This SNL original was one of the most beloved comedians in the world when she died tragically at 42. Gilda Radner, the “Roseanna Roseannadanna” creator was praised and adored by everyone at SNL. So, it was heartbreaking when she left The Howard Stern Show in tears.
In 1983, Radner agreed to an appearance, only to be berated by the uncouth host about her private life. Callers and Stern would not stop asking her about her intimate relationships. Finally, during a commercial break, the legendary comic left the studio. Stern was baffled and acknowledged he’s perhaps so dehumanized he doesn’t realize he’s obnoxious.
Samuel L. Jackson
Sharing his love of golf, Samuel L. Jackson confirmed his contract includes a clause allowing him three golf days per week on a shoot, plus proximity to a golf club.
The “Pulp Fiction” breakout star who became a phenomenally popular actor, says he is boring. Even more shocking, a 1990 subway ride found him dragged by the train. His ankle got stuck in the door on the way out. He needed knee reconstruction surgery.
Sacha Baron Cohen
He risked his life to film the climactic moment of “Bruno.” Talking to Howard, Sacha Baron Cohen dished the backstory to creating one hilarious scene. In the movie, he introduces himself as “Straight Dave,” reinforcing the image with over-the-top pro-heterosexual bravado.
“Straight Dave” is a fashion journalist from Austria who somehow ended up in a wrestling cage with a crowd of extras made up of 300 recently released ex-cons. So, yes, Cohen, in character, incited a riot by making out with an old ex-boyfriend who happened to be his challenger in the crowd. Chairs were flying, angry men with disagreeable tattoos on their foreheads raged. Cohen ditched them through a trapdoor to an escape tunnel.
Steve Martin’s first job was at Disneyland, a brand-new park that was only a bike ride away. Doing magic tricks was his first act when he was fifteen. He performed at his parents’ bridge parties or wherever he could get an audience. He wanted to entertain people ever since he could remember.
Martin is a comedic genius, but he talked somberly about quitting stand-up comedy. He was burnt out, falling ill with heart trouble, and hospitalized for sinus issues. He struggled to write a joke. Suffering in private, he never mentioned it but simply moved on to movies and other gigs.
Stern tried his darndest to get Charlie Sheen to talk about his love life, but, ironically, the actor seemed shocked, or at least overwhelmed by the explicit nature of the radio host’s questioning.
He told a wild story about why he stopped bearing arms. Once, he left a small revolver in his jeans pocket on the bathroom floor. When his girlfriend, Kelly Preston, went to use the scale, she moved his jeans and the revolver fell out, shot a hole in the toilet, and grazed her leg. It made him question why he would have such a thing around.