Good Morning Everybody!
It's Howard's birthday! And speaking of birthdays, Howard shares one with Rob Zombie (who plays us into the show every day with "The Great American Nightmare") -- and as Robin pointed out, also Rush Limbaugh, Kirstie Alley, Heather Mills and Ali Wentworth among others. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is also reported to have been born on January 12.
Robin said that she didn't feel too well this morning, so she was nervous she wouldn't be able to keep up with the birthday festivities. Howard really laid into her about her gallivanting lifestyle, especially since she had cancer. "Robin had a horrible illness and I told her to pace herself," he told listeners.
Howard also chided Robin about constantly looking for a new guru. "The one you've been searching for is me! … I'm the guru," he yelled.
Sour Shoes Sings Howard a Worthy Song
Before Sour Shoes sang, Howard told listeners that he's finally figured out what's going on with the man some people consider the most talented Wack Packer. Howard spent some time with Jimmy and Molly Kimmel recently, who were praising Sour's impressions and Howard explained that it finally dawned on him: The baby voice isn't a shtick. Sour Shoes really thinks of himself as a baby.
Sour, for his part, agreed. "Yeah … I don't want things to change," he told his idol. Furthermore, he said he feels about 4 or 5 years old and received an array of toys for Christmas including Hungry Hungry Hippos, Hot Wheels, a few action figures and a Beatles voinyl.
And finally, after much fanfare, Sour and the many voices in his head (including Gary Dell'Abate, Chris "Mad Dog" Russo, Jackie Martling, and more) sang Howard a wonderful rendition of "Happy Birthday."
Kevin Hart Is Doing It His Own Way
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart made his first appearance on the Stern Show this morning and absolutely delivered on all of the hype. Kevin regaled Howard (and listeners) with stories of his father as an addict, becoming a shoe salesman, the star-studded TV show that could have been, roasting Justin Bieber, a failed SNL audition, and the wild success that subsequently came.
Check out some of the highlights from the interview here and watch a few of the best moments below:
Ray Stern Calls the Show
For the first time in a while, the real Ray Stern, Howard's mother, called in to wish him a very happy birthday.
"We wish you the very, very best," she told her son. "You came out very good Howard, and we were very happy to have you."
Howard took the chance to grill his mother about the details of his conception – from the position to the time of day -- but Mrs. Stern was not having it. "I don't feel like this is a topic of conversation that I want to engage in!" she shot back.
On a high note, Howard said that despite all of his neuroses, he's still "happy to be alive."
"Have a wonderful, wonderful day," Ray offered before hanging up.
Is Bobo Getting Framed?
Bobo got through on the phones later in the morning to say happy birthday, but the conversation quickly got sidetracked.
"I heard some fucked up shit again about Bobo," Howard explained. Apparently Shuli interviewed a man who claimed that he saw Bobo selling signed Stern Show autographs at a Florida flea market.
"Never. I was never at a flea market," Bobo insisted. "If it's true I'll be off the show forever."
Shuli said his source seemed credible, but there is no proof as of yet. Howard joked that on the Stern Show, everyone is guilty until proven innocent.
"Everything I have is in my shrine right now," the longtime Wack Packer pleaded. His "Toupee" meanwhile, ratted him out and claimed the two of them were really there.
State of the JD
And finally, while Obama's seventh State of the Union address may be tonight, there was a more important speech to be heard first. JD Harmeyer came into the studio to deliver his State of the JD. Here are the highlights:
1.) It was the first full year with JD's girlfriend.
2.) JD travelled, visiting New Orleans -- also with his girlfriend.
3.) JD got a new couch ("That was big. I never had a couch").
4.) JD's directorial debut aired with an "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia" episode. It was in the episode "The Gang Group Dates" and it was the scene of the first group date with the three guys and three girls. Shout out to the cast, crew, and Richie Keen for making it happen.
5.) JD revealed he hadn't washed his sheets in a year and "the fallout has been rectified."