Jimmy Fallon’s visit to Delray Beach, when we became Fran Drescher’s wingman

Jimmy Fallon, seen with wife Nancy Juvonen
Jimmy Fallon, seen with wife Nancy Juvonen

“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, whose all over the Web today because of the currently trending video where “The Voice” judge/country superstar/country boy Blake Shelton tries to teach him the basics of cow milking, is no stranger to South Florida. In 2002, he was a pop-in commentator at the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Delray Beach. And later, he popped in to an interview I was doing with “The Nanny” star and cancer advocate Fran Drescher, up in the VIP area (I saw Alan Thicke! Jon Lovitz walked by and looked at me weird!) For a few moments, we wound up sort of being Fran’s wingman (wingmen?)

Here’s what happened – Fallon had been in town to play some shows with his band, and was walking around in the VIP section with his bass player, whose name I never got. In the middle of the conversation, Drescher pointed the guy out as cute. As they walked by the table, she flashed a wide smile and said hello, and the guy, because Fran Drescher is awesome, smiled back and stopped to chat. This left Jimmy Fallon and I in an awkward but familiar position – being suddenly left standing without anyone to talk to when you friends starts chatting up someone at a bar, leaving you no choice but to talk to his friend.

Fortunately, Jimmy Fallon is super gracious, and I am a reporter, so I got an impromptu interview with him about his music, about how he wound up at the tournament (I think someone just called him and said famous people were doing stuff nearby and he should go) and something something Florida. It was very brief and very pleasant, and I got to confirm that someone who always seemed cool actually was. It sucks when they’re not.

 

Vanilla Ice booted off “Dancing With The Stars,” returns to busy touring and house-flipping stardom

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Well, phooey.

Wellington’s own Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle and partner Witney Carson were sent home from “Dancing With The Stars” Tuesday night, along with fellow ’90s luminary Babyface. His voting-off follows his highest scores ever, for a Cirque du Soleil-themed Viennese waltz, in which he dressed as a solemn-faced clown (I find myself writing a lot about clowns lately.) Ice was super gracious about his dismissal, his time on the show and his partner, probably because the show has given his already high profile a major network bump, and because he’s probably got five shows scheduled, like, tomorrow (his touring schedule seems to have been eating into his dance rehearsal time.) I’ll miss him, because he was an earnest 40-something tackling something new, and us olds need to do that every once in a while, right?

So enjoy this. It’s the last we’ll see of Vanilla Ice until his next DIY Network show, which probably begins next week.

 

Vanilla Ice channels non-creepy clown to scare up highest “Dancing With The Stars” scores

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Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? No, not those weird creepy clowns that have been seen around local schools and the country (Stop being creepy, guys). We mean our own Vanilla Ice, who performed a Cirque du Soleil-themed Viennese waltz on “Dancing With The Stars” and got two 8s and a 7 for his efforts. Not only is his posture greatly improved, but the self-described pop-and-locker who had never done ballroom dance ever did all this with almost no practice. He freaked partner Witney out by explaining he had 5 back-to-back concerts that wouldn’t have him back in the dance studio until the day of the dance.

Yikes! But he worked it out and he’s still a contender, and, apparently, a defender of his fellow celeb dancers, even if that dancer, Ryan Lochte, has had a heck of a summer. I’m still pulling for Vanilla Ice, because I like nothing better than a 40-something who defies the odds and hangs with the kids as long as they can.