Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
– A week after suffering cardiac arrest during surgery, comedian Joan Rivers died at the age of 81 on Thursday. Whether she was doing stand-up comedy or appearing on a late night TV show, she provided brutally honest humor.
Said Minihane: “I was always a Joan Rivers fan. I listened to Howard Stern a lot growing up — when you guys were on commercial break. She would be on, and I would enjoy her. I tweeted out yesterday that she was a top-five non-weird guest on Stern.”
Replied Dennis: “I hate to use this term, it’s like a military term. It should be bigger than this. But in a comedic sense, she was brave.”
Callahan didn’t seem to think that Rivers would be successful if she started her comedy act in today’s age.
“What if she were just starting today? She wouldn’t make it out of Giggles [comedy club]. She would not make it on TV, she would not make it on radio.”
Callahan jokingly wondered who would get custody of Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, because her father took his own life many years ago. Rivers, who occasionally filled in for Johnny Carson as host of “The Tonight Show,” in 1986 accepted an offer to host a late night show on Fox, for which her husband, Edgar Rosenberg, was a producer. The show failed, and Rivers’ husband took it very hard.
Said Minihane: “The show fails spectacularly, the husband is an executive producer of the show. He was so upset with the failure of the show that he committed suicide.”
– After this week’s nude photo hacking scandal, Cosmopolitan conducted a survey, for which 99 percent of the respondents were female at an average age of 21. Of the people responding, 89 percent said they had taken at least one naked picture of themselves and only 14 percent regretted doing it.
Minhane wondered if Callahan would send a naked selfie if he was dating a younger girl today.
Callahan: “I couldn’t do it. Any guy’s body is disgusting. Yours, mine.”
– To keep “Today” show host Matt Lauer happy, NBC has agreed to pay for his helicopter trips to and from home in the Hamptons on Long Island. NBC said it allows Lauer to spend more time with his family.
Said Callahan: “If this were someone who was just amazingly talented, if it were Penn [Jillette], from Penn and Teller — but it’s Matt Lauer. If he weren’t there, who would be his backup? Josh Elliott. If this were some other talking head, would it matter?”