Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, is a Howard Stern Show superfan. And I, Kate Spencer, creator of a really good bowl of cereal that I just had for lunch, am a Paul Feig and Howard Stern Show superfan. So naturally, when I interviewed Paul at the People’s Choice Awards this month, the first thing I blurted out was: “I want you to be a guest on Howard Stern!”
I’m guessing this is the first time Feig’s ever encountered a reporter trying to match-make him with a radio show, and his response was priceless. “I wanna be on there!” he exclaimed, as Wendi Mclendon-Covey looked on with a smile. “Please Howard, have me as a guest. I won’t be a bad guest.” Paul’s been a fan of the show for over thirty years, starting back when Howard first went on the air in his native Detroit in the early 80s. “I’m one of Howard’s biggest fans!” He said. “I love Howard; I love the whole gang.”
If you’re not familiar with Feig’s work, pick up a copy of his hilarious memoir “Kick Me,” to learn all about his awkward adolescence, which so wonderfully inspired Freaks and Geeks, arguably one of the best TV shows ever made. He’s also an Emmy-nominated director of shows like The Office, Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. He’s hilarious, he tweets pictures of his wife posing with Uggie the dog at the Golden Globes, and has been a Stern fan for over thirty years. He’s guaranteed to be an amazing guest, especially when paired with the King of all Media (aka the King of all Interviews).
Howard Stern is the best interviewer around (Who else could get David Arquette and Courteney Cox to discuss their divorce together?! And get Lady Gaga to open up for almost two hours? And get Chris Martin to actually speak about his marriage?) – and I’d love to see him dig into Feig’s dorky past and insanely successful present. So Howard (or Gary, or JD, or Jason, or Bobo) – what do you say?
If you’re reading this and are a Gleek, try not bludgeon us, ok? Because we’re going to admit… we do not like Glee. At all. In all fairness, we gave it a shot but Rachel and gang got far too precious to stomach. Having said that, in the few episodes we managed to get through, Mark Salling made quite the impression. Because A. he didn’t sing much and B. he’s hot. Yes, he’s strangely called Puck, but his smolder outweighs the silly name (Noah Puckerman doesn’t hack it either) and in our book that’s the math that counts.
Unfortunately, Puck’s sexy points are being deducted as we type. It’s a sadly unexpected tale. To preempt it, can we just say that Salling has a side project called Jericho and released an album calledÃ‚Â Smoke Signals in 2008. We also heard he did a decent job singing Sweet Caroline on Glee. The dude’s even a trained musician with piano, drums, guitar (bass included) all part of his repertoire. That’s hot.
Taking all this information into consideration you’d think that the album he’s going to release in October – Pipe Dreams – could, would and should rock. If his new single Higher Power is any indicator, then we’re going with a big fat fail. It premiered for the first (and sadly, not only) time on RyanSeacrest‘s show. We’re going to try and be polite here and say…it’s twee. Really, really twee. And trite. And…not good. We’re now going to stare at his picture and try and recover from listening to it.
Jamie Foxx, you’ve released the fury! A feud between the Oscar winner and Howard Stern, initially over Stern’s mockery of Gabourey Sidibe, has blown so out of control it’s taking time away from disaster coverage on Fox News—not that the channel meant to let it. In the above clip, anchor Shepard Smith introduces an energy company spokesperson to talk about Monday’s coal mine explosion in West Virginia, only to be told “we’ve learned Jamie Foxx is a c— and Howard Stern rules.” Unsurprisingly, Smith was not impressed by the latest prank call from Stern accomplice Captain Janks. “It’s always distressing when there are six people killed at a mine disaster and we’re waiting for 21 others to find out whether they are alive or dead and something like that sneaks by our screeners. Disgusting.” As opposed to stopping all news coverage to hover like vultures whenever someone dies in a grotesque way.
This blast of poor taste follows a stream of gay-baiting from Stern towards his fellow Sirius employee. “He seems to be in some bizarre thing where he wants to start in with me so that he can get some attention for his channel on the Foxxhole, which is an interesting name too. The hole. I wonder which hole they’re referring to?” “I’m not gay,” responded Foxx. “A lot of people say that I’m gay and that doesn’t bother me, because I could eat a pizza in a male shower and not feel anything because I’m secure with myself. And I’m not gonna take that, Coward Stern. I’m not gonna take that from a person who has chronic gonorrhea.” This is all well and good, guys, but keep it off the cable news deathwatch, OK?
There’s not much else that can be said about Artie Lange‘s reported suicide attempt. You can read the gruesome details over at Page Six. While we hesitate to take another gossip site to task over content (pot, kettle, yada yada yada), we agree with the disgust Howard Sternvoiced on his show today over the a-hole who leaked the details about what went down. Little is private these days, but it seemed like Howard and Robin – who had all but avoided talking about Artie on the air out of respect for him and his family – were making one final attempt to protect their friend and colleague. We’re sad that it didn’t work.
