The kudos keep pouring in for Andrew Dice Clay. Not only that, but Dice is still breaking all the rules and proving he is the undisputed heavyweight comedy king.
At this year’s Pollstar Concert Industry Awards, held February 7th at Nokia Theatre, Dice held the entire audience captive with a totally unplanned and unexpected performance.
Dice had agreed to be a presenter and not perform because The Smothers Brothers, who were the hosts, were promised that no other comedians would be performing on the award show besides themselves.
That’s all Dice had to hear; he swore he was going to make a performance that no one in the audience was going to forget.
And you should have seen the horror on the faces from the Award show organizers and some of the presenters backstage like The Smothers Brothers, Donovan, Juliette Lewis and Debbie Gibson. The only thing Tommy Smothers could muster after Dice’s impromptu performance was, “What the fuck!”
But Dice knew what he was doing all the time. To quote Pollstar.com, “…the big surprise was Andrew Dice Clay. After psyching himself up backstage, the Diceman provided 10 minutes of new material that pretty much killed. Certainly, some in the audience were offended, but that’s to be expected from the only comic to be permanently banned from MTV!”
At the end of evening, concert promoters from around the country were telling Dice how he “made the entire night” and asking “how soon can we book you?”
Afterwards, Dice told his agent, “Did you expect anything else from me. We will be playing arenas before you know it!”
PLAYMATES TOYS ANNOUNCES ‘STAR TREK’ MOVIE LINE
Former Star Trek licensee returns to the brand that helped put them on the map for 2009′s ‘Star Trek’ reboot
PLAYMATES TOYS BEAMS UP ALL NEW TOYS BASED ON PARAMOUNT’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED FEATURE FILM
COSTA MESA, CA In celebration of the highly-anticipated premiere of Paramount’s upcoming feature film Star Trek, debuting May 2009, Playmates Toys will launch a collectible line-up of all new toys that capture the cutting-edge look and feel of the new adventure, including highly detailed, articulated figures, vehicles, playsets and role play toys. Arriving on store shelves in Spring 2009, the first phase of the new Star Trek toys will include: three scales of life-like, fully-articulated action figures (3.75″, 6″ and 9″) and accessories; a special 12″ scale of collector figures; and iconic vehicles, such as the USS Enterprise with realistic features and details. Additionally, the line will include basic role play toys and deluxe versions boasting exciting electronic features; amazing and intricate playsets that are compatible with the 3.75″ action figures; and more.
“We are proud to represent Star Trek, an important entertainment event, with highly-detailed and intricately designed new toys,” said Pat Linden, Sr. Director of Boys Marketing at Playmates Toys. “With a full line of figures, vehicles, playsets and role-play toys, fans of all ages can relive their favorite moments from the feature film again and again.” With an exciting new theatrical release and Playmates Toys extensive product line-up, Star Trek will continue its mission to “boldly go where no one has gone before,” attracting a new generation of fans. Playmates Toys, Inc., is among the most well respected and innovative marketing and distribution companies in the global toy industry with a proven history in both the creation of innovative and imaginative products as well as the development and management of profitable, long-term brand franchises.
I have been saying this for a few years now. Where has all the ice gone? No one plays pond hockey anymore and I used to play from November all the way to April sometimes! No Global warming my ass! – Bryan
NY Times: IN the New England of my youth, back when we still had winter, ice the kind you skate on was as reliable as the calendar. It usually turned up overnight, smooth and glistening, the week after Thanksgiving, and it lasted, with perhaps a minor thaw or two, until Washington’s Birthday at least. What you did every day back then was skate which is to say, play hockey. After school, your mom dropped you off at the pond, the lake, the frozen river, the flooded playground, and she picked you up when it was dark. On Saturdays she made you a baloney sandwich to take along, but by the time you remembered to eat it, it was frozen hard as a puck.
Almost no one skates outdoors in New England anymore. People seldom do it even in Canada or Minnesota. For hockey players the indoor area has long replaced the backyard rink or the frozen prairie slough as the incubator of future talent, and even in those northerly climes skatable outdoor ice has become an uncertain commodity. Around here it’s like oil, so scarce that its value goes up every year.
Read the full article www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/17RPond.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=sloginhere.
Breaking the Drug Taboo: Group of Traumatized Veterans Get Ecstasy Treatment
An experimental study that treats PTSD veterans with the drug MDMA could make life after war a lot more livable.
“We need to be positioning ourselves now to provide the assistance that our veterans need,” said House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) during a hearing, called “Stopping Suicides: Examining the Mental Health Challenges Facing the Department of Veterans Affairs,” held in December 2007. “Not only for those brave men and women who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, but also for our veterans from previous conflicts. We cannot afford to put this issue off.”
Filner’s choice of words is instructive, as are his sentiments: With upwards of 25 million veterans in the United States, not counting those overseas in the morally murky theater of Iraq and Afghanistan who may return home sometime after the 2008 presidential election, that’s a lot of assistance and funding needed to head off what he called a “rate of veteran suicide that has reached epidemic proportions,” to the point that it has doubled the suicide rate of civilians. Safeguards already put into place have failed, for a variety of reasons, and given the severity of the mental and physical problems carried by returning soldiers, some daring out-of-the-box thinking is not only desperately needed, but required.
