The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up to The Andy Cohen Diaries
The megapopular host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night.
Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station, Radio Andy, appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest edited Entertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’s Then & Now with Andy Cohen, offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from a brief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance.
If The Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon, Superficial is a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapadespersonal, professional, and behind-the-scenesAndy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.
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About the Author
Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of Watch What Happens: Live. He is the executive producer of The Real Housewives franchise and hosts Bravo's highly rated reunion specials. He tours nationally with Anderson Cooper on AC2, hosts Then & Now with Andy Cohen on Bravo and Radio Andy on Sirius XM. He has won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work. The author of two New York Times bestsellers, Most Talkative and The Andy Cohen Diaries, he lives in New York City with his dog, Wacha.
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 — NYC
Even Joan Rivers can't make a funeral fun. Well, I bet she could if she was there and not the one being buried, but no such luck today. It was a big media event on Fifth Avenue with barricades, screaming fans, satellite trucks — everything Joan would've wanted. As always, Temple Emanu-El looked like a big Roman cathedral packed with fancy-pants New Yorkers. I walked in with Whoopi Goldberg, who told me she was feeling really shaky from this and Robin Williams's death. Luckily I had reserved seating — in a row with SJP, Matthew Broderick, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathy Griffin, and Rosie O'Donnell.
Of all the eulogies, Howard Stern's was my favorite. He and Joan were kindred spirits. He opened by talking about how dry her vagina was. That was his opener! The New York City Gay Men's Chorus sang, as did Audra McDonald. Hugh Jackman sang "Quiet Please, There's a Lady Onstage," which I never liked in The Boy from Oz but was a killer today, and bagpipers played "New York, New York." I hate bagpipers. Barry was there, which I thought was really stand-up of him given that Joan publicly blamed him for her husband's downfall. He told me he had been invited and felt it would be rude not to go. The silent procession out of the church-y temple took forever and of course I was right next to Kathy, with whom I started to make small talk before wondering why I was trying to make this less awkward for her when I'd heard that she'd been shit talking me earlier in the week. So we walked out in silence, which I hate more than bagpipers.
There were crowds cheering in front as I left and that felt ... weird at a funeral. People don't know what the hell to do with themselves anymore. I couldn't find a cab on the Upper East Side and wound up walking to a diner and eating at the counter, where I was soon joined by Liza and Brian. After we were done reviewing the funeral, as you do — high marks all around for Howard, big debate about Deborah Norville — we got back to business: the question of whether or not I should shave my summer beard.
At home I gave Wacha a doggie-frozen-yogurt treat, which he wolfed down, then puked up a little bit, and then while I was getting a rag to clean it up, he ate the puke. Efficient!
The sun streaming in the windows of Spring Studios turned DVF's fashion show into a hotbox. Still in our funeral clothes, Whoopi and I chatted again on our way in — that's twice in one day. She said Joan's funeral affected her profoundly and will change her attitude about work. Maybe she'll be less miserable than she's been seeming on The View? Sat next to Bryan at the show and the first lady of NYC was two seats over. I was hoping she'd break out some slam poetry, but that didn't happen. DVF's curtain call is always my favorite part of her fashion show. Naomi Campbell closed the show again and we ran into each other on the street and she complained that I never take her out to dinner. She's right! What am I thinking?
Went to Watch What Happens: Live for our first show of the fall. Tonee gave me a haircut and we took a vote about my beard — the consensus was to shave it, so off it went. We taped two shows, the first with Steve Harvey and Nick Jonas, who were totally incongruous but really worked. Harvey forgot his wedding ring in the car and we couldn't start until someone went down and got it. It's off brand for him to be seen without his ring, apparently. I liked him, though. And I was pervy with Nick Jonas. Speaking of pervy, it is male model week on WWHL in honor of fashion week. The models always look hotter in their pictures than in person. The guests for the live show were Rosie and Kathy from Real Housewives of New Jersey and we did a lovely tribute to Joan. Mom texted at the end of the night: "Not a great show but you look fab." I will always get points from her for shaving.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
"You lost your toughness, man!" Surfin greeted me with that bon mot this morning. Negative points for shaving from the doorman! You don't necessarily want to start your day feeling like your mojo was shaved off the night before, but then again it's nice to have a trusted friend keeping you in check.
