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Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Airs Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM on 90.3 WCPN

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Here’s The Thing with Alec Baldwin

Chris Rock says he “wanted [his] acting to grow.” So what did he do?  He took a job on Broadway. Alec goes backstage with Rock after a matinee of The Mother F**ker With The Hat to hear about what it was like for Rock to be in his first play. Rock says rehearsal was the hardest thing he’s ever gone through in his life.

Chris Rock and Alec talk about the play, the movie business and Rock’s career in stand-up.

Alec asks Rock about how the people in his life respond to his stand-up—which as Alec says, can “filet them on stage.” “I’m like a lawyer,” says Rock; “it would all hold up in court.” That said, he admits that everybody is uncomfortable.

Alec talks with Herb Alpert, legendary trumpeter and co-founder of A&M Records, the independent record label Alpert eventually sold to Polygram. In 1966, Alpert’s band, The Tijuana Brass sold over 13 million records, outselling The Beatles.

Alpert talks about the thrill of signing musicians like The Carpenters, Cat Stevens and The Police but also reveals what it was like to lose—and slowly regain—his trumpet voice over a period of nearly 8 years.  The struggle was so intense it made him question everything: “I just want[ed] to find out who I am and why I’m here.  Everybody is looking for the same thing: a life of purpose and meaning.”

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Herb Alpert with some of his Black Totem sculptures.  (Photo by Graham Howe) Actor Chris Rock at the 2011 Drama League Awards in New York City. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images/Getty)

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