Mantenna – South Park Creators Sweep Tony Awards

June 13, 2011
The South Park creators sweep the Tony awards, Lily Allen gets married, and E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons suffers a stroke…the Mantenna was born in the USA!

South Park Creators Sweep Tony Awards

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The irreverent Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park fame, swept the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday night. The musical follows two Mormon missionaries in Uganda and pokes fun at religion, the AIDS crisis, and other “hot button issues.” The musical took home nine awards, including Tonys for Best Musical, Best Director (Casey Nicholaw and Trey Parker), Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Score and Best Book. In accepting the top award Parker jokingly thanked “our co-writer who passed away, Joseph Smith.” (Smith is the founder of the Mormon faith), The night’s other big winner was British play War House. The play about horses in World War I uses “life-size puppets to represent its equine characters.” It took home five awards including Best Play. [Los Angeles Times]

Lily Allen Gets Married

Lily Allen tied the knot over the weekend and made a surprise announcement… she’s pregnant. The 26-year-old British singer married her boyfriend of three years, decorator and businessman Sam Coopeover, at St. James the Great Church in Gloucestershire, England. The bride wore a wedding gown created by French designer Delphine Manivet and showed off her obvious baby bump. Manivet said, “It's beautiful that she is pregnant, and I am very happy for her. She is very happy about that – it is something wonderful. For me, and for her too, when you're pregnant you want to show that, but also be respectful, so the dress was perfect for her for that moment.” Allen is reportedly four months pregnant. It will be the couple’s first child together. Tragically, Allen has suffered two prior miscarriages. [People]

E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Suffers a Stroke

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Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons has suffered a major stroke. Luckily for friends and family, even though things were initially looking quite grim, Clemons is apparently doing much better after the horrific event. According to Rolling Stone, the legendary E Street Band member’s condition has finally taken a turn for the better after having the stroke last evening at his Florida home. "Yesterday, it did not look good at all," a source told the publication. "Today... miracles are happening. His vital signs are improving. He's responsive. His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him. He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand. This is the best news we've heard since [the stroke] happened -- it's nothing short of miraculous. The next five days will still be critical. But he's a fighter." We wish Mr. Clemons a speedy recovery. [Rolling Stone]

Tina Fey and Chris Rock React to Tracy Morgan’s Recent Homophobic Rant

After Tracy Morgan dropped some homophobic comments at a Nashville comedy show last week, fellow comedians Tina Fey and Chris Rock have added their two cents into the mix. Needless to say, it ain’t good for the jolly standup star. Fellow 30 Rock castmate Tina Fey recently stated that “the violent imagery” Morgan used “doesn’t line up with the Tracy Morgan” that she knows. “I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with, or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket,” Fey said. Chris Rock initially defended Morgan by Tweeting: “I dont know about you, but I dont want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate [expletive.]” Rock eventually retracted the statement (kind of) by saying, “when i first heard the statement i thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying ill kill you if you ever bring home a white girl but after reading everything tracy said . wow i get it that [expletive] wasn't called for and i don't support it at all. now can i please go to the tony awards without getting my [butt] kicked.” I wish comedy could just make up their minds. [TMZ]