SLEEPING AT B&Bs, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, GLEE AND RAP ROCK
Rosie and the staff began today's show discussing how they are coming up on the one year anniversary of Rosie Radio! She said they will be doing a show from the Sirius "fishbowl" soon (possibly on the anniversary date? November 2nd?). This then started a discussion about bed bugs and how they were found in the Sirius studios in NYC. Janette assured everyone that the bed bugs have been eradicated from the building and said that Lou and Brendan have been to the offices and they're bed bug free. Deirdre asked why we don't just use DDT on them and Pete found an article that discovered that DDT might actually make bed bugs more active rather than kill them. Somehow this brought the conversation around to Bed&Breakfast's which sparked an entire debate. No one in the studio likes to stay at B&Bs except for Janette. Rosie got the creeps at the B&B she was supposed to stay at when she went to go visit Parker at his summer camp. She was sure it was lovely and rated highly but couldn't make herself stay there. Deirdre said that if a room at a B&B looks like someone's guest house it freaks her out. Rosie asked Lou how he liked staying at Jeannie's brother's guest room (which was supposedly very nice) and Lou referred to his new BFF as Jean which set Rosie over the edge because NO ONE calls her Jean! Lou said he LOVED staying at Jean's brother's house. Rosie was beside herself and said that no one calls her Jean, Weenie is okay but Jean is just plain weird. Lou then told the crew that his neighbor has bed bugs and they all guessed that he will be the first person on the radio staff to get them.
Rosie is excited that The Oprah Winfrey Show is doing an episode dedicated to the cast of The Sound of Music movie. The entire cast is going to be on which delighted Rosie because it's her favorite movie of all time. Janette revealed that she has never seen The Sound of Music! She's also never seen Gone With the Wind! Janette then referred to the star of the Sound of Music, Julie Andrews, as "that Julie Armstrong woman." Rosie YELLED at the top of her lungs, "JULIE ANDREWS NOT JULIE ARMSTRONG!" She then scolded her for getting the name wrong and told her she was disqualified for the Broadway game that they were going to play at the end of today's broadcast. Janette couldn't recall any other films that Julie Andrews has been in and Rosie yelled at her, "Mary Poppins, you asshole!" Is that the official title? Then she asked if she was the actress in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" which about put Rosie over the edge. She yelled, "No! That was Audrey Hepburn!" After Rosie calmed down she asked Janette to keep track of some of the funny things Janette has said over the past year on the show. Rosie called them her "Sue Sylvester moments" in reference to the character Jane Lynch who plays in the television show Glee. Then Janette said "I'm going to watch it (Glee) now with a special eye towards learning." Okay, that's the first saying for a t-shirt. Rosie said she did an interview for Oprah's "Sound of Music" episode and talked all about what the movie meant to her as a child. She then sang "I must have done something good." Some of the lyrics...
Perhaps I had a wicked childhood
Perhaps I had a miserable youth
But somewhere in my wicked miserable past
I must have had a moment of truth
For here you are
Whether or not you should
So somewhere in my youth
I must have done something good
Rosie said that Christopher Plummer, the lead actor from The Sound of Music, visited The Rosie O'Donnell Show and sang Edelweiss to her for her 40th birthday! Rosie said she still looks back on that show and can't believe she met all the people she met doing that show. She said it's intense to look back now and when it was over it was like coming back down to Earth. She said she grew up dreaming of meeting the people that she watched on television and on Broadway and then she got the opportunity to meet and interview them and it still astounds her. The Oprah episode with cast of The Sound of Music airs on October 29th! Don't miss it!
Rosie asked everyone if they knew that Glee now has had more top 100 chart hits than the Beatles?! Deirdre doesn't think it's a fair comparison because their songs are all covers of some of the most popular songs ever and we're living in the digital age of downloadable music now. She said when the Beatles and Elvis were making music you couldn't just download a single with ease.
Rosie then sang along to her new favorite song Ride to California by Paper Tongues. She asked if rap/rock was a new category and Deirdre pointed out that that is what Kid Rock's music is and that he is sort of the inventor of rap rock. Rosie said that when she was in the hospital for her staph infection she would be coming in and out of consciousness listening to the song It Wasn't Me by Shaggy. Lou then played Bawitdaba by Kid Rock as an example of rap rock. Rosie didn't really like the song but she and Deirdre really like Kid Rock himself.
ALIENS IN CHINA AND CALLS FROM LISTENERS
Rosie said there's big news - more alien aircraft have been seen at the airport in China. This is the 8th time that they've sighted UFOs. Brendan said that just because they see unidentified flying aircraft doesn't mean they are aliens. Bobby and Janette believe they should be able to differentiate if it's a plane or a flying saucer and the fact that they can't says something. Everyone in the room believed there were such thing as UFOs but Lou and Brendan in the control room do not believe in UFOs. James believes there could be something out there. Bobby quoted Jodi Foster's character from the movie Contact that says, "If there's not anything out there it's an awfully big waste of space."
