Your Daily Guide To Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Robin Roberts

Googlers are filled with concern this morning for Robin Roberts, the Good Morning America host who revealed yesterday that her breast cancer treatment—she beat the disease five years back—has left her with a rare blood disease called myelodysplastic syndrome, which can cause anemia, a drop in red and white blood cell and bleeding.. “Sometimes treatment for cancer can lead to other serious medical issues,” Roberts said to her audience, “and that’s what I’m facing right now.” 

Dingo

An Australian coroner has ruled that it was indeed a dingo that ate baby Azaria Chamberlain 32 years ago in the Australian desert and Google searchers are lapping it up. Even though Chamberlain’s parents have spent years claiming this (her mother was at one point sentenced to life in prison for killing the child, but only ended up serving four years), it’s the first time they’ve had the law on their side. If any of this sounds at all familiar its likely because you’ve seen the 1988 movie A Cry In The Dark, starring Meryl Streep, or you’ve just heard people yelling “A dingo ate my baby!” over and over your entire life. This is what they’ve been talking about. 

Joy Behar

Yahoo! users are apparently very curious about the career moves of Joy Behar, the redheaded co-host of The View. It’s been announced that Behar will in September premiere a talk show for Current TV. Behar’s show will feature political and cultural commentary and discussion, not too far off from her last project, The Joy Behar Show, which was on HLN network until last year when it was canceled. "Joy Behar is a beloved veteran television personality with her finger on the pulse of what viewers care about," said Current TV chairman Al Gore—yes, that Al Gore. "Millions of Americans tune in daily to hear her take on the issues along with her inimitable style. We are honored that Current TV will be Joy’s new primetime home." 

Frank Cady

The celebrity news at Bing this morning is a bit more macabre. The top trending story is about former Green Acres star Frank Cady—he played Sam Drucker, the general store owner—who died two days ago due to an undisclosed cause of death. Cady was 96. And Bing users are apparently very attached to character actors from the golden age of television.

#GirlsLoveItWhen

At the bottom of the list of Twitter’s trending topics for the U.S. is Jeb Bush, the son and brother of former presidents who recently spoke out against the state of the Republican party. Way more popular than that momentous occasion, however, is Twitter’s own wisdom on what it is women want.

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Victoria Jackson: Right-Wing Blogger & Joy Behar’s New Nemesis

You remember Victoria Jackson right? She did a six-year stint on Saturday Night Live starting in 1986? She usually played a ditz? Anyway, she’s still playing one, only now she performs on the political stage — or rather the side stage, since she’s not exactly a big draw these days. During the run-up to the 2008 election, Jackson was fairly outspoken about her distaste for Obama, calling him a communist among other things. This was surely what earned her the (somewhat) regular blogging gig she now has over at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood. If you’re not familiar with the site, it consists mostly of ad hominem arguments against liberals and their influence on the entertainment industry. Jackson’s posts are usually about things like how the Jack Black vehicle Year One made her cry, and not in a good way. But yesterday she took a more serious tack: now she’s making fun of Joy Behar!

In her latest posting, Jackson proposed a skit detailing what a hypothetical visit to Behar’s new show might be like for her:

Joy: So, we’re back with Victoria who does not have a show, and I do! So … why do you hate Obama?!

Victoria: Well, I don’t hate anyone, I’m just concerned about our country becoming …

Joy: He is such a good speaker!

Victoria: … Communist. Van Jones was not an accident. The safe schools czar, Kevin Jennings, has a gay agenda for our innocent children. Socialized medicine does not work…

Joy: (To camera) You see? I can’t even have one conservative on my show until they start yelling, and cursing, and bitching! What is it with you people?! You are so full of HATE! Remind me, never to have these stupid A–holes on my show again! (To producer off stage) Get me Janeane Garofalo! She is a genius! Jesus!

Victoria: How can you take Jesus’ name in vain if you are Catholic?

Joy: What? Oi Vey! I’m not even Jewish! I’m gonna puke! Take me to a commercial! Save me!

Funny stuff! The knives are clearly out. One can only imagine the kind of horrible retribution that Ms. Behar will exact! In the meantime, enjoy this clip from The O’Reilly Factor, in which Jackson brags that she read a book Twice!

Industry Insiders: Comedy Queen Caroline Hirsch

Laugh Legend Caroline Hirsch of the eponymous Caroline’s on bringing the funny, luring tourists, and laughing off a recession.

Point of Origin: I was born in Brooklyn and moved to Manhattan when I was, I think, 24 years old and went to City College and FIT, which is how I ended up in retail. I was working at Gimbels, which was going out of business, so as market reps, we were out, too. Because I was collecting unemployment, I had a little time to look around. Then I kind of fell into this business, the business of comedy — it just happened. Bob Stigley just loved to go to a comedy club called Freddy’s on 49th Street, and before long, he and a couple of other friends wanted to open a cabaret. Bob decided to use a woman’s name for the cabaret we planned to open in Chelsea, and that was the start of Caroline’s.

