Mark McGrath says "Celebrity Apprentice" co-star Gary Busey is not putting on a wacky act. Busey really is crazy.
Two weeks ago, Busey was at a media party at Society Cafe Encore when he spit a crab cake into his hand and exclaimed, "It's too hot to play with snakes!"
"As you found out, Doug, spitting food in his hand, and all that -- that's what I dealt with 16 hours a day in a small van," McGrath says with a laugh.
"If you're around Gary Busey, you're gonna smell him, you're gonna have pieces of him on you, he's gonna touch you, he's gonna spit on you, he's gonna interrupt your conversations.
"Gary Busey is a 3-D experience."
McGrath says he loves the guy, and that Busey, who suffered brain damage in a motorcycle wreck, still comes up with some genius ideas mixed in with "a lot of sludge."
"But it's fun to watch from a safe distance. It's not fun to be involved with."
I also asked McGrath whether "Apprentice" rival Star Jones is the devil, because she comes across that way. He just laughed and said, "I'm surprised at how nasty Dionne (Warwick) and Star were."
McGrath walks a 10 p.m. red carpet Saturday at club Lavo to celebrate his birthday. He turned 43 on Tuesday.
"Lavo's such a fun place," he says. "And I'm sure we'll end up at a gentleman's club or two, but who knows."
Eva Longoria, as pretty as ever, walks an 11 p.m. carpet today at her club Eve for a birthday blowout. I hear Eduardo Cruz, Penelope's brother, is coming. Eva turned 36 on Tuesday. Rob Kardashian celebrates his birthday at club Jet tonight after a 12:45 a.m. carpet; he turned 24 on Thursday. Jay Sean is at Bank tonight. B.o.B goes to Haze on Saturday. Mark Salling's at Pure Saturday. Brody Jenner is at Chateau on Saturday. Paul van Dyk spins Saturday at Marquee. Steve Aoki spins Saturday at Surrender. And Calvin Harris (spotted making out with Ke$ha the other day) is back at Encore Beach Club on Saturday.
"I've definitely seen 'The Princess Diaries' 10 or 12 times. ... I will inevitably take them hunting in the woods -- but you gotta do all the girl stuff, too." -- Aaron Lewis, father of three daughters, in today's Neon. He sings Saturday-Sunday at Green Valley Ranch.
Doug Elfman's column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.