During Robin Williams's interview, a man in the audience had to be removed from the theatre by ambulance. He'd laughed so hard, he'd acquired a hernia.
The ten questions by Bernard Pivot that host James Lipton asks every guest are: - 1. What is your favorite word? - 2. What is your least favorite word? - 3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? - 4. What turns you off? - 5. What is your favorite curse word? - 6. What sound or noise do you love? - 7. What sound or noise do you hate? - 8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? - 9. What profession would you not like to do? - 10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
Although every single seat is filled at each of the Actors Studio seminars featuring a celebrity, James Lipton recalls the auditorium was filled beyond capacity when Johnny Depp and Harrison Ford were guests on the show.
There has been speculation which guest is James Lipton's favorite, but that answer has never been, and probably never will be, revealed. Lipton admits that certain guests have been "more memorable than others", but refuses to single out one particular favorite of the 200-plus artists that he's interviewed.
Barbra Streisand's two-hour interview set the show's record for most viewed episode, with 1.14 million viewers tuning in. Harrison Ford's interview comes in second with 579,000 viewers.
This is one of the rare televised interviews that Johnny Depp has granted.
The Actors Studio made arrangements for James Lipton to interview Gregory Peck in 2003. Unfortunately, Peck passed away before his scheduled appearance at New School University.
Ever since the show took off, James Lipton vigorously attempted to get screen legends Marlon Brando and Katharine Hepburn on the show. Although they were both members of the Actors Studio, neither wanted to interrupt their retirement from show business, be it talk-show or otherwise.
When the program was based at New School University, Gary Oldman was the most popular request for which guest should come visit the Actors Studio.
Bruce Willis's interview was taped on September 10, 2001. The episode was respectfully dedicated by Willis and the Actors Studio Drama School "to the heroes who fell September 11th - and to the heroes who fight on."
In his second visit Billy Crystal admitted that his Tony Award-winning one-man show 700 Sundays was in some way born when he visited the first time.
Sean Penn is often mentioned as having given the favorite answer to the favorite curse word question. Penn's answer was simply "Ah you... dentist!"
Robert De Niro is often mentioned as having given the favorite answer to the god question. De Niro said "If there is a god he has a lot of explaining to do"
In every episode, James Lipton asks his guests a series of questions crafted by Bernard Pivot for his show "Bouillon de culture" (1991). In episode #6.12, Lipton tells Alan Alda that he has never answered those questions and never will. He later reneges on this statement when he is a guest on "Bouillon de Culture" and answers those questions along with Pivot himself, in French. He later answered them to Tom Cruise on the 10th Anniversary Show, in English.
This episode was filmed on 10 September 2001.
Revealed that 3% of all annual world-wide album sales are Elton John albums.
This show was taped December 5, 2005.
Dave Chappelle flew from his home in Yellow Springs, Ohio to New York City to appear on the show. He chartered a private flight at his own expense. He was supposed to arrive at the studio at 7PM but his plane was delayed in Buffalo, New York. Episodes of Chappelle's Show were shown to the audience until 9PM. Audience members were then allowed to leave and were told to come back at 9:30PM. Chappelle arrived at 10PM. The taping of the episode went until 2AM the next morning.