STARGAZING

Russell Brand dispatches heckler; Bieber graduates

Updated: 2012-05-08T06:37:00Z

By LISA GUTIERREZ

The Kansas City Star

Olathe teen in ‘Jeopardy!’

Evan Eschliman, an Olathe South sophomore, makes his second appearance on “Jeopardy!” today (4 p.m. on KSHB, Channel 41). He’s one of nine students competing in the semifinals of the show’s Teen Tournament.

Although it sure looked like Evan won $12,600 on last Friday’s show, that turns out to be fake money — the win just ensured him a spot in the semifinals. Still, even if he loses in this round, he goes home with $10,000. If he advances to the finals, he has a shot at the $75,000 grand prize. This week’s shows were taped last month in Washington, D.C.

Shoulda stayed home

Never EVER heckle Russell Brand.

Katy Perry’s ex-husband verbally eviscerated a heckler at a show in Atlantic City over the weekend when the man yelled out Katy’s name, then screamed “God save the queen!” during a bit on the royal family.

Russell walked into the audience to face his tormentor.

“You look like somebody who’s fallen off the outside of a church,” Russell told him. “And what is it that you have rattling around your mind, some bizarre combination of alcohol and idiocy … some cocktail of nothing. And yet the confidence to continue shouting. They say of course, don’t they, that empty vessels make the most noise. What an enormous echo of nothingness from you.

“I think silence is your friend. I think keep your lips firmly, firmly clamped together. Because everything that comes out of your mouth, from your idiotic announcements to your disgusting halitosis that’s coming through this room, is an abomination.”

Justin’s a grad

Congrats to Justin Bieber, who tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph that he’s now officially a high school graduate.

“I just finished high school. I passed my test — I’m free! It was hard doing school and work every day,” said Justin, 18.

“(Graduating) was something my mom really wanted me to do, so I had to do it for her. I mean, this kind of lifestyle has given me a different perspective on life. I’ve been able to travel the world. At school, usually you have to do a lot of writing and reading. I’m not really into that stuff. I like to be out there.”

So college is out of the question?

This and that

•  Stephen Collins, who played the minister dad on “7th Heaven,” is divorcing his wife, Faye Grant, after 27 years of marriage. They have one daughter.

• The documentary “ Johnny Carson: King of Late Night” will air Monday on PBS’ “American Masters” series.

Lisa Gutierrez tries not to be an “enormous echo of nothingness” when she Stargazes, with help from Tim Engle.

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