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MetroFocus: October 9, 2018

HORRIFIC CRASH, NIKKI HALEY RESIGNS, WINNERS & LOSERS, REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY, JOHN CLEESE IS HERE, “THE GREAT GATSBY” IN REAL LIFE.

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METROFOCUS," A

HORRIFIC CRASH ON A HOLIDAY

WEEKEND THAT AUTHORITIES ARE

CALLING THE DEADLIEST

TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENT IN THE

COUNTRY IN ALMOST A DECADE.

THE GOVERNOR IS NOW CALLING FOR

TOUGHER ENFORCEMENT OF THE RULES

THAT GUARANTEE GREATER SAFETY ON

OUR ROADS.

>>> CITY AND STATE IS HERE WITH

THIS WEEK'S WINNERS AND LOSERS.

THEN TRUMP NATIONALISM VERSUS

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM.

BUCKLEY IS HERE TO EXPLAIN WHY

HE BELIEVES THE GOP IS NOW THE

REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY.

>>> IT WAS A VERITABLE LAUGH

FACTORY.

"MONTY PYTHON" CRASH LANDED ON

AMERICAN TELEVISION NEARLY FOUR

DECADES AGO.

COMEDY RINGMASTER JOHN CLEESE

REMINISCES ABOUT THE WILD RIDE

OF THIS LEGENDARY GROUP.

PLUS A JAZZ MASTERPIECE COMES TO

LIFE.

"THE GREAT GATSBY" HAS CAPTURED

THE IMAGINATION OF READERS

FORRER INIALLY A CENTURY.

WE GO BACK IN TIME TO SHOW YOU

THE LONG ISLAND MANSIONS THAT

INSPIRED THIS AMERICAN CLASSIC.

>> THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS

"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.

>>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS" WITH

RAFAEL P. ROMAN, JACK FORD AND

JENNA FLANAGAN.

"METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE BY

JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE AND

EDGAR WACHENHEIM, III, BERNARD

AND IRENE SCHWARTZ, ROSALIND P.

WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG

AND BY --

>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

"METROFOCUS."

I'M JENNA FLANAGAN.

IT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON THE

ROAD.

THAT WAS THE MESSAGE FROM

GOVERNOR CUOMO AS HE RESPONDED

TO THE LIMOUSINE CRASH THAT

KILLED 20 PEOPLE IN NEW YORK ON

SATURDAY.

AFTER RUNNING A STOP SIGN, THE

VEHICLE SHOT ACROSS A JUNCTION

AND HIT ANOTHER CAR BEFORE

PLOWING INTO PEOPLE IN A PARKING

LOT.

AUTHORITIES HAVE YET TO SAY HOW

FAST THE LIMO WAS GOING OR

DETERMINE WHY IT FAILED TO STOP.

WHAT IS CLEAR IS THAT IT WAS THE

DEADLIEST CRASH IN AMERICA SINCE

2009.

FOR MORE ON THAT AND A DEEP DIVE

INTO THIS WEEK'S WINNERS AND

LOSERS IN LOCAL POLITICS, I'M

PLEASED TO WELCOME CITY AND

STATE'S EDITOR IN CHIEF JOHN

LENTZ BACK THAT THE PROGRAM.

WELCOME BACK.

>> GLAD TO BE HERE.

>> I WANT TO START OFF WITH A

SOMBER, SERIOUS STORY.

A HORRIFIC CRASH UP IN

AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK.

STILL THINGS ARE BEING

DETERMINED AS TO WHAT EXACTLY

HAPPENED.

I'M WONDERING FROM YOUR

PERSPECTIVE, WHAT DO YOU THINK

WE CAN SEE COMING OUT OF THIS.

IS IT A MATTER OF MORE

REGULATION THAT'S NEEDED, BETTER

SAFETY PROCEDURES.

>> INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THE

GOVERNOR WAS ASKED WHAT'S GOING

TO HAPPEN NEXT HERE.

HE SAID HE DOESN'T SEE IT'S

NECESSARILY A PLACE FOR NEW

REGULATIONS OR NEW LAWS, THAT

IT'S MORE A MATTER OF

ENFORCEMENT.

APPARENTLY THIS DRIVER OF THE

STRETCH LIMO POSSIBLY DIDN'T

HAVE THE CORRECT LICENSE.

THE CAR IN QUESTION HAD BEEN

FLAGGED FOR SOME SAFETY ISSUES

SOMETIME WITHIN THE PAST MONTH.

ALSO A QUESTION OF A LOOPHOLE

WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS, IF YOU

BUY ONE OF THESE SUVs AND

CONVERTED IT TO A LIMO, THE SAME

RULES DON'T APPLY.

