Inside The Grey Goose Le Melon Party

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We are in the throes of summer, and what better way to celebrate it by drinking (unless you’re sober, in which case that is a TERRIBLE IDEA). Conveniently, Grey Goose has just debuted a new melon variety of its much lauded vodka, and to celebrate this joyous occasion, Urban Daddy threw a party earlier this week fit for a king. Well, a Los Angeles king. And I don’t mean a hockey player.

Yes, Grey Goose LE MELON (as it’s called) derives its flavor from the cavaillon melon, a melon so prized that kings have bartered away their most valuable possessions for just a taste — at least according to the press release, and as we all know, press releases never lie. Anyway, the Grey Goose people took a hold of the whole “king” thing and ran with it, inviting Vine superstar KingBach to host the shindig at the Sixty Hotel in Beverly Hills. Yours truly was also in attendance, and I’m proud to announce that I neither fell in the pool nor fell down any staircases. This is a major win for my cool cred.

Pics from the event after the jump…

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iHeart Radio Puts On The Ultimate Pool Party, Minus The Pool


Is there anything more fun than watching a youth-oriented broadcast and slowly realizing you are not the plucky 22-year-old you still fancy yourself to be? Such was the case last night when I found myself viewing the iHeart Radio Ultimate Pool Party courtesy of The CW network. Now, to be fair, this wasn’t a totally accidental occurrence. I did receive compensation to watch the show, which of course sounds shady, but daddy’s gotta earn some money! It’s all good though because just as Jewel’s hands are small but still her own, so are my thoughts about this daffy concert.

Now, in case you weren’t part of the .82 million people who watched the show last night, fear not. I’m happy to fill you in on everything you missed. Soon, you too will feel as if you were right there — (and by right there, I mean sitting on my couch, watching this show at midnight while you battle a taco-induced food coma).

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #135: Waiting To Inhale

Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) and Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) take on the season finales of Married to Medicine and RHOA: Kandi’s Wedding. Then it’s over to Real Housewives of Orange County to watch a marriage implode and more bad manners on Ladies of London. Of course, it’s not complete without Ramona being called a cow on Real Housewives of New York. Come on in!

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You guys, Big Brother 16 is so good. It’s only been a week and change, but we already have an evil alliance (The Bomb Squad) with a douchey leader (Devin) and perhaps mentally unstable sidekick (Caleb). Or is it the other way around? Either way, all seasons with great villains usually lead to wonderful drama, and what’s even better for us is that we have an unlikely trio of heroes in our midst too. That would be Christine, Nicole, and Hayden — three goofballs who joined forces with so much nervous laughter that I couldn’t help chuckling along on my couch. These are my people.

Heroes? Villains? What more can we ask for? I guess some drama. But guess what? We have that too!

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BANTER BLENDER #94: Catching up with Big Brother 15 Winner Andy Herren

It’s “Big Brother” season, and what better way to kick off the latest edition than by interviewing last year’s winner? Join Ben Mandelker ( as he welcomes Andy Herren ( to The Banter Blender to discuss all things BB: life in the house, life outside the house, relationships with other cast members, thoughts on the new ones.

It’s a Big Brother lovefest! Come listen!

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Oh and don’t forget: use the promo code “banter295″ on checkout with to get a new dotcom or transfer for just $2.95. It’s an amazing deal (and the perfect price to start up a Big Brother fan page, right?).

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #133: Geo-Caching and Rumor Mills

It’s a party on this week’s “Watch What Crappens.” Ben Mandelker ( and Ronnie Karam ( are joined casually by some friends who basically wanted to crash the podcast. That’s all good though because it’s always a party on the show. This week we take on all the Housewives, Kandi’s Wedding, the Ladies of London, and even a little smack of Married To Medicine.

Come listen!

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Big Brother 16 Cast Preview!

Well, it’s that time of year again. The air is warm, the birds are chirping, and the days are getting longer (although, technically they’re getting shorter now, which is the exact opposite of what I said, but what’s life without contradictions?). What I’m trying to say is that it’s Big Brother season, and I derive no greater joy than doing my annual cast preview.

For those of you who are new to the process, this is a time when I scrutinize the new cast bios and draw superficial conclusions, often based on very little and at times my own projected insecurities. I use nothing but the photos and the written info (I don’t have time to watch all the videos) and attempt to paint a vivid story about each person. It’s a hit or miss process, and while I’ve definitely missed the mark egregiously, I’ve also nailed it a few times too. I’m still patting myself on the back for stating last year about Aaryn, “I have a simple rule: never trust anyone whose name is an anagram for ARYAN (or Hitler, for that matter).” BOOM.

After the jump, check out my flash impressions (and then feel free to come back at the end of the season and laugh at me):

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BANTER BLENDER #93: Tinder, World Cup, Personal Trainers, Summer Movies; Special Guest Marcos Luevanos

Writer Marcos Luevanos joins Ben Mandelker ( to banter about all things pop culture. Going into the Banter Blender this week: Tinder behavior, the World Cup, personal training quandaries, summer movies, and just a dash of Big Brother. It’s lots of fun — come listen!

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WATCH WHAT CRAPPENS #132: You Got the Wrong One Now, B**h!

Ben Mandelker (bsideblog) and Ronnie Karam (TrashTalkTV) are back to talk crap about Real Housewives of Orange County, Real Housewives of New York, Kandi’s Wedding, and Ladies of London. Come on in, just please don’t show us any panties.

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