Nine Inch Nails rocker Trent Reznor says he shared a simple message to Texas senator Ted Cruz when he asked for tickets to a recent concert.
“He was bugging to get on the guest list, and I told him to f _ k off,” Reznor told the crowd Tuesday at his band’s show in Irving, Texas, as seen in a video shared to Reddit.
Reznor noted to the audience that the Republican politician “might be here tonight” after expressing interest in attending the concert.
He also asked the audience who voted for Cruz, and even had the venue’s overhead lights turned on so he could see the crowd better.
“Raise your hand, you guys,” Renzor said. “Nothing to be ashamed of. Just checking.”
Reznor went on to explain that Cruz — who won this month’s senate race over Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke — was once attended another Nine Inch Nails gig as a member of their guest list several years ago.
“He … drank all the beer, and was just a pain in the a_ to be around,” the artist said.
Hugh Jackman is hitting the road with 2019 world tour
Hugh Jackman starred in “The Greatest Showman” last year and is now taking to the stage to see if he can match the hype.
The “Logan” actor appeared on “Today” on Thursday to announce his 2019 world tour, “The Man. The Music. The Show.” The tour will feature Jackman performing hits from “The Greatest Showman,” “Les Miserables” and other stage and screen roles.
“I’m on the back nine of my life right now,” Jackman said on “Today,” explaining the impetus for the show, “and this is about the best parts of the front nine.”
The tour launches with a 12-date European leg in May, beginning in Hamburg, Germany, and concluding with two shows in London.
The U.S. tour begins June 18 in Houston and wraps up with two shows at the Hollywood Bowl on July 19 and 20.
Fans of comic-book culture will notice that those Los Angeles dates coincide with San Diego Comic-Con, leaving Jackman either plenty of time for a jaunt south for a guest appearance at SDCC or a built-in excuse for the “Wolverine” actor to skip out altogether.
Tickets for a handful of Jackman’s tour dates go on sale Dec. 7 at noon Eastern on HughJackmanTheShow.com.
Can’t get enough Awkwafina?
Capping off a banner year that included a role in the all-female heist sequel “Ocean’s 8” and a scene-stealing turn in “Crazy Rich Asians,” rapper-comedian-actress Awkwafina is now slated to star in a Comedy Central show based on her life.
The network announced Thursday that it has ordered 10 episodes of the 29-year old multi-hyphenate’s eponymous scripted series. The half-hour comedy will focus on her early 20s when she lived in Queens with her father and grandmother while dreaming of making it big. BD Wong (“Mr. Robot”) will play her father, Lori Tan Chinn (“Orange Is the New Black”) her grandmother and Bowen Yang (“The Outs”) Awkwafina’s more successful cousin.
It marks the first scripted series fronted by an Asian America on the linear network. (“The Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng had a digital series on the Comedy Central app that premiered this summer.)
Awkwafina, Karey Dornetto (“SMILF,” “Portlandia”) and Teresa Hsiao (“Family Guy,” “American Dad”) wrote the pilot, which is directed by Lucia Aniello (“Broad City”).
“I’ve been watching Comedy Central since I was old enough to hold a remote, and so many of their shows have defined who I am today,” Awkwafina, who will also serve as an executive producer, said in a statement. “I am so honored to be given their platform to tell the story of an Asian American girl against the backdrop of the city I was raised.”
The series order continues a high-flying year — beyond the mark she left on the big screen, she also appeared in the Netflix movie “Dude,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.” It was also announced this week that she has two films, “The Farewell” and “Paradise Hills,” premiering at Sundance next year.
The series will bring another strong female perspective to a network that has skewed male despite breakout hits like “Broad City” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”
Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen, executive vice presidents and co-heads of talent and development for Comedy Central, touted the show as “both a personal look into one of comedy’s brightest stars and also a relatable, funny profile of a young hustler’s struggle.”
And, they added, “We’re happy to be used as a pawn in Awkwafina’s elaborate, EGOT endgame.”
Comedy Central also on Thursday announced it had given a series order to “Robbie,” a half-hour scripted series starring stand-up comedian Rory Scovel as a small-town youth league basketball coach living in his father’s shadow. Beau Bridges will play his father. Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are among the show’s executive producers.
Premiere dates for both series have not yet been announced.