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Comedian Richard Lewis

In 1988, Terry Gross interviewed award winning stand up comic Richard Lewis about his HBO comedy special, "Richard Lewis: I'm Exhausted Concert". In his act, Lewis portrayed a spastic, tortured, self-deprecating man living a life of unrelieved pain. He said of his comedy that after he finished his act "people throw prescription drugs and the names of their therapists instead of roses. I'm the wreck they can't be." Richard Lewis appeared in over twenty movies and TV shows, and co-stared in Larry David’s HBO show “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

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Actor John Travolta

He's reprising his role as Chili Palmer in the new film Be Cool. He first played Chili in the film Get Shorty. Both are based on novels by Elmore Leonard. Travolta's other films include Saturday Night Fever, Pulp Fiction, Basic, Face Off and A Civil Action. This interview originally was broadcast on April 10, 2003.

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Daughter of Warhol star looks back on a bohemian childhood in the Chelsea Hotel

Alexandra Auder's mother, Viva, was one of Andy Warhol's muses. Growing up in Warhol's orbit meant Auder's childhood was an unusual one. For several years, Viva, Auder and Auder's younger half-sister, Gaby Hoffmann, lived in the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan. It was was famous for having been home to Leonard Cohen, Dylan Thomas, Virgil Thomson, and Bob Dylan, among others.

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This fake 'Jury Duty' really put James Marsden's improv chops on trial

In the series Jury Duty, a solar contractor named Ronald Gladden has agreed to participate in what he believes is a documentary about the experience of being a juror--but what Ronald doesn't know is that the whole thing is fake.

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