Wrap Up Show - Bill Lawrence Visits. 04/17/14. 10:20am
Jon Hein started the show saying that they had Bill Lawrence sitting in with them. Bill thanked them for having him in even though no one knows who he is. Gary said if you've seen Scrubs or Surviving Jack or many others you know who Bill is.
Gary asked Bill about when he was a fan of the show. Bill said it was in the mid 80s. He said that the show is very inspiring. He said Howard used to talk about how he got from here to there. He said he always made him think he could drive to L.A. and he'd be okay.
Jon said they'll talk to Bill and talk about the segments they replayed this morning. Jon mentioned Damon Feldman's call to the show and how they were trying to find someone to box with Tan Mom.
Jon asked Bill what he thinks about being in show business now. Bill said that anyone who writes jokes and complains about it, you should be able to read through the radio and choke. He said he thinks it's fantastic.
Jon said that Surviving Jack is great and he thinks that everyone should support him and watch the show. Gary said that Bill and his wife, Christa Miller, love the show and they deserve it. Bill said Christa loves the show. He said that she's asleep right now so she won't be coming down.
Jon asked Bill about listening to Howard back in the day and how it was like a small club. He said now there's more of an acceptance of him. Bill said he loves how Howard softened a bit as he got older. He said the show has a new feel to it. He said he feels like it's easier for people to come into the show now. He said it's different than it was back in the day. He said there were more haters back then. He said the tone has changed a bit.
Gary said he was talking to Valerie Harper yesterday and she was talking about how her friends told her how bad it would be. She quoted some things he said like 30 years ago and Gary told her that was a really long time ago and he's changed since then.
Bill said he thinks Howard has evolved. He said the guys that stand the test of time change. He said you can't do the same show for 100 years. Bill said what he's doing is different and he feels like he has aged with the show.
Jon asked Bill about the Letterman thing and what he thinks about that. Bill said he hates what people are saying already about something that's not even happening for a year and a half. He said they're bad mouthing his show and it hasn't even been conceived yet.
Gary said that James Cameron had a quote once about how telling someone their movie sucks before they've seen it is like telling a pregnant lady that her child is going to be ugly.
Jon said he thinks that Colbert will be fine but he's following Dave and that's going to be tough. Bill said that Dave has always done his own thing. He said that Colbert was on Spin City when he was working on that. He said he thinks that he'll be fine.
Jon said that people are time shifting and they can watch a show the day after. Bill said that you have to adapt to that. He said that the powers that be out there in Hollywood have to realize that. He said more people are watching TV than ever.
Gary said that some shows take time to build. He said that Dave's show was a slow build. He said he's not sure if CBS will give him time. Jon said he thinks they will because Dave is already at number 3. Gary said what sucks for Dave is that he'll probably go out number 1. He said that will be weird for him. Jon agreed.
Benjy asked when they won't have to worry what time their show airs. Bill said that one of the things that you find is that fans don't know when the show is on. Bill said his show is on Thursdays at 9 on FOX. He said that the Nielson ratings still count these days. He said he watches TV voraciously and he hasn't seen a commercial in years.
Gary said he loves The Good Wife. He said that he TiVos that and gives it two hours. He said that he hasn't watched that show on a Sunday night in a year.
Jon said that when they went to the replays that was a big deal. He said that they wondered if that made it less special. Gary said it was a huge discussion. He said that for a lot of fans it was life changing. Bill said it was a huge difference for him. Gary said he knows that it was a huge change for a lot of fans.
Bill said that they used to play SportsCenter all the time and he used to catch the same show over and over and his wife would see that.
Jon took a call from a guy who asked about the celebrity boxing thing. He asked if Ronnie would do that and if he would kill someone if he did. Gary asked who he would box. The caller said maybe he could box that guy who used to be on Cash Cab (Ben Bailey). He said it would be a limo driver vs. a cab driver. Jon said he thinks his entrance into the ring would take forever. Gary said he'd have the gaudiest robe in the world too.
Jon said that they brought Ronnie into Cougar Town. Bill said he was actually good. He said he was professional too. Bill said they knew who they were hiring too though. He said Ronnie was funny though.
Jon asked Bill what he thinks about Ronnie's TV show offer from Howie Mandel. Bill laughed and said he will believe that when he sees it.
