The Arsenio Hall Show Dog Pound, Late night viewers of a certain age are likely to remember the original “Arsenio Hall Show.”
The exuberant stand-up comic and actor (“Coming to America”) had his “dog pound,” the things that made him go “hmmmm,” and his catchphrase, “Let’s get busy!” He also served up several memorable moments, from presidential candidate Bill Clinton playing sax with the band or Magic Johnson sitting down for his first discussion of his HIV status. After six successful years, Hall called it quits to spend time working on a family.
Now he’s ready to get back in the game with a new late night show premiering Monday, and Johnson is scheduled to be one of his first-week guests alongside rappers Nas, Ice Cube, and Mac Miller, and actors Lisa Kudrow, Angela Bassett, and Mark Harmon, among others.
“My son’s 13 now, and he’s having me drop him off a block from the movie theater. So that’s usually the sign that you can go back to work comfortably,” said Hall with a laugh, chatting with reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour here recently.