The premiere of "Feed the Beast" on Wednesday on the Travel Channel finds host Mikey Roe beginning a series-long mission to explore eclectic late-night dining in America. His first stop: The City.
"We chose San Francisco because it's just a great city to be in and it had a lot of terrific late-night food options," Roe says, admitting that he is one “those guys” about which people say, “You have the best job in the world.”
He adds, “I get to go out when people are out at night and taste food all night long. There's nothing better." Read More
California without Yosemite is a terrifying thought. But the famed park that welcomes more than 4 million visitors each year could have been developed and felled in the 19th century, were it not for a government land grant issued in 1864.
“Yosemite was the birth of the park idea,” says David Vassar, writer, director and co-producer of “California Forever.” The two-part documentary about the history and future of the state’s parks airs on KQED Wednesday night. Read More
Most people don’t go from lying by the roadside with a broken pelvis and a severed leg to landing a role on “Sons of Anarchy” in six years. South San Francisco native Kurt Yaeger isn’t most people.
Yaeger, who wears a prosthetic leg, plays Greg the Peg on the show’s fifth season, debuting Sept. 11 on FX. Unlike many disabled television characters — think Becky Jackson on “Glee” or Walter White Jr. on “Breaking Bad” — Greg’s disability is downplayed.
“He’s pretty much like the rest of the guys — a cold-blooded, murdering bad fella,” Yaeger says. Read More
Drew Carey is slipping into Cobb’s Comedy Club for two nights this weekend to “plan a stand-up comedy comeback,” he says, “like, start doing stand-up again.” While Carey is always funny, it is true that he has been working on a wide range of other projects. He’s been hosting “The Price Is Right” since 2007. That gig started right after finishing up eight seasons of hosting the improv hit “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” which completely overlapped with nine seasons of acting in his eponymous sitcom on ABC. Read More
The paraphrased expression “music soothes the savage beast” has taken on new meaning for actress and athlete Dot Jones, the grand marshal of the San Francisco LGBT Pride parade on Sunday.For the past two seasons of the hit series “Glee,” Jones has portrayed McKinley High’s football coach Shannon Beiste. It’s a French surname, but Jane Lynch’s arch Sue Sylvester — known for dubbing other characters in the show with derogatory nicknames — loves to give the pronunciation a distinctly American twang. Read More
To construct her new reality-TV series, alterna-pop queen and gay-rights activist Cyndi Lauper has been committing her hectic schedule to celluloid. It isn’t easy: One day, she’ll be in Washington, D.C., lobbying on behalf of her LGBT-oriented True Colors Fund; the next, she’ll be at the Kentucky Derby in a flying-saucer-size bonnet (“I actually wanted that hat to be bigger!” she says). Saturday, the former “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant appears at San Francisco Symphony’s Black & White Ball in a lineup also featuring Paul Simon. Read More
Don Cornelius, the creator and longtime host of “Soul Train,” was found dead this morning of a gunshot wound.Cornelius was found at his Sherman Oaks home at 4 a.m. by officers responding to a reported shooting. The Los Angeles Times, citing sources, said the gunshot wound appeared to be self-inflicted.Police told TheWrap the investigation was ongoing. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said Cornelius, who was in his 70s, was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai hospital. Read More
Returning for their fourth year at the 11th annual SF Sketchfest are the hilarious Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver, making numerous appearances at the two-week event.On Friday at Cobb’s Comedy Club, the trio hosts an evening focused on the trials and tribulations of working on the small screen. It’s a subject they know plenty about, since beginning in their early 20s on MTV’s hit half-hour sketch comedy show “The State.” Read More
Ricky Gervais said on Friday he has already come up with jokes against "specific targets" for his weekend Golden Globes Award hosting gig -- and that he will stand by every gag.But the comedian said he had felt no enmity with any of the A-list Hollywood stars who will be attending Sunday's televised awards dinner and ceremony, and knew no-one who was upset by his acerbic comments last year."I know what I'm going to say outside the odd ad lib. I can justify it. I stand by it as I do every joke I did last year," Gervais told television reporters. Read More
Shush, already. That's the message the Federal Communications Commission is sending with new rules that force broadcast, cable and satellite companies to turn down the volume on blaring TV commercials.On Tuesday, the FCC passed a set of regulations that will prevent commercials from being louder than the shows around them. It's all part of the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (or CALM) Act, which President Obama signed into law last December. The rules go into effect a year from now. Companies that don't comply will face unspecified FCC action. Read More