Rosie was once very fascinated with the topic of extraterrestrial life and UFOs and once went to a UFO convention when she was in her early 20s. She then said she felt like Christine O'Donnell saying she was once into Witchcraft which made everyone in the studio crack up! Rosie invited callers with any UFO stories to call in. Deirdre said there have been too many unexplained events in our history for there to not be UFOs and Rosie said it's odd that we're the only living things within the galaxy. Suddenly the whole call-in board was lit up with listeners waiting to share their UFO stories with Rosie.
One caller felt like she had been visited by aliens in her sleep while she was working the night shift and sleeping during the day. She said she would feel the beings hovering over her but couldn't wake up and couldn't move like a magnet was holding her down to the bed. Rosie admitted she's had those dreams too! The caller truly believes there's something out there and that we've been visited and continue to be visited.
Another caller never believed in UFOs until a night she was walking home from an audition. She said there were hundreds of cars on her block and she saw the brightest light in the sky. She said everyone was calling the news but no news news-crews came out. The light darted across the sky and people took pictures and video of the light. A police officer told her they were to tell the people it was a weather balloon. She said it happened in Boca Raton, Florida, and there's a whole group on Facebook entitled "I saw the UFO in Boca, did you?" Rosie asked the caller what audition she was returning from and she told Rosie Rent and Rosie had her sing a song from the musical!
Rosie took a call from a listener who saw a huge orange glowing orb flying in a perfectly horizontal line. He said then another orange orb came and followed it and they disappeared. He told Rosie to google "orange orbs" online because they have been seen all over the world!
Rosie took a final call from a listener who was living in Alexandra, Virginia, and lost 5-6 hours of her life when she merely stepped out to have a cigarette. She has no recollection as to what happened during those lost hours but about once a year she will have the most amazing sleep of her life and wake up with a spot of blood on her arm. Rosie encouraged the caller to look into the Betty and Barney Hill abduction.
THE NEW SUN CHIPS BAG VS. THE OLD SUN CHIPS BAG
Rosie said a lot of people were telling her that they didn't believe the loudness of the new sun chips bag so she decided to ask Pete to go out and purchase both kinds and test them in the studio. She opened each bag on air. Janette couldn't really tell the difference but Shoshana and Pete could. Everyone wondered if it is merely a publicity stunt to get more people talking about Sun Chips.
Rosie said that Parker's knees have been hurting lately and the doctor is telling them it's growing pains. Pete recommended they measure his legs. He said it took doctors 10 years to discover his legs were two different sizes and that was the cause of his knee pain. Pete said for years they told him it was growing pains.
THE SOCIAL NETWORK'S AARON SORKIN AND JESSE EISENBERG
Rosie then interviewed Aaron Sorkin and Jesse Eisenberg who called in to talk to her from London about their film The Social Network. Rosie called the film a tragic tale of morality that is beautifully written and acted and she said it is a brilliant piece of art.
Rosie began by speaking to Aaron about his background in musical theater. Aaron has a Bachelor of Arts in musical theater from Syracuse University and said he did many musicals in college. He joked that there is someone out there with video of him on stage in a musical production that he's going to have to pay lots of money to for them not to release the tapes. Aaron thanked Rosie for being such a huge supporter of Broadway over the years and said that he and a lot of other people appreciate her efforts. Rosie said for her, Broadway was the gateway for her to become an entertainer and made performing a tangible reality for her.
Rosie told Jesse she never saw him in Zombieland but she did see him in the Squid and the Whale which she loved. Jesse said he never really met Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, but would have liked to. He did study videos and interviews of him for the role to familiarize himself with Mark. He said they were encouraged to create their own characters and not to try to impersonate the real people they were playing in the film. Aaron said in doing research for the film he found that there were three very different versions of the story of Facebook. Instead of choosing one point of view he decided to show all three conflicting versions of the story and show it as a courtroom drama. They discussed Sean Parker, Justin Timberlake's character, in the film and how his friendship was like a "new shiny penny" in Mark's life. Aaron said that Mark really admired Sean as someone who had reinvented himself. Rosie said the movie in many ways is like a Greek tragedy about loyalty and betrayal.
Jesse grew up in Queens in the same area that Rosie grew up. He said both his parents were supportive of the arts and encouraged their children to be creative. Jesse said he did children's community theater when he was younger and his parents are very supportive of his acting. He's also about to graduate from college. Rosie asked him how he's dealing with his new found fame and Jess said he's very appreciative that people really like this movie. Rosie remarked on the rave reviews the film is getting and asked Jesse if it is life-changing for him. He simply said it's just still all so new to him. He and Aaron have been traveling showing the film to college kids and remarked how interesting the difference of reaction is based on the audience's age. They said the younger generation views Jesse's character as a rockstar and a hero while an older audience sees a more morally complicated character.
Aaron was a theater major and moved to New York after graduation with dreams of becoming an actor. One night through a fluke he started to write on a typewriter and for the first time for pleasure and wrote an entire one act play. He wrote in dialogue and it was one of those moments people talk about. He said after all those years of studying acting and seeing plays he realized in that moment he hadn't been learning how to act but learning what a play was. Dialogue had been like music to him. He wrote a one act play and although he first created a role for himself to act in it he realized he was a better playwright than he was an actor. Rosie said she once acted in 'Waiting for Godot' with Nathan Lane and forgot her line! She said there was 3 solid minutes of silence on stage and after that she re-thought her acting career.
