The KC Weekend According To Craig Glazer
TKC NOTE: Our pal Craig shares his weekend plans . . .
Not Your Everyday American Idol
I first met Brian when he came to headline in Westport after his inaugural season hosting American Idol with Ryan Seacrest. Brian had just gotten back into stand-up. He had appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and several TV series as a guest star. Dunkleman expressed displeasure being on Idol and was already having run-ins with Seacrest. What Brian didn’t know was his contract would be extended through the summer where he would recap the show with Ryan. What happened after that only The Powers That Be know. Dunkleman felt he had many opportunities acting in both film and television. The Idol higher-ups may have just wanted to go with one on-stage host. Brian was the funny one, Seacrest had the All American boy good looks. All we know is Seacrest stayed and Brian went on to do Showtime specials, Tonight Show, My Name is Earl and starred in Celebrity Fit Club. Clearly, if Brian had it to do over again, he would still be on Idol.
What did happen is that Brian became a very strong stand-up comic. He began appearing as a guest on late night television. He worked the top comedy clubs in New York and LA. Brian has been a regular at Stanfords since 2002.
The talk is, he will host a reality game show this fall on Network TV. Dunkleman said, “It’s taken me a long time to get over the Idol craze. It doesn’t seem long ago that TMZ was following me all over LA and I was hanging out with Paula Abdul and other hosts of the show. Now that Idol’s become the most watched TV series of modern times, it’s kind of cool that I was once a part of it. The most asked question I get asked is ‘Is Ryan Seacrest Gay?’ He didn’t seem to complain too much when I was bangin’ him.” The truth is Dunkleman is happily married for eight years and he just recently had a baby boy. If you saw him on TV or heard him on the radio this week you know how funny he is. Very. See him tonight and tomorrow at Stanford and Sons at the Legends Shopping Center Showtimes are 7:45 pm and 9:45 pm nightly.
Next week, one of the biggest names in comedy Carlos Mencia; star of 3 HBO specials, ‘The Mind of Mencia’, and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’. Carlos is here Thursday through Saturday next week. Call (913) 400-7500 or go online at stanfordscomedyclub.com for tickets and more information.