Jay Leno

Jay Leno

King of Late Night

Jay Leno and Julie Strain“I think there are very few things that are more fun than making 500 or 1,000 or 2,000 people really laugh. Jerry Seinfeld and I always used to laugh about why you would take a vacation when you should just go somewhere and do your act. What would be more fun than that?”

No plume of smoke arose from the NBC studios in Burbank, California, last May to signal a succession in that network’s late-night papacy. But when James Douglas Muir Leno took over as host of “The Tonight Show” after the 30-year reign of Johnny Carson, it was an event that fairly cried for pomp and circumstance.MORE from Penthouse

Jay Leno reveals his personal experience with the not-entirely-glamorous world of the comedy circuit in his early days. His take on the late-night wars may surprise you.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford

Cindy

Cindy Crawford

Her slim legs are clad in sheer black stockings and perched atop wafer-thin heels. has always been the all-American girl next door, with a clean-cut, believable, healthy look that is tantalizing to men, but with a friendliness and a hint of curviness that appeal to women who are tired of stick thin models with silicone enhanced cleavage. She has never been the kind of superstar model who parties all night and pouts all day. Nor was she an overnight success. She worked extremely hard to overcome the criticism that once accompanied photos highlighting her now trademark mole just above her lips and persevered despite the then pervasive preference for blue-eyed blondes.

As Cindy talked to interviewer Karen Moline about the business, her self-image, and her husband, actor Richard Gere, she didn’t display even a hint of insecurity. At 26, an age when many models are considered past their prime, Cindy has the kind of attitude that keeps her on top. MORE from Penthouse

The original supermodel is more confident than she used to be, but still has realistic expectations for her future. Learn some more about the model men admire and women emulate.

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

Charlie’s Angels

Charlie Sheen for PenthouseCharlie shakes his head. Well, there’s certainly not a dearth of beautiful women in his life. Hell, I was with him when he turned down a date with a former Miss Universe because he wanted to spend the evening with his eight-year-old, Cassandra. So what does he want? “If I could have one mention· in The Baseball Encyclopedia,” he muses, “I’d die happy. One at bat in the big leagues would put me there, and I’ll take it over an Oscar any time.”

I met Charlie Sheen on a muggy, July morning at the Sherman Oaks home of Jeff Ballard. Jeff is Charlie’s public relations agent and his close buddy.

Sheen, who has the kind of face and smile that are going to keep him looking like 18 when he’s 80, greeted me with a firm handshake and an apology for being a few minutes late. Charlie was feeling good. His new movie, Fixing the Shadow – in which he plays true-life hero Dan Black, a cop who goes undercover to break up a drug-dealing motorcycle gang-has been completed and is scheduled to be released in February. He was happy to have some free time before shooting began on his next movie, Hot Shots 2, but more important, his beloved Cincinnati Reds had won five games in a row.MORE from Penthouse

Is Charlie Sheen the victim of tabloid sensationalism? Or is he just a sensation? Charlie speaks frankly about troubles that have plagued him in the past and opens up about some topics most wouldn't associate with him.

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne Barr

Roseanne (and some Tom)

Roseanne BarrChristmas in Salt Lake City,  circa 1960. The teacher asks her one Jewish student to stand before the class and explain why she doesn’t believe in Jesus. “I would sing the little song about the dreidel,” recalled Rose­anne Barr in her 1989 best-seller My Life as a Woman. “I was the Designated Heathen.” The teacher told Barr to be grateful she didn’t live in a Communist country, where “dissent” wouldn’t be tolerated.

Thirty years later, when Barr sang a little song for the San Diego Padres, she found the treasuries of tolerance wanting. “Disgraceful!” snapped the leader of the Free World, as the brethren of Ameri­ca’s Fourth Estate exploded in si­multaneous orgastic rage.

“I don’t know what y’all wanted me to [do],” opined Barr at a press conference addressing l’affaire d’anthem. “Put my head in my hands and start screaming and run off? I’m not a quitter.” No, indeed. Whether she’s serenading an au­ditorium full of Mormon school­children or a stadium full of angry baseball fans, Roseanne Barr car­ries on to the bitter end. Because like it or not, Roseanne Barr has learned to thrive in the role of odd woman out.MORE from Penthouse

No matter how insane people make her out to be, when you hear her words, Roseanne doesn't seem much different than any other intelligent woman with an ax to grind. Unless, of course, she's talking about how insane she is...