The Sunshine State got national recognition the other night, but naturally, not for the right reasons. Seth Meyers, on his new late night talk show, featured a skit called “Fake or Florida,” in which three contestants won manatees for the right answer (the winner netted a Florida flag). Meyers then threw out some weird news stories and asked if they were real or made up. Like the time a pastor (Rich Wilkerson Jr. of Miami Gardens) offered to eat a live cockroach to get church attendance up. Yup! That happened! Should “Fake or Florida” be a real game show? We vote yes, because Meyers and his writing team will never be out of fresh story ideas.
Mixing it up
We may have odd people doing crazy things, but we also have some serious talent coming out of Florida. On the new Wednesday night ABC show Mixology, we spotted another South Floridian who is part of the ensemble cast, besides Palmetto High alum Blake Lee. He’s Craig Frank, who was born and raised in Miami Gardens and went to Miramar High School. The actor plays Cal, the good-looking, confident personal trainer who’s been married and divorced three times by the age of 27. And Alexis Carra, who plays Jessica, a single mom looking for love, is from Tampa.
All in the wrist
Juan Pablo Galavis may be a bit insensitive when it comes to small-screen bachelorette (and his “honesty” may have cost him a gig on Dancing with the Stars) but at least he’s doing some good for all mankind. That orange rubber bracelet the feisty Bachelor wears all the time? Galavis works with the Step by Step Foundation, and is good friends with the founder, Miami Beach resident Liliane Stransky. The $1 wrist candy is the charity’s signature accessory; proceeds go to helping kids.
Congrats! Univision’s entertainment news and gossip show, El Gordo y La Flaca is 15 years old. To celebrate, the show is hosting a “Week of Stars” starting 7 p.m. Monday. Look for guests like Cristian Castro, Daddy Yankee, Ninel Conde y mucho mas. Raul de Molina and Lili Estefan will host live from the station’s Miami studios.
The good news: Tickets to see George Lopez live at Palm Beach Improv June 29 are on sale. The bad news: The comedian may not behave. TMZ reports Lopez was arrested for public intoxication at a Canadian casino Thursday night. Let’s hope the picture of him passed out on the floor doesn’t go too viral. Or at least he makes it part of his act.