Andy Cohen with Brandi Glanville of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Andy Cohen, the iconic gay TV personality who has made Bravo TV a mecca of reality deliciousness, had done something unprecedented. He has migrated his pop culture show Watch What Happens Live to Austin, TX – but only temporarily. He has decided to tape a whole week of shows during SXSW, the popular Interactive, Film and Television Festival. It is something that he is really excited about because they have never taken the show on the road.
“I came last year to [South By Southwest] and did a panel and fell in love with it,” said Cohen while taking a break from his hectic week of shooting schedule. “It felt very copacetic with what we do at Watch What Happens Live. Austin’s tagline is ‘Keep Austin Weird’ and Watch What Happens Live is weird in terms of talk shows!”
His show isn’t exactly the most conventional. First off, there’s tons of drinking games involved. From his “shotski” contraption (three glasses mounted onto a ski) which he makes his guests take shots from to his nightly secret word (every time it’s said, the audience must drink) there is always room for alcohol on his show – especially with guest bartenders like Top Chef winner Paul Qui and Friday Night Lights alum Liz Mikel.
Andy and Brandi take a shot!
If you have been watching the show this week (and I know a lot of you are), you already know that Andy has been in the capital of the Lone Star State causing trouble and playing games with guests. In addition to having his quota of Real Housewives on his show (Brandi Glanville of Beverly Hills and Kenya Moore from Atlanta), he had actress/model Brooklyn Decker strutting her stuff and Sarah Silverman playing “Deadliest Crotch” with the crew from Deadliest Catch. That game is exactly what it sounds like: they see who can best crush items in their crotch. Something we all like doing, naturally.
Andy Cohen and Sarah Silverman do some deadly crotch crushing.
Upcoming guests on the special SXSW episodes include the dreamy-eyed Ian Somerhalder from The Vampire Diaries, the hairy chested and awkwardly cute Nev Schulman of Catfish fame, Community‘s Gillian Jacobs, Jenny Slate, and Paloma Faith.
In addition to being the pretty face of Watch What Happens Live and all those trainwreck Housewives reunions, Andy is the Executive Vice President of Development and Talent at Bravo. That means he only serves up the best (and sometimes the hellaciously enjoyable) when it comes to our reality entertainment. He gave us a laundry list of things that will be returning this year such as Tabitha, Kim Zolciak‘s show Don’t Be Tardy and Candy Factory. He also let us know about the forthcoming show about Atlanta doctors, Married to Medicine (sounds more fun than L.A. Shrinks). He also gave us a heads up on one particular show that will premiere later this year: “We have a new show about fashion that hasn’t been announced yet but is imminent,” says Cohen. “AfterElton readers are going to freak out about it.”
A new show about fashion that will make us freak out? Let’s just hope they’re not bringing back The Fashion Show with Kelly Rowland.