Gary Owens: The Voice of ‘Laugh-In’ Signs Off

When longtime Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens died Feb. 13, one of the great voices of the past century was stilled. I was lucky enough to interview Gary in September 2009 about a new documentary featuring his friend Jonathan Winters. Instantly recognizable from his first “hello,” Gary took me on a roller coaster ride of rapid-fire anecdotes, drawing on his 60-some-odd years in show business. From hosting The Gong Show to buying a Quincy Jones album for 11-year-old Michael Jackson, it’s …

Mel Brooks Part 2: Sid Caesar and Your Show of Shows

  I was expecting just eight minutes or so on the phone talking with Mel Brooks about his new DVD/CD/Book Collection “The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection of Unhinged Comedy.” But as you’ll hear in my You Tube video above, when Mel Brooks wants to talk, you don’t try to stop him (not that I wanted to!). I had to toil mightily to cut our 45-minute chat down to three short segments. In this part, Mel remembers Sid Caesar, the …