Professional Sarcasm — The Celebrity Interview

Ken Levine, well-known Hollywood director, writer, and producer (M.A.S.H., Cheers), penned a very funny and sarcastic piece on How to Interview a Celebrity.  He gives young entertainment journalists advice such as:

“Never EVER talk about yourself or bring up any topic other than her. She will stare at you in disbelief like you just killed her puppy.”

and

“Once the budding young diva starts yammering learn what is print-worthy and what is just utter brain-dead nonsense. Listen carefully because often you won’t be able to distinguish one from the other.”

The article appears on Levine’s Blog at the internet newspaper, The Huffington Post.  I also like his take on the backstage workings of American Idol.

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Steve Jobs Freaks Out (But Not Really)

As regular readers know (or maybe don’t), I now run a fashion blog over at justaformality.com.  In searching for content for that blog, I came across a couple of articles that would be interesting for this blog, even for people who don’t give a crap about fashion.  The first one is a farcical interview between fashion journalist, Steven Heller, and Apple founder, Steve Jobs, which pokes fun at Jobs’ seemingly one-and-only outfit of jeans and a black turtleneck and which had me cracking up.

The other (again, tongue-in-cheek) article by Ken Levine is called How to Interview a Celebrity, from which this excerpt was taken:

“Never EVER talk about yourself or bring up any topic other than her. She will stare at you in disbelief like you just killed her puppy. A call to the publicist (who’s sitting at the next table with five of her best handlers) is certain to follow.”