Howard started the show talking about how much he enjoyed last night's premiere of "Super Fan Roundtable" on his SIRIUS channel. Howard mentioned that the participants – Ralph Cirella, Gay Tony, Bobo and Mutt of the Stern Fan Network – were all knowledgeable and that the program's host, Jon Hein from Jump The Shark, kept the program moving along at a good pace. Howard then commented that the programs airing on Howard 100 are making Beth angry with him, because all he wants to do is sit in front of his radio at night and listen. Howard added that he knows he has to start spending more time with Beth, but once he tunes in to his shows, it's hard for him to drag himself away. Howard went on to say that his personal schedule's getting even more hectic in the coming weeks as he prepares a promotional blitz for SIRIUS.
In addition to appearing on "Late Show with David Letterman," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Today Show," Howard revealed he's also going to be doing a sketch on an upcoming episode of "Saturday Night Live." Artie pointed out that he was glad Howard agreed to do only one sketch, because it will allow him to concentrate on making it funny without having to worry about filling up the rest of the show. Howard agreed and promised that he plans on taking his performance seriously.
Super Fans Have Their Say
One of the topics addressed by the super fans last night was what Howard should do on his last show on regular radio. Howard noted that right now he's leaning toward having some fans in the studio for the final broadcast and then actually wheeling items like the Robo-Spanker and Tickle Chair to his SIRIUS studio while still on the air. Howard proceeded to play a tape of what the panel members thought, and their ideas ranged from treating the finale like a funeral to having a full-blown party. After the clip, Howard went into a tape of the super fans' thoughts on Robin. In the segment, Gay Tony referred to Robin as the "perfect bounce-back" for Howard and Ralph pointed out that you don't realize how much she contributes to the show until she's not there. However, Ralph did admit that Robin's inability to do impressions bothered him, especially because she's always trying to showcase her "talent." Bobo added that not only is Robin great on the news, but she's also the most ruthless member of the crew. The only dissenter on the topic was Mutt, who insisted that Robin interrupts too much for his liking.
A caller to the roundtable echoed Mutt's opinion, while another suggested that Robin is on the show primarily to legitimize the racial humor that Howard uses. Robin acknowledged that she's heard that criticism before, but Howard took issue with it. Howard explained that when he was first told he'd be working with Robin, he didn't know she was black. He went on to say that after they clicked, they stayed together and that her race had nothing to do with their partnership. Despite his recollection, Artie noted that he thought there was some truth to the caller's remark, because when he was hired, he said that Howard told him it was because he wanted to do more Italian jokes.