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I don't really remember it was just another sort of water off the back type of thing all right. KFI My mother you know you gotTa do better okay. Mom will do better in school. Oh you know one of those deals. You know I mean it seems like you really I mean particularly for a comedian you know I think there are a lot of a hardworking folks folks in showbusiness. Sho- businesswomen exists without a ton of hard work but I think it's particularly I stand up like you really committed your life too hard hard work early yeah I mean I was. I mean like I said. You'd have to work twice as hard as the other kids to get the same thing and I would see that you know we go down in New York. Maybe I would drive down four nights a week five nights a week out of Boston to audition a comedy clubs when you were in college at Emerson College and you line up at like six o'clock to get an eleven o'clock spot and I remember sitting in line and guys in front of me. Go screw this. I'm not standing and they'd walk. I go good. I move up okay. Thank you and that always worked for me and I realized as I got older you know. It's not that I'm any smarter. It's just most people don't have the patience or the attitude or whatever to stick this out and that's you know I always looked. It's show business is a business not as a as a party thing. You know I mean I would when I was hosting the tonight show every night. You go home and you write the next day's monologue that night you don't go to Laker Games. You don't go to movie premieres you just write the jokes and when I would watch competitors for the most part they would do jokes for the first couple of months and then gradually they wouldn't have monologue. Hey y'all doing tonight. Good Yeah Yeah. We we gotta show for you tonight. Ah they really weren't saying anything to me. I realized that will never about me was about the jokes I always remember. One Guy said to me like you but I like some of the jokes you tell it pretty really funny. Okay great then. I realize it's about the product if they don't like you well. That's too bad. You're trying to make him like you but they don't like you. Hopefully they'll like the product and that's what I always worked for me. When you were coming up in stand up in Los Angeles Carson was pretty much a kingmaker like yeah exactly of everything he was yeah. Did you admire him as a performer as much as I always like any comedian that look normal normal and was funny without props you know I was never a big fan of the flower that squirts water in the lapel and all that kind of crap you know Zany Anush Zany wacky. I like people who just sort of started talking and Oh wow this is really funny. You know this is really good. You know what you know is shockingly. I mean for somebody like he retired when I was a kid so I only have like vague memories having watched them on tv a few times at when I like when he was on TV but watching his work now I'm struck by what Ah is very much being the host of the most important show and I don't. I don't mean like necessarily like well. See don't Oh forget before him. Comedians are usually funny looking right or if not funny looking odd looking like like Rodney like henny young men the Milton Berle with the mugging in the faces. He was had a boyish charm. That really worked worked he. Could you know back in the day. He could sell what you would call a racy joke something nobody else could get away with. He could get away with it because he had that sort impish boyish charm you know now. He's very very good and a lot of times. He didn't get the credit. You know people have said to me well when Johnny did there. Were only three networks he the only thing I know they put everything against him whether it was Merv Griffin and was Keith Brazil and I mean the new Jack Parr and I mean all these people and nobody nobody nobody could take him out he was he was really really the best. Did you think of him that way. As a time oh I thought it was very good yeah. I thought he was the one I admired most. Yes I mean I I remember in my high school graduation San. I'm going to go to California and hopefully be hosted tonight. Show I said no that's GONNA. Do you know everybody thought I was crazy. So at the reunion now I was a big hero. I mean that is crazy. That's crazy. Plan is a crazy point. It works for you. That is a crazy. They're not wrong longed for me but you know it's it's like if you have a thousand people throwing dice and Vegas. Eventually one guy is gonNA. Whoa he's GonNa think there's some magical adjective thing here because he he made it all the way through you know and that was Kinda. Lucky that way. We'll continue my interview with Jay. 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Hello there ghouls and gals. It Is II pro-war. I'm here to take you through the twisty scary heart pounding world of Genre Cinema on the exhilarating program known as switch lease the concept is so I invite a female filmmaker on each week and we discussed their favorite favorite genre film listening closely to hear past guests like the Baba duck director Jennifer Ken winter's bone director Debra Granik and so many others there's every Thursday on maximum dot tune-in if you did ed actually a very thought provoking show that deeply explored the craft and philosophy behind nfl making process while also examining film through the Lens of the female gaze so like you should listen switch. Please Mr you're listening to bowls. I'm Jesse Thorn when I'm in the studio with Jay Leno the longtime host of the tonight show now the host of Jay Leno's garage it's in its fifth season on CNBC NBC. How did you get the job as guest host of the tonight show. How did I get the Job Yeah. I mean obviously you were a very well respected standup comedy guest house. I remember at the time they were. It was about eight or nine people guest hosting and most of them had the same manager and the manager called me and said listen. WE'RE GONNA go to network and WE'RE GONNA ask for twenty five thousand dollars a show to host and I said you know I'm asking for five hundred eighteen dollars show that was scale. He goes well. That's stupid. I I don't know that's he goes. Look we can get it twenty five thousand dollar show okay now. All the guests hosts were about equal to each other out doing fine rating wise well. I knew Janis Company company paid for this show so Leno's doing okay what's his rants. Okay and what's this guy getting okay. This guy wants twenty five thousand and then once five hundred and eighteen. Why don't why are we going to let them? I mean it's very simple very simple. I never looked at I never once asked for a raise TV. I forgot was any good. I always lived on the money. I made his standup comedian. That was my thing that that's what I do for a living. That's my profession. If I'm lucky lucky enough to get a job in TV I will bank that money and I will save it and I will use it somewhere else but I'm going to live on. What I.

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