Hey, look, any famous rich people can run for president with confidence now, obviously. Kanye West has already announced his intention to run. And Roseanne Barrran in 2012, lasting longer than Donald Trump’s unofficial 2012 trial run by finishing in sixth place.
“If Kanye does run, I’m going to run against him,” Roseanne tells me while prepping to perform today through Sunday at the South Point hotel (tickets: $46-$55).
“What will he do? Run in the Anti-Taylor Swift Party?” the comedian jokes.
But after careful consideration, Roseanne senses an opportunity.
“Maybe he’ll figure out what to say,” she says. “Maybe I could run with him.”
As leader of the Peace and Freedom Party, Roseanne earned 67,326 votes in 2012 while filming a documentary about the political process. It’s coming out this year.
She ran as a socialist.
“That’s Bernie’s (Sanders) whole deal,” she says.
She stumped that “the entire government is totally irrelevant to the citizens and the taxpayers” and that political parties are “obsolete and rigged.”
“And that’s what Trump’s saying,” Roseanne says.
“I thought my candidacy was ahead of its time. My movie proves it because they’re saying the exact same things I was saying,” Roseanne says.
Roseanne’s splashiest campaign issue was something Sanders has been saying: that America must legalize marijuana to curb our prison state because more Americans are behind bars for marijuana now than there were federal prisoners for all crimes combined in 1979, as private prisons fill quotas and politicians pocket private prison campaign funds.
“Most of the people in prison are serving for marijuana. They’re working-class kids,” she says. “They put ‘em in prison, and they work for corporations at 15 cents an hour. That’s what unregulated capitalism gets you. You’re locking up your own tax base.” (Update: The minimum federal prison wage has jumped to 23 cents per hour.)
By the way, Roseanne, who had one of her eye lenses replaced, vaporizes weed for pain relief and is opening a California dispensary.
“I have glaucoma,” she says. “You get pressure in your eyeballs.”
One of the biggest family-friendly events of the year is plowing its way to Sam Boyd Stadium today and Saturday ($43-$315).
Legendary Illinois driver Tom Meentshas a huge stunt to pull off. He will jump his Max-D Monster Truck over five Monster Trucks.
Meents, typically fueled by Mountain Dew and Ho Hos, won’t employ an engineer or physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson to help figure out the calculus of ramp degrees.
“There really won’t be much practice. There’s going to be a lot of speed. It’s gonna be a leap of faith,” the 23-year Monster Truck veteran says.
Meents was the first Monster Truck driver to do a backflip with his truck, but he’s also done a front flip and a double back flip.
If he had his way, Meents would work with the Strip to let him jump one of those pedestrian bridges. Although that would take so many legal releases it might be called “Lawyer Jam.”
CALL TRUMP ‘DONNY’
Rio’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” gets filmed in Las Vegas on April 7-15 for the CW network and for British TV.
Also, Penn Jillettehas a new book coming out Aug. 2: “Presto! How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear.”
And the comedy-illusion duo just changed half their Rio show, replacing eight of 16 bits.
Jillette announced these nuggets on his “Penn’s Sunday School” podcast, during which the former “Celebrity Apprentice” suggests people get under the skin of the leading Republican candidate for the presidential nomination by not calling him “Trump” or “Mr. Trump.”
“He loves it when people say ‘Mr. Trump,’” Jillette said. “When we were on the show, everybody told us, ‘Call him Mr. Trump.’ And then he would call you back by your first name.”
Jillette and podcast co-star Matt Donnelly address Trump as “Donny,” “Donny Jingles,” and “Donny the demon.”
Jillette, a libertarian, formerly found joy in trashing politicians of both major parties, but “Donny” changed all that. “We talked aboutHillary Clinton as though she were a crazy child. Turns out she wasn’t and isn’t,” Jillette said. “The hyperbole has come and bitten us in the ass hard because now the hyperbole is real, and the hyperbole is Donald Trump.”
Doug Elfman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman. On Twitter: @VegasAnonymous