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Picture Postcard: Lou Costello Memorial, Paterson NJ

30 Mar

March 30, 2015

Abbott and Costello are some of my favorite comedians, and growing up I devoured their films and, when I could find it, their TV show. Later I became a fan of their radio show, and I can still recite the entire Who’s on First routine. (One of my favorite movies? Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, and the American Film Institute agrees.)

Lou Costello was born in Paterson New Jersey and never forgot his roots, even more than simply ending most radio shows “goodnight everyone in Paterson New Jersey!” and working his hometown into many routines, he gave back, funding youth centers and civic organizations.

In Lou’s honor, the city of Paterson erected a statue and memorial in his honor. I had always wanted to see it, and when I found myself in Paterson over the weekend I had to make sure to stop there. Paterson isn’t the place it once was (in fact, the police were interviewing some sketchy characters while I was there) but the statue and memorial are clean and graffiti free. And while the surrounding area is in serious need of economic redevelopment, I can say that the people there seemed to have pride in the neighborhood.

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Other Slogans Starbucks Considered Writing on Cups before “Race Together”

25 Mar

March 25, 2015

1- Want a scone with this, Whitey?

2- This is crazy, but here’s my number, so call me maybe?

3- Go Sox

4- Draw a funny mustache on this picture of a Republican

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5- This is Starbucks. Why are we talking about race when this store is 90% white hipsters? Let’s talk skinny jeans instead.

 

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John Newly Is Taking Calls (Lying Awake #7)

18 Mar

March 18, 2015

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- Ed from Michigan, you’re next on Lying Awake.

- John?

-Go ahead Ed, I’m listening.

- BABA BOOEY BABA BOOEY BABA BOOEY STERN RULES BAB-*

- Hmm, Ed seemed to be talking in tongues. I wonder if he was possessed. Next up, Brad from New York. Hi Brad, how are you tonight

- Uh, I’m ok. Um, I’ve got a question for John.

- I’m John, go ahead with your question.

- Well, what I want to know is, why don’t you stick your head up a dead bear’s -*

- Whoa, whoa. Eddie, who’s screening tonight? That’s Fast Eddie, my producer I’m talking to. No one?

(inaudible, off mic.)

- Seriously? Art used to do unscreened open lines all the time? Really?

(inaudible, off mic.)

- Alright, we have time for one more call before the break. Bob, from Bowie Maryland, you’re on Lying Awake.

- BABA BOOEY BABA BOOEY BABA BOOEY HOWARD STERN!

- Sigh, we’ll be right back after these words from all natural herbal formic acid remedies.

- STERN RULES!

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