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Carson Daly on Smoking with Johnny Depp, and Telling Britney Spears’ Publicist to “F Off.”

By |June 23rd, 2011|

It’s been a big year for Carson Daly. For one thing, his late night talk show, Last Call with Carson Daly, is celebrating its tenth anniversary on NBC. Which is a pretty remarkable feat, not just for surviving ten years but for surviving ten years with almost nobody watching. […]

Golf Legend Greg Norman on Father’s Day, the U.S. Open, and Bill Clinton

By |June 16th, 2011|

I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Greg Norman. Because of him, I realized that golf could actually be fascinating melodrama. […]

Tony Nominee Josh Gad Is Happy To Talk About Mormons, But Not the Other Religion That Starts With an M.

By |June 9th, 2011|

One thing that rarely gets said about the devoutly religious is “Boy, they sure do have a great sense of humor about themselves.” […]

Barry Manilow Only Ever Played One Bathhouse with Bette Midler

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Here are three things I didn’t know about Barry Manilow prior to conducting this interview: First, his fans are called “Fanilows,” and each and every one has beautifully feathered hair. (Just a guess, but it’s probably true.) […]

Flavor Flav Won’t Stop Making Chicken, or Reality Shows

By |May 26th, 2011|

As much fun as it can be to watch Flavor Flav in action, it’s hard not to wonder sometimes why exactly he’s famous. Sure, he was a member of Public Enemy, one of the most seminal and ground-breaking acts in hip-hop. But his main contribution to that group involved repeating his own name a bunch of times and shouting, “Yeeeah, boyeee!” Other than that, what else is there? […]

Wavy Gravy Knows the Secret To Eternal Life: Just Don’t Die

By |May 19th, 2011|

If you’re in the northern California area this weekend, be prepared. Most of the state is going to smell like patchouli and Baby Boomer tears. Wavy Gravy is turning 75, and he’s celebrating with a “Birthday Boogie” on Saturday at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California, just across the bridge from San Francisco. […]

Sloane Crosley On Shiny Hair, Portuguese Clowns, and Midget Sodomy

By |May 12th, 2011|

There are a few things you should know about Sloane Crosley before reading this interview. She’s the author of two books of comedic essays, 2008’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake and the just-released-in-paperback How Did You Get This Number. […]

When Nikki Sixx Goes to Rock n’ Roll Heaven, He’s Taking a Long Overdue Nap

By |May 5th, 2011|

It wouldn’t be unreasonable to say that the world probably has enough Mötley Crüe biographies at this point. […]

India Hicks Explains the Royal Wedding For Americans

By |April 28th, 2011|

For all the media hoopla surrounding the upcoming nuptials between Prince William and Kate Middleton — which, if you haven’t already been told a zillion times already, happens tomorrow, April 29th, at Westminster Abbey — few people have bothered to ask the really interesting questions. We’ve heard ad nauseum about the wedding dress and the celebrity guest list and how much the bloated ceremony will probably end up costing (thanks again, British taxpayers). But do you honestly give a shit? […]

Demetri Martin on Twitter Battles, Kurt Vonnegut Asterisks, and Unicycle Regret

By |April 7th, 2011|

A few years ago, when New York magazine called Demetri Martin “the Barack Obama of comedy,” it felt like a career death sentence. Who could possibly live up to such ridiculous expectations? Even Obama couldn’t do it, so what chance did a comic who’s act featured palindrome poetry and paraprosdokian wordplay have? […]

Sharon Osbourne: The NSFW Interview

By |March 31st, 2011|

I should say right up front that I’m not in any way, shape or form the target demographic for The Talk, CBS’s answer to The View. […]

Magic Johnson Goes Broadway With “Ebony & Ivory” Duets and Basketball-Dunking Jazz Hands

By |March 24th, 2011|

As basketball legends go, Earvin “Magic” Johnson has a relatively untarnished record. Not just on the court — where he famously led the LA Lakers to five national championships — but also in his personal life. […]

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