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G.H. HARDING

BUDD FRIEDMAN PASSES — When I was still living with my parents and had just broken my ankle, my father took me to a Don Rickles show at Westbury Music Fair. Somehow, even at that tender age I just loved Rickles’ humor. There’s a new book out on him, called The Merchant of Venon, that we’re waiting to receive, but the show at Westbury that night was fantastic. I clearly remember sitting in the second row and I was somehow concerned that Rickles might see my cast and suddenly I would become a topic in his act. It never happened, but the SRO crowd loved him.

Comedy clubs are an interesting niche. They’re funny; but, sometimes they’re not. It was interesting to watch The Marvelous Ms. Maisel and see her in the clubs working out her material. They’re enjoyable, but if the comic isn’t, it can be annoying.
The maestro of comedy clubs, Budd Friedman just passed. Read this terrific post from The Hollywood Reporter:https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lifestyle/lifestyle-news/budd-friedman-dead-improv-founder-1235260904/
SHORT TAKES — The Palm’s outpost in lower Manhattan shuttered this week – with nary a whisper. Could their midtown spot be next? We spoke to PR-pasha David Salidor, who for 5 years handled PR for the midtown eatery and he said: “When The Palm was sold to the Texas-based Landry’s the writing was on the wall. Landry’sowns Del Frisco’s and Bubba Gump, so they’re basically covered from the high-end to the low-end. If you know the story of The Palm (it was originally intended to be called Parma) then you know how sad it is. I don’t know why Landry’s (and their  peripatetic owner Tilman J. Fertitta) even wanted them if their intention was to shut them all down There used to be 4 Palms in NYC … now, it’s just one. A real disgrace for sure.” Read from the Tribeca Citizen: https://www.google.com/search?q=palm+restaurant+tribeca+closed&sxsrf=ALiCzsablLAX5Vgr_JcNWr_rMn2P4qW9Ug:1668690952437&source=lnms&tbm=nws&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi6x9abprX7AhXcFmIAHY_CDOAQ_AUoAXoECAEQAw&biw=1706&bih=821&dpr=1

Foreigner and Bud Prager

Sad to hear that Foreigner will shortly be going out on their farewell tour. Not a surprise, but bittersweet as they were a formidable act. Foreigner-leader Mick Jones (77) made a fortune (with original manager Bud Prager) so he’s going out in style … In NYC the Barnes & Noble located on the Upper East Side is coming back from a 2-year shutdown. That’s great news. Take a peak at this story from Patch NYC:

Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone returned to massive numbers – 12.1 million viewers – and somehow the show and Paramount + is now on my Spectrum cable. I got into this show during the shutdown and have always liked Costner, so it was a no-brainer. The two-episode premiere was front-loaded with several flashbacks which at first seemed somewhat confusing but came together eventually. To me, this is Dallas  …. just updated. I mean Beth Dutton is like Sue Ellen Ewing and Costner is like Larry Hagman aka JR Ewing. Totally enjoyable but totally mindless. That said, Cole Hauser as Rip Wheeler is the key-character to love here. Hauser’s best scene was sitting on a hill witnessing Costner/Dutton’s inauguration ball and musing that Dutton was going to lose it all. In fact he compared the whole event to when Nero burned down Rome. An amazing scene… Micky Dolenz has two Chicago-shows this weekend. Check out Brian Shamie’s interview in The Daily Herald in St. Charles: https://www.dailyherald.com/entlife/20221117/micky-dolenz-carries-on-the-monkees-legacy-of-fun-with-two-suburban-shows-this-weekend … Happy Bday to Steve Marinucci!
NAMES IN THE NEWS — Kurt Anderson; Ed Steinberg; Joe Lynch; Peter Sackman; Steve Walter; Donna Quinter; Mark Scheerer; Billy Amendola; Kurt King; Chris Gilman; Andrew Tobin; Dina Pitenis; Keith Girard; Anthony Noto; Armando Iannuci; Les Moonves; Ann Pryor; David Letterman; Michael Ovitz; and ZIGGY!

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G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.

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