Dan Gross: Comic Danny Ozark beaten & robbed

LOCAL COMIC Danny Ozark was beaten and robbed about 2 a.m. Saturday near his Germantown home by a group of five thugs. He suffered bruises and a black eye.

The hoodlums stole his phone and his bag, which he later got back after someone found it in his yard and contacted him.

Many remember Ozark (real name: Peter Goldman) from our coverage of his 2007 invasion of privacy of NBC10's LuAnn Cahn. While at a party thrown by a babysitter at Cahn's Wynnewood home, Ozark rifled through the anchorwoman's underwear drawer. She later confronted him on camera about the panty raid.

"Well I guess Danny continues to be at the wrong place at the wrong time," Cahn told us yesterday, after learning about his beating. "What was he doing out at 2 a.m.?"

As for her whereabouts during the attack, Cahn said she was "at home fast asleep with a lock on my underwear drawer."

Comedians Ed McGonigal, Mike Rainey, Joe Mayo, Tommy Pope, Dirty Diamond and Benny Michaels will perform at a fundraiser for Ozark Saturday night at the Irish Pol (45 S. 3rd).

There's no cover, but donations are appreciated, McGonigal said.

Ozark won't be there; he's working as a DJ at the Laff House (221 South), where Mike Brooks is headlining that night. Ozark says the local comedy community has already given him enough money for his medical expenses so he'll donate proceeds from Saturday's event to Dustin Walls, a local man with cancer whom Mayo and Rainey have been helping through their Comedians for a Cause charity.


Will Smith spent about an hour running a treadmill yesterday afternoon at Sweat Gym (45 N. 3rd). The Overbrook native superstar told gym members that he was in town for a while and would probably be back at the gym soon. * UFC Fighter Tito Ortiz was the guest of honor at Zee Bar (100 Spring Garden) Saturday night for UFC 133 afterparty. Despite being beaten by Rashad Evans, Ortiz was in good spirits and took pictures with fans, including some police officers on his way out. UFC fighters Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Uriah Faber also hung out as did Big Black from MTV's "Rob and Big," local Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez and UFC announcers Mike Goldberg, Mark Deligrate and ring announcer Bruce Buffer. Zee Bar and Delilah's GM Alp Aktan treated Ortiz and Faber early Sunday to Geno's Steaks. * Speaking of Zee Bar, on Thurs-day it hosts the official after-party for Cole Hamels and wife Heidi's Diamonds and Denim Event, which is to take place earlier that evening at the Crystal Tea Room. Country singer Martina McBride performs, and many of Hamels' Phillies teammates and a slew of reality-TV contestants will be there. Heidi Hamels, the former Heidi Strobel, was a "Survivor" cast mate. * M. Night Shyamalan, wife Bhavna and some friends had drinks at Frankford Hall (1210 Frankford) Friday to celebrate the filmmaker's 41st birthday.


Gonzo to SportsNet

John Gonzalez, who until last month was an Inquirer columnist, has been hired at Comcast SportsNet. He'll be a columnist on CSNPhilly.com and also work on-air and in online videos.


CBS 3 tops Emmy noms

CBS 3/CW Philly leads the pack of Mid-Atlantic Emmy nominations, which were released last night.

The stations are up for 48 awards, followed by Comcast SportsNet/Comcast Network with 31, NBC10 with 13, WHYY with seven, Fox 29 with five and one for myPHL17.

The local Emmys will be held Sept. 24 at Loews Hotel. For a complete list of the nominations, visit natasmid-atlantic.org.


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