SO I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYTHING

WILL CHANGE AT THE STATE LEVEL,

BUT CERTAINLY SOMETHING TO

WATCH.

>> WE'VE GOT A LOT OF THINGS TO

COVER.

WE'VE BEEN COVERING THE

CONGRESSIONAL RACES AROUND THE

STATE.

A CANDIDATE UP IN THE FINGER

LAKES.

I BELIEVE HER NAME IS DANA

BATLER WHO RAISED A LOT OF

MONEY.

>> SET A RECORD FOR THAT

DISTRICT, $1.5 MILLION IN THE

LAST QUARTER.

GREAT NEWS FOR HER.

SHE'S BEEN SEEN AS LAGGING

BEHIND HER REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT,

CAT CO-.

HE SEEMED TO BE DOING PRETTY

WELL.

ALSO SOME PUNDITS HAVE MADE THAT

RACE, DEEMED IT MORE

COMPETITIVE.

A POTENTIAL PICKUP FOR DEMOCRATS

IN NEW YORK.

YOU'VE SEEN A FEW RACES LIKE

THAT, SHIFT MORE FAVORABLE

TOWARDS DEMOCRATS.

>> TURNING TOWARDS THE STATE,

WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE STATE,

GOVERNOR CUOMO TURNS OUT TO BE A

WINNER OVER THE ISSUE OF HIS I

LOVE NEW YORK HIGHWAY SIGNS.

FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW, WHAT

WAS THE PROBLEM WITH THE SIGNS?

>> KIND OF A BIZARRE FIGHT.

THESE TOURISM SIGNS PROMOTING

NEW YORK ALONG HIGHWAYS ALL

AROUND THE STATE.

THE REAL ISSUE IS READABILITY.

IF DRIVERS ARE DRIVING ALONG

TRYING TO READ THESE SIGNS, TOO

MUCH LANGUAGE, IT COULD BE A

SAFETY ISSUE.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TRIED TO

TAKE THEM DOWN.

THERE ARE QUESTIONS LIKE THE I

LOVE NEW YORK WEBSITE, TAKE SOME

OF THE LANGUAGE OFF.

BUT THERE WAS A DEAL REACHED TO

AVOID A MAJOR FINE, BASICALLY

GOING TO PHASE A LOT OF THESE

SIGNS OUT.

>> WE ALSO FIND OUT HE'S WAY

AHEAD IN THE POLLS IN THE RACE

FOR GOVERNOR AT LEAST AGAINST

MAIN CANDIDATE MARK MOLINARO.

>> REPUBLICANS BEHIND 22 POINTS,

NOT SURPRISING GIVEN THE HEAVY

DEMOCRATIC ENROLLMENT STATE.

THIRD THING IS THE THIRD PARTY

LINE THEY HAD GOTTEN BEHIND

CYNTHIA NIXON, A QUESTION OF

WHAT TO DO NEXT.

THEY GOT BACK BEHIND THE

GOVERNOR.

A BIT OF AN AWKWARD SITUATION.

>> YES, FOLLOWING THE

DEVELOPMENTS, IT WAS ODD TO

WATCH ON TWITTER.

WHO WE WON'T SEE RETURNING,

FORMER STATE SENATOR JEFF KLEIN.

HE HAD A HUGE CAMPAIGN WAR

CHEST.

HE USED A LOT OF IT TO RUN FOR

HIS SEAT.

HE DID NOT WIN.

DO WE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH

HIM AND ALL THAT MONEY NOW?

>> NO.

HE'S BEEN VERY QUIET.

SUSPICIOUSLY QUIET.

THERE'S BEEN SOME SPECULATION

HE'D TRY TO RUN ON A THIRD PARTY

LINE, MAYBE GET INSTALLED AS A

JUDGE.

THE NOBLE THING IS HE SPENT A

RECORD AMOUNT IN TERMS OF MONEY

PER VOTE HE GOT.

YOU SAID HE WAS KNOWN FOR

FUND-RAISING.

THAT WAS THE REAL STRENGTH OVER

THE YEARS FOR THE IDC,

INDEPENDENT DEMOCRATIC

CONFERENCE.

ONE REASON TO RECRUIT PEOPLE.

IN THE END MONEY DIDN'T PAY OFF

FOR HIM.

IT WASN'T QUITE ENOUGH TO GET

HIM OVER THE EDGE.

>>> SPEAKING OF MONEY AND

GETTING OVER, LET'S SAY, "THE

TIMES" STORY ABOUT DONALD TRUMP

AND THE TRUMP FAMILY'S

INHERITANCE FROM HIS FATHER FRED

TRUMP.

FOR ANYONE ELSE, THIS MIGHT BE

CAREER ENDING FOR A POLITICIAN.

