October 30 2020

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Friday, October 30, 2020 — Edition: #6840

The BS Press!

★ Khloe Kardashian had coronavirus earlier this year. The news was confirmed on Thursday’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”. In self-recorded footage, Khloe revealed she suffered from vomiting, shaking, and hot and cold flashes. To make matters worse, coronavirus also brought on terrible headaches, and, as she put it, “My chest would burn when I cough”. She assured viewers that if everyone follows precautions “we’re all gonna be ok.”
★ Fans of “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” have raised over $50,000 for Jeanise Jones, the grandmother who appears in the film and is hired to babysit Borat’s daughter, Tutar. This comes after Jones revealed that she was paid just $3,600 for her time. Though The New York Post quoted her as feeling “betrayed” by Baron Cohen and the filmmakers, she clarified that she felt safe while filming her scenes and blames herself for not fully reading her contract.
★ Fans of “The Masked Singer” will have a chance to decipher “whodancedit” this December, when FOX premieres “The Masked Dancer.” Craig Robinson will host the new show, featuring celebrity contestants shaking their tail feathers, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes, and leaving audiences to guess their identities. Costumed celebrities will be joined by masked partners and back-up dancers. Each week, a series of clues will be sprinkled throughout packages, costumes and routines, leading the panelists one step closer to figuring out which famous faces are freestyling behind the masks.
★ David Hasselhoff is ready to rock with a brand-new heavy metal song. The Hoff has teamed up with Austrian metal duo CueStack on the tune: ‘Through the Night’, and is asking fans to support a Kickstarter campaign to finance a music video and “turn their retro Sci-Fi/Cyberpunk vision into reality”. They also want to film a making-of documentary.


• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/Global): Tracee Ellis Ross, Eric Andre, Tate McRae (R)
• “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV): Nick Offerman, Stacey Abrams, Busta Rhymes featuring Anderson .Paak
• “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (CBS/Global): Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jon Stewart
• “Late Night with Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV): Adam Sandler, Jason Alexander, Todd Sucherman (R)
• “The View” (ABC/CTV): James Monroe Iglehart
• “The Talk” (CBS): Jason Ritter, Dr. Phil McGraw, Robin McGraw, Matthew Gray Gubler, Debbie Gibson, Antonia Lofaso
• “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (ABC/CTV): Live’s Best Halloween Show Ever: Almost as Scary as Real Life, featuring Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Probst, Dr. Sandra Lee, Dr. Terry Dubrow, Dr. Paul Nassif
• “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (NBC/CTV): Howie Mandel
• “The Kelly Clarkson Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Zoe Lister-Jones, Michelle Monaghan, Omari Hardwick, Brett Loudermilk
• “The Drew Barrymore Show” (CHECK LOCAL LISTINGS): Ashley Park

• “One Royal Holiday” (HALLMARK): When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter from a blizzard, she learns that they are the royal family of Galwick and that they are both in need of a little Christmas magic.
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC): Host John Mulaney, with musical guests The Strokes

• “Supermarket Sweep” (ABC): Why You Ain’t Get More Than One Turkey?
• “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (ABC): Julie Bowen plays for Baby2Baby; Joel McHale plays for Groundswell; bus driver Eric Bailey plays for the $1 million prize.
• “On the 12th Date of Christmas” (HALLMARK): Two seemingly incompatible game designers team up to create a romantic scavenger hunt with the theme “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

• Dua Lipa — has announced a live streamed event Nov. 27. “Studio 2054” will see her perform “a brand new multi-dimensional live experience”, accompanied by musicians, dancers, skaters, aerialists and acrobats. She’ll also be joined by “a host of surprise superstar guests”. Tickets go on sale today.
• Bebe Rexha — will make her feature film debut in “Queenpins”, alongside Kristin Bell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Vince Vaughn and Paul Walter Hauser. No word on a release date. Rexha previously voice starred in the animated feature “UglyDolls”.
• Whitney Houston – has become the first Black artist have three albums achieve diamond status. Her  1987 sophomore album, “Whitney,” has now sold the equivalent of 10 million copies, joining her self-titled 1985 debut, and 1992’s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, which have sold 13 million and 18 million units, respectively. She’ll be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nov. 7.
• Arcade Fire — Win Butler says he has been writing new material feverishly since the beginning of coronavirus quarantine, and now has enough material to record “two or three” albums.
• Alice Cooper – says he “never had so much fun” in his life as when he guested on The Muppet Show’s 1978 Halloween special. During the 70s, he turned most cameo opportunities down, out of concern that they would dilute his menacing image. But when Jim Henson came calling, he says it was an offer that he couldn’t refuse.
• David Bowie – His biopic “Stardust” hits theaters and video on demand on Nov. 25. It stars Johnny Flynn (“Emma”), who plays a 24-year-old Bowie. The movie begins in 1971, when Bowie’s presentation of male sexuality receives pushback, which leads him to craft his alter-ego, ‘Ziggy Stardust’.
• Queen – Their 1975 hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has been named the UK’s favorite song in a poll of 2,000 Brits to mark the launch of the new Sony Walkman. It was followed closely by their 1978 tune ‘‘Don’t Stop Me Now’. Rounding out the top 5: The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’, John Lennon’s ‘’Imagine’ and Bon Jovi’s ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’.
• Brett Young – A new album is coming soon. During a recent media event, he said: “I think it’s realistic for end of this year or January of next year, that we’ll just have a full project out.”
• Kane Brown — will perform during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys’ annual Thanksgiving game Nov. 26. The Cowboys will play the Washington Football Team, and Brown’s performance will kick off The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign.
• Billy Joe Shaver — the outlaw-country music pioneer who wrote some of the genre’s greatest songs, died Wednesday after suffering a stroke at 81. His classics include ‘Honky Tonk Heroes’, ‘Georgia on a Fast Train’, ‘Old Five and Dimers Like Me’, and ‘Live Forever’, and his songs were recorded by Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley.

