He's the funniest and most outspoken guy in the cable news biz. Greg Gutfeld is the host of the late night FOX NEWS satirical and culturally relevant show Red Eye (which beat out CNN's primetime lineup. Not bad for a show that airs in the middle of the night.) He is also a co-host on the highly successful news and talk program The Five, a show that features four other regular hosts: Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guifoyle, Dana Perino and Bob Beckel. Political commentators Juan Williams and Andrea Tantaros join the show every so often.
Greg is arguably one of the busiest personalities in cable news, hosting the aforementioned programs and occasionally filling in for Bill O'Reilly on The O'Reilly Factor and joining Shepherd Smith from time to time on Shepherd Smith Reporting. (I could also mention his public speaking gigs and media guest appearances, but you get the point.)
As a loyal Red Eye fan, I have lost many hours of sleep to catch the hilariously outrageous show every night (well...morning), which airs at 2AM Central Standard Time. (I really need to invest in a DVR.) The show features Greg and his two regular co-hosts Andy Levy and their newest addition -- former Miss New York U.S.A. Joanne Nosuchinsky, who replaced longtime co-host and comedian Bill Schulz. In this viewer's humble opinion, Joanne has more than filled Bill's (smelly) shoes, bringing unparalleled wit, grace and beauty to the program. (This is in no way a slam against Bill. Many viewers, including myself, were sad to see him go and wish him the best in his future endeavors.) Joanne's unique and refreshingly honest take on today's cultural and political issues resonates brilliantly with Americans from all walks of life and political views. She is, without a doubt, one of the best permanent additions to Red Eye in the history of the show.
Greg is the author of three bestselling books: "The Bible of Unspeakable Truths," "The Joy of Hate: How To Triumph Over Whiners In The Age of Phony Outrage" and his most recent "Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War On You." (The latter jumped to #5 on the New York Times Bestseller List.) His most recent book signing tour took him through 31 cities in 11 days, no small feat, even for someone with Greg's public appearance stamina.
The Page & Palette, a quaint little bookstore in Fairhope, Alabama, hosted the final stop on Greg's tour last Sunday, April 13 at 7PM. Fairhope is roughly a 30 to 45 minute drive from my home in West Mobile. But the opportunity to meet Greg and receive his signature on all three books was more than worth the $25 of gas I pumped into my Mustang's tank before merging on to Interstate 65.
As my best friend Jennifer and I claimed our spot in the seemingly endless line, I was struck by the diversity of fans eagerly awaiting a signature, handshake and personal photo with Greg. Grandparents, senior citizens, college students, teens and even kids lined the dimly lit sidewalk of South Section Street, a winding stretch of road running through the center of this Mayberry-like town. (I half expected to see Andy Griffith strolling along the glass storefronts.)
Although my handshake and photo with Greg was only about a 60 second experience, it is one that I will never forget. His hilarious sense of humor, deep appreciation for his fans and the personable interaction and individual attention he gave to everyone in attendance was outstanding and topnotch. I can say without a doubt that if or when Greg has a scheduled appearance in Alabama again, I will be there, even if I have to ride a unicorn. (If you're a Gutfeld fan, you'll get that. If not, I'll forgive you just this once.)