Originally posted June 20
When Alison Meermans begins her shot at becoming a Jeopardy! champion tonight, her friends and family will be watching.
The Lakewood resident continues what seems to be a fine 2014 trend of Northeast Ohio denizens going up against the Big Blue Board.
"It likely started with watching Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? as a kid, and lots of games of Trivial Pursuit," Meermans says. "Plus watching Jeopardy! was a nightly routine in our house, and after a while I figured I should at least try to go for it. So I took the online tests when they were offered, auditioned in Cleveland in December 2012, and got called to film the show in January 2014."
Of course, Meermans can't discuss what'll happen during her time on the show - hence the whole point of watching along - but she says she did plenty of prep work prior to the filming.
"I played a lot of Sporcle, an online quiz site, and used the QuizUp app to brush up on things like literature, geography, history - the kinds of topics you see on Jeopardy!," she says. "I didn't try to focus on learning a lot of new material, just refreshing my memory on things I'd already learned. The game moves really quickly, so I wanted to feel confident in what I knew and didn't know."
Meermans' family and friends will gather at McCarthy's on Main Avenue in the Flats. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
On the bio posted on the NBC website for Undateable, the new sitcom on which he stars as Burski, a dufus who hangs out at the bar frequented by the show’s loveable losers, comic Rick Glassman says he moved from Northeast Ohio to L.A. in 2008 to become a “Jewish heartthrob.” So how’s that working out?
“Fine,” says a sarcastic Glassman over coffee last weekend when he was in town for an interview on the local NBC affiliate. “It’s working out fine. I realize I’m never going to be a heartthrob. I wanted to find a niche. It’s a little too broad. I need to find something more specific. Maybe a Cleveland Jewish heartthrob who has a marketing degree.”
There might not be a comic currently working the circuit who has more international appeal than Eddie Izzard. The history-obsessed Brit is currently on a tour that will take him to some 25 countries. He’s in the midst of playing 51 shows in 32 cities in 63 days and performs tonight at the Palace Theatre.
“I want to play all 50 states,” he says via phone from a Boston tour stop. “If you’re doing anything creative, you’re trying to create a bit of noise and excitement. That’s why I do gigs in multiple languages and run the marathons. It all adds to making it a circus coming to town. I’m always trying to move forward and go to different places.”
What began as a small menu addition at Tiro Tavern has escalated into a full-fledged annual Testicle Festival, an event for all kinds of nut sack connoisseurs to be held again this year, May 9 — 10.
Last year's Testicle Festival was full of entertainment, beer and, of course, testicle fries. And, if nuts just weren't for you, the local Volunteer Fire Department sold hot dogs (which was still pretty fitting to the overall theme).
This might not be an event for the easily squeamish, but if you're curious about what nads actually taste like (which is apparently similar to liver, not chicken), save the date and get ready to have a ball (or two, or three).
This morning, the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park announced that Club Velvet, its new venue for comedy, magic and acoustic acts, will open on March 20. The club was originally scheduled to open last month, but construction delayed the opening by a few weeks. The rocksino has partnered with the Comedy Zone to bring big-name comedians to town to play the venue.
Funnyman Drew Carey is about to bust a move (or two or three) on the new season of Dancing with the Stars, Good Morning America announced today.
The Cleveland native will be one of 11 celebrity contestants this season, which kicks off on March 17.
Professional dancer and two time Dancing with the Stars champ Cheryl Burke is slated to be Carey's partner.
Me too! :) RT @CherylBurke: So excited to have Drew as my partner! #dwts18 http://t.co/LmPQrNSjWm
— Drew Carey (@DrewFromTV) March 4, 2014
Scene suspects Carey was drafted by show producers to help bring a little comic relief to the program, which has been known to get pretty hot and heated, because, let's be honest, we already know the man can dance:
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