Actor/comedian Kevin Pollak returned to my show this afternoon to talk about making the movie version of Buzz Bissinger’s “Three Nights In August,” about Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals, and about hanging around Busch Stadium last fall on the road to the World Series title. I also asked him about his pal Alan Arkin winning the Oscar and got him to do a little Albert Brooks.

Then Pollak told an amazing story about how he managed his first appearance as a comedian on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” by refusing to do a standup spot and holding out for a seat next to Johnny, where his Peter Falk impression (complete with the eye move) would be more effective. That’s quite a gutsy move by a young comedian with no prospects at the time — but it certainly paid off.

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