Mentalist Keith Barry’s first virtual slot on US Telly from a studio located in his back garden in County Kildare – his fifth appearance on the show – chills host Ellen.
“I think I basically wore the production team down, I spent a fortune on calls to the office. In these challenging times for the entertainment industry you have to try everything! Persistence worked and I was thrilled to be asked back on the show”.
Former US president George W Bush (left) and daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres at an American football game last year
Poet Kevin Higgins writes:
it seems time I shared this which was provoked by Ellen’s friendship with George W. Bush…
The Continuing Confessions of A Daytime Talk Show Host
My catalogue of pals stretches beyond Bush,
Trump, and the Emperor Bokassa’s personal crocodile.
For I am everywhere, and always have been:
helped Claus Von Bulow rewrite his Tinder profile
the day they switched his wife off;
had the Cleveland Torso Murderer judge
my show’s inaugural belly dancing competition
which, it being 1938,
was only available on radio, but, hey,
I’m always up for a challenge;
celebrated John Gotti’s twenty fifth
successive acquittal by gifting him
a diamond crusted
knuckle-duster, and paying
to photograph him wearing it;
and, yes, tried to hire
the Zodiac Killer as my show’s
but Letterman got there first.
It’s my job to talk
to the guy who tied
Sacco and Venzetti to the chair,
like two sad salamis,
so I can ask him which
has been his favourite
fry up so far.
The fact I shared a table
and chicken skewers
with Vlad the Impaler
at a mutual friend’s wedding
and found him
a delightful conversationalist
is no criticism on my part
of those he had boiled
in his giant copper cauldron,
or hammered giant
I’ll be friends with anybody
as long as they’re somebody.