Rosie congratulated Aaron on his sobriety and for speaking out about it. Aaron said he has 9 years and 5 months sober and still takes it one day at a time. He said addiction is not something you ever recover from, he knows he's simply in remission from it.
Rosie told Jesse what an amazing actor he was and complimented him on how he was able to create empathy and many of the other feelings he was able to portray on film. Rosie said she cried at the end of the movie for his character's pain and loved Jesse's performance. She asked him if it's true that he's doing Zombieland II and he said it is! Rosie said she's going to go out and see Zombieland I even though Jess assured her that she'd be able to follow the storyline of Zombieland II if she missed the first one.
Rosie told Aaron that everything he does is genius and Aaron said the real genius was David Fincher, the director. Aaron said that David has never made a bad movie and that everything that Rosie likes about the film is because of David. Rosie said she met David when he was directing videos for Madonna.
Rosie thanked them for the interview and encouraged all her listeners to go see The Social Network playing at a theater near YOU!
BOBBY'S BROADWAY GAME!
Then it was time to play Bobby's Broadway Game! Rosie allowed Janette to play at the last minute even though she confused Julie Andrews with Julie Armstrong. Rosie said she allowed Janette to play out of the spirit of Broadway and with the hopes that she'll embarrass herself. They also had a caller participating who had seen over 200 Broadway shows! If the caller wins, she would get two tickets to see "In the Heights" starring Jordin Sparks the next time she's in NYC!
The game was, the player would hear a snippet or a fragment from a song from a Broadway show. They get one point if they can finish the lyric. They get another point if they can name the show it's from.
Pete - "if they could see me now, that little gang of mine..." He couldn't finish the lyric and guessed that the song was from Cabaret. It was from Sweet Charity. 0 points
Janette - "she climbs a tree and scrapes her knee her dress has got a tear." She couldn't finish the lyric but knew it was from The Sound of Music! 1 point
Caller - "come on along and listen to, the lullaby of Broadway...." She finished the lyric and guessed the musical 42nd Street. 2 points.
Shoshana - "I fell pretty. Oh so pretty. That the city should give me it's key." She had no idea and couldn't finish the lyric. It was from West Side Story. 0 points
Rosie - "everything has it's season, everything has it's time...." She guessed Pippin and she finished the song. 2 points
Pete - "grey skies are gonna clear up, put on a happy face...." He couldn't finish the lyric and guessed 'Guys and Dolls' which was wrong. 'Bye Bye Birdie' was the answer. 0 points
Janette - "consider yourself at home, consider yourself one of the family...." She finished the line and guessed the show, Oliver! 2 points
caller - "supercalafragalisticespialadocious" even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious" She finished the line and guessed Mary Poppins. 2 points
Shoshana - "Sadie, sadie, married lady. when I go by I'm a corporation now...." She couldn't guess the show or finish the lyric and didn't know that the singer was Barbra Streisand which about put Rosie over the edge! Finally she guessed 'Funny Girl.' Rosie told Shoshana if she would have gotten it wrong she would have had to fire her. She said Funny Girl and Fiddler are Jewish musical theater 101 and Shoshana should know!! 1 point
Rosie - "slide some oil to me, let it trickle down my spine" She finished the lyric and guessed the show The Wiz. 2 points
Pete - "dance ten, looks three. and I still on unemployment. dancin for my own enjoyment..." He couldn't finish the lyric and guessed the wrong play. It's from Chorus Line. 0 points
Janette - "come on babe, why don't we paint the town and all that jazz...." She couldn't finish the lyric but got the play Chicago. 1 point
caller - "it won't be easy you'll think it's strange when I try to explain how I feel. I still need your love after all that I've done...." She finished the lyric and guessed Evita. 2 points
Shoshana - "I'm gonna smile again, I'll change my life..." She couldn't finish it but Pete could! It's from Dream Girls which she knew. 1 point
Rosie - "whatever Lola wants. Lola gets..." She couldn't finish the lyric but knew it was from Damn Yankees. 1 point
Pete - "I'm quick on the trigger with targets not much bigger but my score will feller....." He couldn't finish the lyric but got the play, Annie Get Your Gun. 1 point
Janette - "truly scrumptious. you're truly, truly scrumptious" She couldn't finish it or name it. It was from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. 0 points
caller - "I could have danced all night and still had begged for more...." She finished the lyric and guessed 'My Fair Lady.' 2 points
Shosahana - "we'll always be bosom buddies...." She couldn't finish it but guessed it was from Mame. 1 point
Rosie - "the moment I wake up before I put on my make up" She finished the lyric and got Promises, Promises.
The caller won! She won two tickets to see "In the Heights" on Broadway and a bunch of other stuff. The caller told Rosie that the reason she loves Broadway so much was because of watching The Rosie O'Donnell Show! Rosie loved it.
and that's what you missed -kw
Oh, and don't forget to get your tickets to Janette's Medical Missions for Children Gala on October 21st! It supports a great cause and the Rosie Radio staff will be there!!