Spade’s cash woes: Not enough of it

David Spade is co-starring in “Grown Ups 2” — one of the most popular comedies of the summer, even though critics don’t like it.

I don’t understand why movie reviewers get so vicious about Adam Sandler movies. I have gotten a lot of laughs out of them.

Anyway, Spade — who performs standup Friday and Saturday at The Venetian — thinks critics should “quit expecting miracles from ‘Grown Ups 2.’ ”

“Is it going to be ‘Inception’? No. Is it really going to be ‘Dark Knight Rises,’ where you get excited for that if you’re a reviewer? No.

“It is what it is,” Spade says.

“Grown Ups 2” has grossed $80 million. Only 7 percent of reviewers like it, but 64 percent of audiences like it, says.

“Everybody watches it and goes, ‘Yeah, that’s exactly what we thought it was,’ ” Spade says.

Meanwhile, his CBS sitcom, “Rules of Engagement” (produced by Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions), was canceled in May after a seven-year run.

Here’s a funny thing: When Spade’s NBC sitcom, “Just Shoot Me,” was axed in 2003, he said at the time the emotion he felt was money-mourning:

“It felt like someone went into my backyard and chopped down my money tree.”

So does he feel the same way about “Rules of Engagement”?

“It really is true,” Spade says with a laugh. “I do blow money. … It’s like shoving coal on a fire.”

He loved both TV shows, he says, but cash is a concern.

“When the show stops, money plummets so fast in my account, I go, ‘Oh my God.’ ”

What is the multimillionaire throwing all his money at?

“It burns a hole in your pocket. You’re like, ‘Do I need a diamond-covered skateboard? I think I do.’ And then later, when you’re broke, you’re like: ‘I really didn’t need that.’ ”

But Spade is known for charity check-writing too. He gave $200,000 to the Red Cross this year and last year. He gives money to veterans, police and international emergencies that pop up.

“All these things that come up, I kick them money because I feel like I’m doing all right, and I’m lucky,” Spade says.

“I’m not broke yet like MC Hammer,” he jokes. “I have enough money to last three weeks in case anything goes wrong.”

This weekend, Spade will celebrate his 100th gig at The Venetian.

He jokes that, thanks to his vanity, billboards were using photos of his face from 15 years ago. But lately, they’re using photos from five years ago.

“That was a big step for me,” he says.

So what’s the problem if Spade looks at photos of himself from 15 years ago versus photos from now?

“Um, wanting to blow my brains out, I guess?”


“Pawn Stars ” Rick Harrison married Deanna Burditt on Sunday night in Laguna Beach, Calif., with his Gold and Silver Pawn stars in tow.

Chumlee held the ring. The wedding was conducted by Vegas’ Danny “The Count” Koker. Vegas/LA rockers Steel Panther played the reception.

Harrison told me in February 2012 that he met Burditt, a legal secretary, at Vintner Grill, where they were bonding when son Corey strolled up and asked, “Are you going to be my new stepmom?”

Their first date was at Aureole in Mandalay Bay, followed by a Steel Panther show.

Their attraction: He told me that they had “the same disgusting sense of humor” (“I won’t go into that”) and that she was “really, really smart,” and they sat around talking history and politics.

Doug Elfman’s column appears Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at He blogs at

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