Wrapping up a wild Super Bowl weekend, from Lady Gaga’s surprise appearances to Ryan Lewis’ mad dash and local connections:
- Lady Gaga showed up Britney Spears’ “Piece of Me” (Planet Hollywood) with her boyfriend/actor Taylor Kinney.
- Ryan Lewis of the Grammy-winning group Macklemore and Ryan Lewis had an early Sunday flight to attend the Super Bowl after performing at Surrender (Encore at Wynn Las Vegas) on Saturday. Macklemore and Lewis, who are from Seattle, won four Grammys last Sunday.
- Luxor headliner Criss Angel was featured in an ESPN Super Bowl segment that focused on escape artist Russell Wilson, Seahawks quarterback.
- Former Monte Carlo headliner/vocal impressionist Frank Caliendo brought his A-game Sunday. Caliendo was at his hysterical best in an ESPN “mockumentary” that spoofed NFL coaches, analysts and others on the subject of Seattle’s Richard Sherman.X Country star Toby Keith took in Carrot Top’s show Saturday at Luxor and went backstage for a chat. They met when Carrot Top was taping the hilarious “I Think I’m Dancing With a Man” video in Dallas in 1999 with Rodney Carrington. Keith was seen drinking out of red solo cup at swanky SW Steakhouse (Wynn Las Vegas) on Thursday.
- Pink held her wrap party for her “Truth About Love” tour at the Ling Ling Club at Hakkasan (MGM Grand) on Friday after her performance the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Dressed in a long pink skirt, she and her husband, Carey Hart, hit the dance floor and she sang karaoake.
- Paula Abdul and Caesars Palace headliner Matt Goss, with friends Saturday at Fizz Las Vegas (Caesars Palace). She attended “Michael Jackson One” (Mandalay Bay) earlier. She attended Spears’ show Friday before heading to Piranha to visit her friend Larry Edwards, longtime Tina Turner impersonator. Goss’ new single, “I Do,” is being released in the U.S. today.
-Jeff Beacher, producer of “Beacher’s Madhouse,” was pulled on stage by Britney Spears’ dancers for the S & M number in which Britney whips a celebrity attendee.
- Vince Alberta, vice president of public affairs at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, has a den filled with Denver Broncos memorabilia. He not only grew up in Colorado, he worked as intern for the Broncos radio network and later covered them as a TV sports anchor in Grand Junction, Colo. He moved to Las Vegas in 1991 to take a job at UNLV as a development director for the KUNV. He transitioned into PR and marketing. LVCVA colleague, former Mayor Oscar Goodman, bet on the Broncos and told Albert “they better win or he’ll have me whacked.”
- Reality show star and model Joanna Krupa, with galpal Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi of “Shahs of Sunset,” at Hyde Bellagio on Saturday. Krupa hosted the bash.
- Chet Buchanan, host of “The Morning Zoo” on KLUC-FM 98.5, goes way back with the Seattle Seahawks. As a 10-year-old he shagged balls for quarterback Jim Zorn at the team facility in Kirkland, near his hometown. Later he was music coordinator for Seahawks games. When he and Amy got married Sept. 21 at the Lighthouse at Mukilteo overlooking Puget Sound, the officiant was one of Buchanan’s old radio pals who happens to be the Seahawks’ longtime public address announcer and a Lutheran minister. The wedding reception was held in a suite at Seattle’s Century LinkField during the Seahawks game against Jacksonville.
Dana Carvey fans got a bonus during his Saturday performance at the Orleans. Late in the show he announced a special guest might be joining him. Out came “Saturday Night Live” castmate Rob Schneider, who had just finished his show at South Point and rushed over in a limo to join Carvey. Schneider provided some standup before they reminisced about their “SNL” days during the 1980s and 1990s. … Actor Chad Michael Murray, dining with friends at Lavo Italian Restaurant (Palazzo) on Saturday. … At 1OAK (Mirage) on Saturday: “Hollywood Exes” star Nicole Murphy, fiancee of Michael Strahan, partying with the ex-wives of Barry Bonds and Martin Lawrence.
THE PUNCH LINE
“Do they have anything in the more affordable $15,000 range?” – From David Letterman’s Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Spending $16,000 on a Super Bowl Ticket.
Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke. “Norm Clarke’s Vegas,” airs Thursdays on the “Morning Blend” on KTNV-TV, Channel 13.