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I ask dumb questions. - Larry King


Andrew

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Andrew Keller

Every morning Larry and I dig into a quoe or idea that has caught our eye. Our hope is that our chat inspires you to never stop thinking and possibly challenges you in a new way. If you'd like to help support the show, please visit patreon.com slash repost it. Thank you for stopping by.


Larry

The world lost a broadcasting legend with Larry King recently passed away. He told the LA Times once, quote, I asked dumb. When I first started, I was 23 years old and I had a priest on Catholic priest and I asked how many children he had. I was dumb. My friend Herbie Cohn said, you know the secret of your success. Dumb by dummy means help me. I don't understand. First off, Mr. Keller, you're a little bit younger than me. Do you remember Larry King Live on CNN? Yeah, you do? Yeah.


Andrew Keller

I remember him interviewing Jerry Seinfeld and asking if he got canceled one of his most famous interviews.


Larry

And he recently Larry Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld had to go on and like clarify that because of him passing away kind of got some viral virality. Again to it. Yeah,


Andrew Keller

I mean, in general, I agree with this. I don't think Larry King was that great. Like he did. I mean, a little bit of prep, a little bit of prep, it goes a long way. But I think in general, people tend to take the position that they're experts in things that they're not right in front of my face. Right now I'm doing construction. And I had a finished Carpenter come in to do all of our cabinets and his very specific details that matter. And I don't understand how the sink, marries with the countertops marries with the stone top. And I was like, I understand this is a dumb question. I should know this. I'm a contractor. But can you explain this detail to me? And I think a lot of people's ego gets in the way, by by not asking dumb questions.


Larry

I think that's a lot of and Larry King has said this, a lot of his success is that he never posed as an intellectual. He never like made it seem like he knew a lot. You know, ask dumb questions. Although I like the idea of being somewhere in the middle ground about asking dumb questions. Like he famously said, he didn't want prepare for an interview because he wanted to be the every man who didn't know what was going on, about a French ballet dancer. But I like the idea of knowing a little bit about the French ballet dancers so I can connect who they are to the question I want to ask,


Andrew Keller

Well, yeah, the little bit of prep gets you if you go do any prep, there's little gems are gonna be uncovered. So maybe you're you're interviewing a prima ballerina, who is also a grandmaster at chess. But if you're interviewing her about the ballet opening, you're not going to get into the chest if you didn't do any of the research. So like, but I guess to push back on my own point, the same thing is like, with brainstorming, there's no dumb questions, or no, no dumb ideas. Because just because you ask a dumb question doesn't mean that it can can't lead to something good. So


Larry

well. I think there's a middle ground between larry king and Terry Gross on NPR. Right? If you listen to a Terry Gross interview, she asked a question for two minutes, and then turns it over. It's like, Where's Larry King was like, he just asked a quick question and let the interviewer talk. It's like, just stop talking. I feel like Terry Gross wants to hear her own voice, as opposed to just asking a question, what she does, she


Andrew Keller

does have a really nice voice. I'll give her that. Yeah, I mean, there is there is a middle ground upon being prepared, and again, I think it is boils down to your ego on not being willing to look stupid. I know sometimes I haven't asked questions, because I should have known the answer. I felt like I should have known the answer and ended up being worse off for it.


Larry

Yeah, that was my question. Like, in school, were you the person if a teacher, you know, brought up a point on the blackboard and said, Okay, any questions? Would you if you didn't understand, raise your hand be like, I don't understand that. Or if a plumber comes over and says something that goes over to here to be like, Hey, I didn't get that. Because I'm not I literally just stay silent and then Google it later.


Andrew Keller

I don't know if I was willing to ask questions, but I wasn't afraid to talk during class. So maybe, maybe I was something in between. Another example of maybe you could say this is a dumb question. But my brother was redoing his bathroom and I'm reading doing this house. And I was like, Yeah, man, you never accept the first offer that a sub contractor gives you as a quote. And everyone thinks it's a dumb question to be like, Hey, can you do it for less? And I think we've had a hand I mean, only one person has said no everyone I've gotten money off of it in my brother's like we should have asked to get money off and so can I get a discount is not a dumb question. But people might be afraid to say


Larry

like my wife would just take that as like, like you're putting our pride on the line if you ask if we could get a cheaper but which we have Have to do all the time in San Francisco for everything because people just overpay in San Francisco. Like sporting events, gyms, everything. We always say like, Hey, we can't pay that.


Andrew Keller

I mean, that's exactly my point and ego getting in the way. Yeah, right. What's I mean, I don't know, like is is Jeff Bezos asking for a discount is probably getting in the way. I mean, that's a waste of his time. But


Larry

you know the other thing about larry king, which I just, I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, but he like lived a completely full life. He was married eight times. He got he had he went into bankruptcy in 1960. He liked a lot of lost a lot of money at the racetrack. He, he had that charges dropped for all sorts of defrauding for business partners. So like, politicians, and people would always come on a show and they wouldn't feel bad because it was like, hey, Larry King, he's not judging me.


Andrew Keller

Do you think of Larry King started out today? He would make it like, do you think you could start a talk show on CNN, under the premise of I'm not gonna prepare? I'm a I'm an average dude. That's a great question. Thanks. So I don't think so. I think some people got that sweet spot of entertainment. And like Barbara Walters, I don't think would make


Larry

you think like you're saying like, in this day and age, you have to be so opinionated to either the right or the left. You just can't make it if you're a guy asking questions on TV.


Andrew Keller

I mean, I think so. I mean, I I don't know how he got his start. And maybe he would make it no in no matter what time it is. But I just don't see with the amount of content that's out there right now people tuning into an unprepared like, he wasn't like quick on his feet like Adam Carolla does a thing called Adam curl is unprepared. And it kind of, he just does improv on it. And he can make it interesting, but Oh, where are you from?


Larry

Like? Well, I mean, that's the last thing I'd like to say about larry king. And he said this to which I kind of was just curious, like, of a plumber would come over to his house. He'd be like, Hey, where are you from? And then they just strike up a conversation. He wasn't like saying like, dead air fill the time. How's the weather? He was like, generally curious about where the guy that was coming to fix his plumbing what's from and I don't know, I just think that's a really cool thing alive to be curious about where your plumbers from.


Andrew Keller

I want to clarify that sounds like I'm saying larry king is a terrible person. I'm not I'm just saying I didn't really like his show. Like, he seemed like he was maybe maybe a nice person. But if you do want someone to talk to you have a contractor come to your house because they are all chatty. They are really yeah, they talk cars interesting. It depends. Most of the time not like you're in a hurry, and they just want to chat your ear off. But aren't


Larry

you like paying them by the hour? Don't you wanna be like, Hey, stop talking.


Andrew Keller

Go work at work a because why do you say those words? Well,


Larry

that's it. I use it a lot with my kids when they're like, getting late for school and they gotta eat their breakfast on like less tacky, tacky, more Ed. That's that's, that's what goes on. Okay, well,


Andrew Keller

if you want a home renovation done, please call Larry. You can find us every posted podcast on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I'm Andrew Keller for Anderson Cooper's and thanks for stopping by.



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