As a buyer, you had to know what people wanted to buy, and it was the same with talent. We went for the best talent we could afford. Mark Shaman came in and played piano; there were some great stand-ups, and there was a lot of enthusiasm. But it just wasn’t happening with a young, hip crowd — and to be successful in this business, you need the 20- and 30-year-olds who go out a lot, unlike the 50- to 60-year-olds who don’t. It was the time when David Letterman had just gone on to television after Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. He was continually introducing a slew of young comedians, so every time somebody like Jay Leno came to town to do Letterman’s, he’d say he was playing Caroline’s. So by the seat of my pants, we won. I promoted things I liked, and because we didn’t have any money for advertising, we tried marketing and publicity with newspapers and television shows. We had people come in and review our shows. Comedians would get press by talking about the club.

When in 1987 Wall Street was crashing, we opened at the Seaport in April. It was one of Wall Street’s biggest depressions, but even in a recession, people have to laugh. When the CEO of A&E came to me and wanted to do a stand-up comedy show with a New Yorker, I produced the television program, Caroline’s Comedy Hour, starting in 1989. We stayed at the Seaport for five years and then came uptown. This is the best decision I have ever made in my business career. People walk up and down the streets around Times Square, they see a poster outside, and even if they don’t know the name of the comic, they saw that person on TV, and make a reservation to come in. The television show went on until 1995.

Occupations: I miss it and am working on another show now, but, meanwhile I’m producing new artists on DVD.

Not the Web? Actually, right now, Caroline’s is a site where people come to get information about the club, but this will be relaunched as more of a content site, and I’m working with a lot of people — talents before anybody else knows they’re talents — to get the job done. We’re working on a lot of stuff.

Any non-industry projects in the works? We do our fair share of fundraisers here that I support personally. We do a stand-up fundraiser every year in honor of Madeline Kahn with her husband to raise money to fight for ovarian cancer research called “Stand up for Madeline Kahn.” Another is for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a big fundraiser in conjunction with the New York Comedy Festival, which I also produce. We do other work for charities who find that it costs so much to rent out space in a hotel — it’s cheaper to do an event with comics and me!

Are you funny? I have a great sense of humor, but I’m not funny. But I know what’s funny. You must be funny to be on stage.

Favorite Hangs: To unwind, I go out East to my house at the beach. I look forward to that, and go out for the long weekends in the summer. I don’t go to clubs anymore. We’ve been going for 25 years, where else is there to go? For me, it was a different world before I opened Caroline’s. We went to Studio 54, Limelight, Xenon, every single night. I don’t’ miss it. We had fun then, but I don’t miss the whole scene. Now there are a whole bunch of young clubs, but you have to understand that things have changed. There is no club where, at the stroke of midnight, you have to be! When I had the club on 8th Avenue, we’d go to Limelight afterward. Or we’d go to Mr. Chow’s for dinner, then to one of the clubs.

Industry Icons: All of the icons. I just didn’t want to be any of them. I didn’t want to copy anybody else. I just wanted to do it better. We didn’t have a club like Caroline’s when we started this one. We had showcase clubs where people came to try out material before they went to Vegas or Atlantic City. Jay Leno had an hour and a half of material, so I developed the club with an opening act for him, a lead-in. The people we have here are really professionals. Bill Bellamy is coming in this weekend, and he has a polished hour-and-a-half stand-up; it’s different than the showcase clubs. The caliber of entertainer who works the club is really, really funny, and I laugh at the same joke a hundred times.

Who are some people you’re likely to be seen with? Comics like Joy Behar and Susie Essman are girlfriends of mine, and I still see Carol Leifer, who is an executive producer for CBS right now, and of course, Judy Gold. Those are pretty much my girlfriends, and they all make me laugh.

Projections: The future is a big place. Now we’re partnering with Comedy Central after five years of doing the New York Comedy Festival. It will begin to air next year in a multi-year contract with the network. We have a wonderful line-up in various venues all over New York, from the day after the election, November 5 until November 9. For instance, I met Craig Ferguson many years ago in Montreal. He really took off on The Drew Carey Show and will be performing in the New York Comedy Festival at Town Hall, as will Joel McHale. Frank Caliendo will play Carnegie Hall, as will Kat Williams. Mike Mencia’s mind will implode at Avery Fisher Hall, where Brian Regan will also play. Sarah Silverman will be at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Tracey Morgan will be “Coming Back Home” at the Apollo on November 8 — and panel discussions will be held at the Paley Center with the writers of The Daily Show and Conan O’Brien’s show. And something at the 92nd Street Y to watch will be “We Have A Winner” with Lizz Winstead, who co-created The Daily Show.

What are you doing tomorrow night? I go to restaurants where people know you, usually in the neighborhood. I leave work and go to dinner at Buddakan tonight, and tomorrow I might try to stop by a new place in the neighborhood where L’Impero used to be in Tudor City, Convivio. Although Convivio is now a no-name restaurant today, Michael White is the chef, so it won’t be no-name for long.
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