It Has Been Weird to see all the news coverage lately for comedian Michelle Wolf, who was thrust into the limelight after a searing routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, where comics commonly roast the president — although the famously thin-skinned Mr. Trump refuses to go to the dinner, unlike most. Why “weird” for me? Because Michele Wolf was my first wife.
Though there’s a little hint there: neither name is misspelled. Michelle is a comedian who turns 33 later this month. Michele is definitely older than that. Since she’s an on-purpose public figure, I’m including a photo of Michelle; even though she is very pretty, to protect her privacy I won’t post a photo of Michele, or even say what state she lives in (she left California when we split; Michelle was 6 or 7 at that point).
Alas, I’ve lost touch with Michele (and have never been in contact with Michelle). Maybe Michele will see this and get in touch. Hell, maybe even Michelle will see this and get in touch! (It would be nice for both to happen!) But the funny part of this is, I’ve actually been collecting a list of Premium subscribers with famous names, and this seems like a good time to share it. They include:
- Jon Stewart …but not the former host of The Daily Show.
- Don Adams …but not the actor who played secret agent Maxwell Smart.
- Robert Pine …but not the actor who played Sgt. Getraer on CHiPs.
- Dave Barry …but not the humor columnist and author.
- John Inman …but not the actor from Are You Being Served?
- Steve Wozniak …yes, the Apple Computer co-founder does subscribe, but another guy with the same name has too!
- George Lucas …but not the Star Wars creator.
- Rich Little …but not the celebrity impressionist.
- Charles Schultz …but not the Peanuts cartoonist.
- Craig Nelson …but not the Coach actor.
- Robert Macfarlane …but not President Reagan’s National Security Advisor.
- Paul Shafer …but not the famous Late Night With David Letterman bandleader (Paul Shaffer).
- James West …but not the Wild Wild West character.
- Henry Miller …but not the Tropic of Cancer author.
And those are just the ones I’ve noticed — I’m sure there are more. I’m sure it’s fun, frustrating, even scary sometimes to have a “famous name” when you’re not the famous person (and even if you are). So a tip of the hat to those who put up with it, whether you’re “really” famous or just sound like it.
I hope there’s not another Randy Cassingham out there. But if there is, sorry!