State Sen. Stacey Campfield being denied service at the Bistro at the Bijou recently because of his comments on AIDS is now making him the topic of talk-show comedians and at least one high-profile celebrity blogger.
The ladies of "The View" — Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Barbara Walters — on Wednesday chewed over the news item. Tart-tongue comic Chelsea Handler brought it up Tuesday night on an installment of "Chelsea Lately." Gossip maven Perez Hilton also reported on the issue on his blog, perezhilton.com.
In all three cases, the Bistro was praised for its decision to deny Campfield service.
"Do U support (Bistro owner) Martha Boggs actions? Let her know here and if you're ever in Knoxville, enjoy a meal at The Bistro at the Bijou," Hilton blogged recently.
On Twitter, the talk- show mentions are sparking interest. "Can't wait to watch Chelsea Handler rip Stacey Campfield a new one. #dreamsdocometrue," one tweet declared.
Now showing. Former Old City waitress Lynne Koplitz, who is now a successful stand-up comedian and actress, can be seen again this season in the reality show "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best."
The series follows comedian Joan Rivers and her daughter, Melissa, after Joan moves into Melissa's home in Malibu, Calif.
Since this is a reality series, Koplitz is seen as herself. Koplitz got to know Joan through working together on the former IFC comedy series "Z Rock," in which Joan played Koplitz's aunt.
"Joan and Melissa" airs 9 p.m. Tuesdays on WE.
This is Jeopardy! Webb High School 2008 graduate Greer Mackebee will make his debut on "Jeopardy" as part of the game show's college tournament on Monday.
Now a student at Duke University and going to law school next year, Mackebee said playing the game from the comfort of his couch is much different than doing it for real.
"I grew up watching the show with my parents," he said Wednesday. "It was completely different playing it in person. First, there is the nerves.
"At home, you don't have to worry about the buzzer."
Though Mackebee can't say how well he did on the show — he taped it in Los Angeles in early January — he said a knowledge of trivia is a good thing to have.
"A lot of very smart people are terrible at trivia," he said.
Mackebee is the son of Farragut residents Bill and Betty Mackebee.
When his game airs next week, Mackebee plans to have an "informal" viewing party at Duke.
"I'm excited," he said. "I hope it won't be too weird to see myself on TV."
"Jeopardy" can be seen at 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WBIR, Channel 10.
Terry Morrow may be reached at 865-342-6445 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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