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Old 08-19-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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Been a fan of this show for as long as I can remember. Can even say some episodes word for word (truly sad). So you can imagine how thrilled I was a couple of years ago when he was performing standup at a local comedy club. His standup rountines were supposedly so funny and raunchy before he was asked to join the cast so I had high expectations. The show was good, he had me cracking up. After the show, you had an opportunity to meet and greet and I was of course, THRILLED. I even bought one of his crappy t-shirts he was selling and had him sign it.

When it came time for me to meet him, I started by telling him what a great show he had and that I'm a die hard fan of the show. This dude cuts me off and says, "My condolences". I was like, "What?" Then he basically moved me along in the line of 2 other people that wanted to meet him.

I was so let down. Was being on the show not a good experience for him? I didn't get what that meant. It made him a star. What gives?

I watch him now while he mouths the words while the other actors are saying them. It's very subtle but you can catch it a lot. Watch the one with "Sex and the Evans Family". He does it like 4x when he's talking with James. So he wasn't that great.
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Old 08-19-2004, 01:35 PM   #2
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Been a fan of this show for as long as I can remember. Can even say some episodes word for word (truly sad). So you can imagine how thrilled I was a couple of years ago when he was performing standup at a local comedy club. His standup rountines were supposedly so funny and raunchy before he was asked to join the cast so I had high expectations. The show was good, he had me cracking up. After the show, you had an opportunity to meet and greet and I was of course, THRILLED. I even bought one of his crappy t-shirts he was selling and had him sign it.

When it came time for me to meet him, I started by telling him what a great show he had and that I'm a die hard fan of the show. This dude cuts me off and says, "My condolences". I was like, "What?" Then he basically moved me along in the line of 2 other people that wanted to meet him.

I was so let down. Was being on the show not a good experience for him? I didn't get what that meant. It made him a star. What gives?

I watch him now while he mouths the words while the other actors are saying them. It's very subtle but you can catch it a lot. Watch the one with "Sex and the Evans Family". He does it like 4x when he's talking with James. So he wasn't that great.
God that was terribly rude for Jimmie Walker to do that to a fan; I am truly sorry..and my Condolences for you ever being a fan of his...
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My pet peeve is when an actor(or former band member) dis,the role or band that made them famous.You shouldn't bite the hand that fed you!Sometimes life and careers don't turn out like you wanted it to(I speak from personal experience)Just embrace the cards God gave you and play them well...roll with the punches and get over yourself!
Barry Williams and Danny Bonaduce are two good examples of,if you can't beat 'em,join 'em!Embrace your past and let it take yo u to the next place...


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i totally hear you on that and your examples were right on point. You couldn't pay Barry Williams to stop talking about Gregg Brady and he is cashing on his childhood every second he gets. These celebrities KNOW what made them famous and how they will be remembered...UNLESS, they take some real challenging role that completely flips the persona. JW will always been known as JJ and it was up to him to break out of that mold if he wanted to go on with his career.

Reminds me of when I saw Mrs Garrett from the Facts of Life on the airplane sitting in first class, shades on and too obviously reading a supposed script (HA!). I said, "excuse me?" She says, "Uh, no autographs at this time. I'm trying to relax." Knowing full well who she was, I say in my snootiest tone, "Uh, I just need to get in my seat. I'm by the window."

You could've bought her expression for 2 cents.

Hurry up and get over yourself.
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i totally hear you on that and your examples were right on point. You couldn't pay Barry Williams to stop talking about Gregg Brady and he is cashing on his childhood every second he gets. These celebrities KNOW what made them famous and how they will be remembered...UNLESS, they take some real challenging role that completely flips the persona. JW will always been known as JJ and it was up to him to break out of that mold if he wanted to go on with his career.

Reminds me of when I saw Mrs Garrett from the Facts of Life on the airplane sitting in first class, shades on and too obviously reading a supposed script (HA!). I said, "excuse me?" She says, "Uh, no autographs at this time. I'm trying to relax." Knowing full well who she was, I say in my snootiest tone, "Uh, I just need to get in my seat. I'm by the window."

You could've bought her expression for 2 cents.

Hurry up and get over yourself.

