Wednesday, December 29, 2010

me on Fox Good Day NY

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Candlelight - The Maccabeats

i love this!!my people..adorable and we CAN rock it!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Good Day NY

here i am on friday's show

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Eminem, wow!'s been forever. I know. I'm sorry. I am doing facebook now and radio commentaries and they kind of take the place of the blog. but i just saw something that requires more words than on facebook takes. I felt like staying in bed Sunday and while channel surfing I came across a cable station Fuse which is hiphop I guess and they had a top twenty run down on Eminem. I have always liked the few things I'd heard but now I know why he is considered the genius, number 1 rapper. Wow!! what amazing videos from the beginning of his career to now. His alter egos...slim shady,
real self, marshall and on and on. His rhymes are every bit as brilliant as Stephen Sondheim's in another genre. I'm reading Sondheim's book Finishing the Hat in which he writes about how he does it..and Eminem does it too. The cleverness, the heart, the talent is amazing. I urge the others of you out there who are old farts like me
to give it a listen..the beat is great and probably we should read the lyrics to get
them all. wow!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

I have to make this quick, because I have to get back to the book! I just realized that I started reading this morning and now, around 6, I'm still at it. I took a
break to ride the exercycle, but read while on it. I forced myself to eat...while
reading. I love this book! Enough has been written about what a great writer Franzen
is and i loved his first book that I read, The Corrections. Also about a family but
a different kind.this guy writes better dialogue than anyone. His characters become
your friends and you can't get enough of them, even when they are doing stupid things. He writes a long big book because there is so much to say about the world we
live in, but mostly because he documents these very personal lives and you need the
time to spend with with them.
I have been neglecting my blog because of the radio thing, and write on Facebook because it's quick...but if anyone is reading this...take my advice and get Freedom.
You'll thank me.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I've been bad

I haven't been blogging because I'm too busy doing the radio commentaries. so if you want to hear what I'm thinking...please to to and then go to On Demand and put my name in the search box. Enjoy and let me know if you do!

Monday, June 28, 2010

New commentaries

I am now on EVERY DAY on the radio! 5:44 p.m. during All Things Considered
and you can get it On Demand at
This week I love what I talked about..she said modestly...Michael Jackson,
of course...What's wrong with Government, and what to watch and what to skip
on TV. enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

things to never do

Never get your hair cut off the day before you go on TV and you don't know how
to style it. And your friend/stylist/shrink Mr. Joey who does it can't be there in the morning to do it right. Instead of hip, Ellen De Generis, I looked more like Tony Curtis.
Oh Rosanna and Greg and feel like it's home.
Go to Good Day NY on the net and look for me or paste this direct link.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Father's Day on Fox tv

I'm talking about my Daddy on Fox Good Day NY thurs. at 9:30 a.m. It
will be on the fox website too. Hope you can tune in.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Susan Says

Hey guys..I am happy, no I'm thrilled to announce I am now on the radio giving
commentary called Susan Says...on! It's an NPR affiliate, AM1020 and FM 91.9 out of Sharon, CT. You can get it by clicking ON DEMAND on the website, or even on iTunes. I will be doing a few a week and the first ones start Monday June 7.
If you are up at 5:06 a.m. you can hear it on Morning Edition or 5:44p.m. on All Things Considered. Clearly I will not be up at 5 a.m. anywhere! Let me know what you think..and if you like it, tell the station!Just copy and paste the link:

Saturday, May 29, 2010

solitary man

Wow! you have got to see Solitary Man, the new Michael Douglas movie.
Brilliant script for grownups...excellent performances. He should be
nominated for Oscar. Any middle age guys with mid life crisis issues
be's tough to take. Loved this movie. Flawless!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Wow...wierd choice made by creators of Lost. The first hour so far is breaking the fourth wall and letting us know..forcing us to know that it is NOT REAL! They are really making us face that it is merely a TV show and I don't quite know why. Maybe they realize that they can't satisfy the audience with the creative dramatic they are taking us out of the fantasy and sharing the behind the scenes. I dont like it. It's like when I'm watching a soap opera..yes I do..and another actor replaces the first one and they just expect you to accept it. It always ruins it for me.
Had they done this in an AFTER LOST...special, I'd have liked it better. Boo Hoo. mabye just Boo...will wait until it's over to see and say.