Jon asked where Ronnie ranks in the celebrity world. Bill said he thinks he'd be a C-lister. Gary said he's like on the Real Housewives level. Jon said if he was on one of those shows he'd watch that immediately. Bill said he would too.
Jon took another call from a guy who tanked them all for being there for him. He said he's a recovering alcoholic and the show has been there for him for a long time. He asked Gary how he deals with Howard's stuff. He said he listened to the show back in the day and he wonders how he deals with his B.S. sometimes. The caller said he doesn't know how he does it. Gary said it's like any other relationship. He said he's been with him for a long time. He said the relationship grew. Jon asked if it really grew. He said he gets picked on less but then it can be like it was 30 years ago. Gary said they have a trust and knowledge of each other that's different than it was 30 years ago. Bill said he looks at them like a couple and he can tell they love each other.
Jon asked Bill if it's like the king coming to town when Howard goes out to L.A. Bill said he loved the parties that Jimmy had. He said that it will be interesting to see him going out there more and more. He said he seems kind of tied in with Jimmy and having to bounce around more and more. He said there is a buzz out there when he goes out. Gary said Howard is insanely booked up out there this time. He may not have time to do much out there.
Jon asked Gary if he's going to bear the brunt of Howard's frustration when they come back from vacation. Gary said they come back to the Billy Joel special and he doesn't think he'll get anything there. He said maybe on that Tuesday he will. Bill said that he's blown away that Howard is working as much as he is at this point in his career.
Gary asked Bill about why he continues to do his stuff because he has so many hits. Bill said he enjoys it. He said you have a short shelf life too so he wants to get it done while he can. He said his wife would like him to get out of the house too. They went to break a short time later.
Wrap Up Show - More With Bill Lawrence. 04/17/14. 10:40am
After the break Jon asked Bill about being at the birthday show. Bill said it was sick. He said he loved it. Gary asked what his expectations were. Bill said he didn't think it was going to be such a show for the audience. He said that it was as high quality as if he had bought tickets to see a show. He said he had the same feeling at the Golden Globes once. He said it was very surreal.
Jon asked what the Golden Globes were like back then. Bill said that was a long time ago and he was only 26 at the time. He said he had created Spin City around then. He said that he had someone come up to him and tell him he had nice eyes. He said his date, Christa Miller, asked what he was doing talking to Madonna.
Jon asked Bill about the birthday party and Bill said that Gary really killed it with the production. Gary said everyone checked their egos at the door. He said no one was throwing their weight around at all. He said they were all there for Howard.
Jon said they did a rehearsal and they forgot that everyone is a pro and they knew what they were doing. He said it ended up being very special.
Gary said after the show was done they all took their headphones off and looked at each other like ''Did that just happen?'' He said it was a really good moment.
Jon took a call from a guy who asked Bill about working with David Arquette and if he was insane to work with. Bill said no. He said that David is very professional when he shows up for a gig. He said there's also another side to his personality. He said Courteney and David came to a party and they had rafters in the ceiling at this place. He said he looked up in the rafters and saw David climbing around like Spider-Man. He said it was pretty interesting.
Jon asked if Christa was always friendly with Courteney. Bill said that she was shooting the Drew Carey show on the same lot as Friends did. He said that they were friends there. Bill said that Courteney actually came and worked with them to see what it would be like working with them. Gary said he remembers Christa coming on the show with Drew Carey once. Gary said she had the look in her eye that showed she was a real fucking fan. He said that was a very long time ago. Bill said that appearance is why he's married to Christa. He said he didn't know her personally at the time. He said that Christa and Drew made some jokes about the guy she was dating at the time and they ended up breaking up over that. He said he swooped right in and started dating her after that. He said they did him a huge solid there. Jon said the Howard Stern Show is always giving. They had to take another break after that.
Wrap Up Show - Tracy Morgan, Nicole Bass And Christa Miller. 04/17/14. 10:55am
After the break Jon brought up the Tracy Morgan interview that re-aired this morning. Jon asked if Bill has ever worked with Tracy. Bill said he hasn't but he said that he loved 30 Rock. He said they have so many jokes that his parents weren't able to follow it. Gary said he had to hit the repeat button so often on that show. He said that the jokes were so inside and he had to show them to his wife if she missed it. Bill said he thinks that Tracy's character on that show did overlap with his real life.