WHAT DO WE KNOW AFTER THIS STORY

CAME OUT?

>> A LOT OF QUESTIONS THAT CAME

OUT IN THIS PIECE FROM "THE

TIMES" QUESTIONS ABOUT WHERE

DONALD TRUMP GOT HIS WEALTH.

MORE THAN HE KNEW WAS FROM HIS

FATHER, HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF

DOLLARS.

EVEN MORE SO, THERE ARE

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TACTICS THEY

USED TO EVADE GIFT TAXES, OTHER

THINGS.

KIND OF GOT BURIED THIS WEEK

WITH THE KAVANAUGH CONFIRMATION.

THE STATE IS INVESTIGATING TO

SEE IF ANY LAWS WERE BROKEN, TO

SEE IF THERE'S MONEY TO BE

REFUNDED.

NEW YORK CITY IS INVESTIGATING

AS WELL.

>> JOHN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING

US AGAIN AND GIVING US AN UPDATE

ON THE WHO IS WINNING AND WHO'S

LOSING AROUND NEW YORK STATE AND

EVEN AT THE FED RELIGION LEVEL,

BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS TIES TO NEW

YORK.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>>> THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT

DONALD TRUMP'S MAKE AMERICA

GREAT AGAIN CAMPAIGN SLOGAN

RESONATED WITH MILLIONS OF

VOTERS WHO FELT THE COUNTRY WAS

IN DECLINE, AND HIS IMPROBABLE

ASCENT OF THE WHITE HOUSE SERVED

AS VINDICATION FOR THOSE WHO

BELIEVED ELITES FROM BOTH

PARTIES HAD ABANDONED THE

AMERICAN WORKING CLASS.

TRUMP MADE THE CREATION OF JOBS

AND REJECTION OF GLOBALIZATION

KEY PARTS OF HIS CAMPAIGN, A

STRATEGY WHICH CERTAINLY PAID

OFF ACROSS THE RUST BELT AND

WHICH, IN THE PROCESS, SHIFTED

THE VERY IDENTITY OF THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY AT LEAST

TEMPORARILY.

IN HIS NEW BOOK "THE REPUBLICAN

WORKERS PARTY," FORMER TRUMP

ADVISER F.H. BUCKLEY GIVES US

HIS TAKE ON WHAT THE REPUBLICAN

WORKERS PARTY IS AND HOW IT

PROMISES TO RENEW THE AMERICAN

DREAM.

FRANK, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM?

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> I WAS WATCHING AN INTERVIEW.

ONE OF THE CALLERS SAID

REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY, THAT'S

AN OXYMORON.

GIVEN THE RECENT HISTORY OF THE

REPUBLICAN PARTY, HOW IS IT NOT

AN OXYMORON?

>> IT WOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE

OLD REPUBLICAN PARTY.

THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WAS FOUGHT ON

THE GROUND OF CULTURAL

NATIONALISM AGAINST HILLARY

CLINTON, BUT IT WAS ALSO

ECONOMICALLY NATIONALIST AND

QUITE UNLIKE THE OLD REPUBLICAN

PARTY WHICH STILL IS IN SHOCK.

THIS IS A PARTY, TRUMP'S PARTY

THAT EMPHASIZED JOBS.

JOBS ARE PRETTY MUCH ALL YOU

WANT THE GOVERNMENT TO DO,

RIGHT?

IF YOU HAD TO WRITE A PROGRAM

FOR THE GOVERNMENT, CREATE THE

ECONOMIC CONDITIONS FOR JOBS IS

ALL YOU NEED.

AFTER JOBS, ALL THE GOOD STUFF

FOLLOWS.

>> WE'LL TALK ABOUT HOW WELL

HE'S DONE IN THAT RESPECT IN A

MOMENT.

THE OLD REPUBLICAN PARTY IS

STILL AROUND.

THE LIBERTARIAN WING, THE NEOCON

WING, THEY'RE STILL AROUND AND

THE CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICAN

PARTY WHICH IS ITS OWN THING, IS

STILL THERE.

WHAT'S THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

THIS REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY

AND THOSE WINGS OF THE PARTY AND

OF THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT?

>> THEY'RE TOTALLY IN SHOCK.

THEY HAVEN'T FIGURED IT OUT.

I THINK A TRUMP WING IS EMERGING

CONGRESSIONALLY, BUT CRUCIALLY

TRUMP FOUND THE SWEET SPOT IN

AMERICAN POLITICS, AND THE SWEET

SPOT IS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ON

ECONOMICS AND VERY CONSERVATIVE

ON CULTURAL MATTERS.

BUT MIDDLE OF THE ROAD ON

ECONOMIC MATTERS MEANS WE DIDN'T

WANT TO GO INTO ENTITLEMENTS.

