Vocab: Extemporize and Improvisation

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Betty White explains why she loves to go 'Off Their Rockers'

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Can you talk about what it was like to have Ed Asner on the show, and what you did together?Oh, it was such fun, and Ed and I stay very close. We鈥檝e always adored each other. I don鈥檛 think we鈥檝e ever said a nice word to each other, but we adore each other. You know that kind of a friendship. He always yells at me and I yell at him and lovingly. He did the show and when you work that closely together, you just - somehow you fall into a pattern, and it鈥檚 as though you saw each other yesterday, even if a little time has gone by.And when you were filming with PSY, what did you make about his 鈥淕angnam Style鈥?dance? Oh, he was very, very nice, and so funny. I don鈥檛 think he wanted to teach us the dance, but I tried to copy him anyway.Do you feel your spicy humor and sense of mischief help keep you young?Well, I don鈥檛 know. I was an only child and my mother and dad were great and good buddies, and my dad would bring jokes home. He was a salesman, and he would bring jokes home, and he鈥檇 say, now, sweetheart, you can take that one to school, but I wouldn鈥檛 take that one to school. I don鈥檛 know. I always see more than one meaning to a word, so the double entendre kind of came naturally. But a double entendre is one thing, and then dirty humor is something else. I don鈥檛 like dirty jokes, but I do enjoy a double entendre.What type of attitude do you recommend for longevity?Oh, honesty. You can fool everybody else maybe that you know, but you can鈥檛 fool that camera. That camera will know when you鈥檙e faking it every time.In your opinion, the best prank you鈥檝e ever pulled, the funniest one?I鈥檓 not a real prankster. I love doing 鈥淥ff Their Rockers,: because the other people are pranking, but I will maybe kid my friends and say one thing or tell them something happened that didn鈥檛 really happen, but I straighten it out pretty fast. The trouble is you can paint yourself into a corner if you try too many pranks, you know?Why do you think 鈥淥ff Their Rockers鈥?appeals to all age groups?Well, it鈥檚 silly and nonsensical, but good-spirited. We鈥檙e never mean-spirited, and that鈥檚 the iron rule.Is that why you wanted to do the show?Yes, yes. It makes people know they鈥檙e being kidded and all that, and when we reveal that they鈥檙e not any the worse for it. I think some of the other ones that try to get a little sensational get a little cruel sometimes.What do you say to people who ask you, 鈥淲hy haven鈥檛 you retired? Why do you keep going?鈥滲ecause why quit something you鈥檙e enjoying so much? I know I do, and it鈥檚 such fun, and who at the - who would ever expect at 91 to still get invited to do shows. I mean, that鈥檚 unheard of, so if they don鈥檛 want me to do it, don鈥檛 ask me, because if they ask me I鈥檒l take it.Betty, you have a birthday coming up, so how do you plan on celebrating?Well, I think NBC is taking care of that. Last year 2012] they did a Betty White鈥檚 90th birthday party on television. We got nominated for an Emmy for it, and this year they鈥檙e doing Betty White鈥檚 second annual 90th birthday, so they鈥檙e doing another one on camera, which should be fun.And what was your favorite part from the 2012 birthday special?Oh, my favorite part? Being surprised with a number of friends, celebrity friends that showed up. Each one was such a lovely surprise, I mean, to have Mary Moore] there 鈥?I鈥檒l leave somebody out, and I don鈥檛 want to do that, but it was just delightful. Each person that was there or said a few words just knocked me out. It was great fun.When you were first approached about doing "Off Their Rockers," did you immediately know you wanted to do it? Did you think about it for a little while?No, I was not enthused about doing this. First of all, well not so much for the show but because my schedule just didn鈥檛 tolerate it, so I thanked them very much and said, 鈥淣o thank you.鈥?But they kept coming back. It was a show that started in Belgium, and it was the most popular comedy show in Europe for a while. So when they invited me to do it. I said 鈥淭hat鈥檚 very nice, but I just can鈥檛 work it in.鈥?And they kept coming back, and of course I had the backbone of a jellyfish, here I am doing it, but I鈥檓 having a good time.Is there anyone else that could host this show better than Betty White? It seems like this was tailor-made for you.Oh, my goodness, and believe me, it鈥檚 the show that works. And anybody can do all I do, are the wraparounds, but I have fun being associated with it and we get a lot of on the street comments. It鈥檚 interesting, a lot of them will come up, and even before they talk about 鈥淗ot in Cleveland,鈥?they come up and say oh, I love 鈥淥ff Their Rockers,鈥?or they鈥檒l pick up some incident, one episode on 鈥淥ff Their Rockers鈥?to talk about. It鈥檚 fun.Betty, you鈥檝e worked on a lot of sets, and we always here great stories about pranks being pulled on television sets. Has anyone ever pulled a really funny prank on you during your career?From time to time, particularly when we all love each other and have a sense of humor, every once in a while, but I can鈥檛 think of any really specific one that you weren鈥檛 on to kind of right up front.And now that you do this show if someone did try to pull a prank on you, do you think that you might see it coming, that you might have a sort of radar to detect something like that?I don鈥檛 think so because really all I do on the show are the wraparounds. You know, I talk about it and I enjoy the show along with the audience, but I鈥檓 not involved in the actual pranking, so I don鈥檛 think I鈥檇 get as hip to it. I think we all as we get older we tend to read people pretty well, but sometimes they can fool