note: entire contents copyright 2000 by Beverly Creasey
Forget TV news. Susan Wornick could have a booming career in stand-up. The award winning consumer reporter for Channel 5 (and N.E. Cable News) came to the Brighton Public Library this past week for a talk about "her life and work".
Yes, she covered the latest telemarketing scam and she tsk-tsked Ed McMahon for lending his name to those sweepstakes --- but she romped through the material ("Does Ed really need the money?"..."Don't tell my mother I use that word.") with the finesse of a seasoned Borscht Belt comic. Her timing is perfect. She anticipated the personal questions, and blew them off with such charm that the little old ladies didn't know what hit them.
She handles hecklers like a pro --- like the guy who disputed her figures on world population --- and she made mincemeat of this reviewer trying to slip discretely out the back (I had to leave early to make a 7:30 curtain across town). Like a gorgeous Don Rickles she called after me "Was it the stuff I said about Bob Lobel?"
She's a hoot. They should forget about the news (it's always the same anyway) and let Wornick hold forth. Why "60 Minutes" picked Jimmy Tingle over her is beyond me.