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  Season 32: Episode 5









06e: Alec Baldwin / Christina Aguilera

The Tony Bennett Show

Tony Bennett.....Alec Baldwin
Kevin Federline.....Andy Samberg
Anthony Benedetto.....Tony Bennett

[ open on show logo over show set ]

Announcer: It's "The Tony Bennett Show!"

[ logo fades ]

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen - Tony Bennett!

[ Tony Bennett runs onto the stage with a microphone as the audience applauds his arrival ]

Tony Bennett: Hello, everybody, hello! You know, I've sung for kings and queens, and one thing's for sure - I love things that are great!

[ singing ]
"I love things that are great
Good things are fantastic.
Guess what, we've got a date
Just a tlak show, nothing drastic.
But one thing's for sure
I love things that are greeeeeeeeat!
Yeah!"

[ the audience cheers ]

Tony Bennett: Thank you so much, everybody! We've got a real blue-ribbon kind of a show today - some great, great, great, great stuff. Later on, we're gonna hear a couple of terrific numbers from Puddle of Mudd!! One of the great rock bands out there today. But, first up, I'd like you to meet a terrific guy. This guy's new on the rap scene, and he's here to fill us in. Please welcome - Kevin Federline!

[ the audience cheers, as a smug Kevin Federline joins Tony on the set ]

Tony Bennett: Welcome, Kevin. So, how you doing?

Kevin Federline: Oh, you know - I'm doing the dew, you know - makin' sure what stays in Vegas!

Tony Bennett: Yeah. [ smiles ] But, Kevin - you have no education, no discernable skills, you have a skimpy beard growth. and, yet, you landed yourself a twenty-five year-old millionaire sexpot. Now, let me ask you a question: How'd you screw that up?! Why?

[ Kevin attempts to speak, but is too dumbstruck to respond ]

Tony Bennett: [ now finished with the interview ] Kevin Federline, everybody! Thanks so very much!

[ the music plays Kevin off the stage - actually, a guard pulls him off the stage ]

Tony Bennett: Yeah! One of the great, great, great, great, young dee-vor-cees out there today. [ a beat ] We were supposed to have a very special guest today - Mr. Bob Dylan. But it turns out there was ONE heckuva mix-up with the car service that was picking him up. According to this, uh, manifest I have here in my pocket -- [ retrieves piece of paper from his jacket pocket ] they were supposed to pick up Bob Dylan on the Upper East side, but, instead, they picked up a Mr. Robert Dillon on 96th and RIVERSIDE!! Don't get me wrong - he's a nice fellow, works in the locksmith trade - but he's not the LEGEND we ordered up! I found a lasy-minute fill-in - though - this - this cat is - he's a trip, man. This entertainer and impressionist has been shadowing my gigs for many, many years. He'll be opening for LANCE BURTON, Thanksgiving weekend at MOHICAN SUN!! Please welcome a great, great guy, from Astoria, Queens - Mr. Anthony Benedetto!!

[ the audience erupts into extended applause as the real Tony Bennett (using his birth name) joins Tony Bennett onstage ]

Tony Bennett: [ as they sit on the couch ] Anthony -- [ the audience resumes cheering as Alec and Tony stare and smile at one another, both men enjoying the enthusiasm from the audience ] Anthony, you look great. How you doing?

Anthony Benedetto: [ with a flourish of his hand ] Oh, I'm doing just great, I'm doing just great! [ the audience laughs ] You know, you're a real PRINCE letting me on this show!

Tony Bennett: [ points his thumb at Anthony as he looks out at the audience ] This guy can wear the heck out of a suit, don't you know!

Anthony Benedetto: You're no slouch, either.

Tony Bennett: These are my fancy duds - I wore them for Bob Dylan. But I'm just as happy you dig 'em, too!

Anthony Benedetto: Good! They're great, they're really great -- [ stumbling on his words ] that is great - great - great threads! Great threads!

Tony Bennett: I just want you all to know what a class act --

Anthony Benedetto: You got a great nose job.

Tony Bennett: Oh. Thank you very much! [ the audience cheers ] I apreciate that - I do!

