Artists often use their childhoods and family life for inspiration. Alec speaks to two very different artists, a painter and a movie director, who have drawn on their early years to very different ends.
Alec Baldwin talks with two people on the frontlines of two of society’s most serious challenges: obesity and prison reform.
Alec Baldwin talks with Rosie O’Donnell about being a standup comic, a Star Search contestant, an actress, a talk show host, and a mom to five.
Alec Baldwin talks with two athletes who achieved enormous success in their rookie years.
Alec Baldwin talks with three major theater artists who have had different influences, obstacles, and career experiences.
Alec Baldwin talks with two English musicians about their commercial and critical success, and its impact on their lives and work.
Decades apart in age, both of Alec Baldwin's guests have broken barriers and blazed new trails in how women are depicted on stage and screen.
Alec talks with late-night legend David Letterman. Letterman describes his early days as a local TV host in Indiana, followed by time working the comedy clubs in LA. In just three years, he found himself appearing on The Tonight Show; as Letterman says, "that's not supposed to happen."
Letterman admits that for a good portion of the past thirty years, he “didn’t do anything else.” Things have changed now; he has “no patience for meetings” and avoids making decisions on the show, preferring to save that energy to explore the world with his eight-year-old son: “when you have a child you do things you never thought you would do, and it’s fun.”
Alec visits Lorne Michaels in his office at Rockefeller Center – the same office he’s had since 1975, when he created Saturday Night Live. Michaels and Alec talk about what led to SNL, and Michaels' early years doing subversive political satire on Canadian radio. Alec also talks with writer Erica Jong and her daughter Molly Jong-Fast as they spar about sex and the legacy of the feminist movement.
Alec goes backstage with comic actor Chris Rock after a matinee of The Motherf**ker With The Hat to hear what it was like for Rock to be in his first play. Alec also talks with Herb Alpert, legendary trumpeter and music producer. In 1966, Alpert’s band The Tijuana Brass sold over 13 million records, outselling The Beatles.
Alec talks with Kristen Wiig – a breakout Saturday Night Live cast member who says she loves performing, but admits there’s also a “big part of me that’s just like: don’t look at me.” Alec also visits with talk show legend Dick Cavett at his home in Montauk, Long Island. Over iced tea, Cavett shares memories from five decades in entertainment.
This week on Here’s the Thing – Alec sits down with fellow Long Islander Billy Joel – at the piano – for a conversation about life and the musical choices he’s made.
Alec Baldwin sits down with comedian Jerry Seinfeld who debuted on HBO in 1981, the same year he first appeared on Johnny Carson. Jerry Seinfeld was 27 years old.
This week Alec sits down with writer and director James Toback who makes movies on his own terms. His films include The Gambler, The Pick-up Artist, Love & Money, Black and White.
This week Alec sits down with film director Chris Columbus – who has brought to the screen some of the biggest American family films in the last 20 years: Adventures in Babysitting, Home Alone, and Mrs. Doubtfire.
This week, Alec sits down with Danny Bennett, to talk about the thirty years he’s spent managing the career of his dad, Tony Bennett. As Danny says, “I don’t just handle a career, I manage a legacy.”
Dan Mathews, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, talks to Alec about going naked instead of wearing fur, his battles (and victories) with the fashion industry and explains why PETA actually owns stock in Kentucky Fried Chicken.
This week Alec sits down with painter Eric Fischl, who became known in the 1980s art scene for work that explores issues of sexuality and power and what it means to become a man.
This week Alec sits down with pitcher Dwight Gooden whose blistering fastball and notoriously deceptive curve ball earned him the Rookie of the Year Award in 1984. He was 19 years old. Gooden’s outstanding first three years in Major League Baseball were replaced by very public battles with alcohol and cocaine which he struggled with for much of his professional career.
This week Alec sits down with Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Josh Fox to talk about his new film Gasland Part II, which premieres this week on HBO. Both Gasland Part II, and its predecessor, Gasland, explore the impact of hydraulic fracking on everyday Americans.