The Mike Walker Gossip Game With Al Franken. 1/8/99. 8:30am
Actor/comedian Al Franken came in to promote a bunch of stuff this morning. Howard also had him play the Gossip Game while he was there. Al used to be a writer on Saturday Night Live years ago. He and his partner used to make some appearances on SNL also. Al played the part of Stuart Smally and made a movie, ''Stuart Saves His Family'', featuring that character. The movie didn't do too well so Howard spent some time talking to Al about that bomb. Al claims that people come up to him and say they loved that movie and say he should make a sequel. Howard told Al that he tried to walk out of the screening of the movie but he wasn't allowed out of the theater. After the movie bombed Al wrote the book ''Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot : And Other Observations'' and redeemed his career. Al said he sold about 450,000 copies of the book in hardcover and about the same number in paperback. Al said that about a month before that book came out he had one sent to Rush Limbaugh with a note saying ''Al thinks that it would boost sales if you mentioned this on your show'' but he never heard back from Rush. Al is now on the new NBC show ''Lateline'' which airs on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm. He's also written a new book which comes out next week called ''Why Not Me : The Inside Story of the Making and the Unmaking of the Franken Presidency.'' Al is a supporter of President Clinton's so he and Howard spent a few minutes discussing that before playing the gossip game.
Each week Howard and the gang play the Mike Walker Gossip Game. Mike calls in with 4 stories. 3 of them are from his National Enquirer gossip column. One story is false. Here are this week's 4 stories, try to pick out the false one.
Al, Howard and Robin all chose number 4 as the false story. Jackie picked number 3 and Fred picked number 2. The actual false story was number 1. Howard couldn't believe that Danny DeVito has a pet monkey.
- When Nicolas Cage was seen buying some porno materials he explained he needed it as research for an upcoming movie. It turns out his next film is about the porn business.
- Regis and Kathie Lee stuff is being sold on the internet and it's not bringing in much money. Kathie Lee's book gets a whopping $2.50 and an autographed picture of Regis get a whole $1.
- Barbara Streissand's husband James Brolin got her 8 empty boxes for the holiday season. Each box was from an expensive store but she's so hard to shop for they were empty.
- Danny DeVito's pet monkey was chased around a movie set by Julia Roberts' pet dog.
After the game Howard spent quite a while talking to Al about all kinds of stuff. It had to be one of the longest interviews ever done without a commercial break. Howard asked about the size of Al's penis. Al said he didn't have anything to compare it to so he doesn't know if it's big or not. They spent a little time talking about the time Al co-hosted the Regis and Kathie Lee show with Kathie Lee. He says he never pinched her ass even though it was reported in the National Enquirer that way. Howard took a bunch of phone calls for Al also. Quite a few people said that Al was boring the hell out of them but there were a few who loved him. One woman called in to tell Howard how she saw Al working out last week and saw his package fall out of his short shorts. She said it was a pretty nice size. Another woman called in and said Al came on to her years ago when she was working at an airport. Al denied that story and said he's been married 23 years so he wouldn't have done something like that. He didn't deny the story of falling out of his short shorts though.