterical,â€ and added â€œNext stop â€“ Vice President. I do have the glasses.â€
She was joking, but who knows? Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska â€” a city with around 10,000 people. Savolt is mayor of a village with almost 20,000 people.
Hey, it could happen.
(Journal News file photo)
I was in Larchmont today covering a young women’s mentorship program sponsored by Judy Sheindlin, star of the court room show Judge Judy. She said she knows Jeanine Pirro, so I asked Sheindlin what she thought about Pirro’s own court show that debuted this week.
“I haven’t watched the show yet but I will get to see it,” Sheindlin said. “I’m sure she’s terrific.”
As a TV judge veteran, she also had some advice for Pirro, Westchester’s former firecracker district attorney.
“Just be yourself and have a good time,” she said. “Don’t let anyone run you â€” but you don’t have to tell that to Jeanine.”
Sheindlin lives in Greenwich and is no stranger to the Hudson Valley. Her son Adam Levy is Putnam County’s district attorney and her daughter Nicole Sheindlin lives in Larchmont and is the executive director of Her Honor, the mentorship program I was covering.
You can read my story about the mentorship program here.
( Photo by Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News )
The Associated Press reported that the first photos of Angelina Jolie’s newborn twins could be worth between $10-20 million!
The photographs may not have been leaked yet, but I got my hands on the first sketches of what the newborns Knox and Vivienne look like.
Now you might be saying “Aman, this photo looks like something you drew on Microsoft Paint as you were waiting for the Domino’s Pizza guy to bring you a scrumptious deep dish pizza to your apartment.” That’s one way to look at it, but I don’t see any other sketches of Angelina’s babies out there, do you?
People magazine, I shall start the bidding on my photos at $1 million. Now that’s a deal.
Halfway through my 15-minute phone interview with Chevy Chase yesterday, I asked the Bedford resident what movie and TV projects he was working on. His deadpan reply? “I have six pictures coming out and I’ll be on three sitcoms.” The former “Saturday Night Live” writer and cast member had been so cautious and measured with his replies up to that point, I didn’t laugh for fear it wasn’t a joke. But with his next two words, “I lied,” we chuckled and the rest of the interview flowed more comfortably.
Chase, 64, has been keeping a lower profile of late on the entertainment circuit; responding seriously to the aforementioned question, he said he’s working on a few screen projects, but cited the Writers Guild of America strike as one of the reasons he declined to elaborate. Off-screen, his high-profile appearances of late have been with wife, Jayni, raising awareness about environmental education in Bedford and beyond. The latter was the impetus for my call, but after discussing that for one minute, I had to ask him some entertainment-related questions. Wouldn’t you?
Below are highlights from my exclusive interview with Chevy Chase. In it, we learn about his truce with Howard Stern; whether he or “Caddyshack” costar Bill Murray is the better golfer; his thoughts on the strike; “SNL” then and now; and more. Some questions were rearranged and omitted to make for a cleaner read.
On mending fences with former Briarcliff Manor deejay Howard Stern, who donated an auction prize to the Chases’ charity following a feud that spanned almost 20 years:
I saw Howard this summer and, you know, those kinds of things, they die down. I think he felt bad about what he’d done. And he likes me and he likes Jayni and he’s a likable guy, and it went our way. And it was a great help to have him do that. He has so many listeners, you know. And initially it wasn’t such a great help when he did what he did to us, because we don’t have any listeners. [Laughs.] It was kind of like beating a dead horse after a while.
He sort of started to lay off I think when I called him a few years back. I said, “Look, I can’t go to a Knicks game, I can’t go to a Yankee game with my daughters, because people yell out thing like, ‘Hey, no wonder Howard Stern says you’re a pr***,’ or just stuff that’s just hideous.”
So, I called and talked to his producer (Gary Dell’Abate) and said, ‘Look, do me a favor, tell Howard what’s happening and about how it’s affecting my family,’ and Howard got on the air apparently and said, ‘Look, this is business and it’s not anything to do with a personal issue. Leave him alone.’ And I thought that was a nice gesture back then. So, when I saw him at a Bon Jovi end-of-the-(summer party this year), we kind of were civil and were just two dads talking, basically.
