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Boat Show Drops Anchor

The Progressive Insurance St Louis Boat & Sportshow is at America’s Center March 4th through 8th.  You’ll find fishing boats, luxury cruisers, stars of Tru TV’s “Way Out West”, scuba diving, the Texas Bass Tank, and lots more.  I spoke today with show manager Mark Adams. Read More »

Why Eddie didn’t do Cosby

Norm Macdonald took to Twitter last night to share a behind-the-scenes account of Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary special.  Eddie Murphy was in talks to impersonate Bill Cosby is Celebrity Jeopardy, a skit Macdonald wrote and originally created for the show.  But Murphy turned down the gig the day before the Sunday telecast.  Kenan Thompson played Cosby in the sketch ... Read More »

Song to become children’s book

Pharrell Williams has signed a book deal to turn his song “Happy” into a book for kids.  He agreed to write four new books for young readers starting with one inspired by his hit song.  The book will feature photos of children from around the world “celebrating what it means to be happy.”  The “Happy” book will be published September ... Read More »

New Cure for Tattoo Regret

A vanishing cream for tattoos is now a reality.  Researchers have developed a pain-free treatment to erase bad tats.  The lotion targets cells that have been colored by the tattooing process and is said to be safer than lasers, which are currently used to remove unwanted ink.  While lasers break down ink particles in tattoos that are eventually absorbed into ... Read More »

What makes the modern woman feel alive?

Researchers surveyed women to see what excited them and what drained them.  First, the exciting things: 1.  Going on vacation    41% said this was their fav. 2.  Having sex     26% 3.  Exercising or playing a sport    26% 4.  Eating good food    25% 5.  Shopping    21% 6.  Meeting friends for a drink    20% 7.  Attending a live concert    18% 8.  Grabbing ... Read More »

Def Leppard coming to town

The band with the one-armed drummer has announced a North American summer tour with Styx and Tesla.  The 48-city trek will begin July 23rd in Tampa, Florida and end October 4th in Bismarck, North Dakota.  The tour will hit Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Friday, September 4th.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, February 21st at noon. Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell is ... Read More »

Jon Stewart and Brian Williams to swap gigs

OK, just kidding.  Jon Stewart did just announce he will leave Comedy Central’s Daily Show later this year, but he has no aspirations to anchor NBC Nightly News.  Personally, I think he’d do a fine job. Brian Williams is on a 6 month unpaid leave of absence from the news desk due to at least one statement he made on-air ... Read More »

How long should you wait?

What is the proper number of dates to go on before having sex with someone new?  According to a worldwide survey, the average is 3.54.  But you can round up to 4 to be safe! The survey also found the accents that people find to be most attractive are British, American, Irish, Australian and French in that order. Websites and ... Read More »

Irony? Karma??

Ozzy Osbourne will have to pay $27,400 to have an infestation of bats removed from his home.  The bats have been living there since May but Ozzy finally got permission to remove them.  If he had removed them illegally he’d be facing a fine of up to $7,600 per bat or a 6 month jail sentence. On January 20, 1982, ... Read More »

Steve Carell Rejected by SNL

Not only was Steve Carell rejected after auditioning for Saturday Night Live, but the same fate befell Lisa Kudrow and Stephen Colbert!  The show’s producer Lorne Michaels revealed these startling facts in “The Hollywood Reporter” in an interview about SNL’s 40th anniversary.  And when he was asked which season he’d like to do over, he chose 1985’s season 11 which ... Read More »