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Howard talked about this during the first hour today, and it really is just about as bizarre as he made it out to be. I challenge you to get through the entire "Billy Button" webisode...wow.

Question for some of you Howard veterans. I didn't listen to the show while Stuttering John was around, so I'm wondering what exactly his role was on the show. Was he like a RichardandSal, doing phony phone calls and the occasional on-air bit? Was he like Will, screening phone calls and doing a little producing? Or something else? Was he funny on the show? Because I see his solo stuff now and it's absolutely atrocious.
 

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Howard talked about this during the first hour today, and it really is just about as bizarre as he made it out to be. I challenge you to get through the entire "Billy Button" webisode...wow.

Question for some of you Howard veterans. I didn't listen to the show while Stuttering John was around, so I'm wondering what exactly his role was on the show. Was he like a RichardandSal, doing phony phone calls and the occasional on-air bit? Was he like Will, screening phone calls and doing a little producing? Or something else? Was he funny on the show? Because I see his solo stuff now and it's absolutely atrocious.

John started as an intern. Then they gave him Gary's old job of doing red carpet type interviews. Howard figured he could get away with anything because of his stutter, and this, along with John's complete ignorance of the celebrity world (and utter "balls of steel") birthed a monster: Stuttering John - Hero of the Stupid!!!

This went on for years, but alas, it had to end. Once publicists started recognizing John, even through his ever more elaborate disguises, he was relegated to in-studio work. His official duty was basically to be Will - call screener and pre-interviewer. But his unofficial job was show snitch, staff spy and Howard's personal master of dirty tricks. He got dirt on any and everyone, and no matter who he had to throw under the bus, he did it. Gary, Ronnie, Robin, Jackie, even Fred (yes, he had that much stupidity/balls). As far as pranks were concerned, John was usually smack in the middle, with his Piece de Resitance being the Gary Puppet Kidnap and Ransom.
 

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Question for some of you Howard veterans. I didn't listen to the show while Stuttering John was around, so I'm wondering what exactly his role was on the show. Was he like a RichardandSal, doing phony phone calls and the occasional on-air bit? Was he like Will, screening phone calls and doing a little producing? Or something else? Was he funny on the show? Because I see his solo stuff now and it's absolutely atrocious.

Stuttering John started as an intern, and was eventually hired full time. His worked in the office, but his claim to fame was doing outrageous interviews with celebrities at red carpet events and/or press conferences.

John also turned out to be quite good at investing his money. He made money for Gary and others who took his financial advice. He also had a few bands he played with, even cutting an album or two. He was always promoting himself, like Jackie, and Stern would pile on him for it.

I'm glad John left Howard the way he did. Whenever Howard talks about him, he always prefaces with"I'm happy for John", or some psychiatrist-based bs, when in reality, it really gets under Howard's sagging skin that John left him for way greener pastures working for a more normal, generous, relevant boss.
 

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So he was funny on the show? I have heard a number of those celebrity interviews...that was good stuff. Thanks for the info guys.
 

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stuttering john is without a doubt the luckiest guy in the entertainment industry...he makes shuli look like eddie murphy...johnny carson is spinning in his grave

great shit-stirrer though
 

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So he was funny on the show? I have heard a number of those celebrity interviews...that was good stuff. Thanks for the info guys.

Ah, well, no, not really. He was hilarious with celebrity street/red-carpet interviews, but those questions were written in advance by the writing team.

He knew he was essentially worthless on the show too. He got real threatened by Stuttering Vic when Howard said he could replace John. If you're valuable, or even if you just think you're valuable, you won't be threatened. :D
 

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So he was funny on the show? I have heard a number of those celebrity interviews...that was good stuff. Thanks for the info guys.

John wasn't really funny himself. It was the fact that he could read Fred/Jackie's questions with a straight face that was funny. John really had no clue when it came to celebrities, so asking inappropriate questions was easy for him because he had no clue how inappropriate they were. Plus, he had an immense loyalty to Howard, so he'd stick with an interview long after he'd worn out his welcome. Yep, even with other reporters screaming at him, and blows raining down on his head, John still st-st-st-stuttered out his lines.
 