Gary asked if he agreed with him that Tracy says he gets upset when people ask him if he's the same guy. Jon said he thinks that the difference is that if you think that's all he is. Gary said he thinks when someone plays something so good that there's got to be a piece of them in there. He said that's why he can't look at Mary Tyler Moore the same after she did that movie ''Ordinary People''. He said he feels like there has to be a little bit of that character in her.
Jon said that he thinks that's why John Cusack works so well. He said he must have a little bit of that in him. Jon said that back in the say you didn't get to see these people in reality. He said now you see them do an interview and you want them to be that person you see on TV.
Jon and Bill talked about people in show business that turn out to be good people. Bill said that Michael J. Fox turned out to be a great guy and that was great. He said if he turned out to be a jackass it would have ruined it for him.
Jon took a call from a guy who said the comfort level that Tracy has almost makes it feel like Howard almost stepped on Tracy's riff. He also asked if there is any question that they shouldn't bring Tracy back every day. Gary said he thought Howard did a great job with Tracy. He said the hardest part for Howard is keeping Tracy on the tracks. He said he's trying to keep it moving forward. Jon said that's what you love about Tracy though. He said you love it when he goes off the tracks.
Bill said he wants to get down to another level with Tracy where he gets into some deep shit. He said he knows it's there. Gary said he has seen Tracy interviewed about his dad and coming back from Viet Nam. He said he gets really serious and really interesting. Jon said even the stuff about his mother is great. Gary said that he seemed like he didn't want to talk about his mom.
Benjy said he saw Tracy in an interview take off his shirt and start rubbing his stomach. Jon said he thinks that the more Tracy comes in the more serious he'll get. Benjy said he spoke to Tracy on the street and he got really serious. He said he wasn't the joking guy that he usually is when he went up to him and said he was in his life. He said he thinks he puts on a character. Gary said he thinks Tracy was scared of this stranger coming up to him like that.
Jon took a call from a guy who said that Scrubs is one of his favorite sitcoms of all time. He said that Dr. Cox hated Hugh Jackman and he wonders if there's a story there. Bill said they wanted him to hate someone for no reason and they tried to pick someone who was the least bit hateful. He said they picked Hugh Jackman. He said they don't do that stuff anymore because they heard his kid got crap for that from his classmates. Gary said when they wrote that the guy probably didn't have kids. Bill said he knows but it bothers him because of how nice and talented Hugh Jackman really is.
Jon took a call from Christa Miller who said when she came in with Drew Carey it was really early. She said she put on a mini skirt and boots and Gary poked his head in and told Howard how cute she was. She said it's because of Gary that she got in there. She said that he did her a solid. Gary said she is a super fan too. Christa said that she and Natalie Maines hike together and they break down the show with each other. Christa said she wanted to let Bill have his time on the show. She said she was going to let him go.
Jon asked Christa how she feels Ronnie does when it comes to getting women on the show. Christa said that he is with the stripper look. She said that if she came with someone now on the show she'd be smart and wear a mini skirt in a classy way. Gary said there is a hot look that's not a stripper look. Christa said she doesn't think Ronnie knows that look but she loves Ronnie.
Jon let Christa go and Gary asked Bill what show they have coming up. Bill said they have one coming up in May called Undateable.
Jon said he wanted to talk about Nicole Bass and how they think she's doing. Gary said they used to have a great relationship with her. He said some bad things happened in her life and she was out of their lives for a while. Gary said it's kind of up to the Wack Packers to keep their star burning. He said that she's really mad that she's not treated the same. Gary said you have to earn that spot on the show though. Jon said that Jeff the Drunk has that sense of entitlement. He said that he might be pushing a little too hard. Gary said that he's not sure what the key is. He said it just happens. He said he's not sure what to tell them to do.
Jon said Hanzi feels a sense of entitlement too. Gary said that's a whole other issue. He said that Jeff won't go work. Hanzi is looking for work.
Jon said he was going to wrap this show up. Bill got in some plugs for Surviving Jack and for Undateable. Jack is on tonight on FOX and Undateable is coming up in May on NBC. They wrapped up and ended the show around 11:05am.