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Jack Whitehall and his strap-on in <Em>Fresh Meat</Em>
Jack Whitehall and his strap-on in Fresh Meat
While shooting an episode of the Channel 4 (UK) series Fresh Meat one day, Jack Whitehall had to wear a large prosthetic penis for a scene in which his character, Jonathan "J.P." Pembersley, has a giant erection. Whitehall asked the prop master what choices he had.  "It was like that scene in James Bond," he later recalled, "where Bond visits Q, because he just opened up this suitcase and he had the biggest array of rubber penises I have ever seen. I ended up using a big kind of black strap-on phallus and I was in it for the whole day because the scene took the whole day to film."  The kicker? "It was the day when all of the Channel 4 executives came down to set. ...
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Steven Arnold (right) on <i>Coronation Street</i>
Steven Arnold (right) on Coronation Street
"I got a phone call from the press office asking: would I do the closing of the Commonwealth Games in front of the Queen," Coronation Street star Steven Arnold recalls. "There was one billion people in the audience watching worldwide. "I'd come out, get out of the car, bow to the Queen [and mime a kiss] and begin a dance. So at the end of it, I had to get a party-popper out of my pocket. And the music starts—the Coronation Street theme tune—and I've got to bring it up [straightening his body after the bow]: da-da-da-da-da. And it goes off, and all the fireworks go off in the stadium. "So we rehearsed it, rehearsed it, rehearsed it. We've got ear ...
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Vincent Curatola played Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni on The Sopranos. At its height, it was among the most popular shows in history. "We did casinos, we did huge banquet halls—I think these people must have paid $100 apiece to get a picture," he once recalled. "The fans were remarkable. And it's funny because two years ago I went to a different church for Mass with [my wife] Maureen, and I got up to get Communion, and the priest looked at me and said, 'Oh, Body of Christ, Johnny.'"
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Mavericks beach, California
2010 Mavericks surfing competition. Wiki photo by Shalom Jacobovitz (CC-BY-2.0)
2010 Mavericks surfing competition. Wiki photo by Shalom Jacobovitz (CC-BY-2.0)
The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten: A GoPro senior producer described to me the process he came up with [in 2013] to get P.O.V. footage of Shane Dorian surfing the giant waves at Mavericks, off the coast of Northern California, to use on a broadcast of a competition there. After Dorian had ridden a wave, a guy on a Jet Ski would zoom over, grab the camera, and then carry it in past the break to a paddleboarder, who'd maneuver through the swirling whitewash to the base of a cliff; over which a member of the broadcast team had lowered a basket. Up went the basket, and an assistant ran the camera over to the broadcast tent.
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Author John Cheever. Cheever won the 1958 National Book Award for Fiction for his book The Wapshot Chronicle. Credit: Unknown author (Public domain)

Author John Cheever. Cheever won the 1958 National Book Award for Fiction for his book The Wapshot Chronicle. Credit: Unknown ...(more)

John Cheever was not a fan of television. "I never had any trouble with the children and television," he recalled during an interview one day. "They watched whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted, and they reached a saturation point when it ceased to interest them." Why? "Because it's banal and vulgar. It's as simple as that." Ironically, at the time of the interview, in 1979, three of Cheever's best stories were about to air on PBS.
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In 1996, outspoken Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Molly Ivins joined the cast of 60 Minutes to do a weekly point/counterpoint segment. Ivins, who had recently written a bestselling book (Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She?), briefly wondered what she could and could not say on TV. "I had a go-around with [executive producer] Don Hewitt about that," she later recalled, "and I wound up sending him a sign I have on my office wall that says, 'The strongest of human emotions is neither love nor hate. It is the need one person has to change another person's copy.'"
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Studio portrait of Bette Davis (1940). Credit: Alexander Kahle (1886–1968) for RKO Radio (Public domain)
Studio portrait of Bette Davis (1940). Credit: Alexander Kahle (1886–1968) for RKO Radio (Public domain)
While passing through the lobby of his Hollywood apartment building one day, Fall Guy star Douglas Barr suddenly heard someone say, "Come over here, young man." Barr turned around and was surprised to see a small, older woman, whose eyes he recognized as those of Bette Davis, who counted Barr's building as one of her homes. "I've seen your show," remarked the screen legend, before adding, "didn't think much of it," and walking off. The Fall Guy, which aired from 1981-1986, has a rating of 7.1 on IMDB.
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Eric Swalwell on "Hardball" with MSNBC's Chris Matthews
Eric Swalwell on "Hardball" with MSNBC's Chris Matthews
During an interview on "Hardball" with MSNBC's Chris Matthews in November 2019, Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-California) appeared to fart live on the air… Though Swalwell denied that he had passed gas, a Youtube clip notched more than a million views, and several thousand comments, including: "At least something's getting passed in Washington," and "Probably the most honest thing he's ever said on TV."
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The closed captioning for an episode of Big Brother contained an unfortunate typo: "Your cologne smells good" was rendered as "Your colon smells good."
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Camryn Manheim in 2007, photo by David Shankbone <a href=https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>(CC BY-SA 3.0)</a>
Camryn Manheim in 2007, photo by David Shankbone (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Actress Camryn Manheim: "I did a Candid Camera-type show once, and they hired me and some other actors to go to Atlantic City to set up [Jeopardy! host] Alex Trebek. We posed as groupies called Trebekkies and asked him to come and talk at our convention. We were so over-the-top ridiculous, complete weirdos. Every time he said something funny, we'd pretend to press a buzzer. He didn't get it. He kept asking us what we were doing. He was mortified, but we kept him going for a good 20 minutes."