They found Dad’s ambience tainted, inevitably, and decided that together they could, as one of them puts it, “come up with a happy hedonistic environment. We worked on the look and the feel of the place very carefully. We weren’t, obviously, after a sexual environment, there are plenty of those. A good high place to dance and groove . . .” They scrounged somewhat for the approximate $50,000 it took to open the place; the first members were friends of friends of friends, the carpeting on the tiers was still being nailed down as the first members arrived. None of them had ever run any kind of leisure establishment before. They can’t explain it, but they’d mysteriously created one which instantly attracted both limousines and the Datsuns of Matawan. It amuses them that they don’t really know how they wrought what they have, but having done it so successfully, they can be benevolent to their major competitors, including the disco called the … [Read more...] about Stephen Ostrow: King Queen
Gilda Radner’s more expansive. Of the lady players, she’s had the best public response; privately, she’s the most articulate, and bewildered. “Sure there are tensions around here,” she starts. We’re in a room close to Lorne’s but she doesn’t lower her voice. “There are ego problems every day, just like a family has problems, y’know? The Emmys are swell, but they aren’t going to ease tensions. You know what does? Like when I’m upset here, I cry, we all cry in front of each other. When I’m mad at Laraine I yell at her, when Chevy’s on my nerves or I feel jealous of him, I tell him. We all do this around here, it gets rid of the evil. Also, we all make each other laugh all the time, which is what makes the audience laugh, which is why the show’s a success. The format’s not new, and Sid Caesar was live – it’s the quality of the minds here, but with the creative flow comes an ocean of … [Read more...] about ‘Saturday Night’ – Live!