Kirk Douglas’ Monologue


Kirk Douglas’ Monologue

…..Kirk Douglas

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!

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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