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Interview: Gary Dell'Abate, 'The Howard Stern Show' Executive Producer & Author of 'They Call Me Baba Booey'

In his new book, executive producer of "The Howard Stern Show," Gary Dell'Abate explains what he was doing instead of watching someone deliver an unforgettable crank call taken on the air by ABC News' Peter Jennings that ended with "and Baba Booey to y'all."

Get Your Gladiator on for a Good Cause

Inspired by his best friend's daughter's fight with pediatric epilepsy, former star and producer of "American Gladiators," Dan "Nitro" Clark (LAist interview) has created the Gladiator Rock'n Run -- the most insane one day event on the planet. For this event, Clark's constructed a 3.15 mile course made up of 12 hellish obstacles, like a run through flames.

Seven Questions: Dane Cook

Dane Cook will perform at The Greek Theater October 2nd. | Photo by Kathy Vitulano Dane Cook has performed his high-energy brand of stand-up comedy in some of the country's largest arenas including New York's Madison Square Garden, TD Garden in his hometown of Boston and the Staples Center, here in the city he currently calls home. On October 2nd the popular yet polarizing comedian will take the stage at one of Los Angeles'...

Interview: ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo, Co-Host of 'The Scott Van Pelt Show'

ESPN Radio's The Scott Van Pelt Show co-host Ryen Russillo | Photo by Joe Faraoni courtesy of ESPN Despite what you may have read on Wikipedia, Ryen Russillo is not a native of Compton or Inglewood. Russillo can, however, be heard in Compton, Inglewood and throughout the area weekdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on AM 830 KLAA co-hosting "The Scott Van Pelt Show." The duo of Van Pelt and Russillo have put together...

The Wait for Chick-Fil-A in L.A. is Over

After years of seeing other cities and towns across Southern California welcoming Chick-Fil-A to their community, L.A can finally join in on the fun. The long wait is over. The chain known for inventing and in my opinion, perfecting the chicken sandwich will open tomorrow at 3758 S. Figueroa St., on the southeast edge of USC's campus. For LA-based Chick-Fil-A fanatics it means not having to make what Aziz Ansari called "the pilgrimage" to Redondo...

Interview: DJ Premier, Legendary Music Producer

DJ Premier owns gold and platinum records, won three Grammy awards, is the founding member of one of hip-hop's most influential duos, has worked with everyone from Jay-Z to Notorious B.I.G. to Christina Aguilera, has a massive fanbase of loyal followers and is considered by many to be one of the greatest producers of all-time. Even with all the accolades and success, the legendary producer continues to bang out hot beats and remain relevant after...

Seven Questions: Matt Erickson, VP of Restaurant Operations at SBE

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions" If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today’s subject is Matt Erickson, the VP of Restaurant Operations at...

Seven Questions: Jared Leto, Thirty Seconds to Mars

Jared and his multi-platinum band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, are bringing their Into the Wild tour to town with stops at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday and The Greek on Saturday. Leto, who has appeared in films like Fight Club and Requiem for a Dream, founded the band alongside his brother Shannon. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2002. The follow-up, A Beautiful Lie, earned multi-platinum status.

Seven Questions: Producer Donald Bland, A Modern Day Adventurer

Today's subject is Donald Bland, who is anything but. An Emmy winner on "The Deadliest Catch" on Discovery Channel, Bland's producing credits span the elements with "Ice Road Truckers," "Ax Men," "Tornado Road" and more recently have seen him cross over into film producing on "Soul Surfer," an upcoming movie whose cast includes Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and Carrie Underwood.

Seven Questions: Bobb'e J. Thompson

Bobb'e J. has shared both the small and big screen with some of the biggest stars in town, has hosted his own TV show and was nominated for an MTV Movie Award all before he was old enough to have a driver's license. Thompson, who still isn't old enough to drive, broke through with his scene stealing performance in the hit comedy, Role Models. The actor/rapper's career, which began at age five, includes roles in "The Tracy Morgan Show," "Human Giant," Idlewild, Fred Claus and Land of the Lost. The 14 year-old who lives outside of Los Angeles has teamed up with a group of teen filmmakers for the Reese's Puffs Extraordinary Cinema program

Seven Questions: Christian Scott, Trumpeter

When we last spoke with the 27 year-old trumpet phenom who has garnered Grammy nominations, countless accolades and numerous appearances on the big screen he was in town performing at the Catalina Jazz Club. Less than two years later, the New Orleans-bred musician returns to Los Angeles to perform two shows, a free show today at Amoeba Records (5pm) and Tuesday at The Roxy.

