Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Photos

Here are a few recent photos I thought you'd find interesting.

With the cast of LeRoy Neiman Remembrance in NYC

With Jerry Stiller and Lady Jane Rothchild

Aboard Crystal Symphony as celebrity lecturer (2012)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fergie Meets Twinkies!

The sad news about the demise of Hostess Twinkies reminded me of Sarah, Duchess of York.

What do Fergie and Twinkies have in common?

Well, me, actually, since I introduced the Duchess to the classic American snack during one of my interviews with her.

Enjoy the video below, and if you have any Twinkies stashed away, now's the time to dig in.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Teri Shields, RIP

Sad news, Teri Shields passed away. I interviewed her years ago with her daughter Brooke (Brooke became a frequent guest of mine.)   My interview with Teri was quoted in today's New York Times. There's a link to a video of the original interview below:

“Fortunately, Brooke was at an age where she couldn’t talk back,” she told the television interviewer Bill Boggs a few years after “Pretty Baby” was released in 1978.
In that interview Teri Shields said that people who accused her of exploiting her child were jealous. She also spoke bluntly about her daughter’s appeal.
“They see total innocence, which is totally there,” she said, as Brooke sat beside her. “And two, they have the sexy child too, they have the sexy person — that appeals to them.”
Mr. Boggs interrupted: “Yeah, it’s the forbidden fruit.”
Teri Shields responded, “Yes, and yet it’s all wrapped up in one, and that is really appetizing.”—The New York Times

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sad news to hear that Phyllis Diller passed away—she brought laughter to so many. I'll remember her fondly and this interview I did with her on my show.

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Gore Vidal, R.I.P.

Of the thousands of people I've interviewed, Gore Vidal stands near top of list for being a guest on TV who looked great, entertained, raised pulses and ratings. His assertion: 'There is not one human problem that could not be resolved if people would simply do as I advise,' was a line he uttered that I will never forget.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Finally, a brand new look!

It's been in the works for a long time, but I'm pleased to report we've finally launched the newly designed web site

You'll find easy access to videos of my celebrity interviews as well as biographical info, TV career highlights, samples of my travel writing, slide shows and a lot more. And each month you can watch a featured video right inside our masthead banner. Doesn't get any easier than that.

CLICK HERE to check out the site and be sure to add it to your Favorites since we frequently update it.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

An Artful Arf

Here I am with Uggie, co-star of THE ARTIST.

I think I was upstaged.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Dick Clark—TV Legend

You can't grow up in Philadelphia (as I did) go into television and NOT know Dick Clark. Dick Clark was one of the most successful people ever to have worked in TV. First as an announcer at the local ABC station. Then a big break and onto Bandstand then a local show in Philadelphia..and from that break, Dick made huge strides both as a performer and as a producer. Ultimately taking his company Dick Clark Productions public and making millions and millions of dollars. Dick Clark's talents? A brilliant communicator, wise business man and frugal producer, and to the many who've met him along the way, a lovely human being. In this interview I asked Dick to pick an era of rock music that would go into a time capsule and be shot into space—one year that he'd pin it all on...see what he says. I've been grateful to Dick over the years for his many appearances on my shows and we've worked together as well. He is in fine fresh form in 1986—one of the hardest working men in show business, and yes I know, I also interviewed James Brown.

CLICK HERE to view the interview with Dick Clark.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Jazz Night

Mel Brooks and jazz king Vince Giorando

Mel Brooks was in a star-studded audience of jazz fans, including Leonard Maltlin and singer Marilyn Maye at Club Cache in NYC for Vince Giorando and the Nighthawks Monday night show. Vince and the big band perform Mondays and Tuesdays and play jazz arrangements from 1930's and 40's..maybe the last of it's kind in NYC and a true treat.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Street Wise

I’m being interviewed tomorrow on Lou Telano’s STREET WISE radio program—WGBB 1240AM.Radio.
The show runs from 7:30PM to 8:30. Hope you can tune in.
More details at the link here. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

I’ve got to admit, time really does fly by.

I began this blog on this day back in 2006.

I posted an item about one of my favorite restaurants—the charming Homestead Inn in Greenwich, Connecticut where I had the best meals of the previous year, 2005.

Just thinking about now makes whets my appetite...

Join me in a toast to future travels and adventures—Cheers Everyone!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"American Romance"

I'm proud to say I am co-executive producer, together with Jeff Leibowitz, on a brilliant new CD of compositions by Bernard Weinstock called American Romance. These are piano epics recorded in Nashville with the country's best sidemen that bring classical piano into the 21st Century.

With composer-pianist Bernard Weinstock (NYC).

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I Will Be On XM Talk Radio 168 Live This Saturday

I am so excited to let you know that I will be appearing live on XM Radio Channel 168 as a guest on the “David Essel Alive!” Talk Radio this Saturday January 28th at 6:00pm EST/ 3:00pm PST. It would be great if you could tune in on XM Radio Channel 168 or if you don’t have XM you can listen online anywhere in the world by going to so as long as you are online you can hear this interview. Check out my name in the line-up for this week’s show!

The topic I will be discussing is: You Got What It Takes?! You are welcome to call in at 800-548-8255 and David will take your call. I hope you’ll set some time aside in your busy schedule this weekend to join me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I'm pleased to report we've given a new look for the new year.

Hope you'll check out some of the new features.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Travel Photos from Lisbon

Here are a few shots from my recent travels...

Chiado area of Lisbon, a strolling area for shopping and cafes.

On the roof terrace dining room of the splendid Bairro Alto Hotel, Lisbon, a leading small hotel of the world.

Sunbathing on terrace of Bairro Alto, early December. The food matches the atmosphere and the terrace draws well-dressed locals for cocktails into the night.