Oct 092013
 

In this episode of the Wait Wait… Just after he graduated from college, Tony Danza was working out at a boxing gym when somebody said to him: you ever think about being on TV? Since then, he’s been a fixture on TV with the hit series Taxi and Who’s the Boss?, not to mention his own talk show, his own song and dance stage show, and now a new movie called Don Jon.

We’ve invited Danza to play a game called “Who’s The Boss?”: We’ll tell him about three companies and three people who might be the head of those companies. He’ll have to guess who’s the boss.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Sometimes people spend a lifetime doing fun and interesting things so they can spend five minutes with us doing something silly. It’s called Not My Job.

So Tony Danza was a pro boxer, and was working out in a gym when somebody said to him, you ever thought about being on TV? Since that day, he’s been a fixture on TV with two hit series, “Taxi” and “Who’s the Boss,” not to mention his own talk show, his own song and dance stage show, and now a new movie called “Don Jon.” Tony Danza, welcome to WAIT WAIT…DON’T TELL ME!

TONY DANZA: Thank you.

PAULA POUNDSTONE: Hey, Tony.

DANZA: Thank you, it’s so great to be here.

SAGAL: It’s wondeful.

DANZA: Oh, I love – I’m a big fan.

SAGAL: I know, we’re a huge fan – in fact we have been unable to find anyone who doesn’t like you. You may be the most beloved person on Earth since Mother Theresa passed.

DANZA: Well, it’s very nice of you to say, but call my family.

SAGAL: I will.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Is that – we heard this story about how you were discovered. Is that true, you were boxing in a gym in New York?

DANZA: I was training in Gleason’s Gym on 30th and 8th Avenue, where it was the Mecca of boxing, and a guy walked in who couldn’t rub two quarters together and said did you ever think of being on TV. And somehow I ended up in “Taxi,” which is the craziest thing of all.

SAGAL: Yeah because “Taxi” is truly one of the great sitcoms of all time.

(APPLAUSE)

POUNDSTONE: But Tony?

DANZA: Yes?

POUNDSTONE: I think you’re missing some steps there in your story.

(LAUGHTER)

 

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