What a fantastic show! I gave up on the N&A show a couple months back. The show felt like it was in too much of a samey rut; too much Kriegel and Brian Jones, but mostly, I'd just had it with Nick and his sandy vagina. But I was still surprised at how good the first Artie show was. I'm wondering if the first two call-in guests were great because they were great, or because Artie was able to conduct the interviews by himself......................... Time will tell. Roeper was fantastic, and it was a very timely call with all the Golden Globes stuff to goof on. Trevor Pryce was a good call, too. I'd love to trade Brian Jones for him. Pryce actually said things, and rolled with the punches. Good get by that Stove dude. I hope Pryce becomes a regular caller. Great call-in by Rod, and two great phony phone-calls! I like how Steve's finally "getting wise" to him, and how Francesca has fucking had it with him! The main thing that was proven with last night's show is that Artie can be the star of a show. He's got an ear for interesting and funny, and he's a great interviewer. He knows where to go with things, and because the show is on such a tight schedule, he immediately goes there. And to not have that Nick-roadblock in the way is beyond awesome; not only does Artie not have to crowbar in a funny line or interesting question for a guest; he can actually follow up those lines and questions! I still can't believe I'll never have to hear about that jerkoff's playing days at Maine again. It's like a dream. It was also great for Artie to be able to freely talk about his time on the Stern show without a butt-hurt Nick going pre-menstrual and derailing any interesting conversation about it. AND no more of those douchebag "co"-talk show appearances where Artie's riffing and grooving, and old man DiPaolo hikes up his pants, jabs his keys in his hairy ear, and says something grumpy and unfunny. I didn't mind the Stover dude. He seemed fine. I wouldn't hire him permanently though, just so he doesn't get comfortable and complacent. It's been said by mpa and somebody else too, I think, but Nick fucked up a really, really easy gig. Artie's self-destructive impulses pale in comparison to Nick's. Goodnight, unfunnyman! All we need is for Artie to stay clean........................enough.