Chalk up one more for the “leave the darn clocks alone” crowd. A sleep expert says year-round standard time would be better for our health. Alanna McGinn points out that with the fall time change that we will go through beginning early Sunday, we’ll see increased cases of depression because of fewer sunlight hours. Then, when spring rolls around, an already over-tired society will experience the loss of another hour of sleep. This leads to “an increase in car accidents, in workplace accidents, (and) in heart attacks.” While many jurisdictions, including Ontario, Canada, are considering ending the bi-annual clock change and remaining on daylight saving time year-round, McGinn believes that would be a mistake. She says when you look at overall health and well-being, it’s best to wake up in natural light, and if daylight time is permanent, winter mornings would be pretty “grim”, with some areas not seeing the sunrise until 9am at some points in the year.
(So then I sleep in until 9. I don’t see the problem…)
(Hi Alanna. I’d like to introduce you to my teenagers. They, too, are sleep experts!)
(Why didn’t someone tell me this stuff about it being healthiest to wake up when it’s light out BEFORE I took this job??)

➢ A billionaire is being sued for allegedly playing the “Gilligan’s Island” theme on a loop to annoy his neighbours.  According to the suit, Los Angeles investor Bill Gross and his girlfriend, former tennis pro Amy Schwartz, played the theme song at all hours, occasionally mixed in with other tunes, in an attempt to get their neighbors to drop their complaint over a $1-million outdoor glass sculpture which they said blocked their view. Gross is being sued for harassment and intentional infliction of emotional distress. (Sounds like he was driving them coconuts!)
➢ A Texas woman’s strip club-inspired Halloween display featuring seductively posed skeletons has raised the ire of her local homeowner’s association. Angela Nava of Richmond received a letter saying there had been complaints about her “inappropriate” and “offensively positioned” decorations. The display features skeletons in colorful wigs pole dancing and striking other suggestive poses. Nava said she enjoyed changing the positions of the skeletons every night. She was initially going to take it down after she got the letter, but after receiving support on Facebook, she decided: “People are having so much fun with this, and they love it, I’m going to continue to do it.'” (At least there’s no concern that they’re showing too much ‘skin!)
-ETCanada, UPI

Families stuck at home have resorted to playing board games again, and that’s benefiting Hasbro. The maker of “Monopoly” and “Magic: The Gathering” reported a 21% jump in gaming sales as the result of homebound people looking for ways to occupy their time. Branded “Star Wars” and “The Mandalorian” toys also “delivered strong revenue growth,” according to the company. (Weird. My family won’t stay in the same room as me for more than a half-hour these days…)


1945 [75] Henry Winkler, New York City, NY, TV actor (‘Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli’ on “Happy Days” 1974-1984)/2018 Emmy: “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series” for his role as ‘Gene’ on “Barry”

1951 [69] Harry Hamlin, Pasadena CA, TV actor (“L.A. Law” 1986-1991, “Mad Men” 2013-2014)

1965 [55] Gavin Rossdale, London UK, rock singer-guitarist (Bush-‘Glycerine’)/wed to Gwen Stefani 2002-15

1975 [45] Ian D’Sa, Ealing UK [raised Mississauga ON], rock guitarist-vocalist (Billy Talent-‘Rusted From the Rain’)

1978 [42] Matthew Morrison, Fort Ord CA, TV actor (‘Will Schuester’ on “Glee” 2009-15)

1981 [39] Ivanka Trump, New York City, NY, business executive/author/advisor to the President of the United States, Donald Trump/daughter of Donald Trump and his first wife, Ivana)

