I think it’s John Wayne. He’s got more money that every human being on Earth put together, you know, in a lifetime. And they’re all great comedians. John Wayne was probably the most successful of all the great ventriloquist. And everybody knows him now: “Oh, yeah.”
I remember that once I watched John Wayne’s big show. He really was that smart. He could read everyone, he could read them even into their tears. And he’s like, “Oh, good, I can tell you how to do this, I used to be great at it.” And then they’d get to laughing. And then he’d go, “I’ve got to go now because I’m in pain.” So he walked off.
What’s one of the first things you did?
Oh, I was just working on a show in Cleveland and I saw somebody who did a show in New York. And we’re all watching this show in Cleveland. It is some strange show. It was sort of a parody of the old New York accent.
But I saw that a lot and I liked that accent. I guess the only reason I didn’t know it’s New York from the accent was because when I do a show there I don’t do it in Cleveland, because they’re all going, “Oh, so you’re a comedian in Cleveland?”
It’s a bit of a problem in Cleveland. The accent has sort of a lot of its own sound to it, and they don’t like to be known. “Oh, so you’re famous in Cleveland.” I’m like, “Well, I’ve got something to say here.” I do that from time to time, but they don’t like to be known. Even if you have no idea of where to go.
But back to that show in Cleveland. There’s one guy called Eddie, right?
That’s right. Eddie’s the guy, I think, that the Cleveland accent was influenced by. It sort of came out of Eddie. That was the first time.
Eddie is an American comedian who’s always been sort of a little bit weird. I remember that on The Tonight Show, he had something he did where he would just sort of put his hand on his chest and say, “I’m a comedian in Cleveland,” and then he’d do some funny voice, but sort of an American accent.
When was it?
There was one time I