Leaving New York

04.3.12

This is my second city with Oprah’s Lifeclass and it’s at an incredible pace. I just landed here a few hours ago and I’m packing up already. I’ve tried a new hotel and it’s one I might return to. Considering how high maintenance I am that’s something worth noting.

Yesterday I interviewed Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins and Perez Hilton. If you enjoy long and rambly interviews here are two of them. When I get home I’ll edit them down and find the funny-quirky-interesting-monumental moments and post them as shorter tapes.

I want to talk at length about the network and how it has altruism at it’s base. I think America is ready for a TV Network that’s mission statement includes only “Positive programming”.

Before hitting on those topics though I need to go down to Delancey Street for Bialys with a man who has known me since I was born and who took me to Alphabet City art galleries in the mid-80’s when I’m pretty sure stabbings were de rigeur.

Next week I won’t be with Oprah. I will give you three hints about what I’m up to next week:

GoPro
Dogsledding
Arctic Circle

St. Louis and Oprah’s Lifeclass

03.26.12

Oprah's Life Class St. Louis Peabody Opera House

Getting here was predictably miserable. After a three hour delay at DIA we were loaded into a puddle jumper to make the short trek to St. Louis. We sat a few moments and then deplaned because it had “no emergency landing gear”.

Having been in a plane once where we were asked to take the crash position I was happy to make that make that move.

We missed the day’s rehearsals but I reminded myself that I’ll have full access to rehearsals in New York City and Toronto. The set is impressive and the staff is excited. It’s really interesting to watch people work on a show that they truly believe in. I’ve been on many sets, this is different.

I’m running out for breakfast with Iyanla Vanzan in a few minutes and I don’t know a whole lot about her but she seems incredibly intuitiive and I’m looking forward to spending time with her.

I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I have some reservation about meeting T.D. Jakes. My knee jerk reaction is to be very unimpressed by mega churches and their leaders but some of the staff here have whispered to me that they have the same reservations but really enjoy T.D. Jakes as well as Joel Osteen because of their messages.

Since this is one of the strangest days of my life I’m going to do my best to update after each of the shows that are taped today (I think the TD Jakes show will be live on the internet and on OWN)