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Beverly Hills Doctor


Living in Los Angeles does have its perks.  Today I went to my doctor for my yearly checkup, hoping to be told that that my cholesterol went down.  As usual, Doctor Fishbeck kept me waiting in the examining room for a half hour while I looked through his Golf magazines from 2001.  The door opened and the doctor bounced in, seeming to be in a better mood than usual.

"Well, hello Neil!  How’s the blogging going?"

"Very well, Doctor Fishbeck." 

"How are you?  How’s your golf?"

"Excellent, excellent.  I’m so glad you made an appointment for today.  You see, you’re here on a very special day. "

"I am?"

"Absolutely.  I’ve been invited to participate in a new reality show for the Discovery Channel." 


"It’s called "Doctoring with the Stars."  Seven celebrities are teamed up with seven Beverly Hills doctors, and each week the celebrity becomes "the doctor" and his work is judged by two prominent surgeons from Cedars Sinai and UCLA… and the third judge is the guy who played a doctor… on that TV show, Saint Elsewhere… he’s also a comedian…"

"Howie Mandel?"

"Howie Mandel, right."

"Let me see if I get this.  You’re teamed up with a celebrity, too?"

Suddenly, a man with a familiar face entered the room.  He was carrying a huge basket of Mrs. Fields cookies.  On the side of the basket, it read "from your friends at Pfizer."

It was Donny Osmond.

"Two lovely girls just brought this to you, Doctor Fishbeck," said Donny Osmond.  "They said for you to remember lunch tomorrow… and something about meeting your quota with the Prozac."

Doctor Fishbeck laughed uncomfortably.

"Ha ha ha!  Those jokesters!"

Donny Osmond looked concerned on moral grounds.

"Doctors don’t really push this stuff just because of these cute sales reps, do they?"

"Of course not."

Donny Osmond sighed, in relief.  But I was getting concerned.

"Doctor Fishbeck, didn’t you tell me the last time I was here that I should go on Prozac because I was having sinus headaches."

"No.  That’s because you were depressed, Neil."

"But I’m not depressed."

"Are you back yet with Sophia?"


"Get a good job yet?"


"I just read about that blogger Opinionista, who revealed her identity and now has a book deal.  Do you have a book deal?"


"You know, Neil.  You look depressed.  Let me write you out another prescription for Prozac."

"I didn’t like Prozac.  It made my penis numb."

"Are you having any sex lately?"


"So what’s the difference?  Prozac it is."

Donny Osmond claps, impressed with the doctor.

"I’m so lucky to be teamed with you, Doctor Fishbeck.  I’m learning so much about being a doctor.  Alyssa Milano really hates the doctor she’s been teamed up with."

"Donny Osmond, meet Neil Kramer.  He will be your patient today."

"Uh, nice to meet you Mr. Osmond, but I’m not really sure… how much training have you had again?"

"Three days.  It’s just episode one.  The finale is an operation.  But that’s a few weeks away.  Do you by chance need an operation?"

"Don’t worry about the operation, Donny!," said Doctor Fishbeck.  It will be a breeze!  I’ve seen you as host of Pyramid.  Cool as a cucumber. "

"Thanks for the confidence, Doctor Fishbeck."

"Neil, I’m going to leave you with Donny Osmond.  I mean Dr. Osmond."

As Doctor Fishbeck exits, two cameramen and a boom operator enter the room.  Donny Osmond takes out a notebook, reading from it.

"OK, Neil, take down your pants and I’m going to ask you to cough."

"Is my HMO going to cover this?"

"What’s an HMO?"


  1. jungle_jane

    god what a TOTAL waste of a crackpot doctor. i want to live in LA and i want the prozac you turned your nose up at.

  2. Sammy

    And pray tell, how WAS it coughing with a camera on you?

  3. matahari3

    First time here. Very funny.

  4. matahari3

    P.S. I LOVE Patrick Dempsey.

  5. HighMaintenanceHussy

    Oh, Neil, that’s just classic. I think this is one of my favorites so far. It’s got everything: celebrities, social satire and penile numbness. Well done. 🙂

    One of my best friends back home is a drug rep. She makes a killing, and shakes it the entire time.

    Is Donny a little bit rock n roll and a little bit scared of malpractice?

  6. Spirit Of Owl

    That’s one freakin hilarious sketch! 😀

  7. Alissa

    Donny Osmond? Is he even still alive????

  8. amanda

    i love mrs. fields. and grey’s anatomy. and neil kramer.

  9. M.A.

    Are you on the B list yet?

  10. Marisa

    Very funny. I’m not certain why, but it brought to mind the fact that Dr. Fleiss (father of Heid) was my pediatrician when I was little.

  11. Elisabeth

    Holly shit. This was brilliant. Neil, you’re a god!

  12. Heather B.

    Classic Neil. Classic.

  13. trix

    I was never hot for Donny. I was, however, in love with the baby brother, Jimmy.

  14. The Moviequill

    ‘take down your pants and I’m going to ask you to cough.”.. my dentist once asked this of me but thats a whole other story

  15. JJ


  16. Carly

    Is it wrong that I didn’t think this was out of the realm of possibilities?

