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WWHL's Talent Booker explains how we get our fantastic guests

on Aug 9, 20120

 

Ya know how people always talk about the celebrities they would have at their dream dinner party? Well, my job is to basically be the party planner for those fantasy dinners. I am what is called the "Booker" for ‘Watch What Happens: Live’, which means that I arrange for all of the guests to be in the Clubhouse each night to play whatever crazy sounding game we throw at them. And as you would with any party, the whole process begins with figuring out who you would really LIKE to hang out with, and more importantly (because we love nothing more than an odd duo), my job involves figuring out the best possible combination of people to have on the show together. You might watch our show and think that the staff went temporarily insane when we decided to have Lil Kim on with MSNBC’s Willie Geist, but believe it or not, the bizarre pairings on our show are something that we give a LOT of thought to! The rationale generally goes one of two ways…we either like to have people on who are real-life friends because we know a lot of the fun will come from watching them hang together like they would on a typical Thursday night, or we go the complete opposite direction and strive to have 2 people together who are so completely different from one another that you can hardly believe they are sitting in the same room, let alone spoon feeding each other while blindfolded (one of my favorite games, by the way). Like figuring out the seating at a party, good chemistry between seatmates is imperative.

Andy and I are on constant email with one another discussing who the perfect pairing for a given night would be, and at least once a day we’ll debate whether having a certain duo on would be “good weird” or “bad weird”…because there is definitely a difference. It’s really impossible to predict how Cee-Lo and Big Ang from Mob Wives are going to click, but we usually get a gut feeling when the puzzle comes together in just the right way, and there is truly nothing more rewarding than watching 2 people who were complete strangers beforehand enter our crazy little clubhouse and suddenly become so perfect together that you will forever associate one with the other. Of course, there have been a few times when the combos have fallen a little flat or have been “bad weird” (and no, I will never reveal which people I mean), but I like to think that the majority of our gut feelings have led to some really great TV.

11 comments
k.miller
k.miller

I like Teresa and I had just commented to my daughter Perez had lost alot of weight and changed his hair. People quit thinking Teresa has an agenda for all her words. I think it is fantastic that Perez did it on his own. And I don't think she meant anything against Lauren. My daughter age 26 loves Lauren but hates Caroline. If these woman can't be on the show together than they have to be shown seperately and not asked back to the show. I say dump Caroline and highlight Lauen's new business and Caroline can make an entrance every once in awhile like Dina. One bad apple seems to have spoiled this whole bunch of ladies and Teresa was a peach considering her difficulties. I loved Perez comment about Melissa being TOO OLD in the video. Both my daughter and I are over New Jersey we quit watching. These ladies need to learn to shut their mouth and watch Bambi "If you can't say anything nice, don't say it at all"

staninillinois
staninillinois

Hi Andy,

This contest letter didn't get me behind the clubhouse bar - but you deseve this toast...Your show is the best!!!!

 

Andy is amazing

His talk show is the best

I’d love to serve exotic drinks

To him and all his guests,

 

I’d slice and dice some lemons

And chop up lots of limes -

If I get a chance to tend the bar

on WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE

 

An evening in the CLUB HOUSE

Would be a lifetime thrill,

I’ll laugh at every awkward joke

and clean up every spill 

 

I’ll salute the daily mazel

I’ll text the viewer poll

In silence out of camera range

I’ll curse that days Jack Hole

 

I’ll bring my ukulele

and sing a song with glee

And promise not to waste a drop

filling Fallon’s cool Shot-Ski  

 

So please dear Bravo Genie

Please grant my one request

Give me a night in New York City

On the Talk Show I love best  

 

That’s WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE

With Americas friendliest host,

To BRAVO’s Andy Cohen

I’ll raise my glass to toast!

 

MAZEL ANDY...MAZEL BRAVO!!!!

BeeCee888
BeeCee888

Hi Andy..I have watched your show since it started and really find it entertaining. However, lately you seem to have become slightly arrogant towards some of your guests. Yeah, they are not as smart as you but let them have their say.  Also tonight I didn't like your Mazol and Jackhole segment at the end as you just talked over P. Hilton and I think your political leanings are beginning to creep into the show. Remember 50% of your viewers may have different political views from you but who cares! Isn't this supposed to be an entertainment show?  Please don't become the next J. Garafalo..look what has happened to her.  You are so likeable and funny and handsome..please leave politics out!  Thanks and one last thing: I would like to see Katie Cazorla and Walter Afanasieff from the TV Guide channel reality show the Nail Files as your guests.  It would be a fun half-hour I believe ( have them bring their crazy-looking dogs) I think you would really enjoy them.

cjones1
cjones1

I don't know if you even read these, I hope you do. I hope you are reading the FB and Twitter. I know I am not the only one asking, no begging you! Please stop having the wives on WWHL. Especially Teresa and all the others. It's just like a rehash every time they are there. It seems like they are on a ton! Teresa again tonight?! You just had a special one on one with Caroline. You are better than them now! It's time to move on.

janb55
janb55

I like the odd pairings of guests on WWHL--it's entertaining to see two guests with very different jobs, etc. interact with each other.

I'm tired of seeing Teresa Guidice on WWHL all the time.

Caseyfinn
Caseyfinn

Andy, Actually, there is only ONE way to settle all the lies and find the truth. Rather than another disastrous reunion with the RHWNJ, hook each and every single one of them up to lie detectors and test them. Settle all these accusations once and for all. If they refuse, don't invite them back. The fans are frustrated and something needs to change or the show is done. Here's hoping...

Caseyfinn
Caseyfinn

Andy, It was fun in the beginning and I have been faithful to only Bravo and every new show. The rhwnj is so toxic, and I do believe you will not cross any Manzo's to the detriment of Theresa. It is kind of insulting to those of us who have watched T ganged up on for 2 yrs now. Pretty sad that you have no respect for us or your cast members. Won't watch next week or especially the reunion, like last years debacle. So, thanks but I will not watch this show any longer.

Chocolisa
Chocolisa

Andy  Imma need you to get the Braxton sisters on your show.  Especially Trina and Tamar.

rcheltrvel
rcheltrvel

Good info, thanks for the inside look!

janb55
janb55

 @Caseyfinn

 I'd love to see this as well--RHONJ is becoming unwatchable.

paulavin
paulavin

 @1love1heart 

 I beleive Teresa said Jacqueline learned her lesson of getting in the middle of things.  which we have seen Jacqueline do throughout the 4 seasons.  if you dont like someone and your done than be done but clearly if you watch all the episodes caroline has a vendetta against teresa. She contradicts herself  everytime she opens her mouth.  Teresa for her part lacks the wit to put her in her place already!  If caroline is facing a backlash as a result of this its her own doing.