The other night at Duffy’s, my friend Buzz Braman (pictured right above) and I were talking about one of the greatest movies ever made, “Goodfellas.” One of our favorite scenes was when Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Henry Hill (Ray Liotta pictured on top) were at a restaurant along with a bunch of other gangsters at a table having dinner.
Tommy is telling stories, and everybody at the table is laughing hysterically until Ray says, “Tommy, you’re a funny guy.” Tommy then stops everything by saying, “Funny how, funny haha, or funny like a clown, here to amuse you?” From there the conversation quickly spirals down as all the gangsters look at them in astonishment and Buzz told me that he heard that Pesci had ad-libbed the whole scene. (See the scene by clicking on the link at the bottom of the page)
Now just so you know, Buzz is part of the Braman Family who owns car dealerships all over South Florida that sell everything from Mini Coopers to Rolls Royces. Although I would suspect that Buzz is kinda the black sheep of the family because he didn’t get into the car business, he coached in the NBA for 20 years where he was known as the “Shot Doc”. However, he is now back in the fold, and while he was at their Porche store recently, he received a panic call from the Bently dealership just down the street, telling him that he was needed there immediately. When he asked what had happened, they would only say that he needed to get over there as quickly as he could. Fearing the worst because just a few weeks earlier a guy had walked into one of their showrooms and keyed two Rollers, Buzz was there in a few minutes. When he hurried in, the sales guy immediately took him over and introduced him to Ray Liotta who was there buying a Bently for his sister.
Everybody at Braman knew that Buzz loved “Goodfellas” so the moment Ray had walked into the dealership, they called Buzz. When introductions were being made, the sales guy happened to mention that Buzz had coached in the NBA for 20 years and Ray lit up like a Christmas tree. “Where can we talk” Ray wanted to know so Buzz excitedly took him into a spare office where he planned on asking Ray about the “funny how” scene at an appropriate moment. Ray was full of questions about Shaq, Penny, Jordan, and Dr. J which Buzz answered as quickly as he could with his finger up. About the time Ray started to run out of questions and Buzz was all set to ask his own, Ray’s sister walked in pointing at her watch and saying, “Ray, we’ve gotta get out of here.” Buzz then said, “Hey, I’ve only got one question which will only take a minute.” They replied, “Sorry, we’re on the clock” and just like that they were gone, leaving Buzz sitting there with his finger still in the air.
Why do the people who live in New York and LA think they’re smarter than everybody else? I’m not sure what San Fransisco, Oakland, San Jose, and San Diego think, but I do know that the folks who live in Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Portland, and countless other cities beg to differ.
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