Scottie Pippen and Larsa Pippen were overshadowed Tuesday at their own party by another celebrity, but the NBA Hall of Famer and his wife shouldn't feel too bad. The star who stole the spotlight at the Chicago Bulls Charities and Bright Pink benefit in their honor at Studio Paris, Lady Gaga, has the most Twitter followers in the world and would overshadow just about anyone these days.
Gaga, who has seemed to avoid the city's club scene for the most part since boyfriend Taylor Kinney began filming "Chicago Fire" here last year for NBC, sat in a corner booth with Kinney in Paris Club's upstairs lounge. There were so many suit-wearing security guards surrounding their booth it was difficult to see the diminutive "Poker Face" singer. Gaga dined at RPM Italian afterward for the second time in as many months.
Pippen had his own set of security guards at the fundraiser (I counted three-to-four who escorted him to the bathroom each time). But, unlike Gaga, Pippen spent much of the night mingling and dancing. I saw the Bulls legend get down to everything from "Conga" by Miami Sound Machine to "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers.
(You might remember Pippen famously had a dance-off with Michael Jordan at his 47th birthday in September at Sunda.)
"Transformers" director Michael Bay relaxed in a corner booth not far from Pippen after Bay's dinner at RPM Italian and visit to Public House. Earlier that day, Bay had lunch at Hub 51. Why was he here? It likely has to do with the next "Transformers," which Mark Wahlberg, the newest star of the franchise, claimed would film in Chicago this summer, according to RedEye.
R&B singer R. Kelly also made an appearance at Studio Paris that night — his birthday. The Chicago native continued the birthday celebration Thursday at The Shrine.
Back to work: "Workaholics" is only halfway through its third season on Comedy Central (new episodes return Wednesday), but the network already announced that it has picked up the raunchy series for a fourth and fifth season. "I never thought 'Workaholics' would be canceled, because I'm an idiot," said Evanston native and "Workaholics" actor and producer Anders Holm by email. "But seriously, we were confident in the show we had created and the ever-growing, awesome fan base. That said, if we had gotten canceled, we would have bounced right back. We'd turned from little bear cubs of the Internet into man-eating kodiaks of TV comedy. We'd tasted human meat, and that's all we were ever gonna eat after that."
The series revolves around three slackers who work together at a telemarketing agency and live together in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Holm and co-stars Blake Anderson and Adam DeVine were mostly unknown before the series, other than a few cult videos they posted on their Mail Order Comedy website (I highly recommend their foul-mouthed "Wizards Never Die" rap video). Thanks to the popularity of "Workaholics," Holm managed to pay off his credit card bill while Season 1 was airing. Two seasons later, he and his co-stars have Comedy Central's full support and 26 more episodes to look forward to.
Does this mean the show — which includes episodes where the characters go on an acid trip — will push even more boundaries in upcoming seasons? "It's just good to know they still like us even though we keep putting naughty things on their network," Holm said of Comedy Central. "As far as taking bigger risks, you haven't seen (the second half of Season 3) yet."
About this week: Adrianne Palicki ("Friday Night Lights") and D.J. Cotrona ("Dear John") will meet with Chicago media Monday to promote their new film, "G.I. Joe: Retaliation." … Retired Cub Kerry Wood will host his second annual Woody's Winter Warm-Up fundraiser Friday at Harry Caray's Tavern-Navy Pier. Smashing Pumpkins rocker Billy Corgan is expected to attend the Wood Family Foundation benefit. … The Cubs' David DeJesus will host his Strike a Pose fundraiser — which raises money for the David DeJesus Family Foundation and will feature past and present Cubs players walking the runway in fashion by "Project Runway" alum Peach Carr — Thursday at the River East Art Center.
Sightings: The Bears' Jay Cutler was spotted Jan. 5 at The Goddess and Grocer in the Gold Coast. … Patrick Stewart ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") had dinner Jan. 6 at the Tortoise Club. … Jim Belushi ("According to Jim") hung out Jan. 4 and Jan. 5 at The Joynt. … Corgan had dinner Jan. 7 at Rockit Bar & Grill. … The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo and David DeJesus visited Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse in River North Jan. 4 and Jan. 7, respectively. Cubs legend Ernie Banks dined Wednesday at Chicago Cut Steakhouse.
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