Friday, May 14, 2010

me on fox...

i hope this links it. i'm so lame at this.

Love letter to Greg and Rosanna

I just did the Fox Good Day NY Show and I love love love Greg and Rosanna. They are
so easy to be with and make you feel so at home. It was a blast! I want to do it again. So everyone should bombard them with requests..kind of like the Betty White Thing! just kidding...not.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

time change

now am on Friday May 14 Fox Good Day NY at 9:15! Oy! I'll have to get up even earlier.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


Friday, May 14 I'm on Fox Good Day New York with Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly. I'm talking about how anyone can be funnier. And I'm plugging my class on Sit Com Writing at the Learning Annex May 18. I'm going to be on after 9:30..probably at 9:40 so please watch and then register for the class. It's not too late and it will be fun. I promise. Go to and put my name into the Search Box.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Real Riell

Saw Oprah totally flumoxed by the John Edwards baby mama! Interesting. This is one
tough cookie and I am not going to make a moral judgement. Strictly talking interview style here...she had Oprah boxed off in more ways than one. She uses all the words Oprah likes ...'your truth'...and other terms for self actualization and every place Oprah went with questions, she turned it around and maintained control.
Very interesting. Never saw Oprah quite this way before. The one fact that did jump out at me was that she never used birthcontrol...'whatever happened would happen' was her position. So to me that means...she decided to have his baby and she did!Maybe I should make a moral judgement on that part! And what the hell was he thinking????

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Jack Kevorkian

WOW!!! Just saw the HBO movie You Dont Know Jack..about the infamous
Dr. Death. Amazing! As a piece of art it was fabulous...Al Pacino has
got to be one of the greatest actors alive. The Midwest accent went
a little Fargo..but other than that...brilliant performance. Barry
Levinson is a great director and it was beautifully done. As a man,
Dr. K is my hero! I never really knew a lot about him, other than I
agreed with his position and believe in assisted suicide. He was
quite an interesting and idiocyncratic fellow as well. I think he
is brave beyond belief and this is worth watching. Get it on
HBO on demand if you didn't see it.

Brett Michaels

Ok, now you'll know that all I do is watch reality shows...but I got hooked on
Rock of Love which was rock star Brett Michaels from Poison, dating a bunch
of skanky chicks. Dont ask why. I don't know myself. But I liked him. He is
kind of sweet. Now he's on the Celebrity Apprentice and turns out to be a
father, a diabetic, a lovely sensitive guy. Honestly. So I was so sad to
hear he had an aneurism. He was operated on for appendicitis so maybe it
was related to that.Also I was at the Tony Awards when he hit his head
on the stage. Maybe that started it. Brett, thinking about you.
I want him to be well!

Friday, April 23, 2010

spring has sprung

Finally, nice weather and I am out in the sun on my terrace/garden. Now if I could just get all the construction to shut up! Well, I guess you can't have everything. Looking forward to summer already!
My pals at Growing Bolder have put up a link to every radio show I've done and some TV as well. They are the best. You can listen if you go onto

Also I will be on Fox morning show telling everyone how to be funnier!It's May 14 at 9 in NYC but I'll remind you later.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Learning Annex

I'll be teaching a seminar on Sit Com Writing at the Learning Annex
on May 18, 6:45-9:30 in NYC.
I'd love to see you all there. You can go on this link or
go to the Learning Annex Website or magazine page 9 to sign up.
Just type my name into the search box.
I'll remind you later as well.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

enough tiger!

