Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 4:40 p.m.
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.
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 OlivierAwards.com.
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 Walls360.com. 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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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.
It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.