Anthony Benedetto: [ laughs ]

Tony Bennett: Back in the late 70's, I caught his show in Atlantic City, and I was surprised to find out he was copying my act, WORD FOR WORD! And song for song.

Anthony Benedetto: It was more of a tribute to you!

Tony Bennett: Anyway, I enjoyed the heck out of his performance, and then I sued to BEJEESUS out of him and sued him for everything he had! But he was such a first-rate human being, that we were able to bury the hatchet and.. MAKE LEMONS OUT OF -- MAKE LEMONADE OUT OF LEMONS!! So - tell them what you did, Anthony.

Anthony Benedetto: I stayed in bed for two months.

Tony Bennett: No - after that.

Anthony Benedetto: Well, I slept in Grand Central Station.

Tony Bennett: No - way after that!

Anthony Benedetto: I retooled my act so it was more of a comedy parody - you know, Tony - you know, it - it's 100% legal.

Tony Bennett: This guy does a send-up of my stuff that will.. HUFF AND PUFF, and BLOW YOUR HOUSE DOWN! Tell them who your stage name is! [ to the audience ] This is a doozy, folks!

Anthony Benedetto: My name is Phony Bennett!

[ the audience laughs along with Tony ]

Tony Bennett: Tell the folks some of those nuggets that you're singing right now.

Anthony Benedetto: Oh, uh - let's see: "Don't Get Around Much Any More" - uh, uh, you know - "Someone Stole My Car."

Tony Bennett: Great, great stuff!

Anthony Benedetto: "You Can't Take That Away From Me - It's Under Three Ounces."

Tony Bennett: Priceless!

Anthony Benedetto: My biggest hit: "I Left My Heart in San Clan's Disco."

Tony Bennett: Oh! That water's two halves of a hoot! Isn't it crazy? We look alike, we sound alike, we even dress alike. I usually get my suits at Prioni - how about you, Anthony?

Anthony Benedetto: Men's Wearhouse.

Tony Bennett: Anthony, hold that thought about Men's Wearhouse, I gotta mention our sponsors - Lamicil tablets for nail fungus. [ pulls out product ] Hey, Anthony - hold that for me, would ya'? Right there? [ hands product to Anthony and looks past him to face the camera ] Thanks - you're a pal! [ about to start his spiel, but Tony turns to look at the camera for a few beats; the audience laughs and cheers ] You know - nail fungus is no parade down Main Street. I once dated a lady who was 99% gorgeous, then I took her shoe-shopping. Her toenails looked like a lined-up row of BARBEQUED FRITOS!! There isn't a pair of clippers out there that can tame those poker chips! Lamicil says, "Hey, nail fungus: don't let the door hit ya' where the Good Lord split ya'!" [ puts the product away and continues the interview ] Okay, Anthony! Where was I? Let's talk about our plans for the holidays! I'm gonna be doing a midnight mass/concert outside the Vatican with PAVAROTTI and U2!! What are you cookin'?

Anthony Benedetto: I'm gonna have some, uh, Budweiser at my friend's house - Ed's house.

Tony Bennett: Oh! Parallel lives, I'm tellin' ya'! I'm glad you could be here, it's been a great, great, great, great week all about, what with the elections and the huge voter turnout - this is such a great country. What do you say, I think we OWE our fellow Americans a song. How do you feel about it?

Anthony Benedetto: That's a GREAT idea!

Tony Bennett: Let's go, you!

[ Tony grabs his microphone and stands, as Anthony is handed a microphone by an unseen stagehand; the audience cheers them on ]

Together: [ singing ]
"Oh beautiful, for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!"

[ Tony addresses the audience, as Anthony continues singing ]

Tony Bennett: I'd love to thank my guest - Bob Dylan, catch you on the flipity-jip! Robert Dillon - sorry, times ten! Raincheck on Puddle of Mudd! Lamicil tablets for nail fungus! Kevin Federline - watch where you drop your worm! And, Anthony Benedetto - maybe you can open up for me some time!

Anthony Benedetto: [ excited ] Really?!

Tony Bennett: Don't hold your breath! Join me tomorrow, when I'll be stuffing a turkey with Kim Zimmer of "The Guiding Light"!

[ Tony and Anthony hug, as the scene fades ]


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