Cloris Leachman’s secret: 'Humor, humor, humor' 

It’s really hard to say no to Cloris Leachman.

If, say, an energetic journalist from a fine publication (insert “San Francisco Examiner” here) helps spearhead a Facebook campaign to get her to host “Saturday Night Live” next season, she, in turn, says she would consider scouting out potential dates for the writer.

Not a bad deal, actually. “But,” Leachman jokes before her laugh takes over. “I’m shy ... so they would have to ask me [to host], and if they do, I may say yes.”

Move over, Betty White.

For now, the Oscar-winning (“The Last Picture Show”), Emmy-nabbing (“Mary Tyler Moore,” “Malcolm in the Middle”) all-around entertainer — who has turned as many heads with her hilarity as Frau Blucher in “Young Frankenstein” in the 1970s as she has this decade on “Dancing With the Stars” — is keeping busy with a new endeavor.

Dubbed “Cloris: A One-Woman Show,” it hits the Rrazz Room on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to tell you about it,” Leachman insists. “I don’t want to ruin anything.” Although a few moments later, she melts. “It’s sweet and darling, funny and informative, and ... surprising.”

Expect her to perform on the piano — something she learned when she was a teenager — sing and share humorous tales about her life.

“I don’t know how I’ve made the leap from one thing to another,” she says. “And I always land — somehow.”

Talent and having the ability to adapt has something do with it. This fall, she’ll have a guest stint on a new Fox comedy from Greg Garcia (“My Name is Earl”) called “Raising Hope,” about a 20-something forced to raise a child on his own. Leachman plays a spirited grandmother.

But there are far more important things she wants to talk about. “I have more answers than you have questions,” she quips.

Her advice to today’s young stars? “Don’t get pregnant.”

And of her ever-rising celebrity, especially now, when she’s in her 80s? “People hire me to do the strangest things, as you must agree, but I am not insane,” Leachman says. “I am just as crazy as the world is, so I just go along with it. I don’t get stressed. I just breathe and take a breath.”

That leaves one thing: The secret to her success. “Humor, humor, humor,” she cracks before adding, “No fear!”


Cloris: A One-Woman Show

Where: Rrazz Room, Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco
When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays; no show June 8; closes June 13
Tickets: $40 to $45
Contact: (866) 468-3399,

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