Larry King holds court in T.O.

CNN news le­gend in town for a rare live stage ap­pear­ance

Richmond Hill Post - - Cityscape - by Ron John­son

I love your Drake Hands video, a funny new In­ter­net meme. Any chance the two of you will meet up while you’re here? If we could do another hands video, I would love to. I had a great time with Drake. If they ar­ranged it again in Toronto, I would be happy to do it.

Favourite in­ter­view?

The one that got away?

Who would play you in the movie ver­sion of your life and why? Gary Busey be­cause he’s nuts. Peo­ple rec­og­nize Larry King around the world. Small town, big city, it doesn’t mat­ter. Such is the legacy of the CNN news­man who made his­tory as the host of Larry King Live for 25 years be­fore re­tir­ing from the show in 2010 (he has since re­turned with a vengeance, host­ing Larry King Now on Hulu). With some free time on his hands, King de­cided to put to­gether a one-man show of sorts, with some sto­ries from the trenches and thoughts on life. With more than 60,000 in­ter­views un­der his belt, as well as more than a few wives, we’re sure he has plenty to talk about. The show is slated for Nov. 3 at the Eglin­ton Grand.

What can we ex­pect from your show on Nov. 3 in Toronto and is it sim­i­lar to the one-man show you were sched­uled to per­form here a while back when we first had a chat? We are go­ing to have a lot of fun in Toronto. I al­ways have a lot of fun. I try to make it funny. I bring the au­di­ence into it. I take ques­tions from the au­di­ence.

You’re celebratin­g a birth­day this month (Novem­ber). What are you hop­ing to do to cel­e­brate? My wife is plan­ning an 80th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion. I don’t know if I am happy about 80, but I guess it is bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tive. I want to be sur­prised, but I don’t want to have a heart at­tack from the sur­prise. I can’t be­lieve I am 80. When I was a kid, I never knew any­one who was 80. My fa­ther died at 46. My brother is 76.… Who knew?

In the big scheme of things, is “the news” bet­ter now, with so much ac­cess, or worse? In many cases, it was bet­ter years ago in the age of Ed­ward R. Mor­row, those peo­ple at CBC, Hunt­ley and Brink­ley. It wasn’t get­ting it first; it was get­ting it right. It wasn’t about them; it was about the story. Fox news, MSNBC, too, it is all about them, not the story.

Too many, prob­a­bly Si­na­tra. Man­dela, great­est fig­ure of the 20th cen­tury. Fidel Cas­tro. I would love to have got­ten him. The long­est-run­ning leader ever. I was in Ha­vana, still try­ing to get him. I never give up.

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