What are you... with Barry Friedman, Public Radio Tulsa personality
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1/03/13 at 4:08 AM
Barry Friedman usually has a take on any subject - gun shows, for instance, one of his favorites - and it probably isn't in a way you have thought of it previously.
Friedman is a columnist, satirist, a standup comedian, does commentary on Public Radio Tulsa and is the author of two books, "Road Comic" and "Funny You Should Mention It."
We didn't ask for his latest views on gun shows - you can dive into his website archives to find that - but we did tap in to other subjects on his mind.
...kvetching about these days?
Kvetching, really? First off, as Toby Ziegler on "The West Wing" said to Donna Moss when she says fuhtushed instead of fartoost (bewildered, confused), "Don't bring the Yiddish unless you know what you're doing." But to answer your question about what's bothering me these days, it's kind of like that old joke: A waiter walks up to four Jewish women having dinner and asks, "Ladies, is anything OK?"
...hoping happens in Tulsa over the next year?
My life will be complete if they time the lights on Harvard, under the Broken Arrow Expressway; otherwise, I will put my hand through the windshield in front of Cartec.
Also, it wouldn't break my heart if Chesapeake Energy Arena sprung a mysterious and recurrent leak in its roof and the Thunder had to play at the BOK for a few months.
...reading, listening to, watching?
At the moment I'm reading the ingredients on a plastic tin of spice drops (has both yellow No. 5 and No. 6); there's also a book my daughter gave me called "The End of Food," which is so depressing, I may turn vegan or try to subsist on Hebrew National Salami and Diet Dr Pepper. I'm listening to Randy Newman - hold on, that's Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame inductee Randy Newman - and watching both the last seven episodes of "Boardwalk Empire" (how could Nucky not know his wife was sleeping with the Irishman?) and my daily 14 hours of "Law & Order" reruns. On that last point, "SVU" is the better ensemble show (even if Belzer is the worst actor on prime time since Jonathan Frakes in "Star Trek: The Next Generation"), but "Criminal Intent's" Vincent D'onofrio (Detective Goran) is scary good, as is Olivia d'Abo.
...doing when you're not performing or writing?
Same as most people: surfing Asian porn sites, buying Apple iPhone accessories, doing some light hauling and restoring antique furniture.
...making for dinner?
I make four things: popcorn, chicken and rice, hamburgers and scrambled eggs. I do remember hearing from someone - a proctologist, I think - about the benefits of green vegetables, but he has since died.
...thinking the wisest thing your father ever said?
"Don't fill up on bread."
...loving about Tulsa?
Oh, it just has to be the people - they're all so warm and friendly (and I mean all 396,466 of them - I checked). Tulsans would give you the shirts off their backs. Really. I now have 118.
...planning for a special night out?
Karaoke, preferably in a bowling alley lounge, or shopping for van seats on the side of the road.
...preferring, mustard or mayonnaise, Pacino or Hoffman?
...concluding that if you could do it all over again, would you?
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
Barry Friedman prepares for a segment on Public Radio Tulsa on the University of Tulsa campus. STEPHEN PINGRY / Tulsa World