Monday, January 18, 2010


Forget Leno & Conan: Just Bring Back Arsenio

We couldn't agree more with what The Root had to say on this topic. At the risk of sounding provincial, it doesn't hurt that Arsenio happens to be a Cleveland native. His iconic moment with Clinton and his sax was merely the most memorable of the show's many high points.

6 Comments:

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

I could not agree more. Arsenio was the very best, except for the god of late night, Tom Snyder, who will always reign at least in my mind.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Snyder and his famous lilting laugh. Or it was more like a guffaw. He really was a purist, insofar as needing no props or gimmicks or noise. Just one on one chat. In that regard, he was certainly a trailblazer for Charlie Rose.

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Kass said...

I'd forgotten about both Arsenio and Tom Snyder. Wonder where they are....

 
At 4:12 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Snyder passed away a couple years ago, sadly. I think Arsenio has continued to do stand-up, and possibly a few more small movie parts (he had at least one major one that I can remember, opposite Eddie Murphy in "Coming to America." If anyone wants to do any quick web research and post a link or two about Arsenio's recent work, please do.

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger Kim said...

Funny you should suggest that, as I had already gone there wondering, "whatever happened to Arsenio Hall"?

http://www.celebritynooz.com/Arsenio_Hall_Credits.aspx

and

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002119/

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Thanks, Kim! I'm buried today up to my eyeballs in deadlines for website copy about student loans, or I would have done that myself. I really appreciate your pitching in.

 

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