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John DeBellis

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Interview With Sid Bernstein

(4) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Five years ago I had the privilege to spend four hours interviewing Sid Bernstein.

Sid Bernstein was the man responsible for bringing the Beatles to America, which could be enough for several past and present lives. Add to that the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Manfred Mann, and the Dave...

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Jackie Martling Interview

(11) Comments | Posted April 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

A few months back I was a guest on Jackie's radio show and quickly realized that one of the things that makes Jackie so funny is an inner child-like spark that he brings to the stage and his personal life. He reminds me of Red Skelton, in the sense that...

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Interview With Rita Rudner

(5) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:39 PM

Rita is a woman of many hats (and matching shoes). She's a stand-up comic, a writer of movies, plays, and is the author of four books -- Tickled Pink, Turning Tables, Naked Beneath My Clothes and Rita Rudner's Guide to Men. It was apparent from the very beginning she was...

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How Not to Eat Spaghetti With a Celebrity

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 4:15 PM

In the late 70's and early 80's, one of the hottest nightclubs in town, JP's, a musician's hangout for some of the top names in Pop, welcomed us despite our shallow pockets and outdated clothes. Even huge stars treated us well. Billy Joel would come to our table for a...

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Larry David, Super Hypo

(12) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 9:16 AM

One night after Larry David and I both had bad shows, we went back to his apartment to give each other a comic pep talk, which consisted of who could feel less doomed by finding the most fault with the audience and who had the worst spot. After about an...

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To Date Republican or Democrat

(33) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 10:04 AM

I've been single for awhile and though I seem to lack the dating gene, I don't like myself that much where I'm willing to spend the rest of my life in my own company, especially with a limited wardrobe. So I keep trying experimental stuff like smiling and saying hello...

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We Shot A Moose - Recipe for Sarah's Stew

(4) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 1:46 PM

To you this may just be a hearty, jaw-strengthening meal, but to Todd and me it had all the makings of our great romance, with dessert showing up not quite nine months later.

We met at Alaska Secession War Dance Bingo and Todd asked me out. When he took...

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The Human Bomb (Happy Father's Day?)

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2009 | 5:32 PM

I didn't wake up to birds chirping, or to the soft sunlight drifting through my blinds. I woke up to my eyelids being stretched over my headboard. And to "I-t's m-o-r-n-i-n-g!!!" being spit through my eardrums with enough force to send my wife flying off the bed, if she wasn't...

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I Just Quit Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2009 | 2:41 AM

I just took myself off Facebook. I got tired of getting messages from people I hadn't heard from in twenty years, who still haven't figured that I didn't want to hear from them until I read their names in the obituary. And just when I thought I ran out of...

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I Had a Dream

(2) Comments | Posted March 2, 2009 | 12:06 PM

It started out like every other morning: I spent most of it sleeping. Then it all changed. I woke up and for the first time I noticed how messy my room was; clothes, mostly t-shirts and jeans, lying every where. Not one suit, tie or even a white shirt. As...

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A-Rod and Juice Ball

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 7:44 AM

I have a solution to the steroid issue with A-Rod and major league baseball. I think the commissioner, Budd Selig, should make steroids mandatory. Put them all go on the juice. Test the players for steroids and if they're not found in their urine or blood or their heads haven't...

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An Interview with Gilbert Gottfried

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 9:54 PM

Rolling Stone called Gilbert Gottfried the Miles Davis of stand-up comedy. Jazz like, Gilbert's absurd jokes fly off a thread of simple logic that he twists so much it makes you laugh hysterically at things only his warped perception can make obvious. Just as your catching your equilibrium he's into...

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The Separation of Church and God

(2) Comments | Posted January 7, 2009 | 12:19 PM

Was it a mistake or wrong for Obama to choose anti gay Evangelist Rick Warren to deliver his invocation? Let's just say, on the surface, it make as much sense as an enemy combatant asking Dick Cheney for a bubble bath. In a few recent sound bites Rick Warren has,...

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What Makes a Human Become a Republican?

(4) Comments | Posted December 22, 2008 | 11:36 AM

The other day I went to the funeral of a friend who had died of a heart attack from working three jobs in order to pay for health insurance. For no legitimate reason I could think of -- (other than I was eating a vegetarian meal) -- I was cornered...

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I Can See Alaska from Me

(24) Comments | Posted December 8, 2008 | 7:01 PM

The following are excerpts from Sarah Palin's upcoming book -- edited by me:


I met Senator John McCain (who on first site I deeply loved) today. For an old man he's got wandering hands, let me tell ya. He sure liked my butt. He...

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