Enter the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), and its currently funded trials using 3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine — otherwise known as MDMA, or ecstasy — to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Although the U.S. Army had carried out lethal dose studies of MDMA back in the 1950s, work which was not classified until the close of the 1960s, it was only centered on animals and was mixed in with a variety of other compounds. At the closure of that research, MDMA languished in clinical obscurity until its rise as a club drug in the ’80s and ’90s brought it the kind of attention that dooms better drugs to Schedule I classifications — that is, illegality — and lesser drugs to approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But MAPS founder and president Rick Doblin became aware of MDMA in 1982, and since then has been convinced of its therapeutic uses. Accordingly, his organization has coordinated and/or funded recent studies into MDMA treatment of PTSD and has its eyes set on a higher goal.
To read the full article, click www.alternet.org/drugreporter/76576/ HERE .
Or so she thought…
Man, 19, convinced girl, 15, that he was vampire-werewolf hybrid before they had sex.
A Pottsville man convinced a 15-year-old girl he was part werewolf and part vampire before sexually assaulting her, police say.
Kristian Allen Carl, 19, also believed he was a supernatural mixed breed, police say.
“He convinced himself he was a hybrid — a combination werewolf and vampire,” Pottsville police Sgt. James Joos said. “He had convinced the girl he was, too.”
To prove to police he was indeed a genuine vampire/werewolf, Carl “showed me his canine teeth,” Joos said. “I let him know that all mammals, including humans, have canine teeth.”
Joos said Carl also told police he had a “guardian dragon that protected him from evildoers.”
Carl was charged with statutory sexual assault after admitting he had sexual intercourse with the girl, who told police he was her boyfriend, on Nov. 14, 2007, according to an affidavit Joos filed with District Judge Charles Moran of Pottsville.
Carl knew the girl’s age and was aware he could “get in trouble” for having sex with a girl under age 16, Joos wrote. Carl told police he had met the girl the previous night and the two went to a friend’s apartment to spend the night.
Moran on Jan. 29 found sufficient evidence to order Carl to face Schuylkill County Court on the charges. Carl remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail, Joos said.
“He’s being held culpable for his actions,” Joos said.
Britney Spears is out, Posh Spice is in as a lyric for the Lady in the Lake in the Broadway musical “Monty Python’s Spamalot.”
Asked why the lyric was changed in the song “Diva’s Lament,” “Spamalot” author Eric Idle said Tuesday in an e-mail:
“Because we don’t laugh at sad people. Mike Nichols (the show’s director) requested it and he’s right. We changed the lyrics in London, on tour, on Broadway and in Las Vegas. We think that it’s now too sad. Britney Spears is being tortured to death and we don’t want to be on that side.”
The changes went into the various companies last week.
What the Lady in the Lady (currently played on Broadway by Hannah Waddingham) once sang:
“I am sick of my career
Always stuck in second gear
Up to here with frustration and with fears
I’ve no Grammy no rewards
I’ve no Tony Awards
I’m constantly replaced by Britney Spears
It’s been replaced by:
“My love life is a mess
I’ve got constant PMS
My career is about as hot as ice
They hate me there backstage
They say I’m too old for my age
They’re trying to replace me with Posh Spice
With Posh Spice!!”
Blind golfer hits hole-in-one
A 92-year-old blind golfer has hit a hole-in-one in Florida.
Leo Fiyalko was playing a 110-yard, par-3 hole in Clearwater, reports the St Petersburg Times.
“It was my first hole-in-one, and I never saw it,” he said. “I was just trying to put the ball on the green.”
Mr Fiyalko once played to a seven handicap but he began suffering macular degeneration 10 years ago.
He is now legally blind and needs help lining up his shots and finding his golf balls.
Read the full article www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2709037.html?menu=news.quirkieshere.
Ikea’s flat-pack village
Ikea has built Britain’s first flat-pack village.
And nearly all of the 93 timber-framed homes have been snapped up by first-time buyers, reports the Daily Mirror.
The new owners, who are due to move in next month, will not be facing a DIY nightmare as the homes have been assembled for them.
The 36 flats and 57 houses range in price from 90,000 to 160,000.
Read the full article www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_2707218.html?menu=news.quirkieshere.
I used to think groundhogs are cute, but man, I’ve had it with this whole winter thing. – Jeff
PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. – Brace yourself for more wintry weather. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Saturday, leading the groundhog to forecast six more weeks of winter.
The rodent was pulled from his stump by members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Inner Circle, top-hat- and tuxedo-wearing businessmen who carry out the tradition.
Read the full story news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080202/ap_on_re_us/groundhog_day;_ylt=AvRRC8B8oHf6XQz5aYZvVPh34T0Dhere.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. military is developing contingency plans to deal with the possibility that a large spy satellite expected to fall to Earth in late February or early March could hit North America.
Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, who heads of U.S. Northern Command, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the size of the satellite suggests that some number of pieces will not burn up as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere and will hit the ground.
“We’re aware that this satellite is out there,” Renuart said. “We’re aware it is a fairly substantial size. And we know there is at least some percentage that it could land on ground as opposed to in the water.”
Read the full article news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080129/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/dead_satellitehere.
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