about a year ago the chicago-born comedian was on the howard stern show and they had a really great conversation. here are three interesting little chunks from that chat.
on being single
“Well… I do think about that. I do think about that. I’m not sure when I’m getting done here. I have kids—I have children that I’m responsible for—and I enjoy that very much, and that wouldn’t have happened without women. I don’t think I’m lonely. It would be nice to go to some of these things and have a date, have someone to bring along. And to go play golf in Scotland, that would be fun. But there’s a lot that I’m not doing that I need to do—something like working on yourself, self-development, and becoming more connected to myself. I don’t have a problem connecting with people, my problem is connecting with myself. And if I’m not really committing myself really well to that, it’s sort of better that I don’t have another person. I can’t take on another relationship if I’m not taking care of the things I need to take care of the most. What stops us from looking at ourselves is that we’re kind of ugly if we look really hard; we’re not who we think we are, and we’re not as wonderful as we think we are.”
on what’s great about california
“In-N-Out Burger is a great hamburger. I remember being in Las Vegas once and for some reason the ride that they give you is a 91-foot limousine, and I said to the [driver], ‘In-N-Out Burger?’ He could barely get this thing through the drive-thru, and while he was in the parking lot trying to get this thing in, I just hopped out and went in. And I tipped him in In-N-Out coupons. It’s a great burger. They do a great job with it. The French fries are made out of real potatoes, the burger is great and you can get it all kinds of ways, and it tastes good. It’s definitely the best franchise burger by a million miles. There’s no comparison. I mean, it’s not even close.”
on famous whiners
“I do not like people that complain about being famous, but I say to people, ‘Hey, you want to be rich and famous? Try being rich, and see if that doesn’t cover most of it for you.’ You have a bunch of dough, you can be as kind as you want, and you can be invisible. No one has to know you have a bunch of dough, and you can behave any way you want. You can be a secret kind of person.”
[Update, Tuesday: Geoff writes: Thanks everyone for your thoughts and words and sentiments. It is very strange and sad to leave the paper after 21 years but it is completely my choice. I’m going to gamble and bet on myself and what I’ve learned over these past few years with the Hero Complex success. As a friend of mine in Metropolis says, you can’t fly until you take a leap…]
i do not like the White Sox.
which is ironic because i have like 18,000 white socks.
but in 1979 the White Sox did something beautiful
they let a 24-year-old shock talk host from a rock & roll radio station
invite the city of chicago to come to a double header for 98 cents
if they brought in a disco album which they would blow up in between games.
back then people had taste and the White Sox couldn’t draw a crowd
despite having the always innovative Bill Veeck running the place
despite having Harry Caray and Jimmy Piersal calling the games
despite having Nancy Foust tickle the ivories on the organ
despite having hard alcohol served generously all through the stadium
and despite the wackiest uniforms – ever.
they looked like black and white pajamas for colorblind clowns.
but Steve Dahl, the predecessor of Howard Stern, and Disco Demolition
packed the place, and people had to sneak in to get in.
and once they got in and once they blew up those records
whats amazing about this video is how little security baseball teams had
back in the innocent pre-1980s days.
and just like Sox fans, of course they stole home plate.
“[The doctor] lowered the boom. He took me out. I was devastated… [Sirius executive] Tim [Sabean] called me right after I left his office. I was a mess… America’s Got Talet was coming on… I wanted you [Howard] to enjoy the show… He went along this line of what they might have to do in order to remove this… I saw it… It’s as big as a grapefruit… Some of the outcomes are not that good… It’s not a death thing… but those outcomes aren’t acceptable to me… I don’t want to talk about it.”
Yesterday Howard asked Robin why she wasn’t available when he called her Monday after the show.
Robin, 59, said, “You must have called the phone that was left in Pittsburgh. I was busy all day with testing.”
In the middle of Monday’s show Robin told Howard and the listeners that she was wearing a “pee bag” to which Howard said, “Boy we are geting old.”
Robin said, “I’m wearing a catheter. So when you see me, I’m peeing. It just constantly goes.”
Quivers has been a vegan for a number of years which includes a liquid diet that has been joked about on the show involving “green drinks”. shes also been known to travel around the world on spiritual journeys.
when robin isn’t in the studio the show loses its balance and turns into a frat house, howard has admitted.
she is the secret weapon to America’s most popular radio show of all time.