Justin, Robin and the best advent calendar ever
Justin Trudeau was in studio this morning for a one on one. You can watch the video here. I keep hearing from people who hate the very idea of Justin. A woman e-mailed me this morning after reading a headline in the National Post about the Trudeau campaign trying to learn from the Obama campaign. She clearly hadn't read the attached article because it was all about how Trudeau wants to bring young people into the process and use the Internet and social media to make politics relevant to a whole new audience. As a Trudeau hater, she figured Trudeau wanted to crib gutter politics from the American play book. How much do you have to hate a person to think that positive articles about them merely reinforce what you already thought?
A listener asked for my personal impression of Justin, remembering that I found Michael Ignatieff to be impenetrable (at first. I later found him to be the wrong guy but an intensely dedicated and intelligent man). Justin is charismatic and good looking. He succeeds largely because people underestimate him. As Ben Mulroney has pointed out, you get in the door because of your name, you survive because of who you really are. I can't tell you Justin is a great future Prime Minister in waiting but I can tell you he's a lot more impressive than his detractors would have you believe. And remember: up until 10:45PM on November 6th Republicans were so busy spinning Barack Obama as a naive one term failure they didn't see his decisive victory barrelling toward them.
It really was a thrill Tuesday night to be able to introduce David Steinberg and Robin Williams on stage at the Sony Center. The two of them traded stories from The Tonite show and their lives in comedy. Williams is a kinetic presence on stage who morphs from one spot-on impersonation (Jack Nicholson, Jonathan Winters and Robert Diniro) and accent to another and it's only when you walk him through his movie career that you appreciate how many classics he has starred in. And he talked about some of the flops as well including Popeye where a storm swept through the location set and the studio pulled the plug on money and everyone knew they were half way through a future bomb. Backstage the two of them were gracious and genuine and while I don't usually ask celebrities for pictures unless they've come to my studio, Robin was very generous to pose for a pic.
Last thing: I promised to tell you about the best advent calendar ever. It's the Whisky calendar. Instead of chocolate behind each door in the month of December there's a shooter filled with scotch. The best of them is a 50 year old whisky that sells for $560 a bottle. They don't tell you what day it turns up on but surely it's the 25th. What better way to celebrate Jesus' birthday?