>> YOU DIDN'T WANT TO CUT

ENTITLEMENTS.

>> WE DIDN'T WANT TO CUT THEM,

DIDN'T WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM,

DIDN'T WANT TO GO AFTER BERNIE

SANDERS.

>> CAN A WORKERS PARTY BE A

WORKERS PARTY --

>> WE DIDN'T WANT TO GO AFTER

PRIVATE SECTOR UNIONS.

WE THOUGHT THEY WERE EXACTLY THE

KIND OF PEOPLE WE WANTED VOTING

FOR US.

PUBLIC SECTOR IS SOMETHING ELSE.

>> NOT GOING AGAINST UNIONS,

IT'S NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING

SUPPORTIVE OF UNIONS.

IT'S MAKING -- PASSING

LEGISLATION AND SUPPORTING

LEGISLATION THAT MAKES IT EASY

TO ORGANIZE IN THE WORKPLACE.

ARE THERE PLANS FOR THAT?

>> THERE AREN'T.

IN FACT, THE APPOINTEES ARE

VERY -- PRETTY RIGHT WING ON

LABOR MATTERS.

THAT'S NOT WHERE WE STARTED OUT,

BUT BETWEEN -- THERE'S ALWAYS A

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MYSTIQUE

OF A CAMPAIGN AND THE REALITY OF

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER.

>> SO YOU MAKE A DISTINCTION

BETWEEN PRIVATE UNIONS AND

PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS.

>> YES.

>> WHY?

>> BECAUSE IT WAS THOUGHT THE

PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS WERE MORE

POLITICAL AND DIDN'T CARE ABOUT

THE ECONOMY WHEREAS THE PRIVATE

SECTOR UNIONS WOULD CARE ABOUT

THE ECONOMY.

THE ECONOMY IS COMING ROARING

BACK.

THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO FOR A

PRIVATE SECTOR UNION MEMBER IS

MAKE SURE HE'S GOT A JOB.

>> THE BOOK MAKES THE ARGUMENT

CLEARLY THAT THE UNITED STATES

AS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY,

THOSE DAYS ARE GONE, THAT THERE

ARE MANY, MANY MORE COUNTRIES

WHOSE CITIZENS ARE MORE MOBILE

AND MORE EQUAL.

AMONG THOSE COUNTRIES ARE --

ALMOST ALL OF THOSE COUNTRIES

GOT MORE MOBILE AND MORE EQUAL

NOT THROUGH CONSERVATIVE WORKING

CLASSICO LIGSS, BUT THROUGH GOOD

OLD SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC OR

DEMOCRATIC SOCIALIST, IF YOU

WILL, COALITIONS OR MAJORITY,

THE NORDIC COUNTRIES.

WHY CAN'T THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY,

THE BERNIE SANDERS WING OF THE

DEMOCRATIC PARTY BEGIN TO APPEAL

TO THE WORKING CLASS AND BEGIN

TO ACHIEVE THIS MOBILITY AND

EQUALITY?

>> VERY EARLY ON IN THE CAMPAIGN

I HAD DINNER WITH A CONGRESSMAN

WHO RAILED ABOUT WHAT HE CALLED

RIGHT WING MARXIST.

RIGHT WING MARXIST, I DIDN'T

KNOW WHAT HE MEANT BY THAT.

I SAID THAT'S ME.

I'M A MARXIST BECAUSE I THINK

THERE'S A CLASS DIVIDE WE HAVE

TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT.

SO IS BERNIE ANSWERS.

BERNIE ANSWERS WOULD SEEK THE

SOCIALIST ENDS THROUGH SOCIALEST

MEANS.

TRUMP WOULD SEEK THE SAME ENDS

THROUGH RIGHT WING MEANS OR FREE

MARKET MEANS.

I THINK THAT WILL WIN.

I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE THE

DEBATE IN THE FUTURE.

WE SHOULD ALL SAY WE'VE COME TO

THE POINT WHERE WE'RE A CLASS

SOCIETY.

WE'RE NOT MOBILE.

I THINK THAT'S CHANGING BY THE

WAY.

THIS WAS CERTAINLY A PROBLEM

BACK THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO.

IT'S BEGINNING TO CHANGE.

THAT'S A GREAT ISSUE.

YOU MENTIONED THE COUNTRIES THAT

ARE MORE MOBILE.

I WAS COMING FROM CANADA, VASTLY

MORE MOBILE.

BY THE WAY, MEDICARE PROBABLY

HELPS IN THAT RESPECT.

INDEED, IN MANY RESPECTS ALL

THAT TRUMP IS TRYING TO DO IS

KHAN NEEDIANIZE THE POLITICS.

