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Rick Bentley through round one of Fresno Famous Bobblehead Tourney

The world is one step closer to getting that Rick Bentley bobblehead I talked about last week.

The Fresno Bee’s TV/movie/radio reporter moved through round one of the Fresno Grizzlies Fresno Famous Bobblehead Challenge, beating out former Beehiver Mike Osegueda, who may have been a bit busy with promoting the FresYes Fest to devote time to this contest. (Fresno Famous is a registered trademark of The Fresno Bee.)

Bentley now goes up against James Bond villain Richard Kiel, who already has his own bobblehead (and an action figure too boot). Just saying. If he moves beyond this round, Bentley will likely face Tony-winner singer Audra McDonald.

The eventual winner will have a bobblehead made in their likeness to be given away to the first 1,500 fans through the gates at Chukchansi Park on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The round two match ups aren’t quite as interesting as they were in round one (with the exception of Steve Perry versus Mayor Swearengin and Derek Carr versus Pat Hill). Celebrities still in the competition include McDonald, TV-personality Kopi Sotiropulos, rapper Fashawn, Fresno photographer Pop Laval and the late basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, among others. Second round voting continues through Wednesday on the Fresno Grizzlies website.

Can we get a Rick Bentley bobble head??!!

Stop what you’re doing and go vote in Fresno Grizzlies’ Fresno Famous Bobblhead Tournament.

Never mind the specific details of the March-madness style tourney, which pits Fresno pseudo celebrities (and some actual celebrities) in head-to-head match ups. Forget that it’s oddly similar to ValleyWho tournament the Beehive did in 2012.

All you need to know is that there’s a chance we may see a Rick Bentley bobblehead.

We need a Rick Bentley bobblehead.

Of course, Bentley has a tough road if he’s to be immortalized (the winner’s bobblehead will be given away to the first 1,500 fans at the Fresno Grizzlies’ Aug. 22 game.) He’s in a first-round bracket with former Beehiver Mike Oz (Fresno’s blogfather wouldn’t make a bad bobblehead either, now that I think about it). He would face Richard Kiel or William Saroyan in the second round. Either could easily end up in the final four.

Other interesting first-round match-ups include David Carr vs. Derrick Carr, Sheriff Mims vs. Police Chief Dyer and Fashawn vs. Cher. The first-round of voting runs through Sunday, so check out full list of nominees, then head over to the Grizzlies website to cast your vote.

KFSR’s No Rules April Fools

KFSR-No-Rules-April-Fools-151x180April Fool’s is the one day in the year when you can get topsy turvy with the world and be OK (relatively speaking). KFSR, the radio station housed at Fresno State is using it as an excuse to upend its standard programming with something a bit off-the-wall (in a good way). The station has invited local media/politicians and celebrity types (myself included) to serve as fill-in DJs for day. They’ll choose the music and give commentary on the choices.

It should be an interesting day of programming and unlike anything you’ll hear on traditional radio for sure. As example, my playlist will include (hopefully all of these, but in no real order):

No Rules April Fool’s (as it’s been dubbed) kicked off at 9 a.m. and will continue until 10 p.m. tonight. You can read the full list of guest hosts and time slots on the jump.

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When celebrities get starstruck

One question I keep getting asked is how do I manage to talk to so many celebrities without getting starstruck. I’ll let you in on a little secret. There have been some actors over the years who have made me a little nervous before the interview started. But, the moment it’s time to go to work, any nerves have to be pushed aside or there would be no way to get the job done.

Here’s another secret. Celebrities get starstruck. Jane Lynch talked about her own reaction to other celebrities during an interview for her new animated film “Wreck-It Ralph.” Lynch is the voice of character in a military video game who takes no prisoners. You’ll be able to spot her easily once the movie opens on Friday because the character looks just like her.

One of the fun parts for Lynch of having some celebrity clout is getting to go to fancy events where she gets to be with celebrities she wouldn’t normally see on a daily basis.

“There’s kind of a mutual admiration society but I’m caught off guard every time someone like Glenn Close asks me to come over and talk to her,” Lynch says. “I get a little starstruck but I believe I can hold my own because one of the things I’ve learned, being a celebrity now, when people come up to you and they are so taken by you they can barely talk, I try not to roll my eyes because they just want to have a human conversation with you.”

Lynch has been a working actor on TV and in films for more almost 25 years but her star status made a major leap when she signed on to play the unforgettable Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” Before the series, there was a point where Lynch felt like she was just doing the same characters. Then Christopher Guest came along to cast her in movies like “Best In Show” and “A Mighty Wind.” Guest’s style of allowing actors to improvise a lot of their material was an acting blessing for Lynch. And now, “Glee” has become the exclamation point on making her a true celebrity.

Talking about her rise on the star meter, Lynch jokes, “At first, I loved it. Now, it’s ‘What am I going to wear?’”

The Beehive helps you find a job

Don’t say we never did anything for you, loyal readers. Today, we’re helping those of you who are either unemployed or looking for a second job. We’ve found a few cool jobs in Fresno that might be worth getting your resumé ready.

1. Do you have experience making tacos? Want to work at one of the wildest places in town? Chris Meat Market is looking for help.


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