Stern Show Stuttering John Red Ball Incident: 20 Years Later

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  1. ALevy

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    Stuttering John Red Ball Incident: 20 Years Later

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    "I'll give you a fuckin' rap in your mouth!"

    @stuttering john melendez ,

    A few questions, in retrospect, about this run-in with Broadway producer Marty Richards at the Red Ball in ’96 at New York's Plaza Hotel.

    Queued up:

    • Why did you antagonize him with the show tunes when he was walking away?
    • Any litigation ever come of this?
    • Why did you call him ’Sir’ after he smacked you?
    • Were the racial accusations based on something that happened that night, or a face-saving gambit after losing his cool?
    Still funny: “You’re a crazy old man, I hope you die tomorrow!” (Marty lived to the ripe of old age of 80, leaving us in Nov. 2012.)

    Thanks John, big fan, big fan!
     
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    They really should have stopped doing these type of celebrity event interviews after Stuttering John stopped doing them. All due respect to Gary Garver, but John's stuttering and fumbling over questions just made his interviews he best.
     
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    It wasn't a show tune, it was a knee jerk reaction to act as if I'm scared.

    no, litigation.

    I was used to adresseing my interviewee's as sir.

    no, he made the racial thing up to vindicate his action of hitting me.

    thanks for being a fan.
     
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    Who hit harder, this old man or Benza?
     
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    benza, but that's not saying much, raquel hit me harder than both.
     
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    My friend found some old channel 9 shows recently. There's a clip of you asking the dad from Good Times why they bother putting hair and eye color on Chinese people's drivers licenses. The look on his face was indescribable. He was actually thinking contemplating it before realizing it was a bullshit question. Can't remember the last time I laughed so hard. That had to be a Martling line.
     
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    Thanks John. As Jackie said, there's nothing better than guys in tuxedos throwing punches.
     
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    The stuttering and fumbling get all the attention, but the real success behind a @stuttering john melendez celebrity interview is his put-on sincerity and obliviousness. He's delivering disarming and utterly debilitating questions with a sunny, pleasant disposition that is completely at odds with his questions -- and that suggests he has no idea what he's just said, or how it could be offensive. That's why you can't just recreate Stuttering John by giving somebody else the same list of questions you'd give to him; there's a performance that goes into it.
     
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    There was also the beauty of celebs having to adhere to the unwritten laws of political correctness, having to lean in and hang on every stammer before he dropped a Bayville-stamped anvil on their heads.

    "Do you know what a bully is, Chelly?"
     
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    That's a good point. John was punching up by going after celebrities, who sort of had one hand tied behind their back because they had a career and reputation to protect. Nowadays the Stern Show punches down by targeting nameless Comic Con attendees and drunken Philly sports fans, who have no reason to be tactful, and no image to uphold. It's a low-stakes match-up.
     
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    They moved the celebrity interviews into the studio.
     
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    This ain't shit. I have a blue ball incident every night.
     
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    And they've become a 90-minute-long, literal answer to the question: "Who are you and why are you famous?"
     
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    "and how much are you worth and may i suck your ... er ... how big is your cock?"
     
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    John, you were responsible for the some of the funniest shit ever. It's a kitten loving, vacation taking, star ass-kissing shit-show now, but we'll always have plenty of fun memories thanks to you.
     
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    Howard's attempt at this sort of thing nowadays is to have Benjy enter an event yelling and screaming like a maniac. It's as if they have no idea what made the "antagonize a celebrity" bit funny in the first place.
     
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    I'm picturing John asking Howard's current line of questions:

    "Burt, how old were you when you realized your parents were jealous of you?"

    "Billy, after you read the script for Mr. Saturday Night ... Did you negotiate a salary?"

    "Mr. Kronkite, do you display your awards?"
     
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