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Comedian Doug Benson performs at Turner Hall Ballroom Sunday, September 15th.
Comedian Doug Benson performs at Turner Hall Ballroom Sunday, September 15th.

Puff, puff, laugh Benson is coming to town

Comedian Doug Benson always seems to be happy and smiling. Every time I've talked to him, he's made conversation easy, interesting and fun. Maybe it's because of his comedic approach to life or maybe it's because he's frequently high on marijuana.

Benson has a connection with marijuana. It is a common trend in all of his live shows and most of his comedic works. From "The Marijuana-Logues," to movies like "Super High" and his latest documentary "The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled," Benson is one of today's best and most recognized pot humorists. 

Similar to previous efforts, his sixth live stand-up album "Gateway Doug" was recorded live on April 20. In his latest CD he reads fan tweets, rants about movies, shares his thoughts on bees and ice castles all while clearly being inebriated. The CD is consistent with the humor we are used to from Benson. He's self-deprecating at times, but relatable. He's like the friend you had in college that you would have a serious conversation about movies with and hours later wake up on the floor with orange Cheetos powder on your face and fingers from a late night attack of the munchies.

Expect to smile and laugh with Doug when he hits the stage this Sunday evening at Turner Hall Ballroom.

In today's Kramp Cast Doug and I talk about the "issues" of legalizing marijuana, the stupidity behind trying to hide it in college and how proud his parents were for him when he was named Stoner Of The Year. Enjoy!

Scott Weiland speaks candidly about getting fired from Stone Temple Pilots in today's Kramp Cast.
Scott Weiland speaks candidly about getting fired from Stone Temple Pilots in today's Kramp Cast.

My interview with Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots

I don't know why I was on the short list of people Scott Weiland talked to before his new tour kicks off, but I can say that I'm honored and happy that he's still around playing music. Stone Temple Pilots meant a lot to me back in the '90s. Their music got me through some very difficult times. College life was more fun knowing that bands like STP existed. Although I didn't connect to any of the members personally, I was grateful that they constantly evolved and continued to make great music.

For the majority of the past 20 years I have been a fan that's purchased STP's bootleg CDs, concert tickets and band T-shirts. I've watched Weiland change visually and musically over time with STP, Velvet Revolver, solo and now with the Wildabouts. But the change was never short of conflict.

Weiland has always seemed to find a way into the news. Battles with his bandmates, drugs and legal issues have made him more of an enigma than a musician, but he continues to stand like a prize fighter going into the last round of a title fight.

In some ways it's surprising that Weiland is only 45 years old. Then again, I can't believe it was 1993 that I first saw Stone Temple Pilots play the Riverside Theater and again at Summerfest. Ten years ago if I were told that I would be interviewing a sober Weiland a full decade later I would have laughed, but as time goes on people change even though the perception is that they stay the same person. Weiland is perceived to be someone that can not change, but as he has proven before, he keeps bouncing back from adversity.

It's fitting that the tour Weiland and The Walkabouts is on is called the "Purple At The Core" tour. The name refers back to STP's first two CDs, but the color purple could very well refer to royalty. To say Weiland isn't rock royalty would disregard what he's been a part of for the last 20 years and I am not willing to do that or put aside my collection of STP and Velvet Revolver for one-hit wonder bands that lack depth and su…

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Race For The Bacon happens Thursday Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Sheridan Park.
Race For The Bacon happens Thursday Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Sheridan Park. (Photo: Bill Flaws - Running in the USA)
Runners will be greeted with complimentary bacon at the halfway mark of the 5k.
Runners will be greeted with complimentary bacon at the halfway mark of the 5k. (Photo: Bill Flaws - Running in the USA)
Enjoy great bacon dishes after the race at the Bacon Bash.
Enjoy great bacon dishes after the race at the Bacon Bash. (Photo: Bill Flaws - Running in the USA)

Ready, set, BACON!

Bacon and running are two words that typically don't go well together, but avid runner and event coordinator Chris Ponteri had a dream. A dream to make running fun and a dream to race for bacon.

The Race For Bacon isn't the first event he created that incorporates running with off beat themes. Ponteri has been a essential in helping to create and organize the Ice Breaker Indoor Marathon and Half Marathon at the Pettit National Ice Center for the last five years. The Ice Breaker will once again be back in January 2014.

Ponteri has also helped create The Great MKE Race, which incorporates solving clues and performing wacky challenges around Milwaukee. He also has plans for a beer race and run on Candy Cane Lane during the holiday season.

If you are a bacon lover, Race For The Bacon is your event. The first 125 finishers will get bacon. The top three male and female winners will get bacon. The auction winners will get bacon. This year's Bacon Bash will be catered by Chef Oz at Emerald City Catering.

The Bacon Bash after the race will include bacon, ham and turkey club Sandwiches, BLT Dip with Corn Chips plus beer, soda and water. There will be over 500 pounds of Patrick Cudahy Bacon given away at the event. In fact, if you are running the Bacon Race, you can get bacon at the halfway mark of the run.

The Race For Bacon happens Thursday, Aug. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Sheridan Park. The fee is $40 and a limited number of Bacon Bash tickets will also be available for $15. Go to baconrace.com for more information.

In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Chris Ponteri about the Race For The Bacon 5k, how he got the idea for the event, what other fun races he's organizing and of course we talk bacon. Enjoy!

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Alfonso Ribeiro now hosts "Spell-Mageddon."
Alfonso Ribeiro now hosts "Spell-Mageddon."
Will Smith and Ribeiro are still good friends 18 years after wrapping the "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air."
Will Smith and Ribeiro are still good friends 18 years after wrapping the "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air."

Ribeiro attempts to escape the Carlton

The "Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" ended almost 20 years ago, but some people won't let the Carlton Dance go away. On the hit '90s sitcom Alfonso Ribeiro played Carlton Banks, a quirky, smart, yet spoiled and rich, cousin of Will Smith. Ribeiro would frequently break out into dance on the show, but when the music of Tom Jones played, viewers knew they would be treated to his famous dance.

The Carlton continues to be a pop culture phenomenon being used by flash mobs, getting big clicks on You Tube, and as I saw first hand last month getting mocked at weddings.

For Ribeiro, the problem is that he regularly gets asked to do the Carlton when in public. He mentioned to me that he even gets asked to dance in the men's room while standing at the urinal. I have to admit that is an uncomfortably odd request in a bathroom, but would he still get asked to dance it if he just stopped doing it all together?

I recently saw him break out into the dance at a celebrity golf tournament and again on BBC's Graham Norton Show, but is that all there is to him? Hopefully for his new show "Spell-Mageddon" that's not the case.

Sometimes actors on sitcoms are only known for the roles they played or their characters catch phrases, but Ribeiro is known for his dance. It's sad that some can't get over that because he is a really good dancer, a professional tap dancer, a good game show host and a fun guy to talk to.

In today's Kramp Cast I talk to Alfonso Ribeiro about hosting "Spell-Mageddon," his days on "Silver Spoons" and "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" and how frequently he's willing to break out and do the Carlton. Enjoy!

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