A Night At The Museum...
It was a sentimental journey last week at a special sneak peek at the construction of the long-delayed Museum Of Broadcast Communications. Anyone who was anybody in Chicago media was there to celebrate with museum honcho Bruce DuMont as he looked to raise funds to officially open his beloved broadcast showplace before the end of the year. I was a special guest of DuMont's and my former ventriloquist partner, Charlie McCarthy, and I were one of the featured displays. Sure, it was a little odd to be sitting in a glass case most of the night and having people gawk at me, but Charlie and I had a bird's eye view of all the media mavens partying. It was also fun to see other fellow puppets there too, including Bill Jackson's Dirty Dragon and Mother Plumtree, and of course, my famous pals from the past Kukla and Ollie. I promised him I wouldn't tell anyone, but it's just too hard to resist Channel 32 anchorman and Chicago nostalgia-lover, Bob Sirott, missed Bucket Number One playing the famous "Bozo's Grand prize game" using the original Bozo buckets. Also, I "over-Snerd" DuMont talking to Chicago news legends Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson and gauging their interest in possibly erecting (and paying out of their own pockets) wax likenesses of the two anchors sitting at the old Channel 2 news desk. I later spied Channel 9 weather wizard Tom Skilling enjoying the shrimp toast appetizers, and I overheard Channel 5 weather gal Ginger Zee quietly ask a friend, "So, what IS this place and who are THESE people? Why is everyone gushing about memories of this Ray Rayner guy, and someone named Thomas Frazier (Frazier Thomas) and his goose puppet with a crown? Am I missing something?" You had to have lived through it, Ginger...
The New York Yankees not only invaded Wrigley Field over the weekend, but my "Baseball Annies" tell me that the "Bronx Bombers" also hit many of Chicago hot spots. Yankee superstar Alex Rodriguez was tripping the light fantastic at The Underground after Saturday's game with his "girlfriend" Cameron Diaz nowhere to be seen. But no matter, the stud and slugger had plenty of women offering to playfully hand-feed him popcorn in the club's roped VIP section. And though hunky Derek Jeter didn't play in the series due to an injury, it didn't stop him from playing hard at Hub 51. The good-looking shortstop was so mobbed by women of all ages, he reportedly started handing out numbered tickets for all the women to shake give him a kiss. There must be something about men in pinstripes...
The Colbert Commencement
Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert returned to Our Town last week to deliver the commencement address at his college alma mater, Northwestern University in Evanston. My campus critters tell me that Colbert attended a raucous dorm party the night before the graduation ceremony, which found Colbert reliving his college days and in full "Animal House" mode. He was seen sucking down bowls of cherry jello shots, doing beer bongs with frat boys, yelling "Toga!" as he joyously waved his red plastic beer cup in a conga line, and then lead the jammed dorm room in a loud, ten-minute chant of "Jon Stewart sucks!" Later, lost a bet to a bunch of beautiful young co-eds when he bragged he could eat 50 hard-boiled eggs, and the gals ordered Colbert to go pants-less under his graduation gown during his commencement speech. I "over-Snerd" Colbert made good on the bet, but no one had the guts to look under his gown for proof. Is that a graduation tassel in your gown, or are you just happy to see me?
Steve Martin Short
Comedy titans, Steve Martin and Martin Short, in town last week to headline the TBS "Just For Laughs" comedy festival, were heard arguing just hours before their performance. It seems the duo hadn't prepared for their appearance, and they were scrambling for material at the last minute. When Short suggested he "interview" Martin as his clueless and fawning Jiminy Glick character, Martin grumbled, "Oh, geez, not that." To which Short sharply retorted, "Oh, well, EXCUUUUSE MEEEEE! Then maybe I'll come out with a banjo and an arrow through my head!" Steve, stung by Short's insult retorted, "OK, then I'll slick my hair into a point, hike my pants up to my chest and scream, "Oh, I love Pat Sajak, I must say!" Short then yelled, "You know, Steve, you're a real jerk!" To which Martin calmly said, "I'm glad you liked my movie." The two furious funnymen continued to make sarcastic remarks about each other's famous characters and trademark comedy bits right up until the curtain parted when the two walked on stage smiling and hugging one another. Ah, the wild and crazy world of showbiz, I must say
gotta love it!
These prominent Chicago personalities didn't necessarily do anything noteworthy this week, but they are all "fan-tantabulous" and I know how much they love seeing their names in gossip columns, so here's a big, wet, showbiz "air kiss" to some of Our Kinda Town's local treasures: Sugar Rautbord, Stedman Graham, Jimmy Bannos, Tom Dreesen, Adrian Zmed, Richard Marx, Bonnie Hunt, Desiree Rogers, Alpana Singh, Grant DePorter, Donna LaPietra, Phil Stefani, Johnny Damon, Billy Dec, Graham Elliot, Amanda Puck, Steve Lombardo, and Bunky Cushing.
Not celebrating a birthday anymore: Legendary E Street Band sax man, Clarence "The Big Man" Clemons, 69; breathless.
Until next time, keep venting!
SNERD - June 20, 2011
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