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The John Kerwin Show Celebrates Its 100th Episode

LA Weekly writer Ali Trachta recently attended the 100th episode taping in Encino of underground talk program The John Kerwin Show. While the on-air elements are late night rote, the production schedule and pay stubs are not:

New episodes tape just once every five weeks and air on the tiny Jewish Life TV network (JLTV). The show’s staff is unpaid.

Thirty-nine-year-old host Kerwin has helping him, sometimes remotely, some pretty well-established buddies like writer Marvin Silbermintz and associate producer Don Sweeney, both previously with The Tonight Show. His guests for the 100th episode above were Jonathan Winters (at home in Santa Barbara) and Brandi Glanville.

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Schmoozing S-P-O-R-T-S for 25 Years, Steve Somers and WFAN Celebrate Milestone

A quarter-century ago radio execs took a chance on a new format–all-sports. Even more of an unknown was how Steve Somers would handle it?

The original WFAN sound took on more of a national flavor than heard on 660 today. The majority of the update anchors and hosts did not have any, or limited, New York experience, and many ultimately fell by the wayside.

And then there’s Somers.  He neither grew up nor worked in New York, and yet from his first shift on WFAN he was a quinnesstial New Yorker.

“That is the most flattering thing everybody can say to me,” Somers says.  ”When I was growing up out there [in San Francisco], people thought I was still from New York.”

There’s no mistaking that style. Somers sounds like your older Jewish uncle. He sounded old 25 years ago, and played up his Jewishness, making him a perfect fit for the Big Apple’s melting pot.

“New Yorkers more than anywhere, and more than anybody, can tolerate and accept diversity like no other people anywhere,” Somers says. “It’s the makeup of New York.”

Somers, unlike other hosts, will discuss any sport with callers or guests.

“I do shtick and I have fun,” Somers tells FishbowlNY. “I think I’m obviously the more creative one, or the more inventive one at the station. Everybody else is pretty much courting to talk show formula.”

He says that counter-balance has been one reason for his remarkable longevity.

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Jerry Seinfeld Supports Bloomberg’s Soda Ban: ‘Fatten them up, kill them off, and move them out’

We love Jerry Seinfeld and his cynicism. We always will, too. So don’t expect Seinfeld references to ever stop here at FishbowlNY. New York’s Grub Street recently caught up with the creator of the best TV show of all time (that’s right!), and he shared his thoughts on Michael Bloomberg’s soda size ban.

Not only does he support it, he supports it in his trademark hilarious way. When Grub Street asked him how he feels about outlawing large sized soft drinks, Seinfeld explained, “I’m in favor of continuing the accelerated Darwinian process of early death and weeding out most of the population through sugary drinks.”

Then, just to make things clear, he added, “I say, ‘Fatten them up, kill them off, and move them out.’”

How can you not love that guy?

Doc Maker Got Directing Tips from Jerry Lewis

Seven years after profiling Phyllis Diller in Goodnight, We Love You, Gregg Barson is set to unveil his documentary look at another comedy legend. It was in fact while making that previous project that Barson first met Jerry Lewis.

Probably the biggest difference when it came to making Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis, which premieres tomorrow night on Encore, was how involved his latest subject was in the filmmalking aspects of the assignment. Barson tells THR reporter Lesley Goldberg that the king of comedy was extremely “hands on:”

“There were points where I’d be shooting him and he’d say to get a shot from a different location,” Barson recalls. “”I thought, ‘Jerry Lewis is helping me direct and giving me pointers.” During the process, Lewis screened cuts of Method and offered notes on the craft, cutting, timing and pacing.

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Beyonce Writes Cover Story for Essence

If you ask FishbowlNY, there are certain people who can do no wrong. A few people from that list: Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Ewing, Nas, Chuck Klosterman and Beyonce.

There are others, but here’s some news about the multitalented Beyonce: She wrote the cover feature for the July issue of Essence.

In the piece, titled “Eat, Play, Love,” Beyonce discusses how giving herself a break ended up helping her creatively:

Yes, I needed some relaxation, but I wanted inspiration too, from regular everyday things. They did not have to be over-the-top productions. I was looking for tiny moments that would speak to my heart and make me smile.

If you’re like us and can’t get enough of her, check out Essence for the full piece. It hits newsstands on the 12th.

