Podcast: July 9

On the show this week: Wall-E’s connection to Yonkers, Rosie O’Donnell’s “affair” with Cindy Adams, and Nick DiPaolo’s very unfunny experience following a USO comedy show.

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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: The Pleasantville Music Festival this Saturday will feature Joan Osborne, who landed a huge hit in the ‘90s with “One of Us.” Which of these Mike Myers movie characters claimed to write that song?

A) Wayne Campbell
B) Austin Powers
C) Dr. Evil
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Wall-E learns there’s a world outside of Yonkers

I’m one of about 38 people who hasn’t seen “Wall-E” yet, although I intend to take care of that this long weekend.

This Associated Press story has the scoop on how songs from the 1964 musical “Hello, Dolly” — which is set in Yonkers — figures into Pixar’s futuristic tale:

walle.jpg‘Wall-E’ opens with panoramic views of galaxies far away, using ‘Sunday Clothes’ as a sunny soundtrack. But the song’s exuberant lyrics — ‘Out there/There’s a world outside of Yonkers’ — take on new meaning when the scene shifts to the bleak atmosphere of Wall-E’s homeland: garbage-ridden planet Earth.

In an interview with the AP, (“Wall-E” writer-director Andrew) Stanton said he knew he wanted to juxtapose retro music with this futuristic setting, but discovered “a perfect fit” to his narrative when he stumbled upon the ‘Hello, Dolly!’ repertoire and the lyric ‘out there.’ (In the musical, it is the song that a Yonkers store clerk croons as he and his apprentice plan their New York City adventure.)

A box-office champ with near-universal acclaim and a LoHud connection? Count me in.

(Photo courtesy of Pixar/Disney.)