Entertainment: Billy Crystal - Comedy star honoured by MOMI
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DATELINE: 12th February 2003, New York
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1. Tilt down chandelier to Billy Crystal
2. Cutaway media
3. Pull back media to Billy Crystal and wife, Janice with Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
4. Mid shot Billy Crystal, his wife and Bloomberg
5. Mid shot Billy Crystal and Robin Williams
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Robin Williams: "He's just loyal and honest and gutsy, funny. He'll call up and bust your heart. And he laughs for me, if he laughs I know it's a good one."
7. Setup shot Harold Ramis
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Harold Ramis: "Billy is the best friend you could have. He's a faithful friend, he's attentive, he has a great memory which is important for a friend. As successful as he is he still understands people on the most basic emotional level, he's really a good person."
9. Mid shot Billy Crystal with Jack Palance
10. Setup shot Molly Shannon
11. Setup shot Cathy Moriarty
12. Wideshot push in Billy Crystal
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Crystal: "I've always known this is what I wanted to do... I've had few jobs fortunately. I taught school for a while, It was fun but I knew it wasn't me, I was a theater manager in a North Broadway show tearing tickets and learning all the parts of 'You're A Good Man Charlie Brown'. I can't believe what I have done, I'm surprised myself that I'm still around and maybe some other people too."
14. CA press
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Billy Crystal:" When it all comes down to it being in front of people live, getting laughs, there's nothing like it and I hope to get back out and do more of that."
16. Clip from Saturday Night Live (1984-1985)
17. Clip "Salute to Billy Crystal"
18. Wide shot ballroom
19. SOUND UP Kevin Spacey: "'When Harry Met Sally' was of course a huge hit. So what if it's not realistic. Who wants reality when you can have romance. Let's watch a scene that is truly the ultimate in romance."
20. Clip 'When Harry Met Sally' (1989)
20. SOUND UP Robin Williams: "We put together the first Comic Relief, and for me the great joy was I finally got to work one-one-one with Billy and Whoopi and I got to see how generous my brother is and what he did was a lot of times let me do what I have just been doing with you know except he would feed me stuff and provoke me to do stuff that even my therapist would go 'don't do that'."
21. Clip - 'Comic Relief'
22. Mid shot Billy Crystal walks up to podium
23. Wide shot Billy Crystal on stage
24. SOUND UP Billy Crystal: "When I was a little kid in third grade I had a tray in the cafeteria loaded with food and I stumbled and dropped the tray and everybody laughed and I liked it, the next day I came in I threw the tray down. The third day I came in a bully took 15 percent of my lunch money and I was in show business."
26. SOUND UP Billy Crystal: "I've gotten to do a lot of things. I was thinking about it when I was sitting there, I've birthed a calf, I've thrown momma from a train, I've watched Meg fake the orgasm and the I purposely made a mistake so I could watch it again. It's hard to believe that Harry met Sally back in '89, things were so different then, Bush was president, the economy was tanking and we were about to go to war with Iraq. So different."
27. SOUND UP Billy Crystal talking to Robert De Niro in audience: "Would you like to do it again? I know you like to do a lot of takes. Do you want to come up here? I'm happy for you to do it again."
28. Robert De Niro goes back up to stage
29. Billy Crystal waiting for De Niro
30. Robert De Niro on stage with Crystal
31. SOUND UP Crystal: "I've been through some amazing pauses with you -- this one!"! SOT De Niro: "It was something I put together not as well as I should have." SOT Billy Crystal: "You'd never know it." SOT Robert De Niro: "All the things I wanted to say." SOT Billy Crystal: "Don't read my script, that's not going to help you." SOT De Niro: "All the things I wanted to say, you are a great person and I love you."
BILLY'S SUCCESS IS CRYSTAL CLEAR
Hollywood funnyman Billy Crystal's drew an A-list crowd to the celebration of his career held in New York Wednesday night.
Among the presenters at the American Museum of the Moving Image's annual event held at the Waldorf Astoria hotel - Robert De Niro, Robin Williams and Kevin Spacey each of whom toasted Crystal for his friendship and for his work as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director.
Crystals' friends and colleagues paid tribute to him in speech after speech at the Salute, but Crystal was not satisfied with his friend Robert De Niro's speech so he invited him to do a second take.
In one of the funniest and most touching moments of the evening, DeNiro ran back up to the stage to apologize for not being better prepared and then told his friend that he loved him.
Guests included Harold Ramis who has starred with Crystal and DeNiro in the hit 'Analyze This' and the sequel 'Analyze That,' Jack Palance who starred with him in 'City Slickers,' Cathy Moriarty who worked with him in 'Analyze That' and 'Forget Paris,' and Molly Shannon a fellow 'Saturday Night Live' alumnus.
Crystal told guests at the gala dinner that he got his start doing standup comedy as a kid for relatives and friends in his family's living room, but he broke ground when he played Jodie, the first gay character in prime-time television, on a series called 'Soap.'
In the 1980s he was a regular on 'Saturday Night Live' where he played among many other memorable characters including Sammy Davis, Jr., the fabulous Fernando, whose catch phrase "You look mah-velous" became an American cultural phenomenon.
He went on from there to the movies. He co-starred with Meg Ryan in the blockbuster romantic comedy 'When Harry Met Sally.' He starred in 'City Slickers' with Hollywood great, Jack Palance who won an Oscar for his role in that film.
Latterly, he has had success alongside Robert DeNiro with 'Analyze This' and 'Analyze That' - the list goes on: 'Monsters, Inc.,' 'Deconstructing Harry,' 'Hamlet', 'Forget Paris,' 'Mr. Saturday Night,' 'The Princess Bride,' 'Throw Momma from the Train' and 'This Is Spinal Tap.'
Crystal has also produced, written and directed. He has won six Emmy awards, five American Comedy Awards, three Golden Globe nominations and recently a Directors Guild of America nomination for his work behind the camera in '61.' a movie about the 1961 home-run race between baseball legends Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
Indeed, Crystal is a baseball fanatic. He Is a partial owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, but a lifelong supporter of the New York Yankees. The two baseball teams played each other in the 2001 World Series, Arizona ended up winning.
He is also well known around the world for his role as the comic host of the Oscars -- he's done it seven times.
He's teamed up with Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg to raise $50 million for Comic Relief ,an organization that aids the homeless and in 1989 he was the first American comedian to give a concert in Russia.