The WB's Kinky Kickoff Party!
Now, here's a recipe for a raucous Hollywood party: Invite junior stars and starlets from fledgling WB series to the techno-trendy Key Club on L.A.'s Sunset Strip. Provide photo ops, rock acts, goodie-bag giveaways and copious apple martinis. Add a dash of potty humor from Bob Saget. The public will come.
On April Fool's Day, that's what the WB hoped for as they launched a 10-city U.S. tour to promote their lineup. Sadly, stars from top Frog shows like Charmed, Smallville and 7th Heaven were conspicuously absent while more publicity-hungry actors turned up in abundance. Yes, we're talking about the ambitious B-listers, bless 'em! These included host Jamie Kennedy, whose screaming girlfriend Sarah kept plucking red roses from her table's centerpiece and hurling them at the stage.
"My girlfriend was throwing me love roses from the rafters," he sheepishly told TV Guide Online. "She's very supportive and she always comes to my events." Throughout the evening, Kennedy showed fun clips from Jamie Kennedy Experiment, his kooky hidden-camera series. "I get a little bummed out because the rating numbers are low," he admitted, "but hopefully we'll build awareness."
Raising Dad star Saget raised eyebrows with his blue standup act. A sample soundbite: "My ex-wife asked why I keep playing widowers on TV. I said, 'A man can dream, can't he?'" When his Henny Youngman schtick drew groans from the audience, Saget heckled back: "F--- you! I have issues!"
This was quite clear: Especially when Saget brought up the Hustler Hollywood store down the Strip, where he complained of getting paper cuts on unfortunate parts of his anatomy while "strumming through the dirty magazines." Yikes! "People don't know Bob is dark," Kennedy said. "He likes to talk about his penis and the Olsen twins. But not in the same sentence!"
Bob, we hardly knew ye. And we liked it better that way. Movin' on to slightly more wholesome goings on at the soiree...
Maybe It's Me's Reagan Dale Neis was blond, polite and very focused on making an uncooperative off-the-shoulder top stay off her shoulders. WB poster couple Tangi Miller (Felicity) and J. August Richards (Angel) held hands and canoodled adoringly while listening to rap group Nappy Roots perform.
Downstairs in Key Club's VIP room whose candles and rubber-padded walls suggest a Goth-style mental ward TV Guide Online chatted with the rappers. Still jazzed from doing The Tonight Show earlier that day, R. Prophet explicated their song "Where My Hustlers At?" for us.
"There's an infinite amount of definitions for hustler," he grinned. "A hustler is you holding this mike with your right hand asking me what hustler means. You hustlin' me, cause when it comes to the end of the day, you gotta make yo money. Otherwise, you'd probably be sittin' home listening to some oldies music."
Speaking of which, Felicity's old theme song "The Power of Goodbye" comes to mind...