PLEDGE NOW
Billy Crystal, Robin Williams and Ronald Reagan Walk Into A Funeral

Tom covered a full slate of things in his charming, comic conversation with actor-comedian Billy Crystal on our Friday show. But for the On Point staff, our favorite moment was when the comedian detailed his quirky relationship with fellow big-name comedic actor Robin Williams.

Billy Crystal: I have a lot of very close dear friends and when we do get together we can kid each other a little bit, but we never really compare notes…

There’s some good-natured ribbing that can go on.

Robin [Williams] and I have some intensely funny phone sessions i’ll just leave it at that…

But Crystal didn’t leave it at that.

Billy Crystal: Usually when somebody famous dies, the phone rings.

And usually it’s a big ticket item, it’s someone who’s a fairly good target. When Ronald Reagan passed away, I’m watching the funeral and boom: the phone rings and I know who it is.

And it’s, ‘Bill? Bill? Hey, it’s Ronnie! You know, it’s a lot hotter here in Heaven.’

You know sir, I’m not sure it’s hot there.

Well maybe that’s why Nixon’s in a Jacuzzi.’

It just goes on and on, and we have some classic conversations that actually, we should turn into an album. It would be hilarious.

For more, check out the full interview with Billy Crystal, and let us know what your favorite moments from the interview or from Crystal’s career, in the comments here, on Facebook and @OnPointRadio.

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
May 24, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Vietnamese Communist party secretary general Nguyen Phu Trong at the Central Office of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam, Monday, May 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama’s in Vietnam and Japan. The G7, Hiroshima and his pivot to Asia are all on the table. We look at the big picture. Plus, President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima.

May 24, 2016
Activist and author Gloria Steinem. (Carly Romeo / Courtesy Gloria Steinem)

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem explores how violence against women drives global instability in her new show, “Woman.” She’s with us.

RECENT
SHOWS
May 23, 2016
Robin Wright, right, attending the Emmy Awards in 2015 with Kevin Spacey. The pair star in "House of Cards" on Netflix. Wright recently shared that she fought to have an equal salary as Spacey. (Alex Berliner/Invision for the Television Academy/AP)

The pay gap between men and women is much greater in white-collar than blue-collar jobs. We’ll look at why, and what should be done about it.

 
May 23, 2016
A long line of travelers wait for the TSA security check point at O'Hare International airport in Chicago. Some major airports are currently seeing wait times exceeding 90 minutes at peak hours. (Teresa Crawford/AP)

The latest on the EgyptAir crash, and the latest on the TSA and security in the United States.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
‘Best Of’ 2016 Commencement Speeches
Monday, May 16, 2016

Excerpts from a few of the best commencement speeches delivered to the graduating class of 2016.

More »
Comment
 
Caller: Trump is a ‘Yankee moron,’ but I support him
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

“I’m a working man. I’ve worked 13, 14 hours every day. I got two jobs. I got three kids. I got a wife. You know, I’m not a misogynist.”

More »
Comment
 
Devoured: We Are What (And How) We Eat
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

From chicken wings to kale smoothies, we look at what we eat, and how challenging it is to eat well in America.

More »
Comment