Stuttering John Red Ball Incident: 20 Years Later "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!