Sunday, May 19, 2024

Richard Belzer Expands Brand; Eddie Izzard is a Winner


Richard Belzer (picture with dog below) celebrated his birthday on Thursday by having lunch with best pal Paul Shaffer at Michael’s. Shaffer drove in from upstate New York since “Late Night with David Letterman” only has a three day tape schedule during the summer.

“It could be How Munch Met Your Mother,” Belzer joked. And then, to make him feel really old, a diner came up and told Belzer he saw him open for Warren Zevon in 1979. “Thirty years ago,” Belzer sighed…

Also at Michael’s on Thursday: Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, with his book editor, Alice producer Meryl Poster…and media man Gerry Peggy Siegal showing pictures of her summer aboard various yachts in Europe…

Eddie Izzard (pictured) celebrated his Emmy nominations last week at Oceana restaurant on West 49th St. “Believe: the Eddie Izzard Story”– directed by Sarah Townsend— tells the comic actor/performer’s life’s tale, and it’s a good one.

I think Eddie–who is a superstar in the UK and has a strong following in the US–could be a character on “The Office.” In real life, he’s a “straight transvestite”– he likes put on a dress occasionally. At lunch, put on by Epix, he wore a blue blazer, white shirt with cufflinks, and nice trousers, however…

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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