Seven Questions: Jeffrey Ross, Comedian/Author of I Only Roast the Ones I Love

Comedian Jeffrey Ross is best known for stealing the show at several celebrity roasts including the last six Comedy Central Roasts. The native of New Jersey who currently splits his time between New York and Los Angeles has roasted celebrities like Hugh Heffner, Joan Rivers, Bob Saget, Flavor Flav, Emmitt Smith, William Shatner and Pamela Anderson.

Seven Questions: Paul Scheer, Actor/Comedian/Host of The Streamy Awards

Prior to his days as one-third of MTV's "Human Giant (LAist Interview)," co-star of FX's "The League," panelist on VH-1's "Best Week Ever" or guest starring on "30 Rock," comedian/actor Paul Scheer was making audiences laugh online as one of the stars of "Shutterbugs," a Channel 101 classic featuring fellow "Human Giant" stars Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari (Seven Questions, LAist Interview) as cutthroat agents to infant Hollywood stars. Paul, who recently hosted "A Night of 140 Tweets" -- celebrity tweet-a-thon benefiting the people of Haiti, continues to make us all laugh online with his numerous Funny or Die.com videos and his must-follow Twitter updates.

Midnight Movie: Batman, Robin Enjoy a Day Off in LA

How can we be lovers if we can't be friends? That's the question no talent ass clown Michael Bolton asked us in 1990, and now comedian/voice actor John DiCrosta and actor Joe Nicchi ask the same question of lovers/friends/superheroes Batman and Robin in this short video that won the Sklar Brothers' Open Projector Night at the Hammer Museum Tuesday night. The Dynamic Duo jumped in the sidecar motorcycle and hit up Hollywood and Santa...

Seven Questions: Erica Domesek, Do-It-Yourself Guru

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Erica Domesek, Do-It-Yourself guru and creator of...

'The Airborne Toxic Event' Rock Out with LA Youth at Plaza de la Raza

Fresh off rocking stages around the globe, Los Angeles' own The Airborne Toxic Event performed in front of some very familiar faces Wednesday night at Plaza de la Raza. Prior to the band's breakout from local favorites to national headliners, bassist and California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate, Noah Harmon served as a teacher at Plaza through the Community Arts Partnership (CAP), an arts education program serving schools and community organizations throughout Los Angeles...

Seven Questions: William Faith of 'Faith and the Muse'

Faith alongside Monica Richards are Faith and the Muse, an innovative highly regarded and well-respected band in the Underground community. Since the duo formed in 1993, they have released six albums, including their most recent, ankoku butoh, which was released in October 2009 and have been touring all over the globe winning over fans with their incredible stage presence and theatrical performances. On Saturday, the icons of the Underground kick off their 40 cities in 40 nights tour in Los Angeles at Bar Sinister.

Weekend Trippin': March Madness in Las Vegas

photo by joanna8555 via flickr The first weekend of this year's NCAA basketball tournament has given fans more memories, big shots, superb storylines and incredible endings than the borefest that was the entire 2009 tournament. With all of the Northern Iowa and Saint Mary's love mixed in with the "don't you dare expand the tournament to 96 teams" commentary being tossed around it's easy to forget that there is one thing missing from all...

Seven Questions: Thomas Kostigen, Author of The Green Blue Book

Today is World Water Day an initiative created by the United Nations in 1992 to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. In honor of this day we turn to New York Times best-selling author and Los Angeles native Thomas Kostigen. In his new book, THE GREEN BLUE BOOK: The Simple Water-Savings Guide...

Seven Questions: Jessica Simpson, Flying High with her New Show -- 'The Price of Beauty'

Jessica has recently been traveling the globe exploring the way beauty is perceived in different cultures for her new show, “Jessica Simpson's The Price Of Beauty,” which premieres in just a few hours (10pm on VH1). Alongside best friends CaCee Cobb and Ken Paves, Jessica journeyed to Thailand, France, India, Uganda, Morocco, Japan and Brazil to discover what it means to be beautiful in each of these destinations. Ultimately, her nicely-delivered message seems to be that beauty is something inside of each woman.

Seven Questions: Jessica Drake, Adult Film Actress/Sexpert

Jessica Drake or "jessica drake" as she prefers to have her name appear in all lower-case letters (she says, "It's actually trademarked." Adding, "I just prefer it that way, it's cuter.") is an adult film actress who has appeared in hundreds of films. Along with performing in front of the camera, the AVN Hall of Famer has also worked as a writer, director and several other roles behind the camera.

Seven Questions: Roland Lazenby, Author of Jerry West, The Life And Legend Of A Basketball Icon

Roland Lazenby is a writer who's authored or contributed to 60 books, mostly about sports. Lazenby has written two books about the Lakers franchise, as well as books about Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant. Additionally, the Virginia Tech professor also runs Laker Noise, a blog about, well, the Lakers.

Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray Tours LA

Recently minted Daytona 500 Champion Jamie McMurray dropped into L.A. as part of a whirlwind media tour leading up to Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 500 in Fontana. McMurray, who pilots the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, has been documenting his somewhat amusing La-La land adventures, which have included numerous media obligations, via Twitter. Thursday, he joined Los Angeles City Controller and “Pothole Queen” Wendy Greuel and Auto Club Speedway president Gillian Zucker...

Seven Questions: Doug Williams, Comedian

Comedian, Doug Williams just finished his fourth season as Executive Producer & Host of "Martin Lawrence Presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up" which airs on Starz. He has appeared on such TV shows as HBO’s "The Mind of the Married Man," Comedy Central’s "Premium Blend," and is a favorite on BET where his first one-hour special aired, and is a regular on Club Comic View. He is also executive producer on the talk show "Way Black When."

Seven Questions: Sha-hid Ealy, Actor/The Guy from those KFC Ads

There are no sure things with the Super Bowl, but there are sure commercials. In some ways, the Super Bowl is one of the quickest ways to become a household name known to man (short of staging a fly-away hot air balloon). Today's subject has a leg-up, being the face of the most highly-trafficked commercial of the NFL post-season BEFORE the big game, and as a result standing out amidst a quieter but equally captive period.

Seven Questions: Alison Haislip, G4/'Attack of the Show' Correspondent

Alison Haislip is a native of New Jersey who left the cold winters of the East Coast for Los Angeles after graduating from Boston College with a BA in Theatre Arts. This former Ford Model has been acting since she was 12, performing in numerous works ranging from films and television shows to music videos and plays, including the hit show Pieces(of Ass) which she rocked out for in both Los Angeles at the Roxy and Las Vegas at the Joint.

Seven Questions: Actor, Michael Rooker on Days of Thunder 20th Anniversary

Michael Rooker as "Rowdy Burns" in Days of Thunder | Photo courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven...

Seven Questions: Mystery, Author of The Pickup Artist

Erick von Markovic has been called "the world's greatest pick-up artist" and "the world's most successful pick-up artist," but the name he's best known as is "Mystery." Thanks to Neil Strauss' book The Game, Mystery's work crossed over from message boards to the mainstream. In 2007, Mystery became an even bigger name thanks to the successful VH-1 reality show "The Pick-up Artist."

Seven Questions: Aziz Ansari

You may recognize Aziz Ansari from his work on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," as one-third of MTV's "Human Giant," sharing the screen with Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen as "Randy" in Judd Apatow's Funny People or on stage as one of brightest new stars of stand-up comedy. For those who don't get out much or don't watch TV, but really love LAist, you may have recognized Aziz from this interview with our own Farley Elliot.

Seven Questions: Hill Harper, Actor/Author/Activist

Photo by Keith Major LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Hill Harper. Hill...

Seven Questions: Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)

Alex Waldrop, CEO of NTRA | Photo courtesy of Horsephotos.com/NTRA Today's subject is Alex Waldrop, CEO of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). LA is a place for stars to shine, and today Alex is in town to see horse racing’s finest shine at the 2009 Eclipse Awards, recognizing excellence in Thoroughbred racing over the past year. Tonight’s 39th annual Eclipse Awards dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills will announce the...

Seven Questions: Charlie Farrell, 'Point Break Live!'

Charlie Farrell can be seen tonight in the hilarious "Point Break Live!" LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us...

Seven Questions: Keyshawn Johnson

ESPN NFL analyst, Super Bowl winning wide receiver and former USC Trojan, Keyshawn Johnson | Photo courtesy of Old Spice LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion...

Seven Questions: Tera Patrick

Tera Patrick will be signing copies of her book Sinner Takes All tonight at Book Soup In her new book, Sinner Takes All: A Memoir of Love and Porn, Tera Patrick holds nothing back as she takes you on the wild ride that has been her life. This 33 year ride that saw her go from Linda Hopkins, the unpopular girl who liked to read about serial killers to Tera Patrick (previous LAist interview),...

LAist Spends an Afternoon with Diddy and CÎROC

LAist spent an afternoon with Sean "Diddy" Combs | Photo courtesy of CIROC Usually a statement like "he's got more jobs than names" wouldn't be impressive at all, but the man whose birth certificate reads "Sean Combs" has had a lot of names. He's been called Sean "Puffy" Combs, Puff, Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy and Diddy. After spending an afternoon with the mogul of many monikers, I thought of another name for him...

Seven Questions: Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes plays ruthless villain "Al Bowen" in Breaking Point. The film which co-stars Tom Berenger hits select theaters, including Laemmle's Sunset 5, tonight. Busta Rhymes has been winning over audiences with his charismatic, energetic and animated personality since the early 1990s. In Breaking Point a film by Jeff Celentano which hits select theaters, including the Laemmle's Sunset 5, tonight you'll see a Busta unlike you've ever seen before. The former member of Leaders...