I am so sick of the Tiger thing..enough already. And this awful Nike ad with his dead dad? Are you kidding me?The Mistress photo spread? The golf club spokesman on his moral highhorse...who cares? Please press...find a new scandal.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Uncivil civilization

What the hell is going on?From Congress to talk shows, from tea parties to other tempests...everyone is losing it.Everyone has gone too far in expressing themselves. It's all too argumentative and ugly and I'm not sure where it started but it should end!
Political news shows started yelling at each other years ago so that you could almost not watch. Then Congressmen yelled out during State of the Union Speech and sessions and "voters" are spitting on them! Reality shows that were fun became combative and Housewives went from gossiping to pulling wigs off. And it all seems to intrigue people. Even Dancing with the Stars is now "I quit" and hostility. (Although I'd walk out on Kate too..what a ballbreaker!) even sweet little Me..I am getting hostile.
I think the genie is out of the bottle and don't know if it'll ever be able to go back in.
Sad state of affairs for all of us.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Girl With Dragon Tatoo

If you, as I, was...a devourer (if that is a word) of the two "Girl" books, about
to be a trilogy...then you must go see this movie! It was a brilliant
adaptation of the book. So often, particularly in American movies they
ruin a book, either by casting or commercializing and this Swedish film with
subtitles was neither.
What it is, is a crisp action thriller with all the highpoints of the book.
It has sex, kinky sex, disgustingly wierd sex, and Nazis. What more could
you want from a thriller? And it moves like the wind. The book was very
long in the winded area...often digressing and repeating. This did neither.
In fact, it eliminated two of the subplots but wow, what you can suggest
with just a look. It was all there if you knew the book.
The Girl who is the fab. The guy is a sort of pockmarked weary
non hero and that works very well. Here they'll make them into two
glamour-pusses and ruin it.
Read the book first then you will really love it. Not sure what those
who haven't read it would think. But let me know.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Jesse robbed her!

I know in the big picture it's not that important, but I am personally
very upset about Jesse James cheating on Sandra Bullock. Seriously!
She is such a doll, so real and so bright and after she thanked him
for "having her back" at the Oscars, this must be devestating.What's
with these Hollywood people? Why is marriage so impossible. Sandy...
love you. Jesse...used to love you. No more. And those tatoos? On the
"mistress?" Yeesh!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Throw the bums out!!

I know this is going to sound strong...but I have come to the conclusion that our government does not work!! I think Congress with its hyper partisanism and gridlock is no longer accomplishing anything other than spewing hot air. I have a bad bad feeling about our entire system. The oft quoted line about Democracy being the best of the worst is now questionable. Do I have a solution? No...but I and others I know have lost faith and worse, interest, in this game. Now what?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

facebook recommendation!

Bill Shafer: Looking for a great blog to follow? Check my friend Susan Silver. She was a writer for the Mary Tyler Moore Show and other great classic series. She's as witty, sexy and creative as ever! (You'll find lots of her at GB, too!)The Search For Mr. Adequate

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ellen and O?

Is it just me or was Oprah a little bit uncomfortable, even defensive when she had
Ellen DeGeneress on today? Ellen is great. I think she is a wonderful talent and a
very genuine person. The "deep" talk today was mostly Oprah trying to find a weak spot in Ellen and though she laughed a lot at Ellen's jokes and success...just a tiny bit of well...something...was getting the way. Oprah feels different to me these days in general and this was just kind of interesting. thoughts??

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Darwin is spinning!!