you.Betty, you鈥檝e had an incredible career. What changes in television or film have impressed you or surprised you the most with regard to either content or what audiences want to see?I don鈥檛 think the television has changed nearly as much as the audience has changed. When I started out, television was just starting out, and everything was that miracle on the box in the corner of the room where people were actually moving around, and over the years, as television got to be such a major part of our lives, the audience has heard every joke. They know every storyline. They know where you鈥檙e going almost before the first line is out. That鈥檚 a hard audience to surprise and a hard audience to entertain, and it gets more difficult all the time. That鈥檚 why the real movers and shakers in the television business are the writers. They have a bigger challenge every day.Is there anything outstanding that you haven鈥檛 yet done that you would like to do?Robert Redford. No, no, no. It鈥檚 been 65 years and I think in that time I鈥檝e been the luckiest person on two feet, so I think I鈥檝e done about as much as I can do. I鈥檇 just like to keep on doing the same thing.How so you keep your energy going?Well, my problem is I love what I鈥檓 doing and I love this business and I enjoy the work and I love the people that I work with. I鈥檝e been so lucky for all those 60 years. Everybody says, 鈥淲ell, when are you going to retire? Why don鈥檛 you quit? How can you quit something that you enjoy so much?鈥?I鈥檓 blessed with good health and blessed with good energy, so as long as they ask me, I鈥檓 thrilled to say yes.Might you get a famous animal like Uggie the dog from 鈥淭he Artist,鈥?to bring and tie everything together, your love and all the great work you鈥檝e done for animals along with the show itself as perhaps a guest and a prank?I would love nothing better, and Uggie is such a special . The Friars鈥?Club roasted me, I don鈥檛 know, about a year ago I guess it was, and they had this long dais of people. Oh, it was, along with so many wonderful celebrities coming to roast me, and sitting in the middle on the table looking out at this audience of 1,500 people was Uggie. He sat there looking out at the audience as though well, they鈥檝e all come here for me. And he sat there for the whole roast. He was such a good boy.Because of all this resurgence of your popularity and everything else, you seem to be surrounded by a lot of young, attractive men. When women are middle-aged and with younger men, they鈥檙e cougars. What do they call a woman in her 90s who is with a younger man?Well, in your 90s, my problem is all my life I never was interested in younger men. He always had to be a little older than I, and my problem now at 90 is I can鈥檛 find anybody older than I.So you have no choice than to go after younger ones, now, is that it?Yes, well 鈥?let鈥檚 face it. I enjoy men.What is it in the way you grew up that helped you develop the sense of humor that you have and the love of laughter, and your amazing sense of comic timing?Oh, that was my mother and father. I was an only child, and we had the be http://www.saclouisvuittono.com st time together. My dad was a salesman, so he would bring jokes home, but also he鈥檇 ask me how things went at school, and I would start telling him, and pretty soon we鈥檇 begin to make jokes about it, and it was a love of laughter at home that just was a precious commodity to have with your folks. Sunday morning breakfast would last two hours sometimes when we all giggled and scratched and talked.And your sense of comic timing? You can do a deadpan face, and deliver a line better than anybody.Oh, well, that鈥檚 a tremendous compliment. I don鈥檛 have to believe it, but it鈥檚 so good to hear. Humor is like music. It鈥檚 a rhythm, and you just kind of get the rhythm of it, and you have to know not to let the beat go too long, but to leave a beat in there for it to gel. It鈥檚 hard to explain.A lot of people want to know if on the show if that鈥檚 really your house that you鈥檙e filming from?No, no, it isn鈥檛. I wouldn鈥檛 use my house. I like a little more privacy than that, but it鈥檚 fun. It feels like home.You have a lot of gay fans obviously from 鈥淭 sac louis vuitton he Golden Girls,鈥?and they say they want to see more pool boys in 鈥淥ff Their Rockers.鈥?They want more yard workers and hot guys on the show, so they鈥檙e hoping for that for the next season.Well, I wouldn鈥檛 mind that, either. Let鈥檚 start a movement and get that to happen next year. My only problem is I have the nicest pool boy at home, but he didn鈥檛 look like those other pool boys.What advice you can give for other women who are starting in the business?I鈥檝e been so lucky. I just can鈥檛 tell you how lucky to get to this age. Who would ever dream that you鈥檇 get to be 91 years old and you鈥檙e still working as much as I am? But I think it鈥檚 because I thoroughly enjoy what I do. I love this business, and I鈥檒l quit when they ask me to, but as long as they keep asking me to work, I鈥檒l keep saying yes, and it is such a privilege.I think women have come a long way over the years in being you know, coming into their own and roles that they get and in the whole business, and women executives and all that, but it still is a very lovely position to be in to be taken seriously as well as laughed at.Could you elaborate on some of the challenges that goes on during the filming?The challenges are to try to keep it fresh, to try to keep any semblance of freshness going. Well, after this number of years of all the shows and all the jokes and all the scripts, that鈥檚 a major challenge. So what you do is keep reworking the same old material and try to put a little new slant on it, and then with fresh people in the role, it鈥檚 amazing how long you can milk stuff.For more info:

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