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A party replete with Carrot Top, ‘AGT’ contestants, a couple of Blue Men, deep-fried Oreos … oh, and the Super Bowl


John Katsilometes

Some of the guests under the tent at Jeff Molitz’s annual Super Bowl party. Can you spot the emerging Vegas band? Or the ‘N Sync member?

You know when you happen upon Carrot Top over by the mac-and-cheese warmer that you are not attending a typical Super Bowl party.

So it was Sunday at the Henderson home of the esteemed Jeff Molitz. That Carrot Top was there was not wholly surprising, as Molitz is the personal assistant of Scott Thompson (who is, in fact, Carrot Top). Nor was it unexpected that a high volume of guests would turn out. Molitz has been hosting this party for 16 years, and the guest list has bubbled over like a stack of Oreos dumped into a Hamilton Beach deep fryer.

Deep-fried Oreos were served, yes, and, cheese-slathered spaghetti, chicken wings, hamburgers, hot dogs and other related heart-imperiling fare. At its peak, the event numbered about 200 (which would have made for a pretty nice caucus turnout, as it happens).

The quantity was spiced with quality, guest-wise, as we had a pair of former “America’s Got Talent” contestants (comic Geechy Guy and magician Murray Sawchuck); one former 'N Sync-er (Joey Fatone, in town as a star guest host of “The Price Is Right Live!” at Bally’s); famed sidekick Penny Wiggins, longtime assistant of Amazing Johnathan); a rock drummer and celebrity sex tape star of note (Phil Varone, once of Skid Row and Saigon Kick and also a two-time AVN nominee); a pair of Blue Men (Marc Roberts and Patrick Newton); a member of the percussive Vegas band Uberschall (Jeff Totora); the city’s most famous little person (Brian Thomas of Little Crue, O’Shea’s and Kiss By Monster Mini Golf); an emerging band (Avalon Landing); and an Aria lounge performer (Patrick Sieben); a NASCAR driver (Brian Vickers); and a member of the Fox 5 news team (Claudine Grant).

There also was a late report that the Sister Wives from the TLC reality TV series turned up. I did not meet them as such, but there is a fair chance one of them made off with my business card.

There were a few notes of note, naturally, around the snack line and the three big-screen TVs beaming the game:

• Fatone, who patiently posed for dozens of photos, continues his run at Bally’s through April 8. He joins such “TPIR” guest hosts as Drew Lachey and Jerry Springer. Carrot Top and he are friends from the days when both lived in Orlando, Fla.

• Geechy Guy’s “Dirty Joke Show” has closed at Hooters -- a bummer, as it was genuinely hilarious -- and he’s shopping the production to any credible official who will listen. He’s even speaking of something off-Broadway, and, baby, it doesn’t get any more off-Broadway than Hooters.

• Carrot Top is off for a week after tonight’s performance at the Luxor. He says he’s looking forward to checking out the elaborate prop work in the Motley Crue show at the Joint.

• Wiggins, known by her stage name Psychic Tanya, is walking without a limp. That information would be unremarkable except that Wiggins spent months on the mend after suffering a broken right foot after slipping at her pool in June. Amazing Johnathan is still headlining at Harmon Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood (at Krave, to be more specific).

The whole wingding takes Molitz and his family two weeks to prepare. Molitz rents a tent to cover the backyard for each of these events. And you know if there is a tent involved, a tent and Carrot Top, you’ve got yourself a party. I just wonder what the neighbors thought of it all ...

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