>> IN THE 20 SECONDS WE HAVE

LEFT, WHAT'S THE LIKELIHOOD THIS

NEW REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY

WILL PREVAIL AGAINST ALL THE

FACTIONS IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

WHO DON'T WANT IT AND AGAINST

THE ERRATIC PERSONALITY AND

EXECUTIVE BEHAVIOR OF PRESIDENT

TRUMP?

>> I WON'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT

THAT, BECAUSE, GOD, WHAT CAN I

SAY?

WHAT I CAN SAY, HOWEVER, IS THAT

OLD RIGHT WING PARTY, THE PARTY

OF JUST PURE FREE MARKETS,

THAT'S DEAD.

>> FRANK, THE BOOK, VERY

INTERESTING BOOK. IT'S CALLED

THE REPUBLICAN WORKERS PARTY,

SUBTITLED, HOW THE TRUMP VICTORY

DROVE EVERYONE CRAZY AND WHY IT

WAS JUST WHAT WE NEEDED.

THE FIRST PART OF THAT SUBTITLE

IS CERTAINLY TRUE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANKS SO MUCH, FRANK.

>>> THIS PARROT IS NO MORE.

IT HAS CEASED TO BE.

THIS IS A LATE PARROT.

>> THE CLASSIC DEAD PARROT

SKETCH.

IN 1969 THE BBC INTRODUCED THE

WORLD TO A NEW BRAND OF COMEDY,

A GROUP OF SKETCH COMEDIANS PUT

TOGETHER A PROGRAM SO UNIQUE AND

DIFFICULT, THAT IT Q ONLY BE

DESCRIBED AS A FLYING CIRCUS.

"MONTY PYTHON'S" FLYING CIRCUS.

JOHN CLEESE RECENTLY SAT DOWN

WITH RAFAEL P. ROMAN TO REFLECT

ON THE ORIGINS OF THE SHOW'S

COMEDIAN CHEMISTRY AND ITS

HISTORIC RUN HERE ON PBS.

>> WE NEVER THOUGHT IT WOULD

HAVE A CHANCE IN THE UNITED

STATES.

WE NEVER HAD ANY IDEA IT WAS

GOING TO CATCH ON.

OF COURSE, IT DIDN'T CATCH ON

UNTIL WE STOPPED MAKING

TELEVISION SHOWS.

IT STARTED IN DALLAS IN '74.

>> THE PBS STATION.

>> YES.

ALL HIS FRIENDS RANG THE NEXT

MORNING AND SAID, HAVE THEY

BURNED THE STATION?

IT'S ALL RIGHT.

IT'S OKAY.

>> IT CAUGHT ON.

>> AND THEN SOMEBODY ON PBS ONCE

SAID IF IT WASN'T FOR "MONTY

PYTHON," WE MIGHT NOT STILL BE

AROUND BECAUSE WE DREW A LOT OF

PEOPLE.

>> HOW DID THE SIX OF YOU COME

TOGETHER, THE SIX UPON ANY

PYTHONERS?

>> WE KNEW EACH OTHER IN

DIFFERENT WAYS.

GILLIAM SAW ME ON STAGE AND SAID

HE LIKED THE FACES I PULLED.

ENORMOUS COMPLIMENT.

CHAPMAN I KNEW FROM CAMBRIDGE IN

'62.

I JUST MET ERIC, IT WAS MY LAST

YEAR.

IT WAS HIS FIRST.

WE SORT OF KNEW EACH OTHER.

AND THEN THESE ARE THE GUYS, THE

OXFORD GUYS, MIKE AND TERRY.

THEY HAD DONE A SHOW IN LONDON,

AND THEN THEY WERE AT A FESTIVAL

WHEN ERIC WAS THERE.

WE KNEW THEM PERIPHERALLY.

WHEN DAVID KNEW THE SHOW, THEY

WERE ON THE WRITER'S TABLE.

THE SCRIPT EDITOR, THERE WAS

MYSELF, CHAPMAN, PALIN, JONES.

AND THEN, OF COURSE, THERE WERE

OLDER THAN US.

WE ALL GOT ON TERRIBLY WELL

TOGETHER THE VERY FIRST MEETING

WHEN WE WENT ALONG TO THE HEAD

WRITER AT BBC AND THE GUY WHO

GREETED US AND HE SAID I'VE

HEARD YOU WANT TO DO A SERIES.

WE SAID YES.

HE SAID, WHAT ARE YOU PROPOSING

TO DO?

SO TYPICAL OF PYTHON.

THERE WAS AN AWKWARD SILENCE

BECAUSE WE HADN'T DISCUSSED IT.

>> NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF SHOW YOU

WANTED.

