Dan Gross: No longer Late Late, Kilborn premieres at 7

Posted: June 28, 2010

COMEDIAN Craig Kilborn just visited Philadelphia for the first time, but he spent his childhood rooting for the Sixers.

The Minnesota-raised Kilborn, whose new talk-show "The Kilborn File," premieres at 7 tonight on Fox 29, says he grew up "obsessed with Dr. J."

In addition to Julius Erving, Kilborn says he was a huge fan of late, great Sixers announcer Dave Zinkoff and used to do a Zinkoff impression. Kilborn says his new show will "be the first comedic topical show at dinnertime. We have the first jokes of the day," he said of the program that will tape about 9 a.m. weekdays in Los Angeles.

The talk host, a veteran of ESPN's "SportsCenter" and CBS' "Late Late Show," was also seen in the movie "Old School."

He and sidekick actress Christine Lakin will have a panel of guests whom Kilborn expects to include friends from his "Late Late Show" days, celebrities and musicians

as guests but not performing.

Colleagues dish, Platt dines

While some of Larry Platt's former Philadelphia magazine employees told us Friday they were surprised his ill-mannered jesting, tackling people in the hallways, and other un-bosslike behavior didn't lead to his ouster sooner, the former editor celebrated his Philly mag career and his future over dinner at Franco's Osteria (3900 City Ave.).

With him were his spouse, Bet, and pals Charles Barkley and Fred Lavner, of RetroPhilly.com, their wives Maureen and Elyse, and the Lavners' son Richie.

Platt, who oversaw the mag for eight years, and its parent company, Metrocorp, both announced Friday that he resigned. We reported Friday on PhillyGossip.com and in Saturday's Daily News that sources said the decision was made by Metrocorp not to renew Platt's contract, which was up in August, and based more on his antics and methods as a boss and less for his editorial judgment.

'Sunny' stars still here

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" stars Rob McElhenney and his pregnant bride Kaitlin Olson caught the USA vs. Ghana World Cup match at Mac's Tavern (226 Market), the new bar in which they are partners with several others. South Philly-raised McElhenney and Olson, who are expecting a boy in August, also dined with friends at Melograno (2012 Sansom) a few nights back.

Out and about

* Former Flyers coach John Stevens and assistant Jack McIlhargey, a former Broad Street Bully himself, and their wives dined at Joe Pesce (833 Haddon) in Collingswood Thursday, the night before Stevens was named assistant coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

* Wendy Kaufman, best known from her Snapple commercials, dined at Chef Vola's in Atlantic City Saturday night while 610 WIP's Angelo Cataldi, with wife Gail and People Paper sportswriter Stan Hochman and his wife Gloria were also among patrons at the fantastic Italian restaurant inside the basement of a residential home.

* NBC10's John Clark and 6ABC's Jeff Skversky, both alums of Atlantic City's NBC40, dined Saturday at A.C.'s Chelsea Prime with former NBC40 news director Lisa Johnson, who hired Clark there. Johnson now works in communications and represents the Chelsea Hotel, where the steakhouse is located.

Big week for Slick musicians

Local rockers Dr. Dog will be the musical guest on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" Friday night, or Saturday morning if you want to be all technical about it. Meanwhile, new Dr. Dog drummer, Eric Slick's sister Julie Slick, will perform Thursday at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut). She's the bassist in the Adrian Belew Power Trio and will also perform songs from her solo CD that features King Crimson's Robert Fripp and Pat Mastelotto.

Bet on local 'Top Chef'

Local "Top Chef" contestant Kevin Sbraga is favored to win at Bookmaker.com, whose CEO Mickey Richardson has long handicapped reality TV shows. Sbraga is the chef at Rat's (16 Fairgrounds) in Hamilton, N.J.

Signe judging student art

People Paper editorial cartoonist Signe Wilkinson will be a judge of the upcoming Let Art Freedom Ring competition hosted by the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and the National Liberty Museum. The exhibit features 6-foot-tall Liberty Bell interpretations from students at Kenderton, Linglebach, Sharswood, Hunter and Beeber and is on display at the National Liberty Museum (321 Chestnut). They will be displayed at the National Constitution Center during the Welcome America celebration and throughout the summer. Visit letartfreedomring.org for more info.

The art program is scheduled to enter more Philadelphia schools to support learning through the arts and literacy. The event debuts with a cocktail reception at 5:30 tomorrow night at the National Liberty Museum.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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