SOUTH PHILLY'S

Josh Colon

hopes that his position on the cast of "The Real World: DC" will lead to a reality-TV career.

Colon, 23, who was raised at 8th and Oregon and works at both Pat's King of Steaks and Tony Luke's, said that he was "the guy with the girlfriend" when the cast mates moved into the house and that "there will be some interesting story lines because of that."

Asked if he still has a girlfriend, Colon said, "You'll have to tune in to find out."

Colon, a Furness High grad, is also a musician. His punk/funk band, Wicked Liquid, is planning an East Coast tour.

Colon said it took a while to get used to the heckling that cast mates faced while out and about in D.C. "Everyone is just trying to be part of what you do. It's mostly jealousy."

"Being on TV - period - was a dream," says Colon, who hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Colon would like to compete on the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" shows, but for now is excited just to see himself on "The Real World," which premieres Dec. 30. "Watching it back is going to be wilder for me," Colon says. "I'm curious to see what they're going to use."

Hot Potato's 'Kitchen Nightmare'

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" paid a visit a few months back to Fishtown's Hot Potato Cafe (529 E. Girard), and soon viewers will get to see how the profanity-spewing Scotsman helped transform the restaurant. The episode will air at 9 p.m. Jan. 29 on Fox as the premiere of the show's third season.

Screeching Weasel play Philly

Chicago punk act Screeching Weasel will play Philadelphia for the first time in more than 17 years thanks to Andy Nelson of R5 Productions, which brings the group to the Trocadero (1003 Arch) on April 23 with Lemuria and the Challenged. It's the band's only East Coast appearance. Front man Ben Weasel's other band, the Riverdales, will play April 24 at the First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut).

Screeching Weasel tickets are $19 and on sale Friday at TheTroc.com, R5Productions.com, AKA Music (27 N. 2nd) or via Ticketmaster.

Van Buren Boys are still a threat

In a dramatic overtime tiebreaker, the Van Buren Boys defeated Team Papa to take the top prize at Monday's Seinfeld Trivia contest at Helium (2031 Sansom).

The Van Buren Boys, returning champs Kevin Barr, Josh Barr, Bryan Kearney, Lee Barrett and Rory Young, graciously gave half their $550 winnings to Team Papa, named after late 6 ABC sports director Gary Papa (a onetime Seinfeld Trivia contestant). Team Papa pledged to donate its winnings to prostate-cancer charities. Papa lost his battle with prostate cancer last summer.

Team Papa was NBC10's John Clark, 6 ABC's Jeff Skversky, Chad Pennington, Shaun Sulligan, Robby Schwartz and Vince Taraborrelli.

Marissa Magnatta of 93.3 WMMR's Preston & Steve show and sportscaster Steve Bucci also competed in the Contest, hosted by Your Humble Narrator, None More Black's Jason Shevchuk and No Quarter Records mogul Mike Quinn.

Wingette breasts

up for grabs

While 610 WIP's Angelo Cataldi and morning crewmates are seeking Wingettes for Wing Bowl 18, Cherry Hill plastic surgeon Steven Davis is hoping to turn a woman into the perfect Wingette.

The doc is offering a free breast-implant surgery for the cause.

To nominate yourself or a friend, send a photo and info to wippromotions@cbsradio.com.

Sexy Single has a Hot Body

Daily News Sexy Single Gail Kasper is up for the Wilhelmina Models/Shape/ Men's Fitness magazine national Hot Body competition for which voting ends today.

You may vote online at tinyurl.com/

voteforgail.

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