Thursday, April 11, 2013 | 2:29 p.m.
A quick Los Angeles trip put a crimp in my plans to post my exclusive interview with NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. He makes his Strip debut June 28 at The Mirage. Terry will mix comedy with storytelling and singing with six backup musicians and four glamour girl singers for his new live stage production “America’s Favorite Dumb Blond -- A Life in Four Quarters.” We’ll post the Q+A next week, and you’ll be amazed by the candid revelations.
Terry told me it took him three years to finally say yes to the contract because of stage fright and fears of combating his ADD problems of staying focused. “I’ve been off the medicine for two years but have to now resume taking it so I can stay focused,” he admitted. “It may be impossible to have an actual script I’d follow because I go all over the place with my nonstop thoughts going one to the other without knowing I didn’t complete the first.”
He’s had a new song -- one of six or seven in the show -- written to shamelessly plug his line of baked beans! He sang it for me; it’s hilarious, and even he laughed out loud before completing it.
GUEST COLUMN: Be sure to read my friend Robert Davi’s guest column today while I’m in L.A. for the launch of Grace Robbins’ new biography “Cinderella & the Carpetbagger,” a fact-based, ribald, unashamed sexy romp through the rich and famous of Beverly Hills. Grace will be with me in Las Vegas next weekend for a similar Q+A at Barnes & Noble.
Meantime, Robert will race from his show with Don Rickles at The Orleans on Saturday night to MGM Grand to join his pals Chazz Palmintieri and Steve Schirripa sitting in the star-studded crowd celebrating the joint 80th birthdays of Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine raising funds for Keep Memory Alive.
Robert stars in the new movie “The Iceman” with Wynona Ryder, James Franco and Ray Liotta next month and then in “The Great Chameleon” with Stacy Keach later this year. He’ll receive a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Canada on June 15.
THE ROAST: Austin “Chumlee” Russell” of “Pawn Stars” might be added last minute to the “Showbiz Roast” of “perennially suntanned” Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie on April 23 at The Stratosphere. Dennis Bono, former Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt’s husband, has been added to the lineup, along with Tropicana headliner magician Murray Sawchuck and local TV personality Dayna Roselli.
In the memo that went out to us roasters Wednesday, producer Andy Walmsley said: “Chris will sit in the Chair of Doom. Each of the 12 roasters will perform a three-minute ‘brutally funny’ piece of original humor with ‘cursing and swearing permitted’ and OK’d by the casino. After the attacks, Chris closes the show with his own assault and a song with the onstage band.” Bet on plenty of rim shots! Editor at Large John Katsilometes and yours truly will represent the Fourth Estate at the roast, and we’re ready for the rejoinders to be as cruel as the ones we’ll serve up.
Folk musician Arlo Guthrie brings his “Here Comes the Kid” show saluting his famous and legendary dad Woody Guthrie to The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
Comedian Andrew Dice Clay is back at Vinyl in The Hard Rock Hotel for another four-day run of four-letter-word humor.
New Order and guest Johnny Marr performs at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
It’s a head-to-head battle between two beloved rival comedians as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno duke it out on the Strip this weekend. Plus, Whoopi Goldberg and Chris Tucker provide laughs at KMA, and is Rihanna going pantless at Mandalay Bay on Friday night?
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
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