That was totally unkind of the both of them. If you decide to become a celebrity you have to take the full package. If they didn't want to sign autographs or be kindly harrassed by the public, they should have chosen to be a cashier or gas attendant. I never really liked Jimmy Walker from the get-go anyway.
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i agree 100 percent with you on that the 2 i have a problem with are singer tom t hall and alan alda every magazine artcile you read about them they whine and moan about how fans make it tough it is for them and how we would understand more if we were in there shoes to me thats garbage it boils to being polite even divid letterman says you can be polite for 5 miniutes to someone its not that hard
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Well, it doesn't suprise me then that Jimmie Walker didn't go to Esther Rolle's funeral.

He seems to have some hang-ups about the show, but he has to realize that this is what got him where he is today.

Now that I watch the Good Times episodes on DVD today, J.J. starts to annoy me sometimes.

I never had that opinion of him before until now. I guess because I've gotten older.
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Been a fan of this show for as long as I can remember. Can even say some episodes word for word (truly sad). So you can imagine how thrilled I was a couple of years ago when he was performing standup at a local comedy club. His standup rountines were supposedly so funny and raunchy before he was asked to join the cast so I had high expectations. The show was good, he had me cracking up. After the show, you had an opportunity to meet and greet and I was of course, THRILLED. I even bought one of his crappy t-shirts he was selling and had him sign it.

When it came time for me to meet him, I started by telling him what a great show he had and that I'm a die hard fan of the show. This dude cuts me off and says, "My condolences". I was like, "What?" Then he basically moved me along in the line of 2 other people that wanted to meet him.

I was so let down. Was being on the show not a good experience for him? I didn't get what that meant. It made him a star. What gives?

I watch him now while he mouths the words while the other actors are saying them. It's very subtle but you can catch it a lot. Watch the one with "Sex and the Evans Family". He does it like 4x when he's talking with James. So he wasn't that great.

knl9674, prior to meeting Jimmie, did you imagine him to be a really nice person. Considering his character JJ he seemed like he would have been a really easy going dude. Those were my thoughts anyway. I mean talk about night and day.
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honestly, i didn't have any preconcieved notions or even expectations. i heard that in the 70s, he was a complete ego-maniac and arrogant as ever. but was soon humbled after the show ended b/c the work was not coming. he had created a character larger than himself and now couldn't break out of it.

Think Kramer from Seinfeld - will he ever work again?

so he started back with the touring standup gigs but that was pretty much it. i thought he would be laid back - no doubt. i mean, he was lucky that the comedy club was 1/2 full so you would think he would be appreciative of someone actually paying his tired butt a compliment. not to mention, paying for a ticket to see him.

i have to say he has great comedic timing and discussed a lot of politics and social issues. it wasn't the bafoonery associated with JJ and i think that put a few people off. they were expecting to see JJ revived in full color. but i knew what his comedy routines were like prior to joining the show...he's always been very socially active and opinionated.

i'm still thankful i got a vintage dynomite shirt signed and another shirt too. just wish he woulda been a bit more pleasant.

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I watched an episode of Jenny Jones where she did a show of some of the 70's shows. Good Times, What's Happening and Welcome Back Kotter, there were a couple others shows there too.

They did some Q&A thing and somebody asked Jimmie Walker if he'd say Dy-no-mite! What does he say?

"They don't pay me enough to say that".

I liked JW up until that remark.

Somebody asked Palillo do to his trademark Horshack laugh and he did it, without an attitude.
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I watched an episode of Jenny Jones where she did a show of some of the 70's shows. Good Times, What's Happening and Welcome Back Kotter, there were a couple others shows there too.

They did some Q&A thing and somebody asked Jimmie Walker if he'd say Dy-no-mite! What does he say?

"They don't pay me enough to say that".

I liked JW up until that remark.

Somebody asked Palillo do to his trademark Horshack laugh and he did it, without an attitude.

I liked both of 'em until you told me they went on 'Jenny Jones'!
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Jimmie Walker always struck me as someone who would be "difficult" when it comes to fans. That's too bad, because if it wasn't for the fans, these people wouldn't be who they are. If fans are polite, why do these stars have to cop an attitude?? Bern Nadette Stanis, on the other hand, seems like such a sweetheart. I've seen her in several interviews, and I am always hearing about her signing autographs. She just seems like a doll.
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