Seven Questions: Laura Day, Self-Help Author/Intuitionist to the Stars

Self-help author and intuitionist to the stars, Laura Day is back with a new book aimed at teaching the world all of the tricks she has been using to help her very high profile clients for years. Laura has cemented herself as an invaluable tool and consultant to her fans in the entertainment industry (think Demi Moore, Jennifer Aniston and Ryan Kavanaugh), the financial world...

DVD Review: Kobe Doin' Work

Spike Lee was given unlimited access to Kobe Bryant for Kobe Doin' Work, which is available now on DVD There was a great deal of buzz when word first broke that acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee would be making a documentary about Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant. On paper, a prominent director known for his love of the game of basketball giving audiences a rare look inside the life of one of the greatest players on...

Howie Mandel Opens up About OCD with 20/20 Tonight

Tonight 20/20 takes a look inside the life of comedian and host of "Deal or No Deal" Howie Mandel Along with being a nationally headlining comedian and host of a hit TV show, Howie Mandel is also horrified by germs. Tonight ABC's 20/20 gives us an in-depth look inside the life of Mandel and the daily battles he's faced throughout his entire life as a result of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Mandel, who earlier...

Hard Hitting Documentary Blood Equity Tackles Life After Football

This weekend, all you have to do to watch bone-crushing, high impact violence is turn on either CBS or Fox's coverage of the NFL. Also this weekend, you can head over to the Laemmle Sunset 5, in West Hollywood to get some perspective on the aftermath of those helmet-to-helmet collisions. Blood Equity features gripping testimonials from NFL legends like Mike Ditka, Harry Carson, Tony Dorsett, Darryl "Moose" Johnston and Willie Wood about the hardships...

Seven Questions: Lizz Wasserman, popomomo

Today's subject is Lizz Wasserman. Lizz is a Highland Park-based designer whose clothing line, popomomo uses organic and/or sustainable fabrics. Wassernan's line, which is produced, designed and sampled here in LA, is the antithesis of disposable fashion -- focusing only on producing unique and new designs.

LA, Nike, Mario Lopez Send Pacquiao off in Style

Manny Pacquiao and singer Melissa R. perform at Nike Sportswear Presents Under the Hood with Manny Pacquiao last week at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood | Photo by Tim Hammer (LAist) Tonight the entire fight world turns its attention to Las Vegas, the site of the highly anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. Last week, however, Pacquiao stood center stage in his adopted city of Los Angeles before a packed crowd of...

Seven Questions: Ant Farm Social, LA's Travelling Art/Furniture Gallery Event Concept

Today’s subject are Brits-turned-Angelenos Rowly Dennis and Alex Pucell, founders of Los Angeles’ travelling art/furniture gallery event concept, Antfarm Social. A painter/actor and furniture designer respectively by trade, Antfarm Social is looking at the LA social scene as a canvas and using fresh takes on step-and-repeats, glassware, social scene and unique venues to get people enjoying and even buying modern conceptual art and furniture.

Meet 'The Sports Guy' Bill Simmons Tonight at ESPN Zone

Last month we had the chance to talk to Bill, who has been signing his 700 page long NBA book in cities like Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Phoenix, San Diego and of course, Boston. "LA signings are weird. They had the lowest turnout of any city," said Simmons over the phone when we spoke with him just days before hitting the road for his book tour. "I think it’s because there’s so many celebrities out here that I’m like Z-list. I’m on whatever list the guys from "The Ruins" are on. If I go to Providence or somewhere like that, it seems like a much bigger deal."

Blood Is The New Black Celebrates 5th Anniversary at Silverlake Art Crawl

As part of the Silverlake Art Crawl, LA-based t-shirt line Blood Is The New Black celebrates it's fifth anniversary by debuting a collection of original works by emerging artists at the Junc Gallery tonight at 7 p.m. Founder and line curator, Mitra Khayyam commissioned this exhibition of original works from artists who have designed for the company. Music will be provided by DJ Demonbabies....

Jay-Z Announces Staples Center Show, March 26th

Jay-Z's show at UCLA this Sunday has long been sold out. Damn college kids and their disposable incomes! Don't worry, LA-based Hova fans. Sean Carter just announced he's coming back. This time he's bringing his show to the Staples Center, March 26th. The rap icon who's currently on the road with Wale and N.E.R.D. finishing up the final dates of his college tour, will pack up his Yankee hat and hit the road again...