On the state of “Saturday Night Live” these days:
I love it. I really think it’s a resurgence. I called Lorne (Michaels) and told him I was surprised to see LeBron James, the dancing, the special effects, and all that stuff that they do — the videos — it’s so much more, technically, than what we were doing. And of course, I should expect that; it’s been 30 years. I hadn’t followed it much and then (was) following it and then (was) appearing briefly on the next show (hosted by Seth Rogen). I’ll do it again when we get closer to the elections.
To me, there are some very talented kids out there — Amy (Poehler) and Seth (Meyers) — who are perhaps doing their kind of comedy to the new [Laughs] — the new generation, whatever you want to call it. I feel secure in my own kind of comedy, too, so it’s nice to be there and get an ovation and all that.
In the end, I think that, yeah, the show has gotten quite a bit better than — it’s had some good years and some bad years. You can’t really tell what it’s going to be until you see it put together. And Lorne, as usual, is the man in charge, and even though he seems to separate himself a little bit more — because he is getting older, perhaps, or whatever — he’s still the guy who knows the right kind of edits and the right kind of thing to do from dress (rehearsal) to air, and it’s quite amazing that he still does it so well. And I’m very happy with him and the show.
On his relationship with Sneden’s Landing resident and fellow “SNL” alumnus Bill Murray, with whom he had a backstage fistfight in the show’s second season:
How would I describe our relationship? Well, we go (out). We date on occasion. You know, a little light petting, not heavy petting. … Yeah, if I can get him drunk, he’ll pursue anything. Unfortunately, he’ll also hit me with a hammer, but you know, those are the chances you take. I’d just as soon Bill Murray hit me with a hammer than anybody else because he’s pretty funny. [Laughs.] We’re friends. We’re not close; we don’t see a lot of each other, but we talk on the phone and we’ve played golf a couple of times. I can’t play for crap, but Bill’s quite good. Quite good.
On his closest friend from “SNL” :
Today I spoke with Richard Moll, who played bailiff Bull Shannon on TV’s “Night Court” and appeared Monday in Yorktown Heights to film his role in an Internet mockumentary series about fantasy football.
I watched many an episode of “Night Court” as a preteen when it was syndicated locally on Fox, so when the 64-year-old Moll agreed to a phone interview, I was genuinely psyched and had to stop myself from pulling my own version of “The Chris Farley Show.” Remember that time when Bull scored so well on an IQ test that scientists tested him to see if he could unlock the mysteries of life, including the reason why men have nipples? That was awesome.
Because we talked about both his Yorktown visit and career in general, I’m publishing the parts of the interview about his Yorktown experience here and about the rest of his career on Remote Access. Enjoy!
Suburbarazzi: Did you enjoy your visit to Yorktown?
Richard Moll: It made me want to put on my Revolutionary War garb and shoot a gun at anyone who was wearing red. [Pause.] It was fine! It was very nice. We shot at (“Fantastic Two” producer Jeremy NewbergerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s) home and it was very beautiful. I love Westchester County. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever been there before. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s so close to Manhattan, so lush and rural-looking. I love the dense deciduous forests. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very beautiful.
Suburbarazzi: I could tell by the photos of the film shoot that you were really into the character, who wears a black leather vest and pants combo.
Richard Moll: I appreciated the fact that they let me use my own clothes.
Suburbarazzi: What attracted you to the role?
Richard Moll: Desperation for work. No, I see it as a fun character. I do like to work and generally, given my type, the characters I play are almost always quite a bit of fun. So itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not too hard to persuade me.
Click here to read the rest of the interview, including Moll’s relationship (or lack thereof) with the “Night Court” cast; his inaccurate filmography on Internet Movie Database; his choice to live life these days without a TV or computer; his career in cartoon voice-overs, including the recurring role of Two-Face on the critically acclaimed “Batman: The Animated Series”; and his legendary prowess on “Super Password” and other game shows.
(Photo by Tanya Pann, courtesy of Ironbound Films/Broadband Enterprises)
Suburbarazzi blew out the candles Saturday in honor of the 40th anniversary of Jimmy Fink’s graduation from Eastchester High School.