1988 [32] Janel Parrish, Oahu HI, TV actress (‘Mona Vanderwaal’ on “Pretty Little Liars” 2010-2017)

SATURDAY- Larry Mullen Jr (U2) is 59; Filmmaker Peter Jackson (“Lord of the Rings”) is 59; Dermot Mulroney (“My Best Friend’s Wedding”) is 57; Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalow”) is 57; Adam Horovitz (Beastie Boys) is 54;  Vanilla Ice (‘Ice, Ice Baby’) is 53; Piper Perabo (“Coyote Ugly”) is 44; Willow Smith (‘Whip My Hair’) is 20

SUNDAY- Music producer David Foster is 71; Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) is 60; Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is 58;  ‘Big’ Kenny Alphin (Big & Rich) is 57; Toni Collette (“Muriel’s Wedding”) is 48; Jenny McCarthy (“The View”) is 48; Natalia Tena (“Game of Thrones”) is 36; Penn Badgley (“Gossip Girl”) is 34

• “Candy Corn Day”, celebrating the traditional Halloween candy that resembles corn kernels and can’t be resisted until you’ve finished off the entire 2-lb bag. About 9 billion pieces are manufactured each year. (What?? It’s not grown on a stalk like regular corn?)

• “Checklist Day”, to appreciate the value of lists, and the peace of mind they give by helping you stay organized. Too lazy to make your own? Here’s a website that does it for you …
NET: http://checklists.com  (We understand that Santa Claus is a big proponent of making a list…and checking it twice!)

• “Create a Great Funeral Day”, whether you are someone who likes to have things done your way, or if you simply don’t want to burden your loved ones with the task, pre-planning your funeral is a good idea. (Besides … it’s much more fun for you when you do it in advance…That’s it…put the ‘fun’ back in ‘funeral’!)

• “Devil’s Night” or “Mischief Night,” traditionally a night of pranks before Halloween.

• “Buy a Doughnut Day” … really, who buys just one? (The official dictionary spelling of the word is “doughnut.” The simplified, Americanized spelling of “donut,” has been around since the late 19th century. It didn’t catch on, though, until late in the 20th century)

• “Sugar Addiction Awareness Day”, something to keep in mind on what is also ‘Candy Corn’ and ‘Buy a Doughnut Day’! And by Halloween night, ‘Sugar Addiction Awareness Day’ will be nothing but a faint, sugar crashed, foggy-brained memory…

• “Frankenstein Friday”, celebrating the birth of the Frankenstein monster, and its creator, Mary Shelley. She created it on a Friday because the alliteration the name makes, and because it’s easier to be festive on a Friday.

• “Halloween”, a longtime tradition in Canada, Ireland, the UK, and the USA. Some believe its origins come from a Celtic festival for the dead called “Samhain.” Celts believed the ghosts of the dead roamed Earth on this day, so people would dress in costumes and leave “treats” out on their front doors to appease them.
• “Carve a Pumpkin Day”, this is your last chance to carve a pumpkin because Halloween is tonight. Pull out your patterns and get to work. (Or try carving a turnip…that’s what the Irish originally carved faces into…)
• “Caramel Apple Day”, saluting the tasty Fall treat made by dipping apples on a stick into hot caramel (or Kraft Caramels back in the day). Not many people hand them out to trick-or-treaters anymore, but you can enjoy one yourself!
• “International Magic Day,” traditionally a day for magicians to meet, celebrated on the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death on October 31st, 1926.
• “Girl Scout Founder’s Day”, Juliette Gordon Low, also known as Daisy, who was born on October 31, 1860, was the founder of Girl Scouts of the USA.
• “Knock-Knock Jokes Day”, celebrating their momentous contribution to the comedy world.

• “The End of Daylight Saving Time”, as Standard Time officially returns at 2 am. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour (remember: ‘Spring forward, Fall back’). Hey, it’s a long weekend! (If you’re in Europe, you were supposed to do that last weekend…)
• “Movember” begins today, the annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men’s suicide. The idea began in a Melbourne, Australia bar in 2003 when 2 guys challenged their friends to join them in growing ’staches for charity. NET: https://www.movember.com 
• “All Hallows” or “All Saints’ Day” (begun in 835 AD), a Roman Catholic ‘Holy Day of Obligation’ (aren’t they all?). It’s a public holiday in the Philippines, when families gather to honor the dead.
• “Authors Day”, to celebrate literature in all its forms and to show your appreciation for the incredibly hard work put in by the authors behind your favorite writings. (Thank you, Richard Scarry!)
• “Go Cook For Your Pets Day”, because it’s apparently not enough to house them, train them, exercise them, and clean up after them … now they need haute cuisine!
• “World Vegan Day”, celebrating veganism, a term invented by Donald Watson in 1944. True vegans do not eat meat, fish, dairy products, or eggs; nor do they use any products derived from animals, such as fur or leather.
• “National Vinegar Day”, this common household product brightens many salads, is used in canning, and can shine up a window, too! There are many varieties of vinegar, including: Apple cider * Balsamic * Beer * Cane * Coconut * Date * Distilled vinegar * East Asian black * Flavored vinegar * Fruit * Honey * Job’s tears * Kiwifruit * Kombucha * Malt * Palm * Raisin* Rice * Spirit vinegar * Sherry vinegar * White * Wine *

