The whole story behind Charlie Sheen's surprise, foul-mouthed walk-on at Drew Carey's improv show [updated]
It's good to see that Charlie Sheen isn't letting a little negative publicity get in the way of his party train. Over the weekend, the "Two and a Half Men" star showed up as a surprise guest at a TV taping in Las Vegas and showed how he's earned his reputation as a wisecracking bon vivant.
At a taping of "Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza" at the MGM Grand Sunday night, cast members told the audience that they'd happened to meet Sheen on the Vegas strip earlier that day and invited him to join the show. Not known as one to refuse a good time, Sheen readily agreed, although when introduced during the show, he somehow managed to miss his cue. The cast was forced to improvise more than planned until Sheen appeared a few minutes later, looking unsteady on his feet.
In an improv game in which players took turns making up the lines of a story, Sheen's first two contributions involved him referring to himself in the third person and suggesting, with colorful and unprintable language, that he was getting more than a little friendly with a "dead hooker."
[For the record: An earlier version of this post said Sheen introduced himself to the crowd with the "dead hooker" line.]
But Sheen really shone during an ensuing improv sequence involving a prince and his betrothed. The actor gamely took on the part of the prince, bellowing, "I want a prenup!" and appending a vulgar term for a female for good measure.
Clearly, it was another comic triumph, and after the taping Sheen waded into the crowd to shake hands with his many admirers.
We thought at first the whole thing might have been a stunt with a look-alike. But when Sheen's rep Stan Rosenfield was asked via e-mail if the actor had really taken the stage, he replied: "I believe so."
The event came exactly two days after CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler said she had a "high level of concern" about the star's troubles. Sheen has been in and out of rehab since his arrest in a domestic violence incident on Christmas Day 2009.
"Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza" is due to premiere on GSN March 28, but a spokeswoman said she didn't have an airdate for Sheen's appearance yet.
-- Ben Fritz and Scott Collins (Twitter: @scottcollinsLAT)
Photo: Charlie Sheen leaving court in 2010. Credit: Rick Giase / EPA