Month: October 2016

Nice Guy, Kevin Meaney

Kevin Meaney died last weekend. You may not know his name, but in stand-up comedy circles and among stand-up comedy nuts like me, he was a mainstay. Only 60, he was a favourite of Johnny Carson’s on The Tonight Show back when that was where comics got their big break. If Johnny invited you over to the couch, you became a star. Kevin always got to go to the couch.  …

A Tale of Two Celebrities

The Kardashians are selling a brand. I get that. They are prettier than us and richer than us and having more fun than us. Well, they were until Kim was bound and gagged and held hostage in her Paris hotel room while bandits relieved her of millions of dollars worth of jewellery. The incident is said to have changed her life. Let’s hope so.  …

Sickly Spicey

Our 15-year-old Head of Household Security isn’t well. In addition to hyperthyroidism, he has pancreatitis and a bit of kidney disease. It’s thought that once we get the pancreas sorted out, the kidney will improve. We certainly hope so. 

It’s 11 O’Clock. Do You Know Where Your Children Are?

With those words, Irv Weinstein began the late-night newscast on Buffalo’s WKBW Channel 7. He was the big time, the Walter Cronkite for our generation. He left the airwaves 17 years ago but just his name conjurs up memories of mentions of Tonawanda, Lackawana and other exotic locales he brought to our little southern Ontario ears.  …

The Elder Statesman of American Rock

Not quite two-thirds of the way through Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run, I feel confident that I can give it five out of five stars, no matter what else is to come. I can already guess how it ends. Springsteen is still one of the top money-making stars in the business of rock and roll and at 67, he’s in better shape than most men 20 years younger. The book is simply excellent. It entered North American sales charts at number one.  …