As for the fact that Artie tried to stab himself to death… well sh*t, it’s obviously awful. But hopefully the sensational side of the story won’t blur the underlying reality that depression, addiction, and suicide are things with which many of us are painfully familiar. Even so, we’ve almost become numb to all the recent celebrity deaths (many possibly drug-related) and drama, as if stars are somehow different from us regular folk. Turns out, they’re not. We’ve all got the same demons lurking underneath, they just hide their problems under much better clothes. Let’s hope we all take some time this year to heal ourselves.
Howard Stern Show regular Artie Lange was hospitalized over the weekend, and while the web is abuzz with rumors about how he landed there, his boss is staying silent. On the air today, Howard declined to comment on Artie’s condition out of respect for the comic’s privacy, saying only, “Artie has given this show tremendous moments of great comedy. He’s a tremendous contributor. He is a good man. Don’t forget how great he is.”
Stern also addressed the web rumor that popular guest and former “SNL” star Jim Breur would take Artie’s spot on the show. “Absolutely false,” the host stated adamantly. “I don’t know where that comes from.”
Artie – who has been absent fromthe show in recent weeks – has very publicly battled addictions to drugs, alcohol and food, and revealed in his 2008 bestselling book Too Fat To Fish that he once attempted suicide. He’s also the funniest part about the show these days (Sorry Sal and Richard) and we hope that he’s able to tackle his demons and resume his spot next to Howard soon. [Photo: GettyImages]
While most of us reacted to Billy Bob Thornton‘s grumpy CBC radio interview with amusement (Tom Petty didn’t make Sling Blade, dude), many Canadians weren’t happy to hear he thought the nation’s country fans were “mashed potatoes with no gravy — they just sort of sit there. And it doesn’t matter what you say to them.” Rather that sitting still during his band’s opening set for Willie Nelson in Toronto last night, the audience booed the Boxmasters until Bad Santa explained, if not apologized for, his assholery.
Boo all you want, but I want to say something…. We’re really happy to be here, but I need to say something. I talked to this a–hole yesterday. I sat down and talked with this guy. He and his producers say, “We promise you we won’t [discuss your acting].” The very first thing they said was that.
I don’t really like sensationalism. If you look someone in the eyes and promise them something, and you don’t do it, you don’t get the interview. That’s the way it goes.
The fans’ response to his plea for respect? “Here comes the gravy!” and more boos. Thornton claimed before the show that his comments were targeted towards interviewer Jian Ghomeshi, not audiences, but no one’s buying it. If he doesn’t apologize for real at the band’s show in Montreal tonight, someone may really bring the gravy.
Radio’s favorite Fart Man, Howard Stern, wed his longtime girlfriend, super-hot model Beth Ostrosky, on Friday night in NYC at the high-end restaurant Le Cirque. While Howard’s known as a “shock jock” to some, the wedding was intimate and low-key:actor Mark Consuelos officiated, as his wife Kelly Ripa looked on. Also in attendance were fellow Stern show stars Robin Quivers and Artie Lang, as well as Chevy Chase, Donald Trump, Barbara Walters, Joan Rivers, Billy Joel (who performed at the reception) and on-again couple, Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman (yay!). Beth wore a dress by the always glamorous Marchesa, and the pair jetted away on their honeymoon the following morning (seen above outside their apartment after the big day). Congrats! [Us. Photo: Splash News Online]
Terri Hughes, a former producer on Playboy’s radio program Night Calls, is suing the company and accusing them of creating a “racially and sexually hostile work environment” on the program. Here are some of the juicier claims, which include Hughes being told that Playboy doesn’t do “negro shows.”
During a three-hour live show, host Christy Canyon repeatedly demanded Hughes come into the studio and “wax her ass” on air.
Vanessa Blue, Canyon’s African-American co-host complained that Canyon was creating “a racially and sexually hostile environment.” After Playboy instituted a “no penetration” policy due to Canyon’s behavior, Canyon continued to harass co-workers by masturbating in public and demanding that they (as well as guests on the show) touch her breast and genitals.
Well it’s official: you do not want to mess with Danny Bonaduce. Stand up comedian and Howard Stern show regular Reverend Bob Levy hopped in the boxing ring with the former child star to settle a rivalry that stemmed from a slapping incident caught on tape. Last week, Bonaduce told Stern that he had been taking a ton of steroids to prepare for the fight, claiming, “I have no concern for my health.” While we hope he’s exaggerating about his drug use, whatever he’s taking worked – Danny knocked Bob out in the second round. We have a feeling that this is far from the end of their feud – these guys love drama too much to call a truce just yet. [Photo: WireImage]