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It was an eventful weekend.

My friends at Mohegan Sun asked me to travel up to beautiful Uncasville, Connecticut and host red carpet coverage for the casino’s 20th anniversary celebrations. The festivities for the big 2-0 last throughout the month of October, however last weekend there were two very special events. Kevin Hart hosted a comedy all-stars event at Mohegan Sun Arena, and the after-party took place at Avalon Nightclub, where my first red carpet was located. The second was the “Red Carpet After-Party” inside Uncas Ballroom.
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There was no shortage of stars: Hart had Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho and Dave Attell with him on stage. Jessie James Decker performed in the Cabaret Theater Friday night. Then on Saturday Fergie headlined the arena and LL Cool J performed a free show in the Wolf Den.

JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers, some of The Real Housewives and former “Jersey Shore” star Vinny Guadagnino all came by for “Reality Check” events (the latter in which I also hosted). Some of Buddy’s siblings from “Cake Boss” were on-hand to present a 20th Birthday cake from Carlo’s Bake Shop, which has an outpost inside The Shops at Mohegan Sun.

There were even a few surprises: namely David Ortiz showing up on Friday night and partying with his former teammate Johnny Damon. The following evening, I actually introduced Damon to LL Cool J on the red carpet.

You really can’t make this stuff up. Why would I? Watch the highlights from Friday and Saturday below or check out the full broadcasts here and here.

Andy Grammer is staying busy. The “Keep Your Head Up” singer is playing one-off dates across the globe following the release of an EP, Crazy Beautiful, and an appearance on the ABC reality competition, “The Bachelorette.”

“It was like any first date. It feels like a little bit forced but they were sweet people,” recalled Grammer when I sat down with him last weekend before he played one of those aforementioned dates: a performance on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City for Resorts Casino. “I was their first date, so they came to me on a bridge that was all blocked off and we played just for them. It was cool.”

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Grammer married singer-songwriter Aijia Lise Guttman last year. Yet there is one particular first date memory that still haunts him, no pun intended, to this day.

“I love to scare people. It’s a big issue of mine. I’m working on it currently,” prefaced Grammer before diving in to the plot. “This girl, we hadn’t been dating yet, but she flew in. I thought it would be awesome to hide in the trunk for like, a half hour, and then have the guy pull over and tell her to get a CD out of the back of the car. In the middle of Louisiana.”

The singer followed through with his plan. His mark didn’t find it awesome, and that is probably a big understatement.

“She got so scared,” he told me. “We were not friends after I did it. She opened the trunk, and I screamed at her. She lost it for 10 minutes, and it wasn’t cool. We got back in the car, and it was super awkward.”

Don’t expect to hear about it on Grammer’s next single. He confesses that while he enjoys scaring people, he understands it’s relatively mean-spirited.

But, the “Fine By Me” artist is currently working on a full-length album. Grammer divulged that he’s currently “experimenting” with different sounds, and is looking forward to his schedule calming down so that he can get some “quality studio time.” He estimates that his fans could hear a song from the album sometime early next year.