The Midget Tapes Pay Off

July 28, 2010
Photo: The Howard Stern Show

Howard said JD had been mining the tapes Johnny Fratto recorded of Eric the Midget’s negotiations with ‘Fringe’ and isolated some of Eric’s finest moments: “Eric carries on like he’s Tom Cruise.”

JD said Eric and Jan, Eric’s roommate/handler, seem most alarmed by the online application process they must use to obtain new passports: “Like someone’s going to steal their identities or something.”

Howard played a few of the more interesting clips, starting with one in which Eric says “I don’t want to be an actor anymore.”

But when Johnny calls his bluff and promises to pass word along to ‘Fringe,’ Eric immediately reneges: “I’ll do it.” In another clip, Jan screams that he won’t apply for a new passport online: “I’m not doing it over the Website!” Howard told JD to keep digging through the tapes: “This is the greatest drama ever.”

Is Jan the Only Sane Party?

After some consideration, Howard wondered if Jan was actually the only sane party in the negotiations: “Maybe he’s the voice of reason, [saying things] like, ‘All of this is horseshit. Eric ain’t no actor.'”

Robin thought Eric was a horrible negotiator: “The moment it seems to be going away, he says, ‘Ok, I’ll do it.'”