Free Screening of 50 Cent's Directorial Debut

Ladies of Burbank, your chances of becoming a millionaire have significantly improved. Why? Because 50 Cent is coming to town. The rapper who claims "Have a baby by me, baby, be a millionaire" in his latest single has embarked on a 10-city screening tour of his new film, Before I Self Destruct. The film will be released on DVD on November 16th along with his new album, also titled Before I Self Destruct, but you...

Interview: Bill Simmons, ESPN's 'The Sports Guy'/Author of The Book of Basketball

The Book of Basketball, the latest from ESPN.com columnist Bill Simmons hits shelves today. Bill, who is also known simply as "The Sports Guy" will be in town November 9th signing copies of the book at LA Live. | Photo by Steven Barry courtesy of ESPN Books Bill Simmons is simply known by many as "The Sports Guy." But anyone who's ever read his columns on ESPN.com or heard an episode of his podcast,...

NBA Preview with J.E. Skeets, Yahoo! Sports

The NBA season kicks off tonight and we're checking in with Yahoo! Sports' NBA blogger J.E. Skeets to give us the scoop on the 2009-10 campaign. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi) With the World Series upon us, college football reaching it's half-way point and an exciting NFL season heating up, you may not have realized that NBA is tipping off tonight. One guy who's definitely aware of this is J.E. Skeets, Yahoo! Sports NBA Blogger. Skeets'...

Interview: Joe Schreiber, Author of Star Wars: Death Troopers

Thanks to celebrated horror novelist Joe Schreiber, the Star Wars universe has gotten a little scarier. For the first time ever, bloodthirsty zombies are invading the galaxy far, far, away in the new novel Star Wars: Death Troopers which hits stores today. Star Wars: Death Troopers, which is in the time just before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, is set on a prison barge carrying load of prisoners across the galaxy that...

Seven Questions: Daniel Tosh, Comedian/Host of Comedy Central's 'Tosh.0'

Daniel Tosh, who told us he'd prefer the title of "The Most Famous Man in Show Business Who Doesn't Have to Work" over "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," took some time out from his busy schedule to talk to LAist about his similarity to Jesus, rubber-band ball statistics, his pitch for Michael Richards, the Internet's impact on comedy and telling Kobe Bryant jokes in front of Jerry Buss.

Will Hometown Heavyweight Become World Champion Tonight?

Name the last boxer of Mexican descent to hold the heavyweight title. Go ahead. Do you give up? You can't name one, can you? That's because there's never been one. It's shocking that the rich tradition of Mexican fighters has never produced a heavyweight champion. Tonight that all can change when Riverside's own Chris "The Nightmare" Arreola challenges WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the Staples Center.

Seven Questions: Aaron Karo, Comedian/Author

Nationally headlining comedian and best-selling author Aaron Karo is 30, single and loving it. The New York native who walked away from a Wall Street job to jump into a career in comedy isn't going to abandon the bachelor life to leap into marriage anytime soon, even if all of his friends are. In his new book, I'm Having More Fun Than You the LA-based comic shares with readers exactly why he's perfectly happy to live a life free of commitment and full of nights spent chasing chicks at the bar. Karo's book, which was the top selling comedy book on Amazon.com last week, is a celebration of singlehood through anecdotes, observations and a few tips along the way.

Mayweather too Much for Marquez

After a 21 month layoff from the sport, one of boxing's biggest names (and mouths) made a triumphant return to the ring Saturday night in Las Vegas as Floyd "Money" Mayweather easily defeated Juan Manuel Marquez in a one-sided welterweight bout by unanimous decision. Mayweather, who's last bout was a 10th round knockout of Ricky Hatton in December of 2007, showed no signs of ring rust, taking control of the fight early with a...

Interview: Carrie Ann Inaba & Chris Harrison

TV Guide Network’s Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison get ready to celebrate at the 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards. | Photo courtesy of TV Guide Network On Sunday, "Dancing with the Stars'" Carrie Ann Inaba and "The Bachelor's" Chris Harrison will be working the Red Carpet for TV Guide Network's coverage of the Primetime Emmy Awards. Earlier this week, LAist had the pleasure of sitting down and talking with the tandem who will be...

Seven Questions: David Cross

David Cross has made audiences laugh their asses of on stage with his brilliant and vicious style of stand-up, on television in his incredibly funny work on "Arrested Development" as never nude analrapist Tobias Funke and as one-half of the team that gave us the hilarious HBO sketch comedy show "Mr. Show with Bob and David," on CD with is Grammy nominated Shut Up You Fucking Baby! and on the big screen. Now, David brings his brand of humor to the written form with his first book, I Drink for a Reason.

10 Reasons Why I Hate College Football

Today marks the first Saturday of the college football season. Millions across the country; especially here in the home of the #4 ranked USC Trojans and the recipient of seven votes in the AP Top 25 - UCLA Bruins, are excited to get the 2009 campaign kicked off. I, on the other hand, could couldn't care less. I love the game of football, especially the brand of football that begins on September 10th in...