There's nothing better than walking into a show with enthusiasm and excitement, but the longer I do this job (I've done more than seven hundred shows) the harder it is to get it up. I was fully erect today, though (I love a #bonermetaphor) for Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, who we were taping at noon for air Thursday. My team had had advance warning that Kristen was sick, wouldn't be drinking, and was barely up for the show. Turns out she had a scratch in her throat and was everything I wanted her to be, and that's saying something. I think she'll be back. Then Ramona came in to discuss her future on Real Housewives of New York. She arrived wearing hot pants, a tank top, pumps, and her hair in a topknot (business casual!) and though I was dreading it, the conversation actually went well. She profusely apologized for how she treated me at the reunion, and I said I just wished she'd listened to my questions because they weren't so bad — but that the viewers had turned on her and she needed to rehabilitate herself. I may have even used the "I want to be in the Ramona business for a long time" line. (I really do, though!)
I had to sign a zillion bookplates — and by "a zillion" I mean a thousand — which Target will insert in my book, which wasn't fun, and then plan for our Friends In Deed gala next month, then go through tax payments with Daryn and write thank-yous for the very random gifts I got all summer from viewers (paintings of myself, paintings of Wacha, dog leashes, Cardinals stuff, Peanuts stuff). Then I grabbed my executive producer, Michael Davies, and we went to the men's finals of the U.S. Open. We were in the Heineken suite (David Schwimmer was too and he looks very good, very "Ross") and it was too bad my dad didn't come this year (Mom and Dad are getting ready for their tour of Nazi hot spots in Europe) not only because they showed me on the big screen but also because I could've used him by my side: they showed me at the exact moment that Michael went to get a Heineken Light (Delicious! Full bodied, but half the cals!) so I was sitting there alone like a douchelord. Last year I'd made fun of Kevin Spacey for wearing makeup to the match, but I was glad I'd kept mine on from the earlier taping because, despite seeming like a lonely loser, I didn't look half bad up there. The match was over in a flash — the Croat won — and in the car back to the Clubhouse, as we watched the incredible sunset over Manhattan, we marveled at how lucky we are to live in this city. I signed more pieces of paper, then a reporter from Details showed up to follow me around behind the scenes of the live show, which was a half disaster. Let me just say this: I think Zosia Mamet was not very amused by this little show of ours, or by me. Then the phones went out somehow and I wound up objectifying Patrick Wilson and talking about his tits, further alienating Zosia. And it turns out the sponsor got up during a commercial break and changed the placement of their product on the bar, which later sent me into a tailspin. The best thing about the show, as it sometimes is, was Wacha. He came out and picked his favorite Girl from Girls by picking his favorite treat. He chose Shoshanna, so that was fun for her. After the show Mom texted, "I don't know who that girl is but she wasn't having fun."
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 — NYC — GREENSBORO, NC — NYC
"What the fuck are we doing up at five forty-five, homeboy?" That was the look Wacha gave me when the alarm went off this morning. I tried to tell him that Daddy had a paid speaking gig in Greensboro, North Carolina, but he didn't get it. In my ongoing bid to roll with a deeper posse (even freaking Zosia Mamet had ten people with her last night — WTF?), I made Daryn come with me. Also, she had booked the private plane, so I figured the best way to ensure that she was invested in the safety of the plane was to make her a passenger. I wrote my speech on the plane — it was great, if I can be objective (probably not?). The venue was a corporate retreat for a big outlet mall and the owner of the company ended his speech, right before I went on, with "God bless the United States of America," which made me aware that perhaps I should rethink some of my saltier material. I did this thing that was very Tom Cruise in Magnolia where I talked about how similar we all are and how people think we have the most glamorous jobs and everybody wants to go to outlet malls and everybody wants to go to a talk show. I started to believe my own BS: for sure outlet malls and talk shows are the two most glamorous places to work, right?
I was back in New York City by one forty-five and tried to nap but my first dream out of the gate was that Wacha got hit by a car. We had two more shows tonