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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)


“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

TBS with Ellen

Interviewing Ellen Degeneres was so exciting to me. She is huge name and at the height of her career. I didn’t love her on American Idol but I have been a fan of her comedic talent through the years. I interviewed her through a conference call with a bunch of reporters. It was very quick and I was the second one to beep in. She seemed nice enough and I was only allowed one question. It had to be about variety show. I write for a LGBT newspaper so I wanted to ask her if the show has something for her gay and lesbian following. She said that her shows are inclusive for everyone. After the interview I have heard and noticed how sensitive she is about gay issues because of her following in the mainstream.

I attended the show called Ellen’s Somewhat Special Special filmed for TBS at the Chicago Theatre downtown. I had incredible seats by the front and the Chicago Blackhawks were in the row in front of me. Nick Cannon played tunes for the crowd and all different acts from a magician to trampoline jumpers performed. Ellen told some jokes and Lady Antebellum played at the end. The lead singer had tried out for American Idol twice and never made it.

After the taping was over I headed to watch a Mexican wrestling team at the Park West. What a full night!

Ellen DeGeneres is bringing her act to the Chicago Theatre this week. She is known for her comedy but can now add judging to the list with American Idol’s ninth season and music producer with a new record label called “elevenelevan.” Ellen DeGeneres interviewed the talk show host who interviews practically everyone.

Jerry Nunn: Hi, Ellen. How are you?

Ellen DeGeneres: I’m good, thanks.

JN: So you are bringing a variety show to town.

ED: Yes. I grew up watching Carol Burnet, the Smothers Brothers and Donnie and Marie. So I’ve always loved it and I’ve tried to do it before I did my second sitcom.  I did a pilot for CBS, that was a variety show and it was sort of a Larry Sanders.  It was me as a host of a variety show.  It was the behind the scenes and then it was also on onstage.

So I’ve been wanting to do a variety show for a long, long time and this is just so much fun that I get to do this when I have my spare time. People are looking on the Internet for all kinds of interesting things that you don’t normally find.  So yes, I’m a huge champion for this type of show.

JN: What do you look for in a variety act that is going to mesh well with this particular kind of show?
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