Inside the Mind of James Lipton

9/7/2007 2:48 PM PDT
When James Lipton speaks, you just gotta listen! How does he do that?!

The "Inside the Actor's Studio" host was interviewed outside the Ivy last night -- uh, what's he doing there?! Lipton was asked by TMZ how he would conduct an on-the-spot interview for his show, and Lipton elegantly responded that he prepares two weeks in advance for each guest, and therefore wouldn't be able to perform. No spontaneous remarks for this man!

The gracious host, who could double for Rip Torn, seems to make everything around him just a bit classier -- and he turns 81 this month! Take that, Grim Reaper!