“Y’all gon’ make me act the fool…up in here, up in here,” was the hip-hop mantra as guests filed into Rum Jungle at Mandalay Bay for Weiss & Associates and the Bunda Media Group’s Pre-Awards Party.
Harry Weiss oversaw the action at the gate as an overwhelmingly huge crowd waited in the cold for entrance into the recesses of one of Las Vegas’s hottest clubs. “For the past several years we’ve always hosted an awards party, but it’s always been after the awards ceremony. This time we went with a pre-awards show,” said Weiss.
Moussed, primped, pumped and pretty, the crowd featured a mix of adult stars and mainstream celebrities. Sighted were Missy Monroe, Herschel Savage, Flower “The Tooch” Tucci, and Dustin “Screech” Diamond, who rolled in with his own posse.
A mob of paparazzi swarmed the red carpet to snap pictures of the Saved by the Bell star posing with a battalion of young lovelies. Diamond seemed to be receiving more media attention due to his Dirty Sanchez sex-tape antics than he ever did during his "Screech" career. The Rum Jungle fiesta was covered by VH1, Las Vegas Magazine and local radio stations. “People are just jammed in here,” marveled Weiss. “They’re standing six deep at the bar.”
Inside, the entertainment was over-the-top, even by Las Vegas standards. Go-go girls danced on platforms suspended above the crowds, trapeze girls flew and flipped through the air and live drummers pumped up the volume as the DJs spun the tunes. What appeared to be several passable escapees from the Sin City T-Girls AEE booth tripped the light trans-tastic, adding color to the increasingly surreal scene.
AVN staffers competed in an alcohol-fueled “spot the faux-hawk” contest, with reporters spotting 24 of the dubiously masculine hairdos in the span of just one hour. With the music cranked to rafter-rattling levels, conversation was near-impossible; “less talk, mo’ ‘hawk,” became the club's implicit rule as the revelry continued into the night.
Weiss summed up the evening by stating the obvious, “This isn’t a party…it’s an event.” Up in here. Up in here.