I'm actually about to be back in San Francisco and am writing this too early (if you ask me) on my way to JFK. I'll only be there for a night but it's for a good cause -- there's a huge amfAR fundraiser tonight that I'm hosting featuring Chaka Khan and Alan Cumming, and Yigit's making dessert. I believe there are still tickets for the after party, so come say hi if you can. The theme is Morroco -- ya habibi!
Yesterday afternoon I took part in something very cool at the Beacon Theater. You know Conan was here all week shooting shows, right? On the stage of the Beacon, and on his show, America's favorite ginger performed the wedding (he got ordained online) of his longtime costume designer and his partner of many years. Scott, the costumer, was asked to choose who he wanted to walk him down the aisle. I guess he's a big WWHL fan and asked for me; flattered, I was quite happy to oblige. My only concern was that the wedding not appear like a joke, and when I spoke to the producer my fears were allayed. They were playing it "straight" and went for emotion instead of laughs. Indeed it did wind up being, among other things, emotional and kinda groundbreaking for a standard hetero late night show -- and the audience loved it.
I have to give it up to Conan for putting this on national television. Straight people like him are heroes for standing up for something that not everybody believes in and treating two people like equal human beings in an unusual forum. I bet he changed some minds last night. And when the show was over it was incredible watching that packed theater of (really young) fans cheering for him with intense emotion. His Team Coco brigade loves him SO MUCH. It was overwhelming to see, and I am so glad I got to be a part of that.
Speaking of emotional theater experiences, last night was the Broadway opening of Other Desert Cities and it was spectacular. I'd first written here about the brand new Jon Robin Baitz play when I saw it in January. I didn't think it could get better, but the brilliant Joe Mantello (my sweet friend for years) has elevated it to double-brilliant (I made that up, and yes, you may steal it Mr. Brantley) with new cast members Rachel Griffiths and Judith Light. The reviews are in this morning and they're all raves. But we knew that! Go see it at the Booth Theater.
The party, incidentally, was at a ballroom at the Marriott Marquis -- which has got to be the single most depressing room on the island of Manhattan. Imagine the glamour of an opening night crowd -- Ron Rifkin, Renee Zellwegger, Orlando Bloom -- in a decrepit, out-of-date ballroom on an old cruise ship that's on it's last voyage, and that'll give you a picture of what that space is like. How AMAZING the theater experience was is how SAD that party space is! It didn't dampen anyone's excitement about what they'd just seen though, which is saying something.
Lastly, don't forget that Sunday night is the premiere of RHOA! We're running marathons of past seasons all weekend and they're fun to re-live. I'm live after the premiere breaking the whole damn thing down with Wendy Williams. If I don't see you in San Francisco tonight, I'll see you at 11 on Sunday night!
Thank you Andy for blogging! I do not know why I get so mad when the RH s do not blog - like they r 2 good.....oh well ...my problem! Greta info on Conan - I feel sorry for him and how "late nite" screwed him. I know he was rewarded financially BUT I still feel bad for him! I vant wait for RHOA - I hope it doesnt turn into a mess like RHONJ did - pls cancel that joke of a show! C u Sunday nite w Wendy - wooooza!!!
As long as Teresa continues starting arguements at everyfuntion she attends, I will have to tape the shows and fast forward through her segments.
Andy, try some fried ice cream in Japan Town while you are in S.F. also try TOMMY'S JOINT for some awesome buffalo.
Hi Andy. I have two turtles and I just want to let you know as a new turtle owner that when picking them up they like to have support under them i.e. your hand. It freaks them out to be held in the air by their edges of their shell. It stresses them out. I read this on the internet about turtles. Thanks.
A fellow turtle owner.....Tammy
I was catching up on #RHOA today and had an idea: Bring Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger on to pair single ladies of #RHOA with quality guys in the area. I'd love that and would definitely tune in.
I watched all the reruns of housewives til about 4 am, I can't believe I missed a couple of them when they aired. You even funny when your alone in the clubhouse!
OMG! The Atlanta Housewives premiere was great! Cant wait to see what else happens!!!! Love you Andy!!!!!
Andy you are the best ! You make me laugh so much with the way you interact with all the housewives ! you are truly the best part of the show, I hope you never leave- you have such great energy & appeal! God Bless.Jean in Boston
Good morning Andy, I watched an Atlanta Reunion yesterday and boy, the havoc these women and us viewers have caused your hair :( You are gorgeous now with more gray than brown.
My late a$$ JUST caught up on the after show with Kandi and Tyrese, and Andy, you are a freakin' CRACK UP!! Seriously, do you ever watch yourself? The way you say things and the way you move your head, your antics PERIOD have me on the floor ROLLING!!! And Tyrese, he wasn't even TRYING to be funny, but I was weak I laughed so hard. He is a doll, especially when he refused to be part of Kandi's "toys" and you said " you don't have to DO anything with them"! That did it for me. I LOVE the after shows and wish we could see more of you and Jay! Don't EVER change Andy......
Andy, I love watching your show! You are a true entertainer! I just have 1 question for you ( well maybe more than one, lol ). Which housewife annoys you the most? I have come to the conclusion that Teresa really got under my skin this season! Hope all is well and please keep doing what you do. Love it, love it, love it!!!!!