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Opie & Anthony hold their own with Letterman -- VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 1st 2006 2:02PM
Opie & AnthonyI'll say this right up front: I'm not a huge fan of Opie & Anthony. I've been a Howard Stern guy for 17 years, and I've been enjoying him too much on Sirius to listen to anyone else. But that doesn't mean I automatically hate O&A; I've always thought they were pretty funny during their WNEW days, and the bits from XM I've heard them do -- my friend Roger has it on in the car whenever we go anywhere -- have also been extremely well-done. Unlike most of the "shock jocks" out there, they seem to have a point of view that is genuine and not just created to fashion a persona. And, it doesn't hurt that the show employs some of the best stand-ups out there, like Jimmy Norton, Rich Vos, and Patrice O'Neal.

So when I heard that O&A were going on Letterman last night, I was very interested in seeing what they had to say. Would they try to be outrageous like Stern always tried to be? Would they be real? Would they just do a constant rip job on Stern, who they felt abused his position to go behind their backs, keeping them from talking about him when they both worked for Infinity? I'll have to admit that they did a nice job. I only wish Anthony would have let Opie get a word in edgewise.

First of all, Letterman, a Stern loyalist, really seemed to enjoy the two of them, laughing at their stories of getting fired at various outposts. For instance, they got fired from their Boston station because they told the audience that the Mayor had died -- it was an April Fool's joke -- and people took them seriously. And, all New York radio fans know how they got fired from WNEW; they aired play-by-play of two fans having sex at St. Patrick's Cathedral (the venue was the listeners' choice). Letterman also enjoyed their complicated procedure of having to move from the Free FM studio where they do the terrestrial portion of their show, to the XM studio, where they do the more raunchy final 2 hours exclusively on satellite.

Like I said, it looked like Anthony did most of the talking. I don't know if they decided on that beforehand or if it was just an "in the moment" thing, but I wish the responses to Dave's questions would have been split a little more evenly. It could have been just a nervousness factor, but I know Opie talks more than that on the radio. No big deal; Anthony's always been the funnier of the two anyway, and he got off a bunch of good lines, especially when he lamented that he always gets the worst part of the common "Opie & Dopie" insults that get thrown at them (hint: he's "Dopie").

But the subject of Howard couldn't be avoided. Letterman tried more than once to get the pair to acknowledge that Stern paved the way for guys like them to be on the radio, but O&A only responded to that begrudginly. At this point, they feel, their feud with Stern is personal, since Stern has admitted that he did all he could behind the scenes to keep them quiet. Anthony let loose with his uncanny Stern impression, making fun of Howard's tendency to claim he invented everything. "I invented Morse code, Robin. Dot dash dot dash. That was me. Hoohoo." I'll admit that I've always loved the job Anthony does on the impression, and since I've never been a fan with Howard's bragging, the jokes about inventing the in-and-out of breathing are funny to me.

Overall, a nice job by the boys. I'm sure Dave will ask them back. Maybe the second time around, Opie will do the talking.

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Jason Chapa

Based on that appearance, those guys are not at all funny. I love how Letterman tries to make them acknowledge Stern for inventing morning radio. Way to go Dave. And that Howard impression was impossible. Orally and Anally suck big time.

September 06 2006 at 1:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hank Z angry dwarf

It's just a matter of time before Howard has a portion of his show on FM. If and when that happens, we'll get a bigger and better on-air feud between the 2 shows.

September 04 2006 at 12:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jig A. Boo

Actually, the line was "dot dot dash dash me", which flows perfectly, as opposed to the stuttering of "dot dash dot dash me"

September 03 2006 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
marc

To Everyone:

Listen to who you want, and quit cry-baby whining, you pansies.

DONE.


September 02 2006 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Howard Stern has more talent in his pinky than Opie and Anthony has in their entire bodies.

September 02 2006 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nigel

Anthony says Stern made the radio wars personal by putting the gag order out, but he seems to have forgotten the relentless bashing of Stern's daughter those two did. They are two hypocritical douchebags. Fuck 'em.

September 02 2006 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Winged eel

One correction to this, otherwise very decent, review

"I invented Morse code, Robin. Dot dash dot dash. That was me. Hoohoo."

The line was "I invented Morse code, Robin. Dot dash dot dash.. Me. HoohooHoo."

See the genius is the timing change?

September 02 2006 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sandy

Opie and Anthony are not even in the same league as Howard Stern. At least Stern is funny.

September 02 2006 at 3:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel

David, search for the words "Howard Stern" on this blog and you'll see that I have done about 90% of the Howard-related posts. I just don't buy into the fact that I *have* to hate O&A just because I listen to Stern. It's not like the Yankees and the Red Sox here, at least not to me.

September 02 2006 at 3:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

I have seen Howard's late night show and it was ten times more funny than anything Opie and Anthony has ever or will ever do. Their Late Show appearance was horrible and the only people praising it are their small fan base and the writer of this blog who is clearly a fraud who went out of his way to say that he's a Howard Stern fan in order for people to take his opinion seriously.



CBS must be desperate to promote these untalented hacks.

September 02 2006 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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