I assume you all are smarting from last night's episode of "Real Housewives of New York City". I loved it. Them at dinner at Nellos? Classic. One of the things I like about that show, that you may or may not realize, is that the ladies are frequenting very iconic NYC spots. They're shopping at Scoop, they're eating at Nellos, they're at Bryant Park for the fashion shows, opening night of the Met, and on and on. I am so glad they got permission to shoot everywhere. This is a very real slice of a very particular Manhattan lifestyle. Check out "Top Chef Chicago" tonight to see a very real slice of the reality cooking competition lifestyle. It's a great one with Rick Bayless as guest judge. We went to Bayless' Frontera Grill a lot during shooting. I have a hazy memory of my last time there featuring Tom, Padma, Gail, my sister and many many many tequilas. Oh hey if you have 9 minutes on your hands and would like to watch Liza and I discuss TOP CHEF: THE COOKBOOK, please click HERE.
Last night I went to see "Joan Rivers: A Work in Progress By a Life in Progress" at the Geffen Playhouse. Rivers wrote and stars in the play about her life, told during one night in a crappy dressing room before doing a red carpet show. There are a ton of laughs and classic stories. I didn't expect it to be as poignant as it was and I'd forgotten that she's actually a good actress. She is fun to watch onstage. There was a Q and A after the show and we stayed. There was a 102 year old lady who raised her hand and said "I'm 102 years old." Joan gave her the necklace she was wearing. Only in LA, kids. Only in LA. Showbiz.
After we said our hellos we hit In and Out Burger. Is there a greater treat than In and Out burger? NO. Joan had been saying that getting laughs onstage is better than sex. I am going to say that In and Out Burger is better than sex. Well, bad sex. OK this is a tangent I don't want to continue.
IN MUSIC NEWS, I read in the NY TIMES review of Aretha at Radio City that the Queen of Soul is now being introduced as "The EMPRESS of music." Ree-Ree is still apparently pissed that Beyonce referred to Tina as "The Queen" at the Grammys a couple months ago. Here's what, Ree: You are already the Queen of Soul so you can't ALSO be the Empress of Music. No, you can't. So stop. That being said, remember how stupid the King of Pop sounded when Michael Jackson named himself? Now it has kind of stuck and no one really questions it. Could Empress of Music have legs? Have you listened to "Jesus and Gravity" on the Dolly CD yet? What are you waiting for, people??? If you liked Shania's "That Don't Impress Me Much", then Dolly's "Shinola" might fill a cavity in your system as well. Just a tip, you don't have to take it. But did you download the new B-52's yet? Or am I the only one?
LA is all good. Shooting is going great. It smells great here but my allergies suck. Have fun today.