Yes, the Alec Baldwin, or as Team America called him, “The Greatest Actor of All Time” has a podcast. Of course, I say that in jest as did the film mentioned, but it was also around that same time, 2004, Baldwin decided to “lighten it up” and the humor has been oozing out of his pores ever since. Between his numerous host appearances on Saturday Night Live and his Emmy & Golden Globe Award winning performance in 30 Rock, Alec is now celebrated as one of the funniest people in the entertainment business.
Instead of resting on his laurels, Baldwin believes in striking while the iron is hot and hot is what this man has become. Much of it has been in the acting field, but it would appear that Alec has a wealth of interests and this is what he explores in Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin. The first episode aired October 24, 2011 with actor Michael Douglas being the guest to host Baldwin at his New York City Apartment.
This episode, like most of the others, has banter to it that one might envision when attending a party with friends and co-workers. Much of the time is filled with teasing, playful and acutely frank conversations about the worlds in which they inhabit. Like Baldwin, his guests are versatile storytellers about their own lives and bring animation to the audio realm.
I don’t know whose choice this was, but it’s a touch of genius to have most of the interviews done at either someone’s home or place of work. Chris Rock (episode #4) is very much at ease in his dressing room for the play The Motherfucker With The Hat as is Lorne Michaels (episode #8) at his office at Rockefeller Center. The jealousy that Rock feels for Baldwin, Baldwin at the time about to start filming on a Woody Allen movie, is palpable.
Baldwin, who now lives in Greenwich Village, says his heart will always belong to his childhood neighborhood of Long Island. Two guests that he meets up with there in their own homes are Dick Cavett (episode #10) and musician Billy Joel (episode #21). Oddly enough while Cavett is the one who back in the day was a comedy writer for The Tonight Show during the Carson years, it is Joel who will make you laugh out loud. Actually, it is the chemistry between Joel and Baldwin as they do one musical parody after another that has you in stitches.
But if there is any reason that a person should give Here’s The Thing Podcast a listen is that Baldwin was able to achieve the near impossible and get David Letterman to be his guest for episode # 18 for a solid 45 minutes. Baldwin had always been an exemplary guest for Dave, and Letterman reciprocates in spades for his buddy. From his days in Indiana, early years in stand-up and even his problems with alcohol, everything is discussed and told with laughter in both their voices. Encore Baldwin!
About the Author: Andrea Elizabeth Mitchell is a professional comedy writer and performer who has been in the business close to thirty years now. She has worked in several types of media including TV, Radio and Print. To branch out even further this year Ms Mitchell's work will be seen on both the internet and the big screen. Yes, a feature film she co-wrote is going into production, and who knows where this internet thing might take her!