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Strip Scribbles: ‘Showbiz Roast,’ CeeLo Green, Joe Jonas and Ronda Rousey


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Chris Phillips, second from right, and friends at the 2010 AFAN Black & White Party at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 21, 2010.

3/15/11: Celine Dion at The Colosseum

Celine Dion's opening night at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 15, 2011. Launch slideshow »

CeeLo Green

Zowie Bowie star Chris Phillips suffered a savage slew of four-letter-word wisdom from Strip comics and singers early this morning in the first “Showbiz Roast” at the Stratosphere. The humor was filthy and cannot be repeated here!

Chris was on the receiving end of barbs, arrows and slingshots about his hair, permanent tan and burgeoning lounge career, and it was all in fabulous fun with love and affection. Editor at Large John Katsilometes, who joined me onstage as non-showbiz roasters, wrote what he could remember from the orgy of laughter.

The packed audience in the Stratosphere theater was rolling on the floor with laughter. Everybody from victim to assailants and producer Andy Walmsley agreed for a first outing that it was a tremendous success with nuns even mixed in with feathered sexy showgirls.

Andy says he will keep the momentum going and promises a second roast before summer’s end.

HIGH TECH: Before superstar CeeLo Green wrapped up the first run of his new show “Loberace” at Planet Hollywood, he gave a backstage tour of its technology to CNET host Kevin Frazier. Here’s the YouTube video of the broadcast. CeeLo is reportedly considering a second run of the show starting in November through the holidays.

CELINE ON TV: Katie Couric on her Fox talk show “Katie” on Thursday sits down with The Colosseum at Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion from Studio at the Palms for a revealing conversation about her family, her husband and manager Rene Angelil’s cancer diagnosis and her fertility struggles over the years.

Celine discusses life in Las Vegas with Rene Charles, 12, and twin toddlers Nelson and Eddy. She also opens up to Katie about her and Rene’s 26-year age gap; Rene joins Celine for part of the interview. Additionally, Celine previews the title track from her new album “Water and a Flame” out in October (her first English-language CD in six years) and featuring duets with Stevie Wonder and hometown hero Ne-Yo.

KMA TALLY: The final tally is in for our April 13 Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love” gala at The Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health: $11 million. Congratulations!

BAJA RACES: Las Vegas off-track driver B.J. Baldwin received a lucky pick Tuesday for the 45th running of the Baja 500’s second round starting May 30 in Ensenada. A total of 169 entries from 35 states and 15 countries have signed on for the 40th anniversary year of the overall SCORE series. B.J., son of CityCenter chief Bobby Baldwin, is one of the 36 Trophy Truck drivers and yesterday drew the first qualifying position for his Monster Energy Baldwin Motorsports Chevy Silverado.

STARS WATCH STARS: Joe Jonas and girlfriend Blanda Eggenschwiler watched Cirque du Soleil’s “Zarkana” at Aria on Tuesday night. Blanda wore a high ponytail and black leather mini skirt. The couple were here for Sir Richard Branson’s launch of three L.A.-L.V. Virgin America flights. Afterward, they enjoyed sushi at nearby Bar Masa.

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Joe Jonas at "Zarkana" in Aria on Tuesday, April 23, 2013.

Leigh Zimmerman

Comedian George Lopez celebrated his birthday at Sir Elton John’s “Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum in Caesars on Tuesday night. The Rocket Man played “Happy Birthday” and led the audience in a serenade.

LONDON CALLS: Summerlin resident and cupcake baker Leigh Zimmerman might waltz away with an Olivier Award this weekend in London. The former “Mamma Mia!” star at Mandalay Bay is starring in the “A Chorus Line” revival in the West End. Leigh explained via YouTube her reaction to the nomination and her secret dream role. Celebrate Leigh taking part in the best of London theater live on BBC Radio 2 at

SHOE PARADE: The Miss America Pageant is reactivating its Show Us Your Shoes parade the day before its ABC telecast Sept. 15 in Atlantic City. In the six years the pageant was here, the shoe parade was held once at Paris Las Vegas. 2012 Miss America Mallory Hagan will be on a grand float with each one of the 53 contestants following in convertibles. Several Miss Americas through the decades will ride along. Organizers promise that it will be a spectacular produced by the team behind the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Fourth of July parade in the nation’s capital.

ENERGY ENDORSEMENT: UFC women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic judo bronze medalist Ronda Rousey has signed a one-year contract to promote Xyience Xenergy, the official drink of the UFC. The 26-year-old fighter will promote the sugar-free, zero-calorie drink in advertising, point of purchase, online and in appearances at beverage trade events. She was named Female Fighter of the Year at the World MMA Awards this year.

PUZZLE PRIDE: The popular Asian puzzle game Tangram is produced here by design house Walls360, and owners John and Tavia will donate 1,000 sets to the Clark County School District on Thursday. They also are producing the promotional graphics for Sunday’s “Best in Show” at The Orleans Arena saluting Siegfried & Roy and hosted by Holly Madison.

Tangram consist of seven different sized shapes that can’t overlap but form a specific shape. Check out the amazing graphics and wall murals at There might be only 13 configurations, but there are more than 6,500 silhouettes and outlines -- and growing.


Carlos ’n’ Charlie’s at the Flamingo celebrates its first anniversary with the gorgeous girls of “X Burlesque.” Afterward, the topless burlesque celebrates 11 years on the Strip with their show.

“L.A. Ink” star Kat Von D launches her book “Go Big or Go Home” at Barnes & Noble (2191 N. Rainbow).

DJ Zedd was due to play at the new Light nightclub at its sneak preview in Mandalay Bay, but that opening has been pushed back to Memorial Day Weekend due to construction delays.


As a result of Chrissie Scinta battling a major throat problem, there’s a new singer in The Scintas at The D Hotel, and Frankie Scinta reveals the heartbreaking details. Plus, “The Sopranos” actor Steve Schirripa discusses his new projects.

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