Seven Questions: Rona Elliot, Rock Journalist/Editor - 'The Woodstock Experience'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Rona Elliot. As a rock journalist, Rona Elliot...

LAist Spends the Day at Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory with the Stars of MTV's 'See You Thursday' Lineup

Last week LAist took MTV up an opportunity to hang out at Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, a 25,000 square foot complex which is home to Rob's business empire Dyrdek Enterprises and the setting for his reality show, which enters its second season tonight at 9pm. To celebrate the new season, Rob along with the cast of "Nitro Circus" and "Bully Beatdown" (season two of both premiere tonight as well) got together for a Tuesday afternoon...

Seven* Questions: Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, Cheech & Chong

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subjects are Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, collectively known...

Seven Questions: Raekwon, Wu-Tang Clan

Raekwon hits the stage at Rock the Bells this afternoon. His long awaited album, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part 2 will be released in September. LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions...

Seven Questions: Michael Kostroff, Actor - 'The Wire'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Michael Kostroff. You may recognize Michael from...

Tonight's ABC Primetime Takes a Look at Children with OCD

In the latest installment of ABC's Primetime: Family Secrets, we're introduced to Bridget, a 15 year-old girl who can't hug her parents. The young girl can barely even sit in the same room as her parents without twisting, turning or screaming because she believes that they are "contaminated." Primetime follows the progress of Bridget, along with three other subjects all who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), as she sits in the therapy room...

Seven Questions with Jeff Kurr, 'Shark Week' Filmmaker/Executive Producer of 'Shark After Dark'

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Jeff Kurr. Jeff is an LA-based filmmaker who...

Seven Questions with Megan Abrigo, Hostess of NBC's 'Face the Ace'

Megan Abrigo is the hostess of the first-ever prime time poker themed game show on a broadcast network with the premiere of NBC's “Face the Ace” tomorrow night (9-10 p.m. EST).| Photo by Stephanie Moore (NBC Sports) LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know...

Seven Questions with Gabriel Landau and Ron Eigen, Two Guys Behind a Successful LA-Based Web Video Company

Today's subjects are Gabriel Landau and Ron Eigen, partners in LA based production company - Diligent. Ron and Gabe run Diligent, a new kind of production company that creates branded entertainment, original programming, and online experiences. They work with brands, agencies, and distributors to create engaging work that gets audiences talking, laughing and sharing with their friends.

Football Legends, Celebrities, Madden Invade Malibu

Football season is upon us, which means that Madden season is also right around the corner. To celebrate the latest edition of the game, Madden NFL 10, the good people at EA Sports and XBOX 360 gathered an impressive cast of NFL legends and celebrities in Malibu to play a game of flag football.

Seven Questions with Kenan Bell, Teacher by Day/Rapper by Night

When Kenan Bell isn't in the classroom of a local Montessori school teaching youngsters language arts, he's on stage schooling crowds with his own unique brand of hip-hop that blends indie-rock with electronica, a style URB called "his very own genre of nu-gaze, emo-hip-hop." In March, the La Crescenta native put on full display his eclectic musical taste and range when he dropped the “Good News: The Mix-Tape,” which features remixes of songs by artists as wide-ranging as Pink Floyd, Lily Allen, Gang Gang Dance, Jose Gonzalez, Peter, Bjorn & John, Duran Duran, and Neil Diamond. Yes, you read that right, Neil Diamond.

Seven Questions with Robert Shapiro, Attorney and Co-Founder of LegalZoom

Robert Shapiro attorney and co-founder of LegalZoom LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is...

Interview: Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter star in "Michael and Michael Have Issues" which premieres tonight at 10:30 on Comedy Central. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, the comedy tandem we were first introduced to in the early 90s as members of "The State," a highly influential comedy troupe that has given us some of the funniest and most successful people in comedy writing, acting and directing, are back with their new series, "Michael...

Trevor Ariza is Still in LA, Sort of

Thanks to LRG you can still see Trevor Ariza in LA | Photo by Tim Hammer/LAist Despite the rumors that circulated yesterday, Trevor Ariza did not end up backing out of his oral agreement with Houston to join LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal in Cleveland. Today the former Laker made it official signing on the dotted line of his multi-year deal, making him a Rocket. Just because Ariza is officially no longer a Laker,...

EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4 Launch Party Starring Mike Tyson and Snoop Dogg @ HOB, 6/22/09

Mike Tyson is back. His documentary, Tyson, released in April won over critics and fans alike for it's brutal honesty. Earlier this month, the "Baddest Man on the Planet" was once again on the big screen in the surprise hit of the summer movie season, The Hangover, singing a Phil Collins tune and punching Zach Galifinakis. Today, gamers will find Mike on the shelves at their local retail stores as he graces the cover of EA Sports' Fight Night Round 4 alongside the "Greatest of All Time" Muhammad Ali.

