One of the best things about working on Kathy is it’s a relatively small staff and we’re all pretty close. We spend long hours together, we start getting loopy around 3pm together, and yes, we have dance parties and drink matcha green tea together. One big happy family. Which is great!
Except when the flu is going around. When we came back from the holidays, we were in full swing for our Season 2 premiere and everything was fun and exciting. And some of us were sick! I’d gotten sick OVER the holidays, so I was fine, but one of our EPs Greg, our Associate Producer Cole, and Supervising Producer Blake were all sick. (I think, I can’t keep this straight anymore, everyone’s been sick.)
Luckily for them I get sore throats almost every week (why couldn’t they have just removed by tonsils when I was 8?) and am also a bit of a hypochondriac so I knew I’d be essential to everyone’s recovery. You see, I carry a bag of drugs with me almost everywhere –- but especially when traveling. So after my numerous plane rides in December, I had a pretty substantial gallon zip-lock bag filled with throat lozenges, zinc stuff, cough drops, mucus cough-up pills (their technical term), among other things.
Being the helpful co-worker I am, I made sure to bring the bag of drugs with me to our first live show and share with the group. I came in on Friday and Blake asked, “Did that bag o’drugs make it back here?” Not even realizing it was mine. And then before you knew it, I had a line in front of my desk for people to get their, well, drugs.
This was especially useful when both Producer Karen AND Associate Producer Briana were out sick during the week we had Chelsea Handler and Chris Noth on the show. Karen informed us on Monday she was diagnosed with the flu AND pneumonia. Naturally, I immediately googled what pneumonia actually was and we started referring to her condition as flu-monia.
You better believe everyone came RUNNING to me after we realized this was the kind of illness going around. Even now, I’ve been feeling vaguely on-the-verge-of-illness but luckily I have a bag of drugs to try to beat it out of me.
Now I just leave the bag out on my desk full-time. And the lovely “token straight” on staff even helped me re-stock it. (That’s Producer Shep A.K.A. the “This Just In” guy and the Football Expert.)
I hope this doesn’t mean I’d be a drug dealer…