I just saw a report on the news that a Texas School Board of Ed has changed schoolbooks to reflect a "Christian biblical" pov. Well, we know what they say
about Texas!Everything is bigger...including, I guess...MISTAKES!
All kidding aside,this is frightening.
In the Interview, the Dentist/Board Member/dictator stated that he himself
was amazed at his "power" but intended to use it for as long as he could.
Part of what he did was change the history books, emphasize Conservatives
and make Joe McCarthy "less of a bad guy." He also made an error in banning
an author who it turned out had the same name as someone he disagreed with.
Hmmm..seems like Joe McCarthy still lives!
This guy has been voted out of office, but has some time remaining on his term
of service ...all the more worrisome. What's next? Darwin spins in anticipation.
We all should be quaking and protesting.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Academy Awards

I loved Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin's opening material..some hysterical bits.
Lots of gorgeous dresses!Way too many commercials!Love Sandra Bullock, didn't like her lipstick. Loved Zoe Saldana's top, hated bottom of dress.Love George Clooney. Period!
First surprise...Precious won adapted screenplay when Up in the Air was supposed to. Wow!Very moving speech by the writer.Steve Martin's adlib was great.
More commercials.God, Lauren Bacall was beautiful when she started out.
I still can't understand a word Penelope Cruz says.The young actress in Up in the Air,Ana Kendricks, is going to be a huge star.Monique deserved it.I guess there was some problem with her not wanting to campaign for it. And she didn't need to. Good on 'er.
Some of the lesser known movies looked worth seeing. An Education, Crazy Heart and District Nine. "Up" with my old pal, Ed Asner won animation but they should have thanked him as the main "voice."He thanked me when he won an Emmy for a script I'd written. Never forgot how exciting that was.
The show is too slow. Why? Again...too many commercials.
Sigourney Weaver needs a stylist, I think.
Before they announce I'll just say what I think and hope should win as Best Director...Katherine Bigelow. And Best Film: Avatar.
We'll see.
My favorite introducing Tom Ford and Sarah Jessica, Steve Martin said"He directed A Single Man, she weighs a single pound." Sounds like one of his own lines.
Ok, Charlize Theron's dress was bad...bad...bad. Two cinammon buns on her breasts!
Losing interest because of you know what...TMC...too many....etc. going to bed and read while watching the rest. night all.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Seinfeld Olympics

As Jerry would say "what's with the curling thing?" I just don't get it.
Guys in pajama bottoms whisking brooms and yelling in swedish? Huh?
How is this a sport again?Would chimneysweeps be ineligible?I honestly
tried to watch for more than five minutes.Couldn't do it.Does the
USA have a team?

Olympics finally

Well, I finally took a good look at the Olympics and watched Apollo Ono
do his thing. Amazing!The way they take those turns an inch away from the
ice and right on top of each other is wild. I was kicking and skating in
And for once, my ankles didn't turn in like they used to.Wow..these
kids are really something. Although the 'homerism" of the sportscasters
does get a bit much.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Back from LA

I stayed longer than I had expected because the sun came out! Why not? A walk on the beach everyday does wonders emotionally and probably physically too. The Renaissance Weekend was, as usual, great stimulation, fun and no it's not the Renaissance Fair!
No costumes. Just a lot of tremendously successful, achievement oriented types who are instructed to leave "the egos at the door" when they are invited to participate.
What always amazes me is that the Pulitzer winners, Nobel winners, and other assorted genuises or is it genusi? to talk show biz. I was on five panels, four of which were show biz and they are always crowded. I guess I can be the entertainment for these's ok with me.
I always make great friends at these things and they are often younger and that is always good..though an elderly couple who must remain anonymous as the rules are we can't blab about who we meet...were really great and I hope to stay in contact with them as I do some really brilliant political professors whose lectures were excellent.
I also saw "stars" as I tend to do...and this time they were of the reality show variety. The bitch on the Millionaire Matchmaking show...the only woman millionaire was a tad nicer than on the show..and assured me her hissy fit was fake..but I still wonder why anyone would want to appear so bitchy real or fake!
The lovely Ruby who was on Oprah and has her own show dealing with her tremendous struggle to lose hundreds of pounds was walking along the boardwalk and is beautiful inside and out and we hugged and shmoozed.
Too much eating, a lot of sun, some exercise and stars. That's LA for ya! I like it in small doses.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


So I left the snow to come to the sun which was one day and now it's rain. oh well.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

It's about time!

