This seems like one of those, "If you could have three people over for dinner, dead or alive, who would they be?" kind of moments. The host of LateNet, Ray Ellin, told me that he will be talking with Oksana Baiul about her career, past achievements and stumbling blocks, future goals (she's in rehearsals for an ice musical called Cold as Ice) and anything else that pops into his head. He'll also show a video of Oksana teaching him how to skate.
Ray will talk to Leonard Nimoy about Star Trek, of course. Mr. Spock, who's also an accomplished photographer, has a provocative new book out called The Full Body Project, where he captures images of full-bodied women, some of whom are involved in what is known as the "fat acceptance" movement. In the book, he writes that, "The average American woman weighs 25 percent more than the models selling the clothes. There is a huge industry built up around selling women ways to get their bodies closer to the fantasy ideal. Pills, diets, surgery, workout programs. . .The message is 'You don't look right. If you buy our product, you can get there.'"
Tickets are reasonable ($35) so if you're around the area, this is a show that combines your love of figure skating, Star Trek, stand-up comedy and Barack Obama. (If you can't attend in-person, you can watch the show live online.) A portion of proceeds will also benefit Project A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's Disease) so another good reason to attend the show. I will be there and will be back with photos, some video and a recap of the show. Stay tuned...
You can also check out past guests like Chevy Chase, Darrell Hammond, and Hank Azaria on LateNet on DailyComedy or on YouTube under the name "stevensnyc."