Philly.com: CarrotTop Parties in Philly

Carrot Top at Geno's Steaks

Comic  HeadKrack from “Dish Nation” was in town yesterday to tout a new, hotter Philly time slot for the popular Fox tabloid talk show.

“Dish Nation” is moving from midnight to 7 p.m. because it’s been doing so well in the ratings. HeadKrack, also a regular DJ on the nationally syndicated radio program “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” appeared on “Good Day Philadelphia” yesterday with Fox 29 anchors Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley. He thanked Philly for giving him and the show that coveted new spot on Channel 29.

“It was originally a dirty little secret – airing in the middle of the night – just getting buried after 11 p.m., but people are starting to recognize,” HeadKrack told me yesterday.

“I’ve been with ‘Dish Nation’ since its inception. The show has undergone some changes over the years, but its just been an amazing ride. . . . It went from being the show that came on after TMZ, but now I’ve been able to see the results of the people involved. It feels like momentum.”

The time change went into effect last night. Fox producers say the show has substantially increased in popularity among young adults, hence the upgrade.

Pat’s or Geno’s?

Geno’s Steaks won Sunday night for the red-headed comedian Carrot Top. My sources say he went to South Philly to snag a cheesesteak after celebrating the U.S. women’s soccer win of the World Cup.

I’m told Mr. Top dined in Joey Vento’s iconic celebrity booth and posed for pictures with some Geno’s staffers.

On Saturday night, Carrot Top was at El Vez (121 S. 13th St.) for margaritas. My spies say he came in late after partying at the North Shore Beach Club (1031 Germantown Ave.) all day, bought a round of drinks for four girls at the bar and left with them. Just the night before, movie-maker M. Night Shyamalan was at El Vez, a poppin’ place for the Fourth weekend, apparently.

Happy gay pride

Philly-born same-sex marriage pioneer Edie Windsor held court with out-and-proud comedian Wanda Sykes for a LGBT VIP party Saturday night at Stratus Lounge (433 Chestnut St.), in Old City.

I hear they both had just come from an Independence Day ceremony commemorating the 50th anniversary of the national protests on Independence Mall in 1965 by members and supporters of the LGBT community.

Windsor wore the “engagement ring” of her late wife, Thea Spyer, as a pin on her lapel.

Startin’ ’em young

Tomorrow, CBS3 weather maiden Kate Bilo will be giving kids a stage to show off their forecasting skills on TV. She’ll be hosting auditions for young broadcasters during the “Kidcaster Search,” from noon to 2 p.m. at Crayola Experience (30 Centre Square), in Easton.

Young people will be videotaped delivering a one-minute forecast on a simulated weather set.

“Children are so enthusiastic and curious about the weather,” Bilo said. “It’s what makes the Kidcaster search so much fun.”

Participants can come prepared with a fictional forecast or read from a script, which can be provided. Video of the auditions will be available on the CBS3 website, and the best ones will be shown on “Eyewitness News at Noon.”

Clearing the record

Monday’s column incorrectly stated that former Philly mob boss Ralph Natale was in the witness-protection program. He declined but is living in an undisclosed location. The column should have stated that Dan Pearson is author of a book about Natale’s life and executive producer on a soon-to-be-made motion picture based on it.