Actress, comedienne, voice artist, and author Laraine Newman and author and artist Alexis Hunter will join us this weekend on an encore presentation of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing May 13-15 at the following times and venues:
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Besides breaking ground every week as one of the original Not Ready for Prime Time Players on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Laraine Newman bore witness to the changing music scene of the 1960s and the rise of stand-up comedy in L.A. in the early 1970s; studied mime in Paris under Marcel Marceau; and was a founding member of the groundbreaking improv comedy troupe The Groundlings—all before she was twenty-three years old. It was a heady experience, as you can imagine, and though SNL skyrocketed her to fame in 1975, Laraine struggled with demons on the inside, including a longtime drug problem that, coupled with lingering issues of self-doubt and some serious bouts with depression, led to an all-consuming addiction that nearly destroyed her five years after she left SNL in 1980.
Laraine talks about her struggles candidly, with great perspective and an unyielding sense of humor, in a new audio memoir, May You Live in Interesting Times, that not only takes you backstage of the first five years of Saturday Night Live (including a look at some of her favorite sketches from the show), but gives you a glimpse of the people behind the personalities of SNL, including the writers, musicians, producers, guest stars and, of course, her fellow Not Ready for Prime Time Players, including such memories as the time she made soup for her comedy idol, Richard Pryor, during the week he hosted the show; the time she farted in front of Prince; the night she was kissed by Paul McCartney; and the thrill Laraine got when she realized that Woody Allen and John Lennon were both big fans of SNL. Laraine also tells us how she found meaning in life for the first time once she became a mom, and how, in many ways, she really hit her stride as a performer when she became a voice artist. Laraine Newman will join us in our second hour.
May You Live in Interesting Times is available now through Audible.com/larainenewman. Laraine Newman also provides the voice of Peaches, the space monkey, in the new animated series Ridley Jones, which is available on demand on the Netflix Jr. YouTube channel.
This week’s program will also include a return appearance by Alexis Hunter, author of Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, a memoir of Alexis’ life with singer/actress Joi Lansing, which began in 1969 and continued until Joi’s death from breast cancer in August 1972.
Known for her appearances in such movies and TV series as Singin’ in the Rain, Marriage on the Rocks, A Hole in the Head, Maverick, Perry Mason, I Love Lucy, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Adventures of Superman, and the famous opening tracking sequence of Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, Joi Lansing became a star through the studio system. That same system, however, pressured Lansing into maintaining that image of physical beauty (to the point where she underwent breast enhancement surgery) and the fantasy of being the perennial object of desire of every man in the world. That image also impeded Joi’s personal life, to the point where she had to keep her intimate relationship with Alexis a secret.
Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For is not a tell-all book (although there are good stories about such stars as Burt Lancaster, Dan Dailey, and Frank Sinatra). Rather, it is a love story that also serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of silicon enhancements. Alexis Hunter joins us in our first hour.
TV CONFIDENTIAL: A radio talk show about television
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Sat 5am ET, 2am PT and Wed 7pm ET, 4pm PT on Third Eye Radio Network (Bainbridge, GA)
Sat 6am ET, 3am PT on WTCA 1050 AM and 106.1 FM (South Bend/Plymouth, IN)
Sat 8am ET, 5am PT on WKXO 1500 AM and 103.5 FM (Lexington-Fayette/Richmond/Berea, KY)
Sat Noon ET, 9am PT on KZFX FM (Ridgecrest/California City, CA)
Sat 4pm CT, 2pm PT and Sun 6pm CT, 4pm PT on KSCJ 1360 AM and 94.9 FM (Sioux City, IA)
Sat 6pm CT, 4pm PT on KZLS-AM 1640 (Enid/Oklahoma City, OK)
Sat 8pm ET, 5pm PT and Sun 10am ET, 7am PT on Indiana Talks (Huntington, IN)
Sat 9pm CT, 7pm pm PT on KFMO-AM 1240 (Park Hills/Farmington/St. Louis, MO)
Sat 10pm ET, 7pm PT on 920 WON The Apple (Brooklyn, NY)
Sat 8pm MT and PT and Sun 6pm MT and PT on Bull 99.1 FM and KIKO AM 1340 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 5am ET, 2am PT on WLAD-AM 800 and FM 94.1 (Danbury, CT)
Sun 6am ET, 3am PT on WSTP Radio (Fort Wayne, IN)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KSCO-AM 1080 (San Jose/Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA)
Sun 9am ET, 6am PT on KOMY-AM 1340 (La Selva Beach/Watsonville, CA)
Sun 5pm CT, 3pm PT on Stay Tuned America (Dodge Center, MN)
Sun 7pm ET, 4pm PT on CROC Radio (British Columbia, Canada)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KLTF-AM 960 (St. Cloud/Little Falls, MN)
Sun 8pm CT, 6pm PT on KPLT AM and FM (Paris, TX)
Sun 10pm ET, 7pm PT on WDIG AM (Dothan, AL)
Sun 8pm MT and PT on Rattler 97.3 FM and KBSZ AM 1260 (Apache Junction/Mesa/Phoenix, AZ)
Sun 9pm PT, Mon Mid ET on KHMB-AM and FM (Half Moon Bay, CA)
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