Now that the Chrm of Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US military has
stated it's about about it? Of course gays should
be allowed in the military. It's ridiculous that it has
taken this long. Anyone who has the guts and patriotism
to volunteer to fight for this country should be welcomed
and blessed!Or how about all the bigots volunteer in their

Friday, January 29, 2010

O Oprah!

I watched the Oprah interview with Jay Leno and I was kind of shocked.
I thought she was on his side!? He was being grilled like James Frey
who pretended to write that memoir which she plugged. She was way too
tough on Jay who didn't need to apologize for anything!
NBC screwed up. He did what anyone else would...and she would have too.
Why say "are you being selfish" for taking a job? Talk Show Hostess...
heal thyself.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Co No

In the big scheme of things with everything important happening around
the world the NBC debacle with Jay and Conan is really unimportant.
But...since it seems to be the media's own story it's getting all the play.
My opinion...It's not Jay's fault!! Why would it be? Conan is not funny,
was never funny, is lucky beyond all understanding and should just
go away!I once saw him bomb at an industry event and it was embarrassing.
The totally classless exit he made with all the knocks at the network
lost whatever sympathy he could have gotten as far as I'm concerned.
Take your millions and shut up!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Hurt Locker

Wow!!I just saw this movie on demand. I had been avoiding it as I don't like war movies. But since it's winning all the awards I thought I'd try. EVERYONE IN AMERICA
must see this movie!! What we put these boys through is unbelievable, disgusting,
traumatic. I will never forget this! You actually feel that you are in the action and
the tension is unrelenting. They disarm the bombs and my heart was going faster than
the ticking of the timers!This should be forced viewing for every member of Congress who votes on sending these kids off without the proper equipment! Shame on them!!!
Wow..congrats to the WOMAN who directed it too! Katherine Bigelow is amazing.
And how do we expect these soldiers to come back and lead normal lives. I wont be sleeping well tonight and it was just a movie!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Help Haiti!! And then reward yourselves...

Dear Readers, Please send something to Haiti relief. This is the saddest, most apocalpytic thing I can remember. We all have to help these poor people.Think if it were your city, your neighborhood.Your children!By the way, I LOVE Diane Sawyer and her coverage. It's human, it's passionate.
Then, on a lighter note you can reward yourself if you are lucky enough to be in NY or visiting, you must run to the incredible revival of the Arthur Miller play "A View From the Bridge!"
Of course I love anything he wrote, and believe him to be our greatest playwright.
This production is with Liev Schriber and Scarlett Johanson (sp?) for star power but the entire cast is sensational. The direction riveting and the whole nite is a time in the theater that I haven't had in years!
Saw "Avatar" and loved it!Not really my cup of tea...all the special effects I thought, but they are staggering! And it was like escaping into another world for two hours. Harry Potter for adults.
Reading the sizzling new political book Game Change. Along with the few gossipy
things that have already been published, it offers much more. I am a political junkie and can't get enough of the backroom stuff and it's a treasure trove. Cant put it down. Plan on reading it in one fell swoop this weekend.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

me on the radio again...

I just guested with my favorite guys Bill and Mark at GrowingBolder!
For some reason I can't link to it here...but this is it...(just copy this and paste)

or just go to the site....
and scroll down to the the link that says "radio"...Jan2. I'm there.
Hope u like it.

Friday, January 01, 2010


Dear Readers, For the dreaded New Year' sEve this year I decided to stay in bed and put the bad year to rest as soon as possible. I think everyone feels that way.Instead, my friend Stan, who had a rough year himself, decided last minute to have friends in and I forced myself to go.
Good idea! It wasn't so much a "party" as a gathering and it was lovely, the food was great, the company good and I was home by 10.
It has not been the greatest year either financially or healthwise for me and others and 2010 feels like a good number to look forward decade and all that.
I do make resolutions but not fanatically as I am too old to think I will keep them!
But there is a feeling of hope and a better future and I wish that to all of you!