Kirk Douglas’ Monologue
Kirk Douglas: Thank you, thank you, thank you! It’s great to be back in New York, and alive!
You know, coming here is like coming home. I went to a dramatic school just up on 57th Street, and I worked in theaters just a few blocks from here. Of course, I was never in a Broadway hit. The plays usually ran about one performance, then I’d go back to California, make a movie, and then I’d come back to New York and do another play – for one night – and back to California, and here I am doing a one-night stand!
I think maybe that’s why they asked me. But I want to tell you something – television is really rough. It’s not like movies – there’s no retakes, it’s scary, it’s like you’re walking a tight wire and there’s no net. But I don’t know, I have a feeling it’s going to be okay. You see, I have four sons, and, thanks to Michael, I now have a grandson! Now, I don’t have any daughters. But.. I do have a beautiful godchild – Alexandra. She came up all the way from Washington, and she’s sitting right there.[ points her out in the audience, then walks down to her ]
You know, Alexandra is really my most loyal fan. Now, when I make a movie, no matter what the critics say, Alexandra writes me a letter right away, and she says, “Dear Uncle Kirk: I saw your last movie, you were terrific!” So, now, Alexandra, if these people don’t like this show tonight, you send that letter right away!
We’ll see you all later!