Showing posts with label BARRY Z. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BARRY Z. Show all posts

Thursday, November 02, 2017



Story By: David Salidor & James Edstrom

Barry Z. With James Edstrom, Ian Miller And April Sandmeyer

Cable-TV gadfly Barry Z (The Barry Z Show) passed earlier this week after a series of health setbacks. Say what you will about the ubiquitous Mr. Z, but he was a TV-pioneer much in the way that a Joe Franklin and Nick Yanni were. I worked on a show eons ago, even before Barry, called Crashing New York and though it was done very bare-bones ... we had some of the best guests ever. I know, I booked them. I loved, for lack of a better word, the zeal that those producers had.

Barry Zabusky  AKA Barry Z had such guests as Ray Romano, Joy Behar, Brett Butler, Mario Cantone, Joan Rivers, Jackie Mason, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, Pat Cooper, Regis Philbin, Julie Andrews and Liza Minelli on at various times in the show’s history. I handled, and sometimes that word encompassed a lot, his PR, and let me tell you straight away, that some press agents wanted to work with him, and some did not; and, I will not name them. Barry always claimed he didn’t know why this one or that one didn’t want to work with him … but, I know he did. He was relentless and truth be told, sometimes that sets us PR-folk amok. One thing I always admired about Barry was his drive.

His show was at times on Time Warner Cable and most recently, UStream.

I’m one of those press-people who usually believe that any press, is good press … but, within reason. At various times, Barry offered to have himself arrested to generate some ink. I always said no to that. Good idea, but very clearly not the right way to proceed.

I had clients who avoided him like the plague, but other clients, like The Fantatsicks-producer Tony Noto and Mark Bego were regularly invited back. Barry did his homework and was actually a great interviewer.

Bit by bit, we penetrated the media in NYC. Michael Starr at the Post was the first journalist to give him ample exposure and he should be applauded for that as Barry’s show served to introduce many personalities who went onto to bigger and better things.”

Money seemed to constantly be an issue and at times the campaign had to be put on hold. That interrupted things quite a bit, so for a time, it seemed like we'd move one step forward and two steps back. Never a good recipe to follow.

As recently as this April, Barry was still interviewing people … like producer Tony Moran and songsmith Mike Greenly.

Often Barry showed a warmer, softer side, but that was when he got to know you. A ribald sense of humor for sure, he was great to work with. Sure, he had his business problems – reportedly the Post sued him and won, but he had a dream and you know, you’ve got to respect those dreamers.

For better or worse I’ve had many clients on the edge, Barry was always a challenge and I say that in a very good way. He had a dream.

He was one of a kind and I will very definitely miss him. RIP Barry!

James Edstrom Gives Barry Z. Shocking Interview


Barry Z was a true cable icon. There were only two, Barry Z and the Famed Robin Byrd. Between the two of them, they changed the way cable came into our homes.

I was on Barry's show many times. He was a loyal friend but over the last few years with all the drama in my life with my abusive landlord St Nicks Alliance, I lost touch. I guess I did not lose him, I kinda lost the world with all the abuse I was getting in my life.

I asked about him a few weeks ago and was told he was doing OK and was still around. 

In the old days I would invite Barry Z to all my parties. He would always film and do interviews and I had many big names at my Birthday bashes.  I would have the cast of One Life To Live and As The World Turns and Barry Z would turn their worlds. I would have Angie Bowie, Honeymooner Joyce (Trixie) Randolph, Grace Jones, Subway Gunman Bernie Goetz and Barry would interview them all. A interview from Barry Z, was not always a honeymoon. Sometimes he would be doing a professional interview and out of the blue he would ask about erections. Some stars had a great comeback, others freaked out, but this was Barry Z.   I would have the heads of The National Enquirer, Star Magazine, The NY Post and The Daily News at my parties and Barry Z. would just push them all away and do his thing.

I had fun with Barry Z. Everyone in New York City knew him and Robin Byrd. They was the queens of cable. Going to any club with either of them would mean everyone was staring at us all night. I was on The Barry Z. float in the Gay Parades. After Barry would treat to dinner and that was something because Barry Z. held onto every dollar. He always had money problems because he spent so much producing his show. Nothing else mattered, his show meant the world to him, even if it meant spending the rent.

Barry Z. could have been huge on Regular Television. There was nothing else like it out there. Once I arranged for some heavy Hollywood producers to meet with Barry Z. about syndicating his show. They saw the value of his access and the value of so many years of stock footage. They were ready to put millions into the project, but things fell apart when Barry Z. wanted to control everything. He still wanted to do it all and the Hollywood people wanted to hire producers and staff and let Barry Z. be the star. Barry Z. wanted control of everything so the deal fell apart. I just never understood this and I told him he needed to give up control and be the star. He refused.

At one of the worst times in my life, when I got real sick from AIDS, I was going through hell with the system in New York City. Barry Z. got on the phone and called Senator Tom Duane. Withing 15 minutes all the problems were solved. I would never had survived if it were not for Barry Z. helping me.

He got big interviews with many stars. But he loved the politicians. I remember he got Congressman Barney Frank to do a interview at Broadway Langans. We drank beer and had a blast. 

I am very sad of the Passing of Barry Z. He was a true New York City Icon and a friend!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Ocean 98's Bulldog With Artist Michael Colavito And Barry Z.

Our favorite radio host, Bulldog from Ocean 98's Rude Awakening hit morning show, visited New York City to have the tables turned around, by being a guest on Cable and Radio icon Barry Z's show in the heart of Times Square. Famed artist Michael Colavito was also on the air-waves, and we liked his work so much, we are going to visit his studio this week. You can see his artwork by going to

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Stephie Eslie With Victory Chase, Todd Schultz And Barry Z.

Todd Schultz With Barry Z And Peter Rockwitz

Today is gay pride once again in New York City. We caught up with Todd Schultz from the Jerry Springer show who was riding the float with cable Icon Barry Z. Todd was in town to promote the hit television shows move from Chicago to Stamford Connecticut this August. He handed out Springer Tee shirts to the wild crowd marching down fifth avenue. To find out how you can get tickets to the Springer Show visit
Photos By: James Edstrom

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Barry Z with James Edstrom along with Miss Times Square Gossip and Ian Miller

Clergy led New York City's gay pride parade, lending their moral authority to an event that also featured drag queens, motorcycle-riding lesbians and samba dancers. Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, who heads a gay synagogue, and the Reverend Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the parade's grand marshals. In Kleinbaum's words, "Those who use religion to advocate an anti-gay agenda, I believe, are blaspheming God's name." Buddhists carried a gay pride sign that said "Don't Block Your Buddha." The march is characterized as much by thumping music, dancing and corporate-sponsored floats as it is by protest signs.Men dressed in elaborate feather headdresses and not much else paraded down Fifth Avenue, along with floats commemorating victims of AIDS and other floats full of singers and dancers.Big companies like Starbucks, W Hotels and JPMorgan Chase had floats staffed with nubile young people in shorts and T-shirts.The parade ended in Greenwich Village, and cheering crowds packed both sides of Christopher Street as the line of march passed.The march also attracted politicians. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg walked the route, along with Speaker Christine Quinn, the city's first openly lesbian City Council member.New York Sen. Charles Schumer also marched, wearing a dark pink shirt and a rainbow lanyard looped around his neck. He waved and stopped for photos with parade-goers. James Edstrom joined the party and rode the famed Barry Z Show float down Fifth Avenue with hot dancers and Miss. Times Square Gossip herself, April Sandmeyer. Since New York City forbids alcohol at any of the parades anymore we made sure cases of Snapple were filled with Vodka. Lindsay Lohan would be proud of us !

Wednesday, February 28, 2007


Village People's Randy Jones With Cable Icon Barry Z.

Cable Icon Barry Z. hosted the grand opening of the new west village club 'Climaxx' . Village people star Randy Jones showed up to help celebrate the grand opening. Barry is celebrating his show going on broadcast TV in march on CH. 55 out of Long Island New York. Randy Jones new CD 'Ticket To The World' is climbing the charts and is a favorite dance song here in NYC. The club the former 'Boots And Saddle' landmark, has been re-designed with a new look and a new feel. Expect to see Barry Z. there nightly !

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Barney Frank

Congressman Barney Frank gets interviewed by cable icon Barry Z. at Langans restaurant in New York City to promote his new DVD "Lets Get Frank, The Trials and Tribulations of Rep. Barney Frank. Sex. Lies. And lots of videotape, LET’S GET FRANK is the story of one of America’s most beloved and outspoken politicians. It’s also an hilarious and insightful movie about modern politics, gay life and political hypocrisy. Filmmaker Bart Everly spent 24 months following Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.), one of the nation’s few openly gay politicians. With unlimited access to both his professional and personal life, Evenly captured Frank doing what he does best – being frank! From Capitol Hill to Fire Island, Frank’s sharp wit, outspoken views and down home understanding of politics have made him popular and respected – on both sides of the political fence. After surviving his own sex scandal, Frank became one of President Clinton’s staunchest and most effective defenders. LET’S GET FRANK is now available on DVD . You can watch The Barry Z. Show very soon with this breathtaking interview with one of Americas most respected and beloved Congressman !

Sunday, September 17, 2006


Cable King Barry Z.



Saturday, September 02, 2006

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


James Edstrom gets interviewed by cable icon Barry Z.

MSNBC'S Own Rita Cosby threw a gala birthday surprise bash for her beau Tomaczek Bednarek recently at New York's famed Pink Elephant nightclub. We lured him there telling him he was being hired to perform for a famous publicist's birthday and he showed up with guitar, amps and ready to put on a show. He still didn't get it when he walked in with friend Ian Miller of and people started taking his pic. He thought the birthday boy was behind him and he was in the way. When he realized the surprise was for him, he still insisted on performing a show to standing ovations. Many thanks once again to Mike Weiss and Claire O'Connor for their help and support and big kisses to Lee Blumer from Crobar-Pink Elephant who worked so hard to make this party 5 stars!