>> HE SORT OF ASKED US.

WELL, WE'RE GOING TO DO A

HUMOROUS SHOW TO MAKE PEOPLE

LAUGH WITH COMEDY MATERIAL AND

JOKES AND VISUAL GAGS.

HE SAID GO MAKE 13 PROGRAMS.

>> EVEN WITHOUT A PILOT?

>> WITHOUT A PILOT.

HE GAVE US A WHOLE SERIES.

HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WE WERE

GOING TO DO.

AND WE DIDN'T KNOW.

BUT I LEARNED FROM THAT, YOU

SEE.

I THINK THAT'S WHY IT WAS SO

CREATIVE.

PEOPLE WILL BE SURPRISED.

IF WE COME UP WITH A CONCEPT

AFTER THAT, WE WOULD HAVE

BENEFITTING OUR STUFF INTO THE

CONCEPT.

BY STARTING OUT LITERALLY NOT

KNOWING WHAT WE WERE DOING.

>> A BLANK SLATE.

>> EXACTLY.

>> HOW DID YOU DECIDE WHICH

SKETCH WOULD GO ON THE AIR?

>> WE'D ALL GO AWAY AND WRITE

AND WE'D SIT AROUND THE TABLE

AND READ IT OUT.

AND IF PEOPLE LAUGHED, IT WAS IN

THE SHOW.

IF PEOPLE LAUGHED AT HALF OF IT

WE'D SAY WE'LL KEEP THE FUNNY

BIT.

WE GOT THIS WAY OF DOING IT WITH

KIND OF A FLOW BY CUTTING

SKETCHES OFF AT THE MOMENT.

>> THERE WAS NO COMPETITION AS

TO WHO WOULD PLAY WHAT PART.

>> NONE AT ALL.

>> WE WERE WRITERS.

PEOPLE DON'T BELIEVE ME.

IF YOU WANT TO UNDERSTAND

PYTHON, WE WERE SIX WRITERS WHO

HAPPEN TO PERFORM OUR OWN STUFF.

SO THE SQUABBLING WAS ABOUT

MATERIAL.

IN A SENSE THE MOTIVATION WAS

VERY ARTISTIC.

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY OF DOING IT?

SHOULD THE SKETCH GO THIS

DIRECTION OR THAT DIRECTION?

IS THIS PARTICULAR PIECE FUNNY

OR SHOULD IT BE REWRITTEN?

THAT'S WHAT WE ARGUED ABOUT LIKE

CATS AND DOGS.

EITHER WAY IT WAS GOOD BECAUSE

WE CARED.

ONCE WE GOT TO CASTING, IF I HAD

WRITTEN A SKETCH WHERE I KNEW.

>> A LOT OF THE SKETCHES WOULD

BE CONSIDERED TODAY INSENSITIVE,

IF NOT DOWN RIGHT OFFENSIVE,

RIGHT?

>> I LOVE INSENSITIVE.

>> DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE.

IT BEGS THE QUESTION COULD

"MONTY PYTHON" BE BORN TODAY?

>> NO.

ABSOLUTELY NOT.

WE'D NEVER GET AWAY WITH IT.

BACK IN '69 WE NEVER THOUGHT WE

COULD GET AWAY WITH IT ON

AMERICAN TELEVISION.

NOW WE'VE GOT BACK THERE WHICH

IS A LITTLE BIT SAD.

THE WONDERFUL THING IS THAT

PYTHONS SEEMED TO HAVE A

LICENSE.

PEOPLE THOUGHT, WELL, YOU ALWAYS

DID THIS.

IT'S NOT AS IF YOU SUDDENLY

STARTED DOING IT.

ANOTHER THING IS IF PEOPLE GET

OLD, IF PEOPLE COME TO SEE ME,

THEY'RE THERE BECAUSE THEY LIKE

MY STUFF.

THEY'RE PRESELECTED TO BE OKAY

WITH THE KIND OF MATERIALLY DO.

I LIKE PLAYING WITH THIS BECAUSE

IT'S VERY FUNNY SOMETIMES WHEN

THE AUDIENCE GOES [ GASP ].

IT'S FUN TO PLAY WITH THAT STUFF

INSTEAD OF IMAGINING THAT

EVERYONE IS SO FRAGILE, THAT IF

YOU MAKE A JOKE ABOUT THEM,

THEY'RE GOING TO FALL APART.

>> I HAVE TO ASK YOU BECAUSE I

WANT TO KNOW.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ALL-TIME

"MONTY PYTHON" SKIT?

>> PROBABLY THE --

>> A NOR WEEJIAN --

>> WHEN I READ THAT OUT, I HAD

THE HAPPYIEST MOST OF MY ENTIRE

PYTHON CAREER WHICH WAS THAT

MICHAEL STARTED TO LAUGH AT 30

SECONDS.