Yesterday, Jimmy e-mailed me with a follow-up about his the yearbook group photo for the graduating class of 1967:
In the big graduation picture, where we all posed on the bleachers at EHS, I am the only one wearing sunglasses!!
The Scarsdale resident and deejay at the White Plains-based The Peak provided Suburbarazzi with an additional exclusive: He said he had dinner Friday with his best friend from his high school days and today alike, Donald Levy.
In the yearbook, under his name, it said, ‘Found with Fink.’ I guess it’s still true.
Dobbs Ferry homeowner Stone Phillips was one of many celebrities to appear at today’s Winged Foot Golf Club outing in Mamaroneck to fundraise for the Autism Speaks charity.
Just before heading to the links, Phillips chatted exclusively with Suburbarazzi about the prospect of providing piano accompaniment for event no-show Taylor Hicks; the similarities between football and golf; and his plans after his employer opted not to renew his “Dateline NBC” contract, which expires at the end of the month.
Suburbarazzi: You played piano and serenaded Katie Couric on her “Today” show finale, and “American Idol” champ Taylor Hicks was expected to be here today, but didn’t show. Would you have accompanied him on a song had he shown up?
Stone Phillips: I would not. Because I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have embarrassed him or me by trying to do that.
Suburbarazzi: You were the starting quarterback on YaleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1976 Ivy League Champion football team. Do any of those skills translate to anything on the golf course?
Stone Phillips: Yeah, I think some of them do. To me, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s visualization. You have to visualize the point of junction between and the receiver and the ball you throw. And in golf itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a lot of visualization, too. Other than that, I just try to have fun. I enjoy playing football and I enjoy playing golf.
Suburbarazzi: What are your plans, post-Ã¢â‚¬Å“DatelineÃ¢â‚¬??
Stone Phillips: Nothing immediately. Nothing for a while. You know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to take some time off and do some traveling with my wife and take it from there. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be a nice long period of rest and relaxation, and then taking on some independent projects.
Isaac Mizrahi was in Eastchester on Saturday, in case you hadn’t heard.
And as I predicted, my final question of the interview was the one I was most afraid to ask: “If you happen to like the outfit of anyone who comes up to you on line today, will they get the (Scarlett) Johansson Treatment?”
Mizrahi was taken aback for a moment, then played it off like a pro.
<blockquote><div>Oh! Well, that was about the bra. That was a big misunderstanding. It was like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your bra?Ã¢â‚¬? And three minutes later, it was like the end of the world. (Johansson)Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s adorable.</div></blockquote>
Well there you have it. If you missed any of the interview, click the link below to view the entire transcript.
Exclusive! Isaac Mizrahi picks ‘Sex And The City,’ picks apart my style and picks on Mr. Blackwell • 02.28.07
Unless you’ve been late in checking out this blog’s updates these last few days (and if you have, Ted Mann will have to lecture you personally), you know that Isaac Mizrahi sat down with Suburbarazzi on Feb. 24 before signing autographs and pitching StriVectin anti-wrinkle cream at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester.
<blockquote><div>YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been on both shows, but gun to your head: (Is) Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ugly BettyÃ¢â‚¬? or Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The CityÃ¢â‚¬? (better)?
Ooh, thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good questionÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sex And The City.Ã¢â‚¬?
A little more established, a few more seasons?
All right. I can take it. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong and whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right with my style?
(MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel utter laughs and Ã¢â‚¬Å“ooohs.Ã¢â‚¬?) Wow. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s anything wrong. You know people say to me all the time to me, they say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Oh, gosh, I thought about all day what I was going to wear, because I know I was meeting you.Ã¢â‚¬? And you know, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care that much. (The entourage and store personnel laugh.) IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry, but I really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not saying I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care enough to say whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nothing wrong. You look cute today. You look cute.
Thank you. I appreciate that. WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the most overrated accessory Ã¢â‚¬â€œ overdone, overrated, over-anything Ã¢â‚¬â€œ out there right now?</div></blockquote>
Mizrahi deliberated for 26 seconds before responding. Read his response to that and his thoughts on fashion critic Mr. (Richard) Blackwell after the break.