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Ah, well, no, not really. He was hilarious with celebrity street/red-carpet interviews, but those questions were written in advance by the writing team.

He knew he was essentially worthless on the show too. He got real threatened by Stuttering Vic when Howard said he could replace John. If you're valuable, or even if you just think you're valuable, you won't be threatened. :D

Stuttering Vic was the best turning of the tables ever on the show. John was getting all uppity and demanding perks, so Howard found another stutterer and plugged him right into Johns spot without missing a beat.

Showed John just how generic he was; too bad Leno didn't catch that bit.
 

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How come they don't do celebrity street/red-carpet interviews anymore?

Every so often they'll have Gary Garver do one, but it has been a while. Baba Booey just did one at some porn award type of function. I think JD has done something similar in the recent past as well.
 

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Stuttering John started as an intern, and was eventually hired full time. His worked in the office, but his claim to fame was doing outrageous interviews with celebrities at red carpet events and/or press conferences.

John also turned out to be quite good at investing his money. He made money for Gary and others who took his financial advice. He also had a few bands he played with, even cutting an album or two. He was always promoting himself, like Jackie, and Stern would pile on him for it.

I'm glad John left Howard the way he did. Whenever Howard talks about him, he always prefaces with"I'm happy for John", or some psychiatrist-based bs, when in reality, it really gets under Howard's sagging skin that John left him for way greener pastures working for a more normal, generous, relevant boss.

What he said.
 

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What he said.

The fact that Stuttering John was able to find a "more normal, generous, relevant boss", yet DLM still can't find a "more normal, generous, relevant" radio host kind of defeats any point he thinks he has.
 

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oh that is just...I HOPE I don't make the mistake of clicking on that crap again.
 

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Stuttering John started as an intern, and was eventually hired full time. His worked in the office, but his claim to fame was doing outrageous interviews with celebrities at red carpet events and/or press conferences.

John also turned out to be quite good at investing his money. He made money for Gary and others who took his financial advice. He also had a few bands he played with, even cutting an album or two. He was always promoting himself, like Jackie, and Stern would pile on him for it.

I'm glad John left Howard the way he did. Whenever Howard talks about him, he always prefaces with"I'm happy for John", or some psychiatrist-based bs, when in reality, it really gets under Howard's sagging skin that John left him for way greener pastures working for a more normal, generous, relevant boss.

Another simp that sims the surface and just misses the entire point. Jay gave someone THAT DESERVES TO MAKE ABOUT $30k/YEAR based on his tallant FALSE SENSE OF ACHIEVEMENT just to spite Stern.

The ONLY reason why John is still on that show is for contract obligations ONLY. As soon as Jay can dump John it's done and now this fool who is accustomed to making $1M/year is STILL ONLY WORTH $30K/YEAR.

The higher you lift someone the farther they'll fall and John is about 1 year from falling.
 

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If he's smart enough to know he has no talent, he might pad the fall.

Tonight's special guests are, Nigalas Cage and Pamerler Anderson! :D
 

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He's the same as Sal. His worth was with the Stern show as a goof and got real popular "by default" cause he's on a show listened to by millions.

Actually they are both the same as Homer Simpson. Just showed up when the power plant opened and got the job without any qualifications. Worth the money cause that's what the job is paying.
 

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The birth of Stuttering John can best be observed on old tapes of the Channel 9 Shows. John became a star from his "take no prisoners" approach to red carpet gatherings and press conferences. He proved to be a great punching bag for Howard on and off the show. His usefulness reached its apex when he and A.J. Benza got into a slap fight...A.J. was let go. After that I felt that he became more of an afterthought for the show, he was relegated to the office snitch.

I would suggest that you watch the Channel 9 Shows and listen to old tapes of the show to get a flavor for Stuttering John.