In the city where the shopper never sleeps, nothing says “tis’ the season” like the unveiling of the holiday-themed window displays at Manhattan’s top tier department stores. Celebrity Magnet Tom Murro hit Fifth Avenue last Monday night, along with Food Network chef Chris Nirschel and Kathy Lee Gifford, for a VIP look at Lord and Taylor’s traditionally classic portrait of the holidays.
Lord and Taylor’s displays this year were inspired by children’s drawings of “What is Christmas Made of?” and a 1941 Carl Wilson piece featuring pint-size illustrations of the same theme. And, because no classic Christmas is complete without carolers beneath the window, the affair featured the joyous repertoire of a children’s choir, followed by the musical accompaniment of Gifford herself. Check out Kathy's holiday greeting here.
Soon after, the duo headed off to attend a hysterically sumptuous Friars Club Larry King Roast at the Sheraton Tower on Broadway .
Upon entering the hotel, Murro and Nirschel bumped into the always fun to be around Danny Aiello, hanging out in the lobby. The group chatted for a while and Aiello soon became part of a short video clip by Murro on their Italian heritage, where the 2 bonded as Nablidons.
Though billed as a “testimonial dinner,” the toast quickly turned into a roast, in typical Friars Club fashion. Queens of comedy Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers took the mic, with Rivers jesting “I didn’t prepare much to say about Larry because who thought he’d still be here?” and later, “Donald Trump and I are producing a survivor reality show with the Kardashians, Justin Bieber, and Larry King. We’ll call it ‘Who Gives a ****!’” A whole line-up of comedians and colleagues came out for the toast n’ roast, reveling in the fun of honoring their peer while getting in a few jokes.
Matt Lauer quipped that he only came “for the salmon,” while comedian Stewie Stone joked during a charity auction for King that, “One gift is six nights in Tuscany. Unfortunately, they’re not consecutive.” Later, Regis Philbin shared a short anecdote about King’s early radio career days before turning to him for a little post-retirement advice, asking “What’s it like out there?” King’s response of “lonely” seemed hardly the case as he sat surrounded by famous television personalities, movie stars, and comedians.
And, as tangible evidence of his comedic impact, King was presented with the Friars Award by Trump. Murro had a “surreal time” at the event, with access to the special double secret VIP room with a long list of notables on the guest list, including Judge Judy, Al Roker, Colin Quinn, Katie Couric, Matthew Broderick, Wanda Sykes, Danny Aiello and Chicago native Suze Orman. Trump, caught up in the theme of the night, even let down his guard down, and reached out to shake Murro’s hand. Finally, the night came to an end, with King saying in departure, “You have not seen the end of me. I shall return.”
Same could be said by Murro, who returned to the City the next night for the screening of “When You Find Me” at the American Museum of Natural History, and walked the red carpet with Ron Howard, his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard (expecting her second child with hubby Seth Gabel), and NY Housewife Jill Zarin along with her husband Bobby. The short film, produced by Howard as part of Canon’s Long Live Imagination campaign, features two sisters who find their lives on a farm shattered with the sudden loss of their mother.
By: Deanna Cullen