Exclusive - Billy Crystal Extended Interview Pt. 3

  • Aired:  09/12/13
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In this exclusive, unedited interview, Billy Crystal passes along the best comedy advice he ever received and discusses his Broadway show, "700 Sundays." (7:24)

>> Jon: I DO FIND THAT YOUKNOW, YOU DON'T EVER, AND

YOU EVEN WRITE ABOUT THIS INTHE BOOK THAT YOU DIDN'T

REALLY BECOME A COMEDIANUNTIL YOU ALLOWED YOURSELF

TO BOMB.

UNTIL YOU FELL IN LOVE WITHTHE SILENCE.

AND I KNOW THAT THAT SOUNDSCOUNTERINTUITIVE BUT IT

CHALLENGES YOU TO MOVE PASTTHE INSECURITY THAT PROBABLY

DROVE US TO THIS BUSINESS INTHE FIRST PLACE.

>> YES.

>> Jon: TO GET TO SOMETHINGINTERESTING.

>> YES.

>> IT'S VERY TRUE.

AND WE WERE TALKING BEFORETHE SHOW.

ONE OF MY, THE DEANS OFCOMEDY MANAGERS WAS, AND

STILL HE'S 96 NOW, GREAT MANNAMED JACK ROLLINS, AMAZING

GUY.

JACK DISCOVERED WOODY ALLEN,ALONG WITH HIS PARTNER, GOT

WOODY FROMBEING A JOKE WRITER TO A

PERFORMER THEN TO THE GREATDIRECTOR AND AUTEUR THAT HE

IS TODAY STILL AT 77 YEARSOLD, MAKING A MOVIE EVERY YEAR.

>> EVERY FOUR MONTHS.

>> EVERY-- UNBELIEVABLE.

SO JACK HAD DUKE ELLINGTON'SEYES, THESE BIG SAD EYES AND

HE REALLY DIDN'T LOOK LIKEHE WAS A COMIC'S MANAGER.

HE LOOKED MORE LIKE HE WASSOME SORT OF ECCENTRIC

ENGLISH PROFESSOR ATBROOKLYN COLLEGE OR

SOMETHING.

>> Jon: THERE WAS ASOPHISTICATION.

>> HE REALLY DID.

BUT HIS SHOULDERS, BUT HEHAD TERRIBLE DANDRUFF SO HE

LOOKED LIKE HE WAS ANADMIRAL OR SOMETHING. HE

HAD LIKE EPAULETTES OF DRYSKIN.

BUT ANYWAY HE CAME TO SEEME.

THAT NIGHT AT CATCH, JON, IDESTROYED THE 20 MINUTES

THAT I HAD, JUST KILLED.

BUT WHAT I HAD WAS ACONVERSATION WITH HOWARD

COSELL AND MOHAMMAD ALI, I'M THEGREATEST OF ALL TIME.

I'M ANNOUNCING TODAY, I GOTNEW RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, FROM

NOW I WANT TO BE KNOWN ASIZZY IZKOWITZ, IT'S JEWISH

BOXING. YOU DON'THIT THE MAN, YOU JUST MAKE

HIM FEEL GUILTY, JEWISHBOXING.

>> Jon: IT WORKED.

AND I AM HE WOULD SAY THENHEIM THE GREATEST OF ALL

TIME.

SO -->> AN I HAD ALL THESE OTHER

KINDS OF THINGS.

REMEMBER WHAT'S THE STORY,JERRY, REMEMBER THAT, THOSE

COMMERCIALS.

SO I DID THAT GUY ABOUTNIXON AND THE PHLEBITIS THAT

HE HAD IN HIS LEG, SAY YOU WANTTHE CLOT TO MOVE.

>> THE TOM CARVEL, ALL THAT.

>> SUNDAYS, WEDNESDAYS.

>> FROM YOUR LOCAL CARVELDEALER, BUY ONE GET ONE

FREE.

I HAVE THE MOST DISGUSTINGVOICE ON TELEVISION.

AS I'M TALKING TO YOU, I'MDROOLING IN THE VANILLA.

FATHER'S DAY IS COMINGBUY DAD THE TIE CAKE, IT'S

THE SAME MOLD AS THE WHALECAKE. WHAT THE HELL DO YOU

WANT FROM ME, WE HAVE ONEMOLD.

ACTUALLY IT'S STILL WORKINGWELL.

SO I AM JON, I JUST, AND IWAS A BRAND-NEW GUY, I WAS

BRAND-NEW, LIKE A COUPLEMONTHS INTO IT AND I GOT A

TIGHT 20. HE TAKES ME OUTAFTERWARD.

I FORGET, THE GREEN KITCHEN.

SITS ME DOWN AND I'M WAITINGTO HEAR HIM SAY TO ME, I'M

GOING GIVE UP WOODY.

I'M SIGNING YOU, KID.

HE SAID TO ME I DIDN'T LIKEWHAT YOU DID TONIGHT AND I'M

READY TO JUST STAB HIM, YOUKNOW, WHY?

WHY?

AND I'M TRYING TO SMILE BUTINSIDE I'M --

>> HE SAID BECAUSE YOUWERE TOO SAFE, ALL

THOSE THINGS WERE GOOD, BUTTHEY'RE TOYS AND GAMES, YOU

NEVER ONCE SAID I.

YOU NEVER ONCE TOLD ME HOWYOU FEEL.

YOU'RE A MARRIED MAN.

YOU HAVE AN 18 MONTH OLDBABY, TELL ME WHAT THAT'S

LIKE, TELL ME WHAT THIS ISLIKE.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO BOMB.

