Jennifer on Howie Mandel - June 26 1998
Howie: Thank you for being here!
Jennifer: My pleasure.
H: You're.. you're my first!
H: Be gentle with me!
J: I think we should have a hug, don't you think, just for that moment!
H: My wife is in the green room--
H: Honey, this is strictly professional!
J: Just for luck! Just for luck!
J: Okay, this is obviously your first show and I am honored to be your first
guest because I think you're awesome!
H: Thank you!
J: And um.. isn't he awesome?
H: Did you see me walk up?
J: I did see you walk up! It was brilliant, I don't think anyone's done it
H: Thank you!
H: What is that?
J: This is just a little treat for you to say Here's to many many many years
H: Thank you! It's a chaffon thing..
J: It's a chaffon..
H: Well... should I open it?
J: Yeah open it!
H: Okay, I'll open it, opening it, I'm opening it now...
J: You're opening it!
H: Is it a.. is it an album?
J: Don't shake it don't shake it DON'T SHAKE IT!
H: Okay, okay, is it.. oh wow! Oh wow! Oh my God, I don't know if you can see
this.. no this is reeeallly nice! Look at this.. it says "Hey Howie, will you
be.. my neurotic friend? Love, Jennifer"
J: Now you have to keep that on your desk!
H: I will! I feel bad..
H: Because I didn't know you were getting me something..
J: You didn't know?!
H: Oh, actually, I did know, and here! <hands her the stuff that Jay Leno gave him, including flowers.>
J: Oh, thank you! Did you hand pick these all yourself?
H: Yeah! And those are chocolates!
J: Oh my Lord!
H: Half eaten..
J: You ate some on the way over?
H: I do, I do! Now, this is new for me, so, do you get nervous doing these
J: Uhh.. yeah! Sure!
H: Are you nervous now?
J: I'm actually okay! Now that I'm here.
H: Okay! But you do a lot of talk shows have you ever been in this room
J: This is.. this is the..
H: Howard Brown.
J: It is! This was always the dream.
H: You dreamt of doing Johnny Carson?
J: Well, Carson! I mean, you're a little kid, growing up, and you're watching,
mesmerized, and you're just thinking 'Well, maybe someday..' you know..
H: Were you ever on the Johnny Carson show?
J: Nooo! Nooo! I was waitressing when the Johnny Carson show was on!
J: Yeah! Wow, it is kind of like a swooping thing, though!
H: Yes, we're swooping here! Are you a Bob Hope fan?
J: Oh I LOVE Bob Hope! I actually got to meet Bob Hope recently!
H: You met him? I've never met him. What was he like?
J: It was wild. Well... he's.. Bob Hope!
H: Right, therefore..
J: ....um... he's Bob Hope!
H: You know what? With that description, when I close my eyes, I feel like
he's right here with us! When you met him, did you talk to him?
J: Well, the only thing we actually did, we were taking a photograph with him,
and the cast, and he was sort of, mumbling stuff and then all of a sudden he
just blurted out, "FRIEEEENDS! EHHH? FRIEEEENDS!" And
that was like what we said!
H: How do you answer that?
J: "Well, that's right!"
H: Well, you had a conversation with Bob!
J: I had a conversation with Bob!
H: Now I understand your family is in showbusiness, your father is of course
H: And your mother is a model.
J: Was a model, yes. Actually, an actress and then a model, she couldn't stand
H: Of modeling?
J: No, acting.
H: Well I thought there would be more rejection in modeling... did she just
walk into a room, turn and leave all the time?
J: What did you just say?
H: I said, did she walk into a room, turn around and leave all the time?
J: Yeah, just pivots, she would just pivot.
H: You know, cuz models walk into a room, show off what they're wearing, and
J: Yeah, that's how she served dinner.
H: Now, I also heard that you have a very famous godfather.
J: Yes, I do, I did! Yeah, Telly Savalas. All the Greeks.
H: You're Greek?
H: Who loves ya, baby?
J: Who loves ya, baby!
H: I didn't know you were Greek, Aniston doesn't sound like a Greek name.
J: Oh, actually it's Anastassakis
H: It's what?
H: Anastasasskiss, that's you?
J: Ha, that's me!
H: So you shortened it.
J: Yeah, well they changed it when my grandfather, when they all came over.
H: I shortened my name too.
J: Did you really? What was it before, Howie Mandelin?
H: It used to be Mandellllllllllllllll. So anyways, are you busy?
J: Yeah. I mean you know, I'm relaxing! I'm enjoying the little vacation.
H: Do you date?
H: No dates?
H: Not for me, I'm not asking.
J: Are you asking for a date?
H: No, no, well I'm not allowed to!
J: Oh, you're not, that's right!
H: I'm a married guy!
J: You're actually right, forgive me, Jesus, what is happening to me?
H: She said no dating! In fact, I have a post-it note on me--
J: No dating! Things to do-- No dating!
H: I'm asking for the guys in the band! Because I try to live vicariously
through single people. I've been married for about 20 years, with three kids.
J: I commend that!
H: Thank you, I'm not used to everything you say, getting applause..
H: So I try to live vicariously through single people who are doing other
things.. we just stay at home, last night we stayed home with the uh.. with
the uh.. kids..
J: Kids, right.
H: And the wife and she rented movies.
H: You know their names! I don't have names for them yet. I'm waiting for them
to grow up, and they'll tell me what to call them. But you know what? I stayed
home, my wife rents tapes, that's what I did last night.
J: Did you? Ohh, that's wonderful! That's the best kind of evening!
H: It is the best thing. We watched umm... Legends Of The Fall last night.
H: You like that tape?
J: .... yeah.
H: So does my wife.
H: We see it a lot.
H: She likes Thelma and Louise, too.
J: Oh yeah. I would just stop, right now.
H: You want me to stop?
H: Okay, just.. inquiring minds wanna know!
J: A ha ha, oh yeah!
H: Is that weird that--
J: Wow, I can't believe you just did that!
H: You can't believe I did that?
J: I can't believe it!
H: I'm just learning!
J: <garbs his cards> That wasn't in our pre-interview!!!
H: Is that weird, though, that people even care about what you're doing privately?
J: Well, sure, I mean, although, you know, it's curiousity, I get it. I get it.
H: You get people like, stalking you, wanting to know every move?
J: It doesn't happen but uh.. that I don't quite get, no.
H: Do you get people following you into the supermarket, things like that?
J: There have been times when that's happened, yeah.
H: And how do you deal with that?
J: You just do! I don't know, Howie! You kinda go with the flow..
H: You go with the flow? There's an actual flow of people following you to the supermarket?
J: Yeah, exactly, just swimmin' along with them! And sometimes they get lost
in the crowd and they lose you and then they "Ohh where is she Oh what
H: Well that's it. Do you ever wear disguises? Have you ever gone out in a
J: A couple times I've actually done a wig. Just for fun.
H: Really? But with you, you've got to be worried about that because you can
put on a wig, people see you with a wig, and then America's wearing a wig! You
know what I want to say to you?
H: I want to say that you are absolutely adorable.
J: Thank you.
H: You are talented, and I can't, you know what? People come on these talk
shows because they have something to plug. And you have a very busy schedule,
I know you just finished Mike Judge's-
J: I have nothing to plug!
H: No, no! Don't laugh at that, no, she just did a movie with Mike Judge in
J: Yeah I did, that was fun.
H: The creator of Hank Hill, and FRIENDS is coming up for a new season, and
you're off to Europe, you're gonna do another movie, and I think the coolest
thing is that you'd just come here, and spend time with me just to sit and
talk with me, and be here for me.
J: I wouldn't miss it for the world!