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An Evening With a Punch at Paley Gala

December 12, 2008 5:03 PM

Three things happened at Thursday’s Paley Center for Media annual gala ceremony in Los Angeles: Carl Reiner hated the food, nobody wanted to see themselves in high definition and the night’s host, Bonnie Hunt, punched the Daily Blink in the arm.

Carl Reiner

Mr. Reiner, who was one of the evening’s honorees, gave a speech about Paley Center founder William S. Paley offering a job to a local woman to run a hot dog stand in Paley Park in New York City.

He said he’d rather have the hot dogs at the stand than the “awful” dinner served at the event, which was a chicken turnover with potatoes and vegetables. The crowd clapped in agreement.

Bonnie Hunt

Mr. Reiner also put on an impromptu performance of “The 2,000 Year Old Man” with longtime partner Mel Brooks, which is still as funny as it ever was.

Despite the hatred of the food, the night included touching comments from Carl Reiner’s son, writer-director-producer Rob, who talked about his father’s secret signal to him during “Your Show of Shows,” and a talk from Dick Van Dyke, who disliked the large HD screen behind him broadcasting the event to the room at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

The distrust of HD continued throughout the night, with other speakers making note of the huge screen behind them.

Also receiving recognition was Showtime Networks, with Chairman-CEO Matthew Blank and President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt accepting the kudos. While Mr. Blank and Mr. Greenblatt were on stage, the ceremony’s host, Bonnie Hunt, walked over to the Daily Blink and said, “Everyone keeps talking about this HD screen. Do I really look THAT bad up there?”

“What? No, you look fine,” I said.

She responded with a joking “I’m serious!”

The Daily Blink laughed. She then punched me in the arm and walked away.

I was honored that night, too, as I can now tell my parents that I was assaulted* by a major celebrity.

*Playfully and all in good fun.

—Andrew Krukowski


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