What do you call someone who spends their day reading every bit of pop culture news, watching every Bravo show, and hanging on the words of every tweeting Housewife? A gal with a pretty awesome job.
Welcome to the world of a Watch What Happens Live researcher. As one of two Research Associate Producers on WWHL, my job is to find out everything and anything about our guests -- their careers, hobbies, habits, childhood, embarrassing moments, hidden talents, not so hidden break-ups, awkward photos, and fanatic tributes. If it's on the internet, I'll find it.
The result of spending so much time on the guests is how highly invested I get in each guest’s experience and reaction to all the crazy we throw at them during the show. For example, my thoughts, pre-show, Sunday night: "What if Mike Tyson doesn't have pigeons anymore? We're giving him a Mazel onesie for his pigeon, what if he hates them? What if despite all sources confirming otherwise, he only has a passing interest in the The Real Housewives of New Jersey?"
Of course, my neurosis was completely uncalled for because did the man EVER know RHONJ. Not only was Mike Tyson game for everything (including some pigeon clothes), he also had one of the most insightful Housewives observations I’d ever heard: "Joe and Teresa, even though they’re doing so bad, they look so good doing so bad. You can’t be bankrupt and live in a mansion, nowhere else in the world, only in this country.
God Bless America. And Mike Tyson.