Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 3:47 p.m.
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It will be another five years before teen YouTube phenomenon Keenan Cahill can use The Playboy Club key given to him on his birthday. He turns 21 in 2016, and he’s already achieving star status thanks to his social networking skills.
Executives at the Palms and 9 Group presented the singing sensation with a unique birthday bash at Nove Italiano, and Jersey Shore stars DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino helped Keenan celebrate. Executive Chef Geno Bernardo created a special birthday dinner of chicken fingers and fries for Keenan and his group of five that included his father.
Keenan performed his hit songs, including his lip-syncing rendition of Katy Perry’s hit “Teenage Dream.” Pauly D also got Keenan to sing for his own song “Beat Dat Beat,” and he took a tour of the kitchen and signed Geno’s celebrity door. Keenan is known all over the world for his entertaining, self-produced home videos of himself lip-syncing to Top 40 hits. The unlikely star from Elmhurst, Ill., gained notoriety with his original lip sync to our hometown pop artist Katy.
Since then, he has collaborated with Chelsea Handler, 50 Cent for his song “Down on Me,” Jimmy Kimmel and Jennifer Aniston. His YouTube channel that won attention from celebrities and fans of all ages has recorded more than 187 million views. Keenan was born with a genetic lysomal disorder that occurs once in every 340,000 births that stunts growth and attacks bones and joints. He’s had 10 surgeries, including a bone marrow transplant, and faces his 11th operation this summer.
I can’t get anybody to deny it, but I was tipped that Keenan visited Iron Chef Kerry Simon’s restaurant at Palms Place to shoot a new YouTube video there, which included Palms owner George Maloof and his execs donning wigs for a new spoof. Keenan’s Web site is KeenansRoom.com.
Keenan said hello to Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh and his seven-man entourage at N9NE Steakhouse en route to the adjoining Rain, where he performed a once-in-a-lifetime set for the packed house before Pauly D hit the turntables for a special edition of Perfecto Vegas. Jersey Shore cast mate Deena Nicole Cortese joined Pauly and Vinny for late-night drinks.
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