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POP INTERVIEW: Iconic Comedian Pat Cooper Says Naughty Things…Again!

Before we had There’s Something About Mary, we had Pat Cooper.



Before we had There’s Something About Mary, we had Pat Cooper. At the young age of 83, the “angry” Mr. Cooper is still going like the Energizer bunny. You may recognize him from his on screen roles in Analyze This and the sequel, Analyze That, but his career began decades earlier in the 1960’s, with comedy albums and appearances on programs like The Jackie Gleason Show, and now keeping up with the times, The Howard Stern ShowSeinfeld and Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. He has appeared on stage with bona fide celebrities, not your “Who is that?” modern day crowd, like Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin.

WIth his foul language mixed between innocent joke setups, you at once may be embarrassed as the subject of a roasting, like Quentin Tarantino, or wish he were your mischiveous grandfather. He talked about his fabulous autobiography, How Dare You Say How Dare Me!, and why he doesn’t find the Kardashians intellectually stimulating. Because, you know, with Cooper around, he might have made a great reality TV-scripted boyfriend…

Nobody can accuse you of giving up on your career; you are working well into your 80’s…fantastic! What keeps you going when we see people giving up on their comedic careers after one year of ups and downs?
I was always funny, and always have been funny. When I’m playing to a full house, I have a certain flow in what I do and what I say. I’m a “Jazz Comedian.” You can’t fake that. It’s not something that you just learn after one year. I worked at my routines for more than 5 years before I finally got my first big break with Jackie Gleason on his TV show in 1961—but the reason I was able to get there in the first place was because I worked! These young comics today, so many of ’em think they’re going to be the next big thing after only a few months—and too many of ’em have no sense of the history of being funny, the tradition of being funny. I may be Italian, but nearly everything that I learned about making people laugh in this world came from my embrace and love of the Jewish culture. The Jews are naturally funny—they know the rhythm of funny, the pacing of funny, it’s a part of their DNA. And the biggest thing about the Jewish people is that they encourage their children—they love and nurture talent in their kids. When I was coming up, a Jewish kid would get applause and a hug when he told a joke at the family dinner table, “He’s another Milton Berle!,” they’d say. If I tried telling a joke in my house, I’d get a shout and a slap! Who knows, though? Maybe all those shouts and slaps upside the head made me a better comic . . . it certainly got me out of my parents’ house faster!

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Abraham Lincoln said, “You can’t please all of the people all of the time.” Is great humor always going to offend someone?
The only kind of humor that offends me is “bad” humor—when somebody says something that has no truth to it and is designed just to make someone feel hurt or sad. What‘s funny about hurting somebody? I’ve been hurt plenty in my life, but the humor comes from how you bounce back from the hurt. Life is painful enough without adding something stupid to it—that’s the kind of thing that gets me so angry!

What’s “great” humor? That’s when you mix your skill and your craft and your own life experience together and make it into something the audience knows in their gut but doesn’t expect they’re gonna hear. That’s what I’ve been doing for more than 50 years — that’s what it’s all about. By the way, “good” humor is an ice cream bar. Next!

It’s pretty awesome that you have a hobby like horse race gambling. I’m sure you have loads of material about “winning by a nose.” Have you ever experienced any funny moments while gambling? Why did you take up this new passion?
I’ve been betting on the horse races for years now, but I have a special way of doing it. I always bet on horses that have repeating letters in the name. Same thing with jockeys—I’ll place a bunch of bets on a horse if the jockey also has those repeating letters. Don’t think it always works for me, though. I lose as I often as I win with my method, but it’s my way of doing it and I enjoy doing it that way. Now that people know I’ve been placing the bets all these years, you watch…they’re gonna start giving all the damn horses new names!

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Your book description itself talks about how you are inspired by your own anger. Is anger necessary for comedy also? Do you believe what I was told once, “What we say when we are joking is half true?” particularly when doing roasts? Sort of like the Jim Carrey scene from “Liar Liar” where he roasts his boss accidentally while under his truth-only spell?
When I’m yelling, I’m not angry. I yell because of all the sadness that there is. I yell because I’m trying to say something* real in a world that’s so full of shit now that our children and our grandchildren aren’t gonna have a chance to know how good their lives can be. I see kids today, and all they’re doing is sending texts and pushing buttons on these little pieces of plastic until they’ve got their heads so far up their asses that they can’t even tell you what time it is without checking their machines. They say all these machines means progress. That ain’t progress, it’s shutting down on life. I tell it like it is, every day of my life, and especially when I’m asked to do a roast. Nobody does a roast like me—I never work from paper, I just roll with it and say what I know is the truth that will bring the laughs from the people. When I was asked to be on a roast for Richard Pryor, who was sick with MS at the time, I stood up at the podium and looked at Richard and said, “Hey, Rich, when are you gonna fuckin’ die already?!” The room froze for a second, but then Pryor started laughing his ass off—and that laugh went around the room like a fuckin’ boomerang. We weren’t laughing at Richard or his pain—we were laughing at death! And that’s the best medicine any of us can have. If we can look death straight in the face and tell it to go fuck itself, then we’re the ones who get the last laugh. The angriest bastards I have ever met are those who didn’t dare to stand up for their dignity against death—and that, my friend, is the biggest tragedy of all. If you can use anger to yell people out of their own problems, you do more good than if you smile and send a condolence card. One is bullshit, the other’s real. I go for what’s real.

