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Great pic! What a cool location, where was it taken?? Hope she's still going to appear at/on S.T.A.G.E. tonight!! (Neil, are you going??) ;)

 

In turns out we're staying in the same hotel. (Where's Bobby the Bellboy??) This is taken on the roof restaurant this morning before either of us had put our faces on. I heard the conversation at the table behind me and thought it was awfully early for someone to be doing Channing. I was about ready to turn around and say "That's the WORST imitation of Carol I've ever heard" when I realized it was her and got up the courage to speak. She couldn't have been nicer. The picture was her idea. I didn't want to impose because I thought she might be sensitive about her banged eye.

She did one of these benefits a few years ago with Angela Lansbury and they were to enter together. At the rehearsal Carol fell down a flight of stairs and broke her arm and STILL did the show, so yes she will be there. She joked that Angela pushed her.

I'm going to show. Joey, are you going??? I don't know if we know each other but I'll be sitting in row D seat 1.

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I think you need to do a complete recap of this encounter! From the top. LOL

 

I'll do that, but FIRST: another elbow rubbing story. Last night I escorted Marvin Kaplan into the handicapped restroom....twice! However I drew the line at accompanying him into the stall. Even us celebrity-stalkers have our limits. I'll rub elbows but THAT'S IT!

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I'll do that, but FIRST: another elbow rubbing story. Last night I escorted Marvin Kaplan into the handicapped restroom....twice! However I drew the line at accompanying him into the stall. Even us celebrity-stalkers have our limits. I'll rub elbows but THAT'S IT!

LOL! I'm afraid it would take more than that to stop me from finishing up a real celebrity encounter, i'll wet, dry, wipe or even shake my way to a star! The comic with the big eyes and glasses? So happy to hear he's still around.

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I'll do that, but FIRST: another elbow rubbing story. Last night I escorted Marvin Kaplan into the handicapped restroom....twice! However I drew the line at accompanying him into the stall. Even us celebrity-stalkers have our limits. I'll rub elbows but THAT'S IT!

Good lord, how many times did he have to go?? After it was over, I "had to go" and as I was exiting, his wife (I assume) led him to the entrance and then he slowly made his way in on his own (with cane).

I've seen him a few times at a local diner, usually with fellow actor and voice teacher/expert whose name escapes me now (he's grown his hair long as well as a long, scraggly beard...in his youth he was quite fetching!) and he certainly seems to have deteriorated health-wise between now and then...wonder if he had a stroke or something? Sad.

 

But it was a wonderful (albeit too long, as usual) evening, wouldn't you say? Both Carols of course (Cooke and Channing) were definitely the highlights of the evening!!

 

BTW there were also several other "Lucy contingent" spotted in the audience, not surprisingly Hopefully others who post here will weigh in with their reviews and/or comments. ;)

 

 

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Good lord, how many times did he have to go?? After it was over, I "had to go" and as I was exiting, his wife (I assume) led him to the entrance and then he slowly made his way in on his own (with cane).

 

wonder if he had a stroke or something? Sad.

 

But it was a wonderful (albeit too long, as usual) evening, wouldn't you say?

 

;)

 

You mean MARVIN went to the bathroom without ME?? WELL!! The woman with him asked me to help him the first time. The second time I just happened to be in there. I'm just glad he didn't request my assistance in the stall and say "Keep jiggling"!

Yes, it's unfortunate that these people age, but sad? Well, we're all going to get there eventually and at least he's still getting out.

I heard several people say the show was too long. I had such a great seat (no CRACKS!), so I enjoyed every minute and it ended too soon for me. I suppose a few numbers could have been trimmed. The Fosse woman was really fabulous but her set was longer than anyone else's. She did at least 3 separate numbers. And the excerpt from the Sammy Davis show didn't really work as well as it could have because it was hard to appreciate outside the actual show. It was meant to have the dramatic punch of "Rose's Turn", but it's not a show anyone's familiar with. Still he did a pretty good Sammy and up close he had the older-Sammy facial expressions down perfectly including his wall-eye. That's REAL acting. Also people aren't familiar enough with "Two Gentlemen of Verona' to appreciate the "Night Letter" song.

