Since John Wayne can't comfort us, does Kingston have any advice to get us through these troubled times?
"I think we have to remain very vigilant," he said. "We've got to stop dilly-dallying. It's nice to know who our friends are, but we need to know who our enemies are. There will be three presidents in the next four years. I first said that two years ago. Oh, someone just yelled out 'Elizabeth Dole!' I don't know if that means she's going to be one of those presidents, or if it's one of her spirits on the other side pushing her."
A voice inside me just then screamed, "Jiminy Glick!" I had finally realized who it was Kingston reminded me of. He shares the same voice, mannerisms and hooray-for-Hollywood airs as Martin Short's fictional celebrity interviewer, but—unlike Glick—Kingston is truly charming. And certainly not rotund.
Kingston next appears at an Oct. 27 spirit-raising event at the Learning Light Foundation, and since it'll be mere days from Halloween, he promised more spirits will be out and he'll be able to make many more predictions.
Who knows? Perhaps the Duke will be on hand to answer my simple question for these trying times:
What would John Wayne do?
Kenny Kingston will be the main attraction at the "Halloween Special!" event at the Learning Light Foundation, 1212 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, (714) 533-2311; www.learninglight.org. Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Prepaid, $20; at the door, $25.