1938 [82] A radio broadcast of H. G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, causes mass panic

2012 [08] The Walt Disney Company purchases Lucasfilm Ltd and its rights to Star Wars and Indiana Jones for $4.05 billion

2006 [14] Oprah Winfrey gives a $1,000 Bank of America debit card to each studio audience member on her syndicated talk show, and asks that it be spent on someone outside their family

1987 [33] George Michael’s first solo album “Faith” is released

1991 [29] Country singer Clint Black weds actress Lisa Hartman

2007 [13] After losing top spot to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain the year before, Elvis Presley once again tops “Forbes” list of ‘Highest-Earning Dead Celebrities’ (John Lennon is second)

1974 [46] In the famous “Rumble in the Jungle”, Muhammad Ali KOs George Foreman in the 8th round in Zaire. Ali regains the world heavyweight title he was stripped of for refusing induction into the US Army in 1967


✓ Halloween has variously been called ‘All Hallows’ Eve’, ‘Witches Night’, ‘Lamswool’, ‘Snap-Apple Night’, ‘Samhaim’, and ‘Summer’s End’.
✓ The original name of ‘Count Dracula’ in Bram Stoker’s famous book was ‘Count Wampyr’.
✓ The Michael Myers mask used in “Halloween” was actually a ‘Captain Kirk’ “Star Trek” mask.
✓ The sounds of stabbing in the “Halloween movie” were made by a knife being plunged into a watermelon.
✓ Pumpkins are classified as a fruit, not as a vegetable.
✓ Tombstones were originally put over graves so that the dead could not escape.
-Reader’sDigest, GoodHousekeeping, FactRetriever

Best of BS . . .
• People who forget to buy candy and just offer you a bite of their sandwich.
• People who want receipts.
• When your Mariachi costume is so convincing you get deported to Mexico.
• Encountering a jack-o-lantern that looks suspiciously like your mailman’s head.
• Black jelly beans that turn out to be blood-swollen ticks.
• People who sit outside on their porch at the end of a long driveway and give you the stink-eye.
• When you find something in your goodie bag called ‘Malted Meat Balls’.
• When as soon as you get home, your dad wrestles you to the ground for the Kit Kats.
• When they say “Trick-or-treat”, and the homeowner says, “OK….trick!”
• When someone gives you something healthy.
-First published in BS 1998

• Transylvania Girls
• Hungry Like the Wolfman
• Scareless Whisper
• Mummy Mia
• Pumpkin Spice Spice Baby
• All About That Basement
• I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Boos (by Skeleton John)
• Please Mr. Ghostman
• Smells Like Teen Spirits
• Anything by Slayer
-Twitter, first published in BS in 2019

➠ Tomorrow is Halloween! (On the fence over a costume? Stick your head up your butt and go as… (pick your own punchline…)
• Donald Trump
• Joe Biden
• Hunter Biden
• A FOX News Reporter
• Rush Limbaugh
• Mike Pence
• Rudy Giuliani
➠ Tomorrow is Halloween! (I like to dress as things that don’t exist . . . like a vampire, a werewolf, or one of Jussie Smollet’s assailants.)
➠ Orca Bay Foods is recalling more than 350 cases of Trader Joe’s brand Gluten Free Battered Halibut. (As it turns out, the product contains a very dangerous substance called “Trader Joe’s brand Gluten Free Battered Halibut”)
➠ Ivanka Trump is 39 today. (So, what do you get for the girl who has EVERYTHING — already handed to her?)
➠ Tomorrow is Halloween! (It’s that one day out of the year for women to put on their skankiest costumes. (Or, as the Kardashian-Jenner Clan calls it . . . Saturday!)

Just in time for Halloween … a soundboard of scary SFX, from creaky doors to ghostly groans.
NET: http://www.soundboard.com/sb/halloween

What is the most scared you’ve ever been?

One of the most beautiful sounds you’ll ever hear is a baby’s laughter. Unless it’s 3am and you’re home alone. And you don’t have a baby.

Question:  In a Halloween poll, parents said that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups are their favorite treats to steal from their kids. What was second?
Answer:  Kit Kats (followed, in order, by Milky Way, Three Musketeers and Candy Corn)

Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous as the mask of virtue.


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