That concession to carping aside, the evening was spellbinding. So much talent.

Joey I wished I had known you were going and we could have connected, obviously in the mens room since it seems, thanks to Marvin, that's where I spent most of my time!

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You mean MARVIN went to the bathroom without ME?? WELL!! The woman with him asked me to help him the first time. The second time I just happened to be in there. I'm just glad he didn't request my assistance in the stall and say "Keep jiggling"!

Yes, it's unfortunate that these people age, but sad? Well, we're all going to get there eventually and at least he's still getting out.

I heard several people say the show was too long. I had such a great seat (no CRACKS!), so I enjoyed every minute and it ended too soon for me. I suppose a few numbers could have been trimmed. The Fosse woman was really fabulous but her set was longer than anyone else's. She did at least 3 separate numbers. And the excerpt from the Sammy Davis show didn't really work as well as it could have because it was hard to appreciate outside the actual show. It was meant to have the dramatic punch of "Rose's Turn", but it's not a show anyone's familiar with. Still he did a pretty good Sammy and up close he had the older-Sammy facial expressions down perfectly including his wall-eye. That's REAL acting. Also people aren't familiar enough with "Two Gentlemen of Verona' to appreciate the "Night Letter" song.

That concession to carping aside, the evening was spellbinding. So much talent.

Joey I wished I had known you were going and we could have connected, obviously in the mens room since it seems, thanks to Marvin, that's where I spent most of my time!

Yeah, I guess he did! ;) While I'm sure the show was more "enjoyable" as they often are when you've got front row-ish seats as opposed to the nosebleeds in the balcony (I used Goldstar for this event for a ticket that was half off but after what they pulled....NEVER AGAIN!! But that's another post/story/incident/whatever....), where it was of course not only much further away to even be able to make out facial 'spressions but much, much warmer, which just added to the discomfort of the show running long and were it not for the saving graces of the two Carol(e)s, would have made it difficult to make it to the end which of course, turned out it was totally worth it!

 

I've just found since I've been going to this since I've learned about it living here these past few years (although I believe the same director does a similiar show I used to attend annually in San Francisco) is that the dear director either doesn't know how to judiciously pace or cut numbers or what seems to happen some years is that the show feels "lopsided", so to speak, as he'll have several "draggy" acts all in a row and then try to "jazz it up" near the end, ostensibly to keep people from leaving and/or falling asleep! As in the examples you cite, I think he didn't need to give that gal THREE songs to sing when most everyone else just had their single shot -- it's as if he's afraid to leave anything out. All in all though, I'm not saying I didn't love the show and most of the performers who were on, but some judicious editing is definitely in order. :D

 

Also, while difficult in some instances given who the show's built around, but it certainly would be nice if they could work in more comedic moments along with all the powerhouse song performances, like the outstanding Rita Moreno number with the two barely-clad (hey, A-okay by me!) male dancers as she reprised her Googie Gomez character -- it was DEFINITELY a highlight of the evening!

 

 

Yes it would've been nice to meet up with you, while I doubt you remember I believe we've met once or twice over the years, at (I think) the conventions as well as once in Jamestown when I was there with the "GAB guys" (George and Garret) one year as we were shooting footage of the festivities. Either way, it's been a long time! Glad you're doing well. ;)

 

 

 

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I think you need to do a complete recap of this encounter! From the top. LOL

 

That's not much more to tell really. Carol had the oatmeal and loved it "THEE-AAT-SH the Bee-e-sh-t Oatmeal Ahh-ve EEEv-ah hee-ad." (That's the best oatmeal I've ever had). She was moaning about her banged up eye and told the story about breaking her arm during the rehearsal with Angela. Angela was to come down stairs on stage right singing (and she sang) "Hello Dolly" and Carol the other stairs singing "Mame" and she sang a few bars. "People are always doing impersonations of me....Lucille Ball did one but it wasn't very good." which as an impression, I have to agree. At the time Lucy's voice wasn't low enough to do Carol, but I love the whole scene...and the whole episode, one of the MANY I'm looking forward to on season 4.

