Dan Gross: Judge Simmons loves Snoop Dogg

Posted: August 31, 2010

MUNICIPAL Judge Karen Simmons got a hug and a kiss from Snoop Dogg last night at the Wine & Spirits store (1218 Chestnut) where the rapper signed bottles of Landy Cognac. Simmons didn't buy the bottle but still got to meet the man she calls "The greatest hip-hop artist of all time."

"I've been his fan since the beginning," Her Honor said. She was less talkative when asked her feelings on Snoop's love of weed and offered "No comment."

Snoop, who played later last night at the TLA (334 South) arrived about 6:10 for the liquor-signing, which was scheduled from 3 to 4 p.m. Many fans had left but he was still welcomed by a good crowd.

'Jackass, 'Eye' detained in Canada

Chester County "Jackass' Bam Margera and South Philly boxing promoter Joey "Eye" Intrieri were detained Saturday in Montreal by customs officials who recognized Margera, and for some reason thought Joey Eye was on MTV's "Jersey Shore."

"We probably looked like the most unsavory characters on the plane. He looked like the Unabomber with a hoodie with the hood up and sunglasses and I had a cut-off T-shirt with all my tattoos showing," Joey Eye told us.

Agents said "You guys are on the same channel, MTV," Joey says, and he asked what they were talking about. "You're from the 'Jersey Shore,' " he was told.

Offended, Joey Eye started yelling at customs agents, saying "That's an insult. Those people are idiots." Margera confirmed for the agents that Joey Eye, 41, was not part of the "Jersey Shore" cast.

The two were eventually released and shared a laugh about the incident before parting ways. Joey Eye was in Montreal serving as cutman for South Philly's "Hammerin' " Hank Lundy who defeated Omri Lowther in a fight that was aired on ESPN2.

A.C. activity

Bill Cosby spent some time with Chelsea Handler and her family and friends Saturday afternoon at the Borgata where both comedians performed over the weekend. Cosby and Handler, host of E!'s "Chelsea Lately," talked about Cosby's early days and their comedic philosophies. Handler and family dined at chef Stephen Kalt's Fornelletto Cucina and played blackjack as well.

* Also at the Borgata were Stevie Nicks (in town playing the Trump Taj Mahal) who dined at Bobby Flay Steak on Thursday and Sammy Hagar who dined with friends at the Old Homestead Steakhouse. He was opening for Aerosmith at Boardwalk Hall.

_ Saturday night Hagar, the former Van Halen frontman, took in funnyman Joe Piscopo's show "That's Life," which also features Broadway veteran Michael Longoria, at Caesars. Hagar was accompanied by his pal Don Marrandino, eastern region prez for Harrah's Entertainment.

* Punk legend Iggy Pop turned heads when he went for a Saturday morning dip in the pool at the Chelsea in Atlantic City. Iggy and the Stooges, who stayed at the Chelsea Thursday through Saturday, played their classic album "Raw Power," at the House of Blues Friday.

Out and about

* Germantown native rapper Eve went for chef Aldo Lamberti's crab and zucchini fritters and the spicy crabake during a Saturday dinner at Positano Coast (212 Walnut). Eve, with three friends, also sipped white wine and was overheard saying she was visiting family and friends.

* Flyers coach Peter Laviolette and his kids were at Pinsetter in Pennsauken for bowling, pizza and sodas Friday.

Hill's new TV gig

Philly native Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill, formerly a Fox News Channel contributor, will now host "Our World with Black Enterprise," a weekly show on TV One, reports BVBuzz.com. Hill, a cultural anthropologist and former Temple prof, (and former Daily News Sexy Single) debuts Oct. 2.

Lauren Cohn joins Fox 29

Lauren Cohn, ex-NBC10 anchor/reporter, starts Sept. 7 on Fox 29 as a reporter and fill-in anchor on weekday newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. Cohn left NBC10 in '07 for the Fox affiliate in Chicago.

Funny brothers

Usually it's comic Joe Conklin's gigs that you read about here, but on Saturday his older brother John Conklin, a singer, performs with Jerry Butler, the Mad Lads, the Unity Band and DJ AJ at the Stardust Ballroom (363 W. Browning) in Bellmawr, N.J. The show's at 9. Tickets are $60, call 215-747-2431 or email virgil1836@aol.com.

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