Thursday, March 7, 2013 | 3:13 p.m.
It’s about to be the biggest splash comedian Louie Anderson has made in his life. The Las Vegas resident and former Palace Station headliner is joining nine other celebrities who will dive from a three-story springboard.
“Each week, the celebrities really look fear in the face as they leap off the 10-meter high dive,” said Greg Louganis, the world’s most decorated and medaled Olympic diving legend.
The new ABC series “Splash” premieres March 19, and Louie has been training with Greg and the cast. He has relinquished his standup run at Palace Station and after the show embarks on a spring and summer cross-country comedy tour.
On the show, based on the European success of “Celebrity Splash,” Louie will compete at the dizzying heights on regulation platform and springboards. He will be paired with the other celebrities for synchronized stunts that will have him flipping, twisting and spinning into the pool.
There will be a weekly poolside audience, and judges David Boudia, U.S. gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, and Olympic athlete and USA Dive Team director Steve Foley will critique each dive.
Two glamour girls are certain to attract attention: Holly Madison’s “The Girls Next Door” co-star and friend Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and 2012 Miss Alabama USA Katherine Webb, who finished in the Top 10 of the 2012 Miss USA Pageant here at Planet Hollywood.
Katherine, who was photographed for the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, was the center of a controversy after ESPN anchor Brent Musburger made comments about Alabama quarterback boyfriend A.J. McCarron and her.
The other cast members are NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nickelodeon star and singer Drake Bell, Chelsea Handler’s late-night sidekick and Las Vegas regular Chuy Bravo, extreme skier Rory “Bushy” Bushfield, actress Keshia Knight Pulliam (“The Cosby Show”), Nicole Eggert (“Baywatch”) and Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions.
We’ll have an interview with Louie shortly before the premiere episode along with more photos from the training facility in Pasadena, Calif. Meantime, we wish Louie good luck as he faces his fears on the high-dive board.
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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