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November 15, 2007 |
After all these years of performing on live radio, don't you sometimes get worried that you will be so comfortable on air that you will blurt out something completely inappropriate? Or even worse, that you will start laughing at one of your OWN JOKES, and not be able to stop?
I haven't gotten to that comfort level yet. You don't know how self-controlled I am. Very. The inappropriate things always occur in the course of a story. Violence to an animal, for example. I once had a man shoot a cow that he was trying to get up the stairs from his cellar. (Or was he trying to get it down from the upstairs bedroom where a practical joker had led it?) That drew some mail, and also the time when I had a man euthanize a cat by shooting the head off rather than drown it. Some people felt that was inappropriate, but of course I could always blame it on the character in the story. As for helpless laughter, that only happens in rehearsal. Martin Sheen played a weaselly fellow in a Guy Noir script once and he got the character so perfectly ---- and the contrast between that and the President on "West Wing" was so shocking ---- that I started giggling and couldn't stop. Like a 10-year-old girl. Embarrassing. But it all took place in a hotel meeting room in L.A. and nobody knew except cast and crew.