Before dishing the details behind his late-January car accident that fractured his hip, Isaac Mizrahi talked to Suburbarazzi about a wider range of topics during the same exclusive sit-down interview.
At the start of this Feb. 24 discussion at the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester, topics included his previous visit to LoHud territory, his thoughts on Hollywood stars who could use StriVectin (the anti-wrinkle cream he was pitching that day) and his genuine appreciation of Britney Spears. He also discussed why he doesn’t plan on doing any more red carpet analysis for the Oscars.
<blockquote><div>When was the last time you were in Westchester, Putnam or Rockland?
I know I came here with my mother when I was a kid, and it was this Lord & Taylor. This is sort of a real flagship Lord & Taylor. I know when I was a kid, I came here but that was probably the last time. But I have to say, on my way in, I was considering (the area), because itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s such a great alternative, because it only took an hour to get here.
So who in Hollywood in most in need of StriVectin?
(Laughs and Ã¢â‚¬Å“oohsÃ¢â‚¬? come from MizrahiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s entourage and Lord & Taylor personnel.) I think a lot people in Hollywood have too much face work. I really do. I wish before they had the work done they had thought a little bit about the stretch mark cream. Because I think everybody (with plastic surgery) looks odd; I really do. First of all, I can tell usually that theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve had the work done. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know who they think theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re fooling.
Speaking of Hollywood, are you doing the red carpet (analysis at the Oscars)? </div></blockquote>
Find out Mizrahi’s answer, his favorite Hollywood red carpet fashionistas and his take on Britney Spears after the break.
Forgive me; I hadn’t known why fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi was clinging to a walker to amble around the Lord & Taylor branch in Eastchester. After sitting in a large green chair in a makeshift green room of Lord & Taylor’s third-floor executive offices, some of the staff commended him for his recovery Ã¢â‚¬â€ but no one actually mentioned what happened. I decided to wait until toward the end of my one-on-one interview to ask about it, in case it was a sensitive subject.
It turns out that 10 days before he showed off his fall collection at a Feb. 5 Fashion Week show, Mizrahi was in a car accident in the Hamptons and fractured his pelvis. In a picture accompanying a New York Post story, I was shocked to see the image of him in a wheelchair and, evidently, so was the Fashion Week audience.
From what I could gather from research after the interview, Mizrahi’s been relatively quiet about the accident in the weeks that followed. So his detailed account of the accident appears to be an exclusive for Suburbarazzi:
<blockquote><div>It was really horrible. I keep reliving the moment. It was just bad. I was driving. I was in the car with my friend Arnold and my dog, and we were driving. And it was, like, this road that was not a giant highway, but it was a highway, and there were, like, intersections. And there was a stop light. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m used to it being a flashing yellow light, so I thought I had the right-of-way. … It was like slow motion, sort of … except I was going at, you know, 70 (mph) and she was going at 65 (mph), and I was watching like, Ã¢â‚¬Å“SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to stop, right?Ã¢â‚¬? And she didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t stop. She just hit my like right there, in my door. (There is) the moment where you know you think, how am I going to stop this car? I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t see anything because of the airbags and the soot and all that dust and glass everywhere. The dog is freaking out. ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s freaking out. It was really scary and I thought we were finished. I really did, because I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know where were going. I thought we would just go into something else at 70 mph. Somebody was going into us as we were spinning out of control. It was really chaotic and nutty.</div></blockquote>
After I told him I was glad he was OK, he replied:
<blockquote><div>Me too. And IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad you made me relive that.</div></blockquote>
His entourage and the Lord & Taylor staff in the room laughed. I think he was half-joking.
After the 10-minute interview, during which Mizrahi showcased his quick wit, he signed autographs and gift sets of StriVectin Ã¢â‚¬â€ the anti-wrinkle cream he endorses Ã¢â‚¬â€ for those he met on the second floor. In a four-part series this week, I’ll post a segment of my exclusive interview daily on Suburbarazzi. On Friday, I’ll post the entire transcript for your perusal.
Want a teaser of what to expect? Find out after the break.