Interview: Ayiiia, MTV's 'Real World: Cancun'

This season "The Real World" is bringing their confessional, cameras and cast of beautiful young people to the booze drenched beaches of Cancun. Tune in to MTV tonight for the season premiere of the network's longest running show, 22 seasons strong. | Photo courtesy of MTV The true story of seven eight strangers picked to live in a spacious Ikea furnished home for the price of free in exchange for having their every move,...

Seven Questions with Rob Nowaczyk, Los Angeles Firefighter and Co-Founder/Creator of Fireman's Brew

Rob Nowaczyk, Los Angeles Firefighter and Co-Founder/Creator of Fireman's Brew found some time in his busy schedule of saving lives and selling beverages to answer LAist's Seven Questions. | Photo courtesy of Fireman's Brew LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those...

Seven Questions with Anson Avellar, Producer of 'Is She Really Going Out with Him?'

Anson is a veteran of the entertainment industry who was previously a development executive at Paramount and is currently a producer at a production company under Dreamworks. The Hollywood resident recently linked up with Jay Louis aka Douchebag1 (read LAist's interview with Jay) to bring the online phenomenon that is HotChicksWithDouchebags.com to your TVs with the hilarious new MTV show "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" which premieres today at 5:30 p.m. In the words of Jay, "HCwDB goes televisual, bitches."

Seven Questions with Christine D’Abrosca, Beverage Director at Malo

Christine D'Abrosca serves as the Beverage Director at Malo in Silverlake. | Photo by Tim Hammer/LAist LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven...

Seven Questions with Christina Murphy, Actress - 'Dance Flick'

Actress Christina Murphy makes her studio feature debut in 'Dance Flick' | Photo courtesy of Wallman Public Relations LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a...

Seven Questions with Baron Davis, Clippers Guard and 'Crips & Bloods' Filmmaker

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Baron Davis. A Los Angeles native, Baron was...

Seven Questions with Elita Loresca, NBC4 Weathercaster

NBC4 Weathercaster Elita Loreska | Photo courtesy of NBC4 LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Our...

Seven Questions with 'Mad' Chad Taylor, Chainsaw Juggler

Photos of Chad Taylor better known as "Mad Chad" from Venice Beach Heart & Soul: 30 Years of Street Performing | Photo by Rich Wysockey LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..."...

Seven Questions with Dr. Ross I. Donaldson: Author of 'The Lassa Ward'

Dr. Ross I. Donaldson will sign copies of incredible story, The Lassa Ward, tonight at Barnes & Noble on the 3rd Street Promenade. | Photo by Marion Ettlinger LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created...

Seven Questions with Paola Palazzo, Senior Director of Talent for Nederlander Concerts

Paola Palazzo is the Senior Director of Talent for Nederlander Concerts LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an...

Interview: Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry will be signing copies of his book, "Straw: Finding My Way" at Barnes & Noble in The Grove at 7:30 p.m. tonight. | Photo courtesy of HarperCollins Darryl Strawberry's achievements on the baseball field, four World Series rings, eight All-Star games and Rookie of the Year, will always be overshadowed by what he did off the field. The premiere power hitter of the 1980s and early 90s, who played for the Mets,...

Seven Questions with Jason 'Mayhem' Miller, Mix Martial Arts Fighter and Host of MTV's 'Bully Beatdown'

MMA fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller hosts MTV's 'Bully Beatdown' | Photo courtesy of MTV LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject...

Movie Review: Tyson

The former heavyweight champion of the world Mike Tyson in Tyson | Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics With nothing more than his fists and black trunks, Mike was able to, in his words, "win all the championships." With nothing more than Mike's stories filled with brutal honesty, a couple of HD cameras and footage of "Iron Mike" both in and out of the ring, Tyson has won over critics, festival committees (Regard Knockout...

Seven Questions with Rob Flippo, Dodgers' Bullpen Catcher

Dodgers Bullpen Catcher Rob Flippo throwing batting practice. | Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject...

The Body Shop Reopens Tonight

After five very long months, nude dancing finally returns to the Sunset Strip tonight. The Body Shop, which was heavily damaged as a result of an electrical fire, will open its doors and dusts off the poles for the first time since that December 4th blaze. While the patrons who were forced to take their dollar bills elsewhere and the girls girls girls who had to find a new stage are happy to see the...

Seven Questions with Rich Wysockey and Marty Poole; 'Venice Beach Heart & Soul' Photographer and Writer

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subjects are Rich Wysockey and Marty Poole. Rich is a...