AND YOU GOT TO LEAVE A TIP.

YOU DIDN'T LEAVE A TIP.

AND I AM LOOKING AT THETABLE GOING WHAT DO YOU MEAN.

NO I A TIP, IT'S A LITTLEEXTRA THING ABOUT YOU THAT

THE AUDIENCE REMEMBERS WHENYOU LEAVE.

THEY LOVED YOU BUT THAT WASCHINESE FOOD.

YOU DON'T REMEMBER YOU WHATATE AFTER YOU ATE IT, IT WAS

DELICIOUS BUT YOU DON'TREMEMBER.

LEAVE A TIP.

COME IN TOMORROW, DON'T DOANY OF THIS STUFF.

BE PREPARED TO BOMB.

AND I DID.

BUT I GOT BETTER.

AND THAT'S STILL THE BESTADVICE, ANY COMEDIAN EVER

TALKS TO ME AND COMES UP TOME AND SAYS LORD CRYSTAL--YOU

WRITE A BOOK, YOU GET TOLORDSHIP, CAN YOU-- ANY

ADVICE, I'M SURE IT HAPPENSTO YOU ALL THE TIME.

>> I DON'T TALK TO PEOPLE.

(LAUGHTER)>> IS THAT, DON'T WORK SAFE,

DON'T WORK SAFE.

>> THAT'S THE TITLE OF THE NEXTBOOK.

>> DON'T BE SAFE.

>> IT'S TRUE.

>> YOU WALK A TIGHTROPEEVERY NIGHT.

>> THIS IS BASIC CABLE.

>> NO, NO, NO, NO.

YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE BESTAND FUNNIEST SHOW ON

TELEVISION BECAUSE.

>> (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> YOU KNOW I SAY THAT.

>> BUT IT'S INTERESTING,PEOPLE WILL SAY LIKE YOU

KNOW, LIKE GOING OFF TO DO THEMOVIE THEY SAY WHY ARE YOU

GOING OFF TO DO MOVIES.

AREN'T YOU WORRIED IT MIGHTNOT BE GOOD.

AND I'M LIKE, YEAH, I'MWORRIED EVERY DAY THAT THIS

LUMP IS SOMETHING WEIRD.

THAT'S MY LIFE IS WORRY.

BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK ONE OFTHE REASONS GET INTO THE

BUSINESS IS THERE ISSOMETHING INSIDE YOU THAT

YOU NEED TO GET OUT.

AND EXPRESS.

BUT YOU CAN'T, YOU CAN'TSTOP.

YOU CAN'T BE SAFE EVEN WHENYOU FEEL SECURE IN

SOMETHING.

>> VERY TRUE.

>> YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOINGWITH THAT FEELING OF LEAVING

SOMETHING ELSE, AND JUSTKEEP, YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO

KEEP MOVING, I FEEL LIKE.

>> AND LISTEN.

I WROTE THIS BOOK BECAUSE IWAS APPROACHING MY 65th

BIRTHDAY.

>> YOU DON'T LOOK A DAY OVER65.

>> 4(LAUGHTER)

>> AND TALK ABOUT DANGEROUSTERRITORY.

>> YEAH.

>> BUT THAT REALLY OPENED MEUP TO WRITE ABOUT DEATH IN A

VERY FUNNY WAY AND IN AMOVING WAY.

BUT IT EMBRACES ALL THOSETHINGS THAT WE GO THROUGH.

SO FOR ME IN WRITING A BOOKI WASN'T JUST FUNNY APPROACH,

IT'S I THINK WHAT PEOPLERESPOND TO IS THE HONESTY.

>> AND YOU PUT YOUR HEARTOUT THERE, YOUR SHOW, THE

700 SUNDAYS, YOU KNOW, THAT'SYOUR HEART.

AND YOU'RE UP THEREPERFORMING THAT AND THAT'S

ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGSFOR I THINK ESPECIALLY A

COMEDIAN WHERE WE DON'TTRAFFIC IN EARNEST EMOTION

VERY EASILY.

I KNOW THAT'S A DIFFICULTTHING TO DO WITHOUT FEELING

LIKE YOU GOT TO STOP AND GO-- YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO

ME.

YOU KNOW, LIKE YOU JUST,IT'S AN INSTINCT SO, IT'S

REALLY NICE TO SEE YOU BEABLE TO STRADDLE BOTH WORLDS

LIKE THAT.

>> MY FAVORITE MOMENTS ONSTAGE EVER HAVE BEEN WITH

700 SUNDAYS.

YOU SAW THE SHOW.

AND WE'RE COMING BACK TOBROADWAY IN NOVEMBER FOR

PROBABLY THE LAST RUN OFTHIS.

>> RIGHT.

>> BECAUSE I WANT TO DOANOTHER ONE THAT I'M

THINKING ABOUT.

BUT WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUTWHEN I DO THE SHOW IS NOT

THE LAUGHS.

THOSE SORT OF I KNOW I'MGOING TO GET.

IT'S WHEN THEY'RE QUIET THATYOU GO OH, I GOT THEM.

AND THAT'S THE-- WHEN YOUCAN MOVE THEM THAT WAY AND

DON'T LOSE THE LAUGHS WITH ITTHEN THAT'S-- THEN TO ME,

THEN I'VE DONE SOMETHING I'MREALLY PROUD OF EVERY NIGHT.

>> THAT'S AWESOME.

SO GREAT TO SEE YOU. STILLFOOLIN' EM.

ON THE BOOK SHELVES NOW,BILLY CRYSTAL!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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