Dan Gross: Piscopo show coming to A.C.

Posted: August 05, 2010

FUNNYMAN Joe Piscopo will perform publicly in his Frank Sinatra get-up for the first time since "Saturday Night Live."

On Aug. 28, the Jersey-born entertainer's show, "That's Life," comes to the Circus Maximus theater at Caesars Atlantic City, along with singer Michael Longoria, who played Frankie Valli inĀ "Jersey Boys" on Broadway.

Piscopo, a multi-instrumentalist, will play drums, guitar, piano, sax, flute and also appear as Bruce Springsteen. As far as his Sinatra garb, Piscopo told us yesterday that he had to dig around the basement of his home in Hunterdon County, N.J., to find the bow-tie and pinkie ring he wore as Sinatra, or "The Old Man," as he calls him, from his "SNL" days. He did dress as Sinatra for a Friar's Club roast of Valli a few years ago. He's quick to point out that his show is a "true-to-the-core tribute and tip of the hat to the greatest entertainer of all time."

The actor, who played Danny Vermin in the hilarious "Johnny Dangerously," said he "accidentally reinvented myself," in that he now performs musical comedy.

"I'm pumped about it," Piscopo says. "Never have I stepped onstage as The Boss and the Chairman of the Board. And you gotta hear this kid sing," referring to Longoria, who will perform hits by many artists including the best of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Out and about_ Controversial doctor Conrad Murray, who was with Michael Jackson when he died, was in town last week for dinner at Barclay Prime, on Rittenhouse Square. Why? Probably because his girlfriend/baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, is from Philly. She is a graduate of the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where she was a dance major.

* Comedian Dom Irrera dined with two

lovely ladies at Popi's (20th & Penrose) Monday.

Priscilla Presley here for QVCPriscilla Presley will be in the area Monday launching a jewelry line on QVC. The "Naked Gun" actress says that many of the pieces are inspired by jewelry that Elvis gave her.

She's on-air starting at 9 a.m.

Ronsons to light up BorgataWe hear that music mogul Mark Ronson, who produced Amy Winehouse, among others, will be a surprise DJ Saturday at the birthday bash for his twin sisters, Charlotte and Samantha, at the Borgata's club Mixx.

And speaking of Borgata . . .

"Twilight" hunk Kellan Lutz hosts the Social Sundays pool party at Sunbar this Sunday, and, same day, Solange, Beyonce's sister, is supposed to spin and later host a party at Mixx. To reserve a table, visit borgatanightlife.com.

_ Eleanor Kerrigan, a South Philly-

raised comic and former fiancee of Andrew "Dice" Clay, plays Borgata's comedy club Aug. 16-19 with Uncle Larry Reeb and Billy Gardell.

Rendell to aid Magee RehabGov. Rendell will be honorary chairman of the 21st annual Jerry Segal Classic, a golf outing to benefit Magee Rehabilitation Hospital. The Sept. 24 event takes place at the ACE Club and Green Valley Country Club, in Lafayette Hill. In past years Rendell, good at getting money out of people politically, has been known to step in as guest auctioneer. The classic has raised more than $9 million for Magee. For info, check out SegalClassic.com.

Area author hard at workLawrenceville, N.J., author Chris Illuminati is working on a sequel to his book "A**holeology: The Science Behind Getting What You Want - And Getting Away With It," for Adams Media. The author has quit his day job as a blogger on phillyburbs.com, to write and care for his son, Evan, whom he and wife, Libby, who works in insurance, welcomed in March. Illuminati is also blogging about parenting at messagewithabottle.tumblr.com, and was approached with interest on a book of the notes he leaves himself on Evan's bottles.

Hooters hosting 'Expendables' partyHooters (240 N. Gulph) in King of Prussia is hosting a "Manstravaganza" for "The Expendables," from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, in which guys can compete in a wing-eating contest, devour cheese-steaks and dunk Hooters girls in a tank - all to promote the Sylvester Stallone film opening Aug. 13.

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