Kevin Hart’s mother was the strong one and raised him right. But when she died in 2007, it was devastating. She didn’t get to see his success. On the upside, his dad is by his side. Hart bought his father a house and put him through a program to rid him of his vices. When he was young, his father wasn’t around. Hart always sees the positive side of any negative situation.
He also talked about all the top comedians who showed him the way. Keith Robinson was his mentor, but he would sit around and hear the greats like Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Ray Romano, and Colin Quinn.
When David Letterman and the King of All Media spent an hour and a half together, old-time stories came out. At one point, Stern asked about the time Letterman invited comic Don Rickles and himself onto the Letterman show. Letterman said that the idea of those two together was too much fun to pass up.
Ironically, Stern hated it. Rickles is known as the insult comedian, and the radio disc jockey found it sucks to be on the wrong side of Rickles’ jokes. He totally idolized the insult master but told Letterman that he’s only hilarious if he’s targeting anyone else.
A lot of people know that Ashton Kutcher met his wife Mila Kunis when she was 14 on the set of “That ‘70s Show.” Back then, it was more like a big-brother, little-sister relationship. Kutcher helped her with homework.
Stern talked to Kutcher about something most people would not know about him. He is astute in the world of finance. He helped fund Uber as a startup, so he’s made a killing there. He also admitted to enjoying raking in $700,000 per episode replacing Charlie Sheen on “Two and a Half Men.”
They started punk rock, they said, but didn’t get credit. It’s a little tongue-in-cheek because The Ramones are absolute legends in rock and roll lore. They defined punk as being about the things that matter, “Passion, heart and soul,” not anger.
Visiting in 1996, Joey and Marky Ramone announced to the Stern Show their retirement. Marky said he did not want to split up the band, but that Joey and John did. The backstory was Johnny’s political views veered too much to the right. Oh, and Johnny stole Joey’s girlfriend.
Quentin Tarantino famously pays actors to say his lines, and his lines only, and Jamie Foxx can prove it. In a hilarious interview with the King of All Media, Foxx gives examples of working with Tarantino, plus a brilliant impersonation of the director. Foxx said that working on “Django Unchained,” he dealt with a “tyrant.”
The vibe was, ‘Do not [freak] my film up!’ The first time Foxx delivered his lines, Tarantino walked in, closed the door, and laid into the actor. It totally helped and Foxx said he would work with the tyrant, time and time again.