Seven Questions with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt

Heidi & Spencer of MTV's The Hills found time to talk to LAist. | Photo courtesy of MTV LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a...

Photo Essay: The Collection of Michael Jackson

Earlier this week Michael Jackson and auctioneer Julien's reached an agreement to give all of the 1,400 items that were to be auctioned this week back to the King of Pop. While this agreement may have ruined your chances of owning the singer's bubble hockey game, gold throne, espresso machine or life-sized Darth Vader made out of Legos, it did not, however, put a stop to the public viewing exhibition taking place at the old...

Seven Questions with Alfonso Ribeiro

LA has a diverse cast of characters. Whether it's the characters with stirring stories or interesting occupations or the people who are just simply characters, this town has them all. In an effort to get to know some of those characters a little better, we've created "Seven Questions with..." If you have a suggestion for a future Seven Questions subject send us an email. Today's subject is Alfonso Ribeiro. Alfonso, who was first spotted...

It All Comes Down to This

Not only will a national champion will be determined tonight in Detroit when North Carolina and Michigan State square off in the final of a very uneventful NCAA tournament, but we'll also have a winner in the LAist bracket contest. Going into tonight's action, we have a tie between "JK's Picks" and "Bracketology" but neither of those brackets has either the Tarheels or Spartans winning it all. In third place, we have "Brif Defeats...

Congratulations to LAist Reader Brian Flanagan

Last night's victory for North Carolina over Michigan State not only brought the Tarheels their fifth national championship in school history but it also gave one lucky LAist reader an XBOX 360 Elite. Brian Flanagan, also known as "Brifdog," and his "Brif Defeats LAist 09" bracket racked up a total of 148 points to beat out the field of LAist readers and staff members. Congratulations Brian and thanks to everyone for playing. Also, thanks...

Follow Joe Talamo as he Twitters his way to the Kentucky Derby

Playa Del Ray resident Joe Talamo is not your average 19 year old. The guy's already earned $4 million in purse money as one of horse racing's hot young stars, he's been featured on a reality television series, Animal Planet's Jockeys and in all likelihood is on his way to one of the biggest events in sports - The Kentucky Derby. Just like most kids his age, however, Talamo has found some time to...

LA Brakeless Launches Line of T-Shirts with Party Tonight

Venice custom bike shop LA Brakeless (12220 Venice Blvd.) has won over a following of bike enthusiasts and celebrities like Moby, Jason Lee, Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere with their wide selection of high quality parts and reasonable prices. The shop is now ready to drop a line of t-shirts and they're celebrating today at 7p.m. with a launch party featuring music from a lineup of LA lyricists like Low End Theory resident emcee...

A Conversation about Las Vegas with 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley

KCET's 'SoCal Connected' Correspondent John Ridley in Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard. | Photo by Christal Smith Tonight on an all-new episode of KCET's award-winning news program, SoCal Connected, which airs at 8 p.m., correspondent John Ridley, takes viewers on a tour of the gambling Mecca that reinvented itself during good times only to now face new challenges during a tough economy. During tonight's episode, Ridley visits the chapel where he was married for a...

Isiah Thomas to Clippers' Front Office?

ESPN reports that Isiah Thomas met with Clippers owner Donald Sterling last month to discuss a front office job. | (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) The franchise destroyer that is Isiah Thomas has been in talks with the Clippers about joining the team's front office. ESPN.com reports that Thomas, whose resume includes running the CBA into bankruptcy and taking the New York Knicks from a perennial playoff team to perennial punchline, talked to "Clippers owner Donald...

Do You Think the NCAA Tournament has been Boring?

With very few upsets and surprises, this year's installment of March Madness has been short on madness. The top three seeds in each bracket have all marched into the Sweet 16, making this weekend's games a battle of college basketball heavyweights. That's not what makes this time of year of magical though, it's the double-digit seeds knocking off a top dog and making a run. The only double-digit seed remaining is also the lone...

How's Your Bracket So Far?

Day two of the NCAA tournament is underway. Yesterday offered little in the upset department, and not much as far as excitement goes besides UCLA's escape from VCU and local underdog CSUN's scare of Memphis. Today, Louisville, the top seed in the entire tournament and the most popular pick in the LAist bracket to win it all, takes the court against 21.5 point underdog Morehead St. Speaking of the LAist group, as promised, we've...

Prince to Play All Three L.A. Live Venues in One Night March 28th

Prince promised big things in Los Angeles or the city he likes to call "electric LAlaland" and he has delivered. On Saturday March 28th, the six-time Grammy winner will be performing three shows in one night at L.A. Live's three music venues. Prince, who will be releasing three new albums on March 29th exclusively at Target and on his Web site, Lotusflow3r.com will be doing full length sets at The Nokia Theatre, The Conga...

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