Grapevine: Celebrity news
'Daily Show' successor already in trouble over old tweets
No less than 24 hours after it was announced that Trevor Noah would take over for Jon Stewart as host of Comedy Central's "Daily Show," news came out that Noah has a questionable Twitter history. Some are saying that he posted sexist and anti-Semitic joke tweets from as far back as 2009. The network is defending Noah. "Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included," a statement released Tuesday said. "To judge him or his comedy based on a handful of jokes is unfair. Trevor is a talented comedian with a bright future at Comedy Central." One of his tweets joke about almost hitting a Jewish kid crossing the road with his German car. Another says: "Originally when men proposed they went down on one knee so if the woman said no they were in the perfect uppercut position."
Tommy Chong to get key to city of Hazel Park
Stoner and comedy icon Tommy Chong will be in town this weekend for an appearance Saturday at the annual Monroe Street Fair Hash Bash Festival in Ann Arbor. While he's in the area, the 76-year-old Canadian actor will also be presented with the Hazel Park key to the city at 3 p.m. Friday at BDT Smoke Shop at 21640 John R.
Rolling Stones hit Comerica Park July 8
The teaser billboards were a clue, and now we know: The Rolling Stones will play Comerica Park July 8 in a "Zip Code" tour announced Tuesday as part of a 15-city North American stadium tour. The tour kicks off in San Diego on May 24 at Petco Park. After Detroit, the venerable British band plays Buffalo, N.Y., and then finishes in Quebec July 15 at Le Festival D'Ete. The tour comes on the heels of a remastered "Sticky Fingers" album release May 20. "We are excited to be back in North America playing stadiums this summer," Mick Jagger said in a statement released by the band. Keith Richards added: "We love being out on the road and it is great to come back to North America." Tickets for all shows go on sale April 13. For ticket information, go to rollingstones.com. Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson also announced Tuesday that their co-headlining "The End Times" tour would kick off in early July. It hits DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 5. Tickets are $26 lawn and $25.50-$95.50 for pavilion and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Visit ticketmaster.com or palacenet.com for information.
■"X Files" actor David Duchovny is releasing his first solo album on May 12 on ThinkSay Records. Titled "Hell or Highwater," the disc includes 12 self-penned songs.
■"Acres of Diamonds: The Story of the Knight Arts Challenge in Detroit" will air on Detroit Public Television at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. It's a documentary about the city's grassroots arts scene.
Compiled by Melody Baetens
Susan Whitall contributed
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