Wednesdays at 12:15pm you can usually find me at the Sirius/XM Radio Studios in Midtown Manhattan doing my (mostly)-weekly “Kentertainment Report”. This takes place during “The Frank DeCaro Show“, which is hosted by comedian/author/host Frank DeCaro (natch) and his ever-suffering sidekick (and producer) Doria Biddle. Here’s a picture of us at the Sirius/XM Studios in West Hollywood, CA., taken August 8, 2007- the first day I met Doria in person.
- Doria, Frank & Ken, together again…for the first time. And not in that order.
I generally dish on the latest Broadway, theatre and showbiz happenings around the US and environs, but also am lucky enough to interview special guests (recently folks like Donna McKechnie
, Kristin Chenoweth
, Christopher Sieber
, etc.). This Wednesday Frank and Doria celebrated 7 years together on the air, and as an anniversary gift, I brought in a couple of fantabulous talents as a surprise: Stephen Wallem
and Edie Falco
(both currently in Showtime’s NURSE JACKIE
) a.k.a “The Other Steve and Edie”. How’s that for a title? I LOVE THAT THEY THOUGHT THAT UP! And they even have a few upcoming cabaret dates to show it off.
The Other Steve and Edie. How clever is that?!
They will be performing at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in NYC this weekend, February 4, 5 & 6. (I hear that all the shows are now currently sold-out but there is a waiting-list.) When asked what the audience could expect, they were mostly mum on the merriment (Edie: “I’m not saying…partially because I really don’t know…We’re still trying to figure out what we’re going to do on Friday!”) but the Laurie Beechman website has this description: The Other Steve and Edie is conceived by Mr. Wallem and Ms. Falco, with musical direction by three-time After Dark Award winner, Beckie Menzie and Direction by Tony Humrichouser. Throughout the show, the duo will take on songs from contemporary pop to jazz standards, with a healthy dose of show tunes and original material, and even a salute to the other Steve and Eydie. Sounds good to me!
I first met Stephen years ago when we both lived in Chicago and he was performing in his highly-acclaimed show, “Off the Wallem” (how ’bout that guy and his killer titles?!!) and Edie I know as much (or even more) for her stunning theatre work (SIDE MAN, FRANKIE & JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE, ‘NIGHT MOTHER, etc.) as I do for her award-winning TV work (SOPRANOS, NURSE JACKIE, etc.). These two are so sweet, immensely-talented and overall good sports…this interview came together at the last minute and Steve and Edie were game enough to come out in the slushy snow, run around the various floors of the studio building, check and re-check in with security (none of whom at that time knew me as I’m usually on an hour earlier which made Edie jokingly [?] wonder if I actually did
a radio segment there) and were barely settled into their chairs when they found themselves live on the air. I found it all to be a hoot and they did too. Back in Chicago, the wonderful actor Charles Durning
told me that the most talented people in showbiz are also the nicest and most down-to-earth because they have nothing to prove and nothing to hide…their talent speaks for
them. I have always remembered this and it has always proven to be true…and this case is no exception. I hope you enjoy the interview
. Below is a link to the audio track with some pictures thrown in (in case you like your audio a little more “visual”).
Ken with Edie Falco & Stephen Wallem.