Friday, December 21, 2018

"Stuttering" John from The Howard Stern Shows and The Tonight Show has a new book out

Find out all about "Stuttering" John and his new book on our page at  He gave us a very candid interview!

You can buy the book there, too! It looks very funny...

Here's a review from Newsday:

LI's 'Stuttering John' Melendez tells it like it is in his new memoir

"I'll always ask anything," says the former "Howard Stern Show" regular. "I don't have a problem with it."

"Stuttering John" Melendez recently released his new memoir, "Easy for You to Say." Photo Credit: John Melendez

By David J. Criblez @DavidJCriblez

Initially John Melendez got famous for his disability, then recognized for his hilarity. Known as “Stuttering John” from “The Howard Stern Show,” this Massapequa native started as Stern’s flunky intern and became an on-air contributor, which he writes about in his new memoir, “Easy for You to Say.”

“The people from the show who have written books, in my estimation, didn’t give the fans what they want,” says Melendez, 53. “I’m going to pull back the curtain and say how it was.”

Melendez was a “Stern Show” intern who rose to fame conducting man-on-the-street style interviews with celebrities, asking them outrageous questions while verbally stumbling due to his speech impediment.

“In my fourth-grade report card, the teacher said, ‘John tends to ask outrageous and penetrating questions in class and stutters when excited,’ ” says Melendez. “It was a natural job for me. I’ll always ask anything. I don’t have a problem with it.”

One of his most infamous moments came at a 1989 press conference when he asked drummer Ringo Starr, “What did you do with the money?" The ex-Beatle responded, “What money?” Melendez replied, “The money your mother gave you for singing lessons.”

When interviewing the Dalai Lama, Melendez asked, “What was it like to wake up one day and realize that you were God?”

While he scored a lot of laughs, Melendez caught heat from Stern, who would often badger him on the air.

“Howard would laugh at my jokes one day and the next day I’m called a loser, told all I do is stutter and without him I’m nobody,” recalls Melendez. “As thick as your skin can be, it’s not an easy thing to take. If there were no guests booked, I’d be in fear of getting the verbal abuse and leave with tears in my eyes.”

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