By Sunny Lee
Updated October 19, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT

Inside the Actors Studio

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Bravo airs ”Inside the Actors Studio’s” 100th interview Oct. 14. Will Martin Short’s Comedy Central yakfest last as long? You decide.

JAMES LIPTON

TYPICAL QUESTION ”If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?”

SIGNATURE PROP A pile of index cards

MAJOR SIDELINE Published An Exaltation of Larks, a dictionary of collective nouns, in 1968

INTERVIEW STYLE Studious preparation begets surprise questions, as when he asked Geena Davis about the purple footprints pasted on her childhood bedroom ceiling.

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT Five consecutive Emmy nominations

JIMINY GLICK

TYPICAL QUESTION ”What do you think about what I just said to you?”

SIGNATURE PROP A pile of crackers

MAJOR SIDELINE Claims to have once appeared on Barnaby Jones

INTERVIEW STYLE Poor planning — and ignorance — begets surprise questions, as when he asked ”Dharma & Greg’s” Jenna Elfman if she was in ”Jaws;” cramming jelly beans into his mouth.

CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT His family: wife Dixie; sons Morgan, Mason, Matthew, and Modine

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