Will Ferrell on His South Coast Repertory Acting Class and Pay-to-Play Standup at Golden Bear

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Stayin' classy
"I would start by singing the theme song to Star Trek. The whole [in falsetto:] aaaaaaaaa-aaaahhhhh, aaa-aaa-aaa ahh-ahhhhh .... But I'd sing the whole thing. Aaaaaaaaa-aaaahhhhh, aaa-aaa-aaa ahh ahhhhh. That would usually get applause or some reaction. And then [I'd say] I was originally the singer and I don't have any testicles."

-Will Ferrell, to WTF podcaster Marc Maron, on our Holiday Film Issue 2013 cover boy's first performance on stage at the Golden Bear in Huntington Beach.

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Will Ferrell on Watching Irvine Improv Open Mics and Life in "Park Watts Apartments"

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Photo by Gemma LaMana, cover design by Dustin Ames
"... I had an older neighbor, in Irvine's only apartment complex by the way."

Hee-hee, yeah?

"Park West Apartments."

Uh-huh.

"Which the rich kids referred to as 'Park Watts.'"

Oh, really, it was bad?

"It was just that one black family [was among those living there] but everyone thought, wow, it's ethnic."

-Will Ferrell, our Holiday Film Issue 2013 cover boy, to WTF podcaster Marc Maron.

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"Rockin' Fig" Rick Fignetti and the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing: an Un-love Story

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Rick "Rockin' Fig" Fignetti at the mic.
Over the years, you've heard him on KROQ, read his local newspaper columns and walked past his Main Street shop, so it was really no surprise that one of last weekend's Surfers' Hall of Fame inductees in Huntington Beach was Rick Fignetti.

No, the surprise came weeks earlier, when it was revealed "Rockin' Fig" would no longer be the voice of the U.S. Open of Surfing. And now we learn the bad mojo Fignetti now feels from the international event extended all last weekend, which kicked off with his induction ceremony and ended with the now-infamous "white riot." Karma may be a Fig.

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OC-Based Record, Film Producer Christopher B. Stokes Files Defamation Lawsuits

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Entertainment world polymath Christopher B. Stokes filed two civil lawsuits this month in Orange County Superior Court alleging that two entities, a Youtube channel and an online radio show, violated California law by committing defamation against his character.

Stokes--a music producer tied to B2K and Brandy, and a film director from House Party 4 and You Got Served--filed his May 2 lawsuits seeking at least $2 million in damages from Shadyatlien, the Youtube channel, and IP617FM.COM (a.k.a. IP617RadioTV), a Massachusetts-based enterprise.

The Anaheim Hills resident, a self-styled "entertainment mogul" who is the son of actress Irene Stokes, accuses the two entities of presenting the public "libelous material" that "defames plaintiff's character, broadcasts/transmits a falsified story, negatively portrays plaintiff's name/public image" in a "fraudulent nature."

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Ira Glass Drops F-Bombs in Long Beach

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Asked about the legacy he will leave, Ira Glass delivered a message Saturday night to future generations of earthlings:

"FUCK OFF!"

Needless to say, many bluehaired This American Life listeners in the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts in Long Beach were not prepared for that.

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[UPDATED with 'Ghost' Makes Final Farewell:] Huell Howser Leaves This Earth But What About Comic James Adomian's Impersonation?

See the update at the end of this post about where you can hear the comic's ghostly "final farewell" from "a different Huelliverse."

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ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 7, 2:50 P.M.: The Mexican broke the news earlier about LA public television legend and tireless Port of Long Beach defender Huell Howser passing away.

Which has me wondering will this also spell the end of comedian James Adomian's spot-on impersonation of ol' Huell?

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10 Brushes with Celebrities in Orange County, Both Major and Very Minor in 2012

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Moving cameras are nothing new to Orange County, where countless motion pictures have been shot, movie stars have frolicked and resided and, in more recent years, reality television stars have made our Plasticland "real."

But though we're a short distance/long commute from being Hollywood adjacent, we still get a kick of out seeing, say, a comedy blockbuster star on our toll road, a porn star in our courthouse or a popular teen show baddie in our drunk tank. After the jump are 10 random brushes with celebrity in 2012 . . .

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[VIDEO:] Jim Rome Debuts on Showtime and We Recall His Clash with Another OC Resident

Categories: Radio, Sports, TV
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With Jim Rome on Showtime premiering tonight, uh, on Showtime, we thought it would be a great time to recall Irvine resident and sports "bring it"-er extraordinaire Jim Rome's famous meeting with another Orange County resident.

Not that Romey would like to re-live what he's called the lowest point in his broadcasting career . . .

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Stacy Davies' Return to the Radiowaves is a Hollywood Happening

Categories: OC Media, Radio
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Long, long ago, sometime between Adam and Eve discovering electricity and the early aughts, the Weekly's then-calendar editor/now-award-winning arts writer Stacy Davies had a hilarious radio show or three on KUCI-FM.

Beginning a few weeks ago, she returned to the Orange County airwaves on "Laguna's only FM," KX93.5.

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Poorman Meets Hurricane Sandy

Categories: Radio, TV
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What is Loveline creator, former Orange County TV host (pick a station, any station) and Newport Beach "Poor Palace" resident Poorman (a.k.a. Jim Trenton) doing on the streets of New York City in the middle of Hurricane Sandy?

Why, the backstroke, of course.

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