The Ultimate Andy Cohen Experience

A couple of weeks ago, I traveled up to North Carolina to see Meg and the girls for her birthday.  Going to Statesville is one of my favorite destinations.  Meg’s family’s home is so fun, a large farm with all the trimmings.  Every morning a big breakfast is being prepared, there are always people in and out, lots of cousins running around, big comfortable guest rooms and excellent hosts that enjoy early evening chats in their formal living room.  When I arrived, I was so excited to see everyone, the girls seemed taller even though I saw them a month ago.
Friday was Meg’s actual birthday.  After lunch in Statesville, we headed to Cornelius to her brother’s house on the lake.  
We hung out there and got ready for our big night out in Charlotte.  We had VIP tickets to AC2-the Andy Cohen/Anderson Cooper show. We got the tickets in January and I have been dying for this day and my chance to actually meet Andy Cohen.  I had bought a black jump suit a month ago (Andy loves jump suits).  In anticipation of meeting them, I ordered books for Meg and I to get signed by both Andy and Anderson, we brought them with us, hopeful.
When we picked up our tickets and VIP lanyard, they told us they would come get us after the show. We got to our seats (2nd row on the right-so awesome) and just were dying that we were there.  
We started making friends and taking turns going back out to the bar for drinks.  Finally the show started and the two of them were so funny.  In between filmed videos, they talked about each other and their banter back and forth is so entertaining.  My favorite part is Andy (with love) mocking Anderson for being a Vanderbilt.  He kept teasing about how his childhood must have been.  It cracked me up.
Towards the end, they opened it up for Q & A and people scrambled to get in line to ask questions.   Some were so funny and it became very apparent that Anderson was very aware that 80% of the audience was there to see Andy and 20% to see him. He laughed about it and was a very good sport.  In our row alone, 6 of us were there because of Andy and one lone girl was a news junkie and OBSESSED with Anderson Cooper.
Then it ended and because we are rule followers and didn’t know better, we sat still waiting to be collected for the VIP Meet and Greet.  Other people were more dialed in and they know to head to one side and wait for the door to open.  We finally figured it out and got in line where we made more friends…
The line snaked up some stairs and ended up on the back of the stage where the line formed to get to the step and repeat where the boys were.  It was all very organized but sort of slow.
Meg kept asking me what I was going to say and seriously I was stressed out thinking about it.  You could see they really were good at moving the people along so you don’t really have time to have a conversation because honestly I could talk to Andy Cohen for hours about all the Housewives and Southern Charm and all my commentary about the shows.  Guess what, it went by in a flash.  I asked him if he helped the Housewives with their tagline and he said sometimes. I told him that he needs to help Tinsley with hers, she has had two bad ones and he totally agreed. 
 By the time I got those words out, both he and Anderson had signed my books and I was scooted along.
I went with KP since everyone mis-spells my name.
I told them it was Meg’s birthday and they signed her books and she got a great picture as well.
Look at Andy laughing!  So darn cute.
So that was that…
We spent the night at the lake and hung out the next day.  At one point after Kelly’s tennis match #11, we got her and Robb to go out with us for a late lunch.  That was the highlight!
The next day was Sunday, Father’s Day.  Meg’s Dad was at baseball games so the girls all went out to brunch.  It was so fun and a great way to round out our weekend.
As always, I had a blast and can’t wait to go back.
Thank you Bob, Pam, Kelly, Robb and of course birthday girl Meg!
Xoxo, KP

Breaking Down Southern Charm

Being an ardent fan of Andy Cohen and most things that he has a hand in, I watch most shows on the Bravo network with a handful of exceptions.  Southern Charm is high on my list of must watch tv.  In its third season, I am now invested in this hilarious show based in one of the prettiest cities in our country.  It doesn’t matter that most of the cast aren’t true Charlestonians, but they certainly play them on this hour long show Monday nights.  Here is a breakdown of the cast…

The Firecracker
Cameran favorite.  Adorable, perky, spicy and always willing to tell the truth and spill the beans on the other players.  She is so likeable, she can get away with saying pretty much anything…

The Real Deal
Thomas Ravenel, the one Charleston resident that actually is authentic.  Most of the cast has to cross the bridge bearing his name to get to Charleston.  He can’t really seem to get out of his own way these days and his dealings with Kathryn (see below) are cringeworthy.

The Lover
Shep Rose..the eternal bachelor on this show.  There doesn’t seem to be many girls left in Charleston that have not crossed his path.  Loves to comment on everyone else and seems to forget when he does that they will eventually see these comments aired.  When he talks, he can’t usually keep a straight face and he really cracks me up.

The Slacker
I have a soft spot for Criag Conover.  He hightailed it out of town last season after making colossal mis-steps at work and losing his job.  His trying to keep up with Shep got him in heaps of trouble but he always has a smile on his face and amazing dimples to boot.  This year, he came back to town and is in love with the mysterious Naomi.  He put a “sort of” ring on it last week and thinks this one might be THE ONE.  I am rooting for him.

The Grand Dame
Patricia Altschul..she has a wicked tongue and beware of crossing her.  Mother of Whitney (see below), her serious pedigree fuels her Queen Bee attitude and her moving from NYC to Charleston is just a location change, she is still quite in charge.  Her Mario Buatta-designed home is something to see and her house man is an added bonus on several episodes.  There is much more to come from her, possibly her own show?

The Creator
Whitney Sudler-Smith, the creator of this delightful show.  He is kind of a lurking-in-the-background player these days.  If you read any gossip magazine, you will know he has really set up shop in Los Angeles with a European model.  He is funny and since this whole show was his idea, I give him a pass for most of the snobbish things that come out of his mouth.  He definitely slept with Kathryn in the first season and that has provided uncomfortable scenes ever since.

The Innocent Villain
Who me? Last year, Landon Clements came on the scene, fresh from leaving her husband in Los Angeles.  She is trying to find herself this season but she really needs serious help. She hates Kathryn and doesn’t do a very good job of hiding that fact. Her whiny voice is slightly nails-on-a-chalkboard for me but I can’t wait to see her get herself in more trouble.  Her lying about inviting Kathryn to Shep’s birthday party last week landed her in hot water.  Her innocent act is wearing thin.

The Baby Mama
Kathryn Calhoun Dennis..she is the troublemaker baby Mama of Thomas Ravenel’s spawn.  This picture is a toned down version of her usually bright red lips and eyelashes an inch long.  Nothing is ever her fault and she likes to stir up trouble at the drop of a hat.  She is pregnant this season on the show, but in real life has already had her son.  Her craziness get old and I wish she would act slightly normal for a change.  Not sure what is in store for Kathryn down the road.
If you aren’t watching this show, it is entertaining and I highly recommend.  Never mind that most people that actually live in Charleston are horrified by its existence and becoming associated with it can make you sort of an outcast. Check it out if you haven’t already..I promise it will make you laugh.

I love Andy Cohen and all things Bravo,
xoxo, kp