After seven years of effort from the Stern Show’s own Shuli Egar, the real Suzanne “Underdog” Muldowney called in live to the studio Tuesday morning and had a bone to pick—but not with Howard.
2014 marked the 50th anniversary of her revered cartoon superhero Underdog and as such Suzanne had reached out to Jimmy Kimmel to see if he would invite her onto his late-night show to commemorate the special occasion. She wrote a letter and even called the offices of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in hopes of reaching him. Unfortunately, her correspondence was not met with a reply despite the fact she had performed “figure jogging” on his show in 2006.
“First of all, I want to apologize for not getting back to you. I don’t believe I ever received that letter,” Jimmy told Suzanne.
She wouldn’t let him off that easy, though. “I did address it to you at the studio,” Suzanne pointed out. Nevertheless, the 65-year-old parade enthusiast agreed to accept his apology.
While the time has passed to celebrate Underdog’s 50th anniversary, Howard did remind Jimmy that Suzanne also portrays other characters on occasion including Vlad the Impaler, Irish Cinderella, and Spectrum the Ghost. She also performs interpretive dances under her own name. He wondered if Suzanne might get another shot at getting on Jimmy’s show to perform.
“Do the bands ever do an arrangement of a classical number?” Suzanne inquired, adding that she prefers compositions by Beethoven.
While Jimmy explained the music typically stays in the rock and pop sphere, Howard did have another idea.
“You’re hosting the Oscars this year,” he prompted. “I feel that Suzanne has a legitimate talent and a unique perspective.”
Robin agreed and wondered if the award show’s orchestra might offer an opportunity to feature one of Suzanne’s dances.
“I think maybe Suzanne should huddle with Shuli [and] come up with a real pitch for the Oscars and for my show,” Jimmy said, vowing to consult with Academy Awards producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd.
Suzanne was amenable to the new arrangement so long as there would be no funny business at the show similar to Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.
Considering Howard’s good behavior during the call, Jimmy wondered if Suzanne, who in the past has been critical of the King of All Media, would consider now calling him a “great man.”
After some deliberation, she decided: “No.”