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Kornheiser on Style, The Post, Chad (and Me)

Tony Kornheiser mentioned on his radio show the other day that he had just done an interview with The Big Lead, which nearly caused me to choke on my apple. What's next, an interview with DCRTV?

Anyhow, while the Blog Show crew is busy with post-mortems from our Erin Andrews interview (highlight: Erin Andrews walking through the lobby of the Grand Hyatt in exercise clothes, past unsuspecting Spelling Bee contestants and their parents, with not one speller so much as turning his or her dictionary-filled head and with all camera shutters silent), here are some Kornheiser nuggets from TBL. Go read the full interview.

Tony on his Style column: It was hard to give up, but I don't think you can do it and do all the other things. It's too hard to be funny. You can be funny yodeling. But being funny in print is much harder than being funny on TV or the radio. If you devote a column to funny, and you're not funny ... and part of it was just me. I thought I was on the inexorable slide to awful.

Tony on The Post:
The list of talent that has come through the sports department is astonishing. Forget about me and (Thomas Boswell) the older people, but ... John Feinstein, Wilbon, Mike Freeman, Tom Friend, Adande, ESPN's Marc Stein ... man, I'm going to forget so many people ... Dave Sell, Mark Maske - he was like a lottery pick intern - Steve Goff ... just an unbelievable amount of people.

Tony on Norman Chad: Let me say this - I love Norman Chad. I think he is far funnier in print than I have ever been or will ever be. He was a close friend of mine and he moved to LA. I would suggest that there's nothing going on between us.

Tony on Me: Cheeseboy is working on a side of the street that I didn't even know existed. I marvel at it. I make fun of it, but it's clear that his side of the street is coming into the sunlight, and my side is being excavated at the moment. I'm sure if I sat down and read five or six of them, I could appreciate how now they are and how good they are. Everyone tells me he's very good. We kid because we love.

Ok, fine, insert random "Tony Kornheiser is my hero" line here, and let's be done with it.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 29, 2008; 1:30 PM ET
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Dan I think you missed one of the great quotes from it, something kind of revealing about TK:

Q: What music does Tony Kornheiser listen to? What are a couple of your favorite songs?

Don't Worry Baby, by the Beach Boys and Enter the Mystic by Van Morrison.

Never heard of either of them.

Never heard of either? Here's what you do. Go sit on the porch with a tin of cashews, and grab a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue. Pour three fingers out and play Into the Mystic so loud that you can't hear anybody or anything but that song. It's a typical song for me - a song for old, anxiety-ridden lunatics.

Posted by: JDP | May 29, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Both very good selections (especially the latter; and yes, it's "Into the Mystic"--good catch), but coming from TK these are practically recent releases! I thought he'd go Motown or doo-wop.
TK is OK with me.
(I do miss Norman Chad's Friday NFL picks
--generally hilarious!)

Posted by: Arlington Pimp | May 29, 2008 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Glenn Brenner was easily the best and funniest sports talent ever in DC. Dan, you're a close second. I can imagine what you and Glenn could come up with if he were alive today. So sad he was taken from us way too soon. I mean, the Weiner of the Week and that weenie mobile he had. Classic!

Posted by: Jack | May 29, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"I thought I was on the inexorable slide to awful."

This was true.

Posted by: Lindemann | May 29, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

He said Mike Freeman. Ha.

Posted by: mike8 | May 29, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

It's "Into the Mystic."


You kids.

Posted by: TMU | May 29, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

The second reference has it as Into The Mystic. I'm sure TBL just mistyped it in their post.

Everyone knows that Van Morrison song.

Posted by: JDP | May 29, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"I could appreciate how now they are" - looks like we have a late entry into the "Who's Now" competition. somebody alert ESPN!

Posted by: jamie | May 29, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm just not into the Mystics at all.

Posted by: Max | May 30, 2008 8:38 AM | Report abuse

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