The always affable Michael J. Fox stopped by Live With Regis and Kelly last week, and he sure did have an interesting story to tell. Never one to be shy about his condition, Fox told an anecdote about his Parkinson’s symptoms disappearing while vacationing in the Himalayas. Fox said that by the third day, he hadn’t had to take his meds as much, and even climbed a mountain. How this happened is simply a mystery. Magnetic poles, maybe? Perhaps I’ve been watching too much Lost. Fox appears to be having a great time, even engaging in some self deprecating humor about his condition by saying Live‘s swivel chairs are a “fun ride” for those with Parkinson’s.
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Future TBS late night host Conan O’Brien began his “Legally Prohibited” tour this week, and here’s your first look: O’Brien doing a ridiculously cockneyed Thom Yorke impression while singing Radiohead’s signature hit, “Creep”. This was just the sound check, so the show must be amazing. If you have tickets for a future date, however, you may want to avoid videos of the tour so it won’t spoil any of the surprises you paid at least 40 dollars for. This one should be okay though because, again, it’s just the sound check. But what a sound check!
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