Cast Blog: #WWHL

Normal Heart

Andy Cohen attends opening night of The Normal Heart.

OK before I get to last night, let me tell you about tonight! The Real Housewives of NYC head to the Hamptons and all hell breaks loose. It's a truly LOL episode that features Ramoment after Ramoment. And then I'm live at 11 with our Royal Wedding Spectacular featuring the Countess LuAnn and D.C.'s Cat. You will recall that Cat made out with Prince Harry a number of years ago so that makes her the most qualified Royal Expert around, methinks.

Speaking of Royalty, I ran into Sir Giggy in Manhattan yesterday afternoon!


What is it about that hairless pom that puts a smile on my face and makes all the blood rush to funny places? I don't know but if it's wrong I don't wanna be right.

So last night was opening of The Normal Heart on Broadway and it was one of the most profoundly moving evenings I've ever spent in a theater. You may know this is the play Larry Kramer wrote over 20 years ago documenting the early days of AIDS -- the efforts to organize within the gay community amidst panic and death and homophobia and hatred and ignorance. It stars Ellen Barkin (in her incredible Broadway debut), Joe Mantello (the great director who hasn't acted since his star turn in Angels in America in the early '90s), John Benjamin Hickey (who will break your heart as he transforms onstage), Lee Pace ('70s porn hotness with a second act monologue from which I never recovered), and Jim Parsons (hilarious and perfect.) The audience was transformed and transfixed, and it included Mr. Kramer himself, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Lange, Melissa Etheridge, Rosie Perez, Cheyenne Jackson, Mark Consuelos and Kelly Ripa, Mike Nichols, Ron Rifkin and Countess LuAnn. The mood backstage was teary and joyful and I think it was harder for those who'd witnessed the play than for the actors who seemed happy to have gotten through it. There were flowers and champers and vodka and more flowers and Miss Barkin's superhot makeup dude and someone whispering about the rave in the Times (in this morning's paper).

The party went late late late. As it should've. Go see this play! (You have until the beginning of July)


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WWHL’s Research PA dishes on one seriously unique work week.

Hey guys! My name is Laura and I’m a Research Production Assistant here at WWHL. For the first 3 seasons on this unbeweavable show, I was the permanently glittered hands crafting the crazy fun props and prizes gifted to the guests. You name it, I’ve bedazzled it! (No but seriously: pacifier, pickle, ‘fro pick, condoms, whip, hookah, mannequin leg...the list goes on!) This past season, I closed down my crafting corner and now I have the pleasure of helping Megan, Christie, and Lindsey with research and interactive. Every night, I get to read all of your amazing questions for our guests and help make sure that Andy’s got a stellar selection on his cards. But who cares about me?! On to this crazy week of shows!

Sunday: Kim and Reza did NOT disappoint.  They served up some wig wearin’, stache sportin’, truth tellin’ realness.  Kim rocked “The Farrah” like only she can, not to be outdone by Reza’s gloriously quaffed upper lip.  I swear that man’s mustache is the 8th wonder of the world...

There’s something so refreshing about two guests truly unafraid to tell it like it is and it makes for great TV.  Reza musta had Santa on the brain ‘cause he couldn’t keep from dropping those Ho, Ho, Hos! And say what you will about Kim, but that lady just wants to be home with her hot hubby and you can’t hate a ho for that!  

Monday: Let’s be real for a second: I’m 23 and I’m not even gonna PRETEND to be ashamed that I used to drink up every drama filled minute of Laguna Beach and The Hills. So of course I was LIVING for Kristin Cavallari’s confession that it was a big pile of producer induced drama. Shocking? Eh, not really. Exhilarating for the teen in me? Abso-freaking-lutely. There’s no shame in my game, hunny!

Taylor Armstrong was on her absolute A-game and she totally wins for my favorite one liner of the week: “The only thing uglier than a drunk woman is a drunk woman’s 40-yr-old ass flying through the air!” And please let us not forget the arm wrestling. Oh my word, the arm wrestling.  


Tuesday: Truly, there are no words for the amazingness that was the luscious lipped Lisa Rinna and Jeff Lewis and therefore I simply gift you with this kisstacular clip:

You’re welcome. 

Wednesday: I really think that one of the things that is so unique about WWHL is our unexpected guest combos. You never know who will end up in those chairs!  So when I saw ‘Carmen Electra and Billy Ray Cyrus’ on the calendar, my achy breaky heart skipped an achy breaky beat.

When Carmen slinked into the studio I couldn’t believe how amazing she looked. Does that woman age?! She was KILLIN’ it all night long complete with sex appeal and sock bun. I admit I was bummed when Billy Ray plead the fifth on the Miley Ex-BF question. I mean really, who wasn’t hoping for a little juice on a JoBro?! But fear not! Carmen saved the day (and all the imaginary swimmers) by teaching Andy and Billy to patrol the beach, slow mo style!


Thursday: Apparently agelessness is going around because Jane Fonda looks SPECTACULAR. She and Sandra paired up for the perfect storm of hilarity and the show ended with my favorite new holiday tradition: Secret Sandra! 

And may I just add that the legendary, Oscar winning, fitness flaunting Miss Fonda went home wearing a menorah hat? So yeah, my life is complete. 


Love and Light ;)