IT WAS SHEAR PREDICTABILITY, AND

HE STARTED TO LAUGH AND HE

COMPLETELY LOST IT, AND I HAD

NEVER SEEN HIM LAUGH LIKE THAT.

HE SLID OFF HIS CHAIR ONTO THE

FLOOR AND ROLLED AROUND ON THE

FLOOR, UNABLE TO STAND UP.

>> IS IT REALLY A SURPRISE "THE

GREAT GATSBY" MADE IT TO THE

LIST OF 100 OF AMERICA'S MOST

LOVED NOVELS.

WRITTEN IN 1925 BY F. SCOTT

FITZGERALD, IT'S REFERRED TO AS

ONE OF THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVELS

OF THE 20th CENTURY, PAINTS A

PICTURE OF THE ROARING '20s

DURING THE SUMMER OF 1922.

FILLED WITH LOTS OF DRINKING,

OVER THE TOP PARTIES AND ALL THE

DECADENCE YOU'D EXPECT IN THE

JAZZ AGE.

AT THE CENTER, A LOVE STORY

BETWEEN JAY GATSBY AND DAISY

BUCHANAN.

MUCH OF THE STORY TAKES PLACE IN

THE PALATIAL MANSIONS OF LONG

ISLAND.

THAT'S WHERE WE'D HEADED TO TAKE

A LOOK AT WHAT JAY GATSBY WOULD

DO FOR LOVE.

>> I'M ONE OF THE ONES THAT SAYS

THIS IS A MASTERPIECE, THIS IS A

MASTERPIECE OF LITERATURE.

>> THIS IS AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR

DR. CHARLES RILEY.

HIS LATEST BOOK IS ALL ABOUT THE

JAZZ AGE AND ITS INFLUENCE.

HE'S ALSO THE DIRECTOR OF THE

NASSAU COUNTY ART MUSEUM IN LONG

ISLAND WHICH HAPPENS TO BE IN

THE FRICK MANSION, BUILT IN 1900

AND FAMOUSLY BOUGHT BY FORMER

STEEL MOGUL HENRY CLAY FRICK IN

1919.

IT WAS A GIFT TO HIS SON.

THE MANSION WAS TAKEN OVER BY

NASSAU COUNTY IN 1969 AND TURNED

INTO AN ART MUSEUM, BUT STILL

FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE MANSION

DESCRIBED IN "THE GREAT GATSBY."

>> THIS IS HIS FORMAL GARDEN.

JUST LIKE GATSBY'S FORMAL

GARDEN, I LOOK AT THIS AND SAY

THIS IS EXACTLY WHERE THE PARTY

SCENE COULD HAVE BEEN SHOT.

THESE WERE THESE WONDERFUL

PARADISES THAT THE SUPER RICH

WERE USING.

THIS WAS SO FASCINATING FOR F.

SCOTT FITZGERALD WHEN HE LIVED

NOT HERE, OBVIOUSLY, BUT ON THE

OTHER PART.

BUT HE WOULD COME OVER HERE AND

SEE THE WAY THESE GUYS LIVED AND

SEE THE FORMAL GARDEN SUCH AS

THIS ONE.

HE WOULD SAY TO HIMSELF, WOW,

HOW DO I GET TO THIS, BUT ALSO

HOW DO I PUT THIS ON THE PAGE.

I THINK THIS WAS PROBABLY ONE OF

THE PLACES WHERE HE CAME.

SO IT'S ALWAYS RATHER EXCITING

TO THINK ABOUT F. SCOTT FITS

JARLTD WALKING ALONG THESE

BORDERS.

>> IN THE MASTERPIECE, NARRATOR

NICK PLAYED BY TOBY MAGUIRE IN

THE 2013 FILM PLAYS THE GATSBY,

CONTINUOUSLY THROWING WILD

PARTIES IN HOPES HIS LONG LOST

LOVE HE MET EARLIER, DAZE BY

BUCHANAN, CAREY MULLIGAN WILL

SEE THE PARTIES FROM ACROSS THE

BAY AND FIND HIM.

BY THE WAY, DAISY IS MARRIED TO

TOM BUCHANAN, PLAYED BY JOEL

EDGERTON.

>> HE CREATED THIS CRAZY WORLD

JUST IN VIEW OF HER MANSION AND

THEN MADE SURE THROUGH NICK THAT

SHE WOULD FIND OUT HOW GREAT

"THE GREAT GATSBY" WAS AND, TWO,

HOW AVAILABLE HE STILL WAS.