*Should* we be able to talk about things we all know but avoid, what we call the “elephant in the room?”
It’s healthy to talk about things in any way you want—so long as young children aren’t involved. Kids should be allowed to be kids more in this world. Parents nowadays want to make their kids like their friends—that’s a disgrace! Why should you bother kids with your problems? Why should they have to listen to all of that crap? They’re gonna have to deal with it soon enough once they get older, so just leave ‘em alone a little more. I’m not saying you should lie to your children or shy away from talking about sex or bigotry or what Uncle Sam really did to the Indians. But don’t keep trying to make ‘em grow up faster so you have a friend in the house. Let ‘em be young—the only fuckin’ elephant that should be in a kid’s room is Dumbo!

What challenges did you face when writing your memories down on paper for your book? Did you struggle with seeing how to make the words jump off the page because you are so used to speaking them aloud with comedic timing and this was an entirely different art form, where you have constant editing processes?
Well, I didn’t write the book down on paper. I spoke the book out loud. My friend and manager, Steve Garrin, had me sit down in his recording studio 2-3 times a week for a year and a half. I had all these stories that I wanted to tell, so he just hit the Record button and I just let loose. Then Steve and Richie (Herschlag) got together and put all the stories together in a way that was my voice but suited better to the actual page. I never wanted to write a book, or at least never thought I wanted to write a book. But I decided to give it a try, and everyone who reads it has really enjoyed it. I didn’t write a book a week after my first TV appearance, or the first time I was on Howard Stern in the ‘80s. I wanted to wait until I had most of my life in hand, and could really say something to people about it. And if you ask me, I think we fuckin’ nailed it!

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When recording an album, you cannot feed off a live audience’s energy. What do you do to ensure it’s funny and not solely funny to people who think everything you do is great, like best friends and family?
I haven’t recorded a concert album in years, and all my comedy albums were recorded before live audiences. I think that’s what made them so good! As for what I do to make it funny, it’s not anything that I do anymore—it’s just me. I’m a funny man, whether you like it or not. I see this world as a ridiculous place—and now that I’m going to be 84 years old this coming July, I’m only too glad to get the hell out of here!

What is uniquely Italian American about your style that transcends time, where someone who’s a “Jersey Shore” generation could get your jokes? I assume, by the way, whoever liked that show would like your humor anyway for its bluntness.
I can’t stand JERSEY SHORE or any of those other reality shows. What in the hell is a Snooki? And why are those Kardashian girls famous? What do these people actually do?! As for how my Italian background influences my style of humor, it’s just where I’m from and what I know. I don’t judge people who like JERSEY SHORE, but I just don’t come from a world where that is considered entertainment.

I love that you have a Twitter account and use it honestly. Which is a lot to say for anyone, and I repeat myself, for someone your age, when we have people my own age with a bunch of handlers controlling their public image. Do you have any plans to start including more of your humor online in daily updates? Do you have an urge to confront anyone on Twitter for free publicity? You’re probably the single person I can think of who could pull off an online PR stunt humorously and well written!
I’m still not sure what the hell a Twitter is, but my manager put up a few things that I said and suddenly people starting following me. I don’t even get the language—you send out a Tweet or a Twit or a Twat . . . what the hell does it all mean? As for PR stunts, that’s not my style. I am a genius of myself, and nobody does what I do. When it comes to me, all that really matters is what I leave on that floor each night that I perform. And now that I have written my life’s memoir, that’s another part of all that will remain. I’ll be gone soon enough, but I’ll definitely be remembered as somebody who spoke and didn’t tweet.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’



You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign



As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!


Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!



Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!


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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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The Pentagon Has Released Official UFO Videos Because 2020 Is The Absolute Worst



Aren’t swarms of locusts supposed to be the next installment of this plague?!

Can we finally declare 2020 as the worst year ever? In January there were fears of a third World War. In February the coronavirus began its rapid spread. In March the world essentially shut down due to social distancing and quarantining. And now in April…with only two days left in the month…we have official government footage of unidentified flying objects. I’m sorry but Milton Bradley’s game of “Life” never prepared me for any of this!

The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of three videos that have been circulating the web but didn’t really answer what is visible in them. In the videos, now declassified by the Department of Defense, navy pilots capture “unidentified aerial phenomena” aka unidentified flying objects aka UFOs! Pentagon officials were sure to state that the videos do not show “any sensitive capabilities or systems,” meaning we probably won’t be seeing any little green men any time soon.

The first video dates back to November 2004 and the other two from January 2015. Of the Pentagon’s confirmation of authenticity, Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”

So great. We now know that these strange videos are real but what exactly are we looking at? Well, the Department of Defense says it has no concrete answer as to what might be floating around the skies and has classified the phenomena as “unidentified.” And…just like that I suddenly feel less defended.

Social media is having a field day with this revelation of course. The #AliensAreReal has been trending high on Twitter since the news broke. One user referenced Independence Day and said the aliens are “getting ready for July 4th.” Of the bad timing, another wrote “Et tu aliens?” And finally one user couldn’t help avoid sarcasm and wrote”Where’s the space force when you need it?”

Well 2020, you have worked your awful black magic once again. What’s next, cat videos get banned from the internet?! You’ve taken everything else from us!

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