Jerry Seinfeld to Guest with Steve Somers Tomorrow Night on WFAN

Jerry Seinfeld is no stranger to WFAN audiences, joining Steve Somers in-studio on two occasions (2000 and 2004). Tomorrow night, the on-air friendship is renewed when Seinfeld calls in to Somers’ Saturday Schooze between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The native New Yorker and die-hard Mets and Knicks fan will be joining WFAN’s evening host Somers to talk about this weekend’s Mets/Yankees Subway Series.

Somers and Seinfeld first met in an Upper East Side grocery store one early morning in 1994 at 1:30 a.m. while both were looking for cereal.  Upon meeting the sitcom legend, Somers discovered that Seinfeld caught his show often, and was a frequent caller.

Jeff Bercovici: Retire ‘Pajama Jokes’

41DLDBOGgPL._AA280_.jpgJeff Bercovici columnist at Daily Finance lays out a case for nixing the pajama dig:

Jokes about bloggers in pajamas were already a cliche by 2005, when a group of blogs banded together to form Pajamas Media. They were even more hackneyed by 2008, when Sarah Palin swatted at “some blogger probably sittin’ there in their parents’ basement in their pajamas.” Now it’s 2010. Paul Krugman blogs. So does Hendrik Hertzberg. So does James Fallows. So does…well, everyone.

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Ellen Starts Record Label and Signs ‘Dude Who Sings Like a Lady Gaga’

The super adorable Ellen DeGeneres has started a record label and signed the super adorable YouTube phenom Greyson Chance.

What other comics are stepping out of their comfort zone? Will Jerry Seinfeld start his own cereal company? Carrot Top an organic market chain? Meh.

“Seinfeld” Cast Reunites On Entertainment Weekly Cover

EW.jpg“Seinfeld” was, and will always be, one of the quintessential New York television shows. It’s also one of the most missed by New Yorkers (or at least this New Yorker.)

Since the show ended 11 years ago, the cast — made up of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards — has scattered to work on their own projects. Whispers of a reunion have always been around, but it took “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to make it happen.

Seinfeld, Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus and Richards will join David on the upcoming season of his current HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

And there’s lots more news about the long-awaited reunion in this week’s cover story in Entertainment Weekly:

“The story line, which starts in episode 3, is sprinkled over five of the season’s 10 episodes as Larry recruits the cast, then plans and tapes the big ‘Seinfeld’ reunion (viewers will see a few scenes of the ‘Seinfeld’ reunion episode on ‘Curb’). David is cagey on plot details, and will only hint that ‘Larry attempts to get [his estranged wife] Cheryl back, and the Seinfeld reunion figures prominently in that.’”

It’s taken seven seasons for David to lure the “Seinfeld” foursome to “Curb,” and it might just be a ratings ploy or a way for David’s show to go out with a bang. Either way, we’ll be watching.

Lunch: Jane Fonda & Jerry Seinfeld — That’s Entertainment!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It’s always those random celebrity sightings at Michael’s that make my weekly Wednesday visits much more fun. Today certainly didn’t disappoint. When a little birdie told me Jerry Seinfeld would be holding court on table one today, I knew I was in for it. When he strolled in sporting a baseball cap and jeans, it seemed he was trying to keep a low profile, but as soon as he opened his mouth, every head in the vicinity swiveled in his direction. He pretended not to notice and took a quick look around the dining room before settling in at table one with Trident Media’s Dan Strone. I’m thinking Jerry’s got another book in the offing. If not, he might have gotten an idea for one by the time lunch was over — every time I glanced his way, I got the distinct impression he was gathering material. He looked more than a little amused at the scene as the rest of the crowd strained to check him out on the sly. Across the room, Jane Fonda (who made her second appearance of the week) also opted for a low profile, hiding behind her shades for much of her lunch with Pat Mitchell — then the gals ducked out early. But not before my pal Beverly Camhe got a chance to chat with Jane about a possible appearance at the Center for Peace in Berlin. Then, the tireless Bev joined me at the bar and gave me the scoop on the hit of the Hamptons Film Festival (she’s on the advisory board) — the new documentary from two Australian filmmakers on Dominick Dunne. Bev reports that Dominick flew in just for the premiere and was “very moved” by the film. “He was thrilled,” says Bev. “He was nervous beforehand because it was an act of faith since he didn’t know these guys. It turned out great and everyone loved it.” We’re thrilled for Nick. Congrats!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jerry Seinfeld and Trident Media’s Dan Strone

2. Peter Brown, Frank Bowling and pals

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Sotheby’s Jamie Niven

4. Arnold Scaasi (who felt compelled to prune the bountiful fall arrangement behind his table before sitting down), Parker Ladd and a gal named Judy, so we’re told …

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