OF COURSE, THEN YOU GET TO THIS

FASCINATING -- THE WAY HE

MANIPULATES NOT JUST HIS

NEIGHBOR, BUT A CAST OF

THOUSANDS INCLUDING HIS SERVANTS

AND THE GUESTS TO JUST SET THE

SCENE FOR THE GREAT ENCOUNTER

WHEN THE TWO OF THEM ARE BACK

TOGETHER AGAIN.

>> JUST A FEW MILES AWAY FROM

THE FRICK MANSION IS THE FAMOUS

CASTLE GOULD.

THE CASTLE-LIKE FACADE, IT'S NOT

HARD TO IMAGINE THE DECADENT

PARTIES OF THE '20s.

IT HAS A VIEW THAT LOOKS LIKE --

>> QUITE TOUCHING IN MANY WAYS

THAT HE WOULD SHOW NOT THAT MUCH

MONEY, BUT THAT MUCH EFFORT, SO

MUCH OF YOUR LIFE INTO TRYING TO

GET DAISY TO LOOK LIKE THAT,

INSTEAD OF LOOKING THIS WAY TO

THE REST OF THE OLD MONEY AND

THE PARTIES SHE WOULD HAVE HAD

HERE AND THE POLO TOM WAS

PLAYING, HE WAS TRYING TO SAY

LOOK MY WAY AGAIN.

>> ONCE GATSBY WAS ABLE TO MEET

HIS LONG LOST LOVE, HE TRIED TO

IMPRESSIVE ON A TOUR OF HIS

MANSION.

TAKE A LISTEN TO CHARLES AS HE'S

READING AN EXCERPT FROM "THE

GREAT GATSBY" AS WE TOURED THE

INSIDE OF THE FRICK MANSION.

>> RIGHT NOW WE'RE IN THE DINING

ROOM OF THE FRICK MANSION.

EVERY TIME I COME IN HERE AND

LOOK AT THE GORGEOUS DETAILS AND

THE ARCHITECTURE OF IT, FOR

INSTANCE, THIS ITALIAN

MANTLEPIECE THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY

ONCE THAT OF A NOBLEMAN IN CUSS

CANNY, I WONDER TO MYSELF, IF

YOU'RE NOT AN ITALIAN NOBLEMAN

YOU CAN BUY IT AND BRING IT TO

LONG ISLAND AND HAVE IT IN YOUR

MANSION TO SHOW OFF.

THE MOST WONDERFUL MOMENT I

THINK IN TERMS OF ROMANCE IN THE

NOVEL IS WHEN GATSBY TAKES DAISY

AROUND AND GIVES HER A TOUR OF

THE HOUSE IN PRIVATE, NOT A BIG

PARTY GOING ON.

NICK IS KIND OF FOLLOWING AROUND

BEHIND.

THAT'S HOW HE KNOWS WHAT'S GOING

ON.

AS HE WOULD POINT OUT THE

BEAUTIFUL MARBLE MANTLE PIECE,

HE WOULD LOOK AT HER.

THIS IS THE WAY IT READS.

HE HADN'T ONE CEASED LOOKING AT

DAISY, AND I THINK HE REVALUED

EVERYTHING IN HIS HOUSE

ACCORDING TO THE MEASURE OF

RESPONSE IT DREW FROM HER

WELL-LOVED EYES.

LOOK AT MY MANTLEPIECE, AND THEN

HE'D LOOK AT HER AND SEE, DID

SHE LIKE IT.

>> HERE COMES THE NEARLY

100-YEAR-OLD SPOILER ALERT.

IT'S A TRAGEDY, AND LET'S JUST

SAY IT DOESN'T END WELL FOR

GATSBY.

HE AND DAISY CERTAINLY DON'T

RIDE INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER.

IN ALL THE THINGS HE DID FOR

LOVE WERE FOR NOTHING.

>> I ALSO THINK THAT, LOOK

AROUND YOU AND YOU SEE HOW GREEN

THIS IS.

AT THE VERY, VERY END OF "THE

GREAT GATSBY" WHEN NICK IS

HAVING THIS MEDITATION ON HOW

QUICKLY GATSBY'S LIFE PASSED,

BUT ALSO HOW FAST THE WORLD IS

CHANGING AND HOW QUICKLY THE

GREAT GREEN BREAST OF THE WORLD,

IS THE PHRASE THAT I LOVE.

WHAT HE'S SAYING IS RIGHT

OUTSIDE THE GATES, AND IT'S

ABSOLUTELY TRUE, DEVELOPMENT IS

COMING, THE STREETS ARE BEING

PAVED, THE CITY IS EXPANDING.

AND ALL THIS EDEN IS ABOUT TO

DISAPPEAR.

>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE

BY JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH, SUE

AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM, III,

BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ,

ROSALIND P.

WALTER, BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG

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