I got a little bit of an extra preview. All I'll tell you is that it contains what is probably the most fearless and physically demanding stunt Lucy's ever did. So much so that I always assumed it was a stunt-double.

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That's not much more to tell really. Carol had the oatmeal and loved it "THEE-AAT-SH the Bee-e-sh-t Oatmeal Ahh-ve EEEv-ah hee-ad." (That's the best oatmeal I've ever had). She was moaning about her banged up eye and told the story about breaking her arm during the rehearsal with Angela. Angela was to come down stairs on stage right singing (and she sang) "Hello Dolly" and Carol the other stairs singing "Mame" and she sang a few bars. "People are always doing impersonations of me....Lucille Ball did one but it wasn't very good." which as an impression, I have to agree. At the time Lucy's voice wasn't low enough to do Carol, but I love the whole scene...and the whole episode, one of the MANY I'm looking forward to on season 4.

I got a little bit of an extra preview. All I'll tell you is that it contains what is probably the most fearless and physically demanding stunt Lucy's ever did. So much so that I always assumed it was a stunt-double.

Well, Carol coudn't do Lucy either, so there! LOL! Remember them together on those quiz shows, Carol trying to get Lucy to concentrate with her head in her hands, LOL!

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Great story, Neil! It's never too early to do a Channing impression.

And it's never too late in the night to do Talullah.

 

Here's Miss Channing on what is probably the most bizarre cameo on the most bizarre series ever to air.

Her portion starts about 40 seconds in.

 

http://video.adultswim.com/space-ghost-coast-to-coast/carol-channing-to-the-rescue.html

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Aw go on, give it the old college try, we feel so left out. :lucyhehe::lucysmirk::lucycoy::lucyshy:

OK I'll TRY....

Space Ghost is the talk show host. His sidekick is some sort of insect, his arch-enemy on the original series.

The clip opens up with Space Ghost talking to Fran Drescher and a reference by the insect to the "Nanny and the Professor" series, cutting back to two monitors one with Fran; the other with Russell Johnson of "Gilligan's island". Space Ghost is despondent because Fran won't go out with him. Out of NOWHERE comes Carol singing "Hello, Space Ghost, well hello Space Ghost" and the side kick saying "Space Ghost, you have a Channing at 3:00". They have a non-sensical conversation where Carol tries to get Space Ghost out of his funk. They make a date for later. END OF CLIP.

 

The interviewees are on TV monitors. At first I didn't get the Nanny/Professor reference mainly because I didn't recognize present-day Russell Johnson. N&P was such a short-lived show, you wouldn't think the SG audience would know anything about it. SG is VERY clever.

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OK I'll TRY....

Space Ghost is the talk show host. His sidekick is some sort of insect, his arch-enemy on the original series.

The clip opens up with Space Ghost talking to Fran Drescher and a reference by the insect to the "Nanny and the Professor" series, cutting back to two monitors one with Fran; the other with Russell Johnson of "Gilligan's island". Space Ghost is despondent because Fran won't go out with him. Out of NOWHERE comes Carol singing "Hello, Space Ghost, well hello Space Ghost" and the side kick saying "Space Ghost, you have a Channing at 3:00". They have a non-sensical conversation where Carol tries to get Space Ghost out of his funk. They make a date for later. END OF CLIP.

 

The interviewees are on TV monitors. At first I didn't get the Nanny/Professor reference mainly because I didn't recognize present-day Russell Johnson. N&P was such a short-lived show, you wouldn't think the SG audience would know anything about it. SG is VERY clever.

Tink yo veddy many, your description was so thorough, i actually thought i was THERE! :hlLOL:

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