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Dave: NBCLive Online Chat (July 31, 1997)

Dave Foley of "NewsRadio"
July 31, 1997
6:00 pm PT/ 9:00 pm ET
NBCLive

Dave is here with us now! Welcome, Dave, to NBC Live!

Dave Foley:
Sorry for being so tardy at starting. I was trying to log-on and I was being an idiot. I was trying to join you in cyberspace.

Luvchil:
I love "Kids in the Hall" and really enjoyed Brain Candy!!! Are you guys
going to do another "Kids" movie together? Where can I see reruns of Kids in the Hall???J Beth from Jackson, Mississippi

Dave Foley:
Because not so many people shared your love for "Brain Candy" it might be difficult for us to do another one. But we havenŐt given up. We hope to do something else together in the future.

Tvfan1499w:
ALAN IN FLINT, MICHIGAN: I AM A BIG FAN OF KIDS IN THE HALL AND
NEWSRADIO!!! DO YOU DO ANY WRITING FOR NEWSRADIO?

Dave Foley:
Not in any official capacity. But the entire cast is encouraged to change things around during rehearsal and add things and if the producers and writers enjoy it, then it makes it's way into the script.

Psi1258:
Who were your inspirations when you first started your career?
PA.-Larry's sister

Dave Foley:
I guess when I first started to do comedy probably the most thing that I was into was Lenny Bruce which lead me to be really bad 17-year old Lenny Bruce rip off. Then I started accessing other influences like Python and the Marx Brothers. And Frank Zappa - he was a huge influence.

Tvvip:
DO YOU ENJOY DOING SKETCH COMEDY OR PRIME-TIME SITCOMS MORE? ARE THEY
VERY DIFFERENT? JENA_56

Dave Foley:
They are very different. One has made me quite wealthy and one has made me critically loved. You guess which is which. But of course I love "NewsRadio" and it's also critically-acclaimed.

Daypfs39:
Seeing that you've worked with or are working with many past and present
SNL cast members, do you see yourself hosting the show in the future?
Manny in Fremont, CA

Dave Foley:
I wouldn't rule that out at all. I'd love to. It's just a matter if they'd like to and when there's a possible time. Especially if Hanson could be the musical guest.

Sparkles311:
if you couldn't be on tv what would you do

Dave Foley:
I'd cook pizzas or be an Assistant Manager of a Cineplex Odeon.

Acont:
Who makes you Laugh ???

Dave Foley:
"Mr. Show" on HBO, Andy Kindler, Dave Higgins and the "Best of the Marx Brothers" still make laugh pretty hard.

For_what_is_true:
Do you ever forget the camera's are there?

Dave Foley:
I always forget the camera is out there. Sometimes they might think that I'm psychotic. I always forget that "NewsRadio" isn't just being performed for the 250 people in the bleachers.

Obladioblada:
How do you feel about your new time slot?

Dave Foley:
Delivered from the hands of evil and into the hands of Kelsey Grammer and Paul Reiser.

Queeenbeee:
SO, what are you doing for the rest of your life?

Dave Foley:
I have plans to allow the calcium levels to drop in my bones, making them ripple all the while and I'll be trying to get my internal organs to function less efficiently. Until I am very old.

Deathrockboy:
was being on "politically incorrect" a good experiance?

Dave Foley:
Yes, it's one of the few shows that you can do as a minor celebrity where you don't have to talk about yourself and that is a great relief.

Grngumby25:
When did you know that your acting career would be successful

Dave Foley:
I don't know that as of yet. Last spring I would have told you that my acting career was just about over. My sitcom was about to be canceled. I had produced and starred in a movie that I have been unable to get released, of which I am very proud. But, to sum up, things weren't looking too good. But, now the show has been renewed, the movies still isn't being released, but everyone that sees it, loves it. And, I've spent the summer on 2 projects that I've found really exciting.

Psi1258:
Can you give us any hints about where Dave's relationship with Lisa is
going? I think you two make a cute couple! :-)

Dave Foley:
I can't give out any specifics. But, I've told to describe upcoming developments as super freaky.

Betty_cooper:
Dave, when will "The Wrong Guy" be released?

Dave Foley:
I don't know. The company that came is an American distributor. They have decided they don't want to risk the expense of a theatrical release. We are hoping to interest another distributor in taking over the film. We've been having screenings in Los Angeles of the picture and it has received hugely favorable responses from the audience.

Katie-p:
Dave, Do you Yahoo!?

Dave Foley:
Only in the privatist moments of ectasy.

Howie29:
was it a big change to go from cable to a major network?

Dave Foley:
There is a difference between being on a late night cable show and a primetime network show. But, it's not a difference that I am aware of on a daily basis. More people seem to know who I am but still most of the people that come up to talk to me are people that knew me from "Kids in the Hall."

Karyana:
How many seasons have you signed for

Dave Foley:
My contract is for 6 years. We are about to being the 4th year of that contract. But having a contract does not mean that you have a job. It just means that they can stop you from taking other jobs.

Rocin1:
Hey Dave what was your favorite episode of News Radio?

Dave Foley:
NBC Host : Rather, what has been right at the moment, I'd say the James Caan episode. I thought Andy was brilliant in it. It was a great show for Andy and James Caan was really funny.

Chip73:
Is NBC behind the show more after the Rolling Stone story?

Dave Foley:
Surprisingly, yes. I think this is the first true instance in show business of an executive saying. "You know kid, I like your moxy." When that article, came out we all thought that it would be the last nail in our coffin. And we were all delighted to find the good humor which NBC took it.

 

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