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`PRIVATE': A PUBLIC HIT : REEL BUZZ.

Broadcast pioneer Howard Stern admits he looks like a mix between Big Bird and Joey Ramone, but nothing could dissuade fans who flocked to early screenings of the media king's new biopic, ``Private Parts.''

Filmgoers at United Artists Warner Center on Friday unanimously agreed that Stern's much-ballyhooed screen debut, which also stars Paul Giamatti (Kenny) and Mary McCormack (Alison Stern) as well as the familiar radio crew, was a sure-fire comedy hit.

Fans also said that even if Stern is embraced by the mainstream media and Hollywood's big guns, the morning motor mouth will never lose his edge.

``The movie was not only Woody Allen-esque, it showed tremendous wit. I'd even take my kids to see it. I heard the script went through dozens of rewrites, and all that work is evident on screen. The story of Stern's life shows people they can make it through perseverance, hard work and honesty.''

- Sal Somma, 40, Chatsworth

``I think Howard just doubled his fans.''

- Brian Jaye, 46, Thousand Oaks

``I think the film shows the real Howard Stern. You can tell the guy you hear on the radio is putting on an act. I understand him and the show better now.''

- Joel Balbien, 42, Calabasas (shown with his wife, Linda)

``I thought `Private Parts' was great. I listen to Stern all the time on the radio. Sometimes, I don't want to get out of my car when he's on. He's a kind of escapism. But I don't think he'll ever lose his edge.''

- Sharon Wardman, 53, Calabasas

``It was great. He started the whole new thing of being a disc jockey; now everybody is trying to copy him.''

- Frank Darr, 30, Woodland Hills

``I had to be dragged. (Howard Stern) is a pig, but the movie slightly changed my mind because he explained himself.''

- Marlo Darr, 29, Woodland Hills

``I am a Howard Stern fan. On the radio he's dirty and raunchy, (but) this movie is pretty good. People are going to see a side (they) haven't seen before, a good side.''

- John Jackson, 37, Canoga Park

``The movie is mature and well done. It didn't have to be raunchy to be funny, but it was funny and I laughed.''

- Trixie Kimball, 28, Woodland Hills.

``It was better than I expected. It kept up the real sleaze, it was honest about everything, and it was funny.''

- Toby Belsky, 45, Woodland Hills

``It was really funny. You don't have to listen to like it. My mom would like it. It was very honest.''

- Lulu Bea, 25, Woodland Hills

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Photo: (1) Filmgoers at one nearby theater agreed that Howard Stern's much-ballyhooed screen debut was a sure-fire comedy hit.

(2) Sal Somma

(3) Sharon Wardman

(4) Frank Darr

(5) Marlo Darr

(6) Brian Jaye

(7) Lulu Bea
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Title Annotation:L.A. LIFE
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Mar 9, 1997
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