There's a new sheriff in the radio booth. The oft-mimicked and irreplaceable Christopher Walken recently tried his hand at radio, filling in for NPR's Leonard Lopate the other day. There's no cowbell, nor strange monologues about wristwatches, but it's completely delightful. This is 100% earnest Walken, chatting with friends and a slew of other guests, namely: Tony winners Jack O'Brien and Richard Easton, Zoe Kazan (Me and Orson Welles, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee), Eddie Izzard in a quick drive-by, dancers Jacques D'Amboise and Alex Shimizu, and Chef Lidia Bastianich and her mother, who turn out to be childhood friends of Walken's, from his days in Queens.
You can catch recordings of the broadcast over at The Wrap, and listen to discussions of theater memories (Walken has a long career on the stage) in the first play bar, chatting with Kazan in the second -- including Walken making jokes about his own personal punctuation and delivery, the third is Lidia Bastianich -- which delves into what he thinks is missing from cooking shows (remember, he's dallied in cooking shows himself), and the rest of his guests hang out in the fourth segment.
Since he's also such strange and larger than life characters on the screen and stage, it's nice to hear him just as himself. But even then, it's hard not to imagine and wish for a film where Walken gets to star as a radio DJ. Why hasn't this happened yet? A Talk Radio sort of affair would be cool, or even a Pontypool sequel. Hear that, Hollywood? Put Chris in front of the camera and behind the mic!