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Joey Edmonds

September 5, 2017

Joey Edmonds came to see me at Zanies Comedy Club in 1984. I was “house emcee,” and he saw me work with Jay Leno. Edmonds was an unassuming man with short-brownish-curly hair and a friendly smile. He approached me at the end of the night, as people milled around the club after Mr. Leno had […]

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Lose the News

July 3, 2017

Maybe the biggest growth industry in the USA is the news/opinion business. Here’s my guide to success in the ever-expanding 24-hour news cycle. Good luck! Interrupt loudly and often. Be prepared to cry immediately. Be prepared to bully immediately. Laugh at inopportune moments. Your modus operandi, your motivation, can be summed up thus: you want […]

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Roger Ailes

May 19, 2017

It’s the mid-to-late 1990s. My manager at the time, Stanley Bernstein, got me a job with a fledgling “all-news” network. It turned out to be FoxNews, and of course I didn’t know anything about it at the time because it was a job. It wouldn’t have mattered who or what it was, the opportunity was […]

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March 28, 2017

Tonight I gigged at the Comedy Cabaret in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. It’s kind of my “home club” for the past x-number of years since moving to New Jersey, even though it’s 35 miles and at least an hour away. I’m here 4-to-8 times a year, depending, and the staff are – at least for the couple […]

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You Don’t Know Jack

January 27, 2017

Rick called. When Rick calls he’s always even-voiced. Calm. Matter-of-fact. Business-as-usual. But there is a little drama in his voice this day, a telltale inflection of excitement that belies his usual demeanor. “You’re working Igby’s Friday night, and Jack Rollins is coming to see you.” It’s 1993. We’re living in Southern California, out past the […]

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