  17. Pants

    I received an autographed Donny Osmond cd for Christmas.

    Did he leave you with some shitty stuff you can sell on eBay, or just a sick feeling in your tummy?

  18. Leesa

    Dr. Osmond?? I’ll pass. Another great post, Neil 🙂

  19. Sandra

    Better Donny than Marie Osmond, anyway. I seem to remember several points at which she wasn’t so stable.

    Actually, how great would it be if they could do the doctor thing Nip/Tuck style — as in, pick celebs to be partners at a doctor’s office. The possibilities are endless…I’d kind of like to see John Tesh and Bobby Brown together, maybe.

  20. AWE

    My wife was an extra one time on “Grey’s Anatomy”, you could see her walking up the stairway.

    I hope Donny didn’t have both hands on the table when he told you to cough.

  21. Laura

    He’s a little bit rock ‘n roll. And he’s also Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. How lucky you are, Neil!!!

  22. Dagny

    Thank you for the good laugh.

  23. 3rdtimesacharm( 3T )

    ROFLMAO! Freaking Hilarious. Thanks for the laughs!


  24. Hope

    Are you saying it might have been a bad idea to let Danny Bonaduce perform a gynecological exam on me?

  25. Brooke

    Is this some sort of secret Donny Osmond fantasy? I have one similar to it with Patrick Dempsey. Only nobody else is around and I’m wearing a paper robe.

  26. Nance

    …but were they chocolate chip? C’mon, Neil! You’re a WRITER, fergodsakes! Where’s the deets, man?

  27. Neil

    You’re right, Nance. Lazy writing. It wasn’t just cookies either. It was a 14 1/4″ tall gift bundle with 24 chocolate chip cookies, 12 brownies, a choc. chip mini cake, 2 cut-outs, a ½ lb. package of Jelly Belly® jelly beans, 6 popcorn clusters, a ¼ lb. package of mixed nuts & a 2 oz. coffee pack.

    By the way, my real family doctor, who was also a doctor in the Vietnam War, is not new to Hollywood. He once sold a story idea to M*A*S*H.

  28. Edgy Mama

    I’m so sorry, Neil. Donny Osmond? Je-sus.

  29. better safe than sorry

    i had a huge crush on donny osmond when he was a teen idol, glad to see he’s still “working”

  30. jaimie

    As you know, I’m from LA. When my mother went into labor with me, her ob/gyn was no where to be found. Turned out he was playing golf. Oh well, I made it out anyway.

  31. bella

    Justifying reasons to avoid the doctor’s office. But excellent hilarity at the idea of having Donny Osmond as your doctor. 🙂

  32. kristarella

    Oh my goodness! My first time here, that was freakin’ hilarious! Nice one Neil.

  33. LisaBinDaCity

    Shoot, you have all the fun. How come that crap never happened to me when I lived in LA?!

  34. Inland Empress

    Count your blessings. My cousin’s a hand surgeon in Beverly Hills and they paired him with Gary Coleman.

  35. He's Dead, Jim!

    They don’t do that stuff here in NYC. The doctors are already celebrities.

  36. Student Nurse

    I am shocked, infuriated, insulted and just darn right disappointed that you didn’t cast me in this sketch. What good is a Dr. theme without the drop dead gorgeous NURSE!!!

    Shame on you Neil.

    You owe me one, and it’s gonna be good *winks* We’ll talk.

  37. Judi

    ROFLMAO! I need to drop by more often – you never disappoint!

  38. Kestrel

    You know, I can never quite tell where reality ends and begins with you. Are you serious? 🙂

  39. Melissa

    I have no idea what any of this said… I got lost after the picture of Dr. McDreamy.

  40. Peach

    Haven’t seen it…only Trailers.

    But from past history, I can’t see what the big deal is with these M.D, E.R type of shows. ESPECIALLY when they are sooo Celebrity and Beverly Hills-ish oriented. I find it unrealistic and boring….rather watch Discovery HD or KCET.
    Actually a lot of T.V. is boring to watch, But to watch something that isn’t even as well done as a ‘B’ movie…… it’s just another Soap Opera…Yes I am a T.V. Snob.

  41. Peach

    But……..I do love your skit, Neil.
    Maybe you should write for T.V and oust those Producers for ‘Beverly Hills Doctor’!

  42. danielle

    Oh how I miss LA…

  43. Bill

    “Well, Doctor Donny, I have a problem with this vacuum attachment …”

    For some reason, I can’t see that.

  44. Jack

    I’ll see you at the Emmys.

  45. helen

    I’ll take note when this program (esp your pants dropping scene) is aired on Discovery….

  46. psychotoddler

    LOL Neil!

    It’s hard to believe you never went to Med School!

  47. Betsy

    I wouldn’t mind “Doctor Donny.” He can be my doc any time. Especially in that loincloth!

  48. Lita

    Donny Osmond —-Hot as ever!!!!

  49. Baby

    Where’s the part about Donny taking me into the supply closet? Oooh, I love it!

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