Dan Gross: Always 'Sunny' with this gang

Posted: June 24, 2010

"IT'S ALWAYS Sunny in Philadelphia" fans flocked last night to catch a glimpse of stars Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson and Glenn Howerton outside Mac's Tavern (226 Market), where they attended a grand-opening party.

South Philly-raised McElhenney and Olson, his wife and co-star, are expecting a baby boy in August.

The couple had a great time shooting in town this week, although McElhenney says he wishes they hadn't picked the hottest week of the year to shoot. Olson said she's become insufferable while pregnant, but she seemed sweet to us.

They said the bar won't be too gimmicky, though there are "Sunny" references throughout the place and on the menu.

On the FX series the gang runs a bar called Paddy's, and McElhenney's character is named Mac. Howerton says he's been accepted as a Philadelphian from the show's several trips here to shoot. He worked in a play at the Walnut Street Theatre nine years ago.

Danny DeVito arrived later carrying takeout bags from Butcher & Sunger (15th and Walnut). Guests included former Phils catcher Sal Fasano and 93.3 WMMR's Preston Elliott and Marissa Magnatta.

Golden Girl gone

Power 99 on Tuesday let go longtime host Golden Girl in a decision we hear was based on budget cuts. A Power 99 spokeswoman declined to reveal specifics but did confirm that Golden Girl, aka Lisa Natson, had been "released." Golden Girl had hosted weekdays from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Power 99 spokeswoman Loraine Ballard Morrill says the Hot Boyz show will now air from 7 to midnight, instead of 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Our calls to Golden Girl were not returned yesterday.

Toastee stripping

Havertown's Jennifer Toof, better known as Toastee to fans of VH1's "Flavor of Love" and "I Love Money," has been stripping at Christine's Cabaret (6130 Passyunk). Tomorrow she will model for HotWomenPromotions.com, the new Web site from self-proclaimed former escort-service mogul Tony Chiu, who's moving to Las Vegas any day now.

* In other local reality-show-stars-turned

strippers, Narberth's Aneesa Ferreira, from MTV's "Real World Chicago" and various "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" shows, has been dancing at Club Onyx (2908 S. Columbus).

Old school rivalry

U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah introduced Bill Cosby on Tuesday at the Best of Black Business gala in Washington, an event that honors successful African-American entrepreneurs. When Fattah mentioned that Cosby had attended Central High, Cosby, offstage at the time, let out a cheer that spread laughter through the crowd. Cosby was the main entertainer, telling stories about his Philly teen angst. The Cos later joked with guests about the merits of Central and Fattah's alma mater, Overbrook High.

Actor takes the mound

Jackson Rathbone, in town Saturday to promote both "The Last Airbender," opening July 2, and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," out June 30, will throw out the first pitch at Saturday's Phillies/Blue Jays game. He'll be joined on the mound by "Airbender" cast mate Nicola Peltz.

What's goin' on . . .

* 76ers veteran Darryl Dawkins will

help judge an amateur dunk contest at 4 p.m. Saturday outside the Taste of Philadelphia event at the Reading Terminal Market. The winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to win $10,000 in the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, judged by Le-Bron James, over the All-Star weekend.

Dunkers older than 18 are welcome.

* A.J. Feeley is coming back to the area

for Sunday's Tackling Breast Cancer Awareness Day at Keenan's (113 Old New Jersey) in North Wildwood. He'll be joined by Eagles lineman Todd Herremans at the 3-to-7 p.m. event. Tomorrow 610 WIP's Joe Conklin performs at Keenan's new Peggy's Crab Shack. Tickets are available at the door.

* Attorney Craig Robinson, seen on

ABC's "The Bachelorette," hosts a poolside brunch party from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City. For info or reservations, call 609-428-4544.

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