This was originally posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 by Rodney Hofirstname.lastname@example.org on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog
Billy Crystal came to Atlanta in 2009 to perform his award-winning play honoring his late father called “700 Sundays” at Cobb Energy Centre. Eight years later, he returns April 27 to town at the Fox Theatre with a special show where he recounts highlights of his career using actress Bonnie Hunt as his inquisitor.
My recent Q&A with Billy Crystal is here on our subscription-only site where he talks about a possible “When Harry Met Sally” sequel, Suntrust Park, Jimmy Kimmel and a recent spoof video merging “City Slickers” with “Westworld.”
Based on reviews of recent shows, he will do plenty of his classic impressions and provide anecdotes of Muhammad Ali and Sammy Davis Jr.
Given his long, illustrious career, it’s hard to say exactly what he will cover during a show that takes up to two and a half hours but these are 10 obvious subjects he will likely cover.
10) His love of baseball. He received plaudits for directing HBO’s 2001 “61” about Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the New York Yankees chasing down Babe Ruth‘s home run record. And he once actually played for the Yankees in 2008 during spring training.
9) His groundbreaking role as the gay character Jodie on “Soap” from 1977 to 1981.
8) Comic Relief charity concerts to fight homelessness and the late great Robin Williams, who he considered a close friend. .
7) Fernando, his self-absorbed character on “Saturday Night Live” from 1984-85, which generated his semi-hit single “You Look Marvelous.”
6) His role of Miracle Max in the beloved 1987 movie “The Princess Bride.”
5) That 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” orgasm scene. Of course.
4) The success of 1991’s “City Slickers”
3) His favorite Oscar moments including this one featuring Jack Palance and his one-arm pushups. Crystal has hosted nine times, the second most, behind only Bob Hope.
2) Working with Robert DeNiro in the hit 1999 comedy “Analyze This.”
1) His favorite role of all time playing Mike Wazowski on 2011’s “Monsters, Inc.”
8 p.m., Thurday, April 27
660 Peachtree St. NE