Post City Interview: Larry King in Toronto for stage show My Jewish Soul II
By Ron Johnson
People recognize Larry King around the world. Small town, big city, it doesn’t matter. Such is the legacy of the CNN newsman who made history as the host of Larry King Live for 25 years before retiring from the show in 2010 (he has since returned with a vengeance, hosting Larry King Now on Hulu). With some free time on his hands, King decided to put together a one-man show of sorts, with some stories from the trenches and thoughts on life. With more than 60,000 interviews under his belt, as well as more than a few wives, we’re sure he has plenty to talk about. The show is slated for Nov. 3 at the Eglinton Grand.
What can we expect from your show on Nov. 3 in Toronto and is it similar to the one-man show you were scheduled to perform here a while back when we first had a chat?
We are going to have a lot of fun in Toronto. I always have a lot of fun. I try to make it funny. I bring the audience into it. I take questions from the audience.
I love your Drake Hands video, a funny new Internet meme. Any chance the two of you will meet up while you’re here?
If we could do another hands video, I would love to. I had a great time with Drake. If they arranged it again in Toronto, I would be happy to do it.
You’re celebrating a birthday this month (November). What are you hoping to do to celebrate?
My wife is planning an 80th birthday celebration. I don’t know if I am happy about 80, but I guess it is better than the alternative. I want to be surprised, but I don’t want to have a heart attack from the surprise. I can’t believe I am 80. When I was a kid, I never knew anyone who was 80. My father died at 46. My brother is 76.… Who knew?
In the big scheme of things, is “the news” better now, with so much access, or worse?
In many cases, it was better years ago in the age of Edward R. Morrow, those people at CBC, Huntley and Brinkley. It wasn’t getting it first; it was getting it right. It wasn’t about them; it was about the story. Fox news, MSNBC, too, it is all about them, not the story.
Too many, probably Sinatra. Mandela, greatest figure of the 20th century.
The one that got away?
Fidel Castro. I would love to have gotten him. The longest-running leader ever. I was in Havana, still trying to get him. I never give up.
Who would play you in the movie version of your life and why?
Gary Busey because he’s nuts.
For tickets and information go to www.larryking.ca.