Posts Tagged ‘Jim Norton’


Most Viewed of 2012: Randy Harrison; Lewis Black; Jim Norton

January 1, 2013

So before we venture one more day into this new year of 2013, let me say that several interviews that we aired in  “ON THE SCENE” in 2012 got people watching and talking above all others.

My interview Randy Harrison, the actor who starred as “Justin Taylor” on the Showtime series “Queer As Folk”  is the most viewed of my Youtube videos of the past year.  I interviewed Harrison at George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey last February when he was appearing in the play, “Red.” He has an international fan base, particularly in Europe. I discovered this when I noticed  the inordinately high number of views to my blog from foreign countries. I heard from a number of fans eager to know how they could see the interview. Two interviews, in fact, about his performance in “Red” and another about his work on “Queer As Folk” are on Youtube.

My interview with comedian Jim Norton was perhaps my favorite of the year. He’s funny in the interview but what I look for most in an interview with a comedian is whether they reveal something of themselves not for laughs. We cover a lot of territory in the interview including career struggles, dating, life disappointments and triumphs.

And Lewis Black. I interviewed him at George Street Playhouse, also, and he was more than generous with his time and thoughts. A play written by Black, “One Slight Hitch” was getting a run there. He took it out of the drawer after many years, it’s about his breakup with a girlfriend nearly 30 years ago. Viewers weren’t used to seeing Black talk about the playwright side of his career and it was an interesting departure. It, too, can be viewed on Youtube.

MUCH more to come in 2013!


ON THE SCENE Best Of…Ready To Roll

December 18, 2012

Two days, holed up in a dark editing booth and now ON THE SCENE the Best Of 2012 show is ready to see the light of day.

We cut and culled until we made it to seven of our favorite artists featured in our show during 2012. And we took the very best excepts from each of those interviews and put them in this year-end special.

With one exception: Bernadette Peters. A good portion of my original interview with her this fall never aired and so a brand new piece with her is in this show.

So tune in News 12 New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday, December 22nd and 23rd at 11AM, 1:30PM and 3:30PM each day.  The show includes Joe Pantoliano, Peter Max, Chris Botti, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Rob McClure who stars at Charlie Chaplin in “Chaplin” the Broadway musical.


Encore with Comedian Jim Norton And The Springsteen Exhibit

July 25, 2012

This weekend there’s an encore ON THE SCENE airing on News 12 New Jersey at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30PM.

Viewers and my colleagues alike were surprised by my interview with comedian Jim Norton, best known for appearing on the Opie And Anthony radio show.  Some of them are loyal Norton fans and they told me they learned about him from this interview than any other they’ve seen.  It’s one of my all time favorite interviews.

And Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band fans have another chance to see our tour of the Springsteen exhibit at the Constitution Center in Philadelphia..”From Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen.”

I’ll post more about this encore ON THE SCENE as we get closer to the weekend but mark your calendars and tune in this is probably the last time this episode will air.




Three Spins of ON THE SCENE Sunday With Jim Norton

May 20, 2012

Thanks, the blog is really active this weekend. I see from the list of searches a lot of you are looking me up online because of my interview with Gloria Gaynor on the death of Donna Summer and also those of you wanting to know more about my ON THE SCENE interview with comedian Jim Norton and also the segment on the Bruce Springsteen exhibit.

The show runs again Sunday 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

Please check the past couple of blog posts for some behind the scenes info on my Norton interview. I watched it again today along with a lot of you and I have to say how great it is to interview comedians and how refreshing when somebody will talk about anything and own their feelings.

The Norton interview will be posted online in a couple of weeks.


Tweet You Tweet Me

May 15, 2012

If you haven’t checked in lately or this is your first time, I’m now on Twitter at!/JohnBathkeLive so hit me up!  Follow me sounds sooo pretentious.

It’s a great way to see what I’m up to more immediately and I get to crack a few jokes.  So I like it.

Also, ON THE SCENE featuring my interview with comedian Jim Norton and our trip to the exhibit Asbury Park To The Promised Land: The Life And Music Of Bruce Springsteen gets an encore spin at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th on News 12 New Jersey.

This Jim Norton interview is compelling and if you’re local please watch because fans of his told me how they’ve never seen this side of him before and found it fascinating.


ON THE SCENE Encore: Comedian Jim Norton, Springsteen Exhibit

May 11, 2012

Just want to let you know there’ll be an encore of the ON THE SCENE episode featuring comedian Jim Norton and my visit to the Springsteen exhibit at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Tune in May 19th, 20th at 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM or 4:30 PM on News 12 New Jersey.