Lampoon of Lipton tops spec

Host to parody himself on special 100th show

NEW YORK — As part of the “Inside the Actors Studio” anniversary special, James Lipton will parody his reputation as the egotistical, pompous host of Bravo’s successful weekly series.

For the two-hour special celebrating the show’s 100th guest, Bravo announced, Lipton has taped a mock interview in which he’s questioned by “Saturday Night Live” regular Will Ferrell, doing his wicked caricature of Lipton.

Ferrell as Lipton will force the real Lipton to answer the Bernard Pivot questionnaire the host springs on his guests at the end of every “Actors Studio” taping, including “What’s your favorite curse word?” and “What would you like God to say when you show up at the Pearly Gates seeking admission?”

The two-hour cablecast premieres Oct. 14. In addition to the Ferrell parody, which will run about five minutes, the special will consist of highlights from the previous 99 interviews and a full hour with the 100th, Gene Hackman.

Bravo, owned by Chuck Dolan’s Cablevision Systems Corp., also announced it has hit 60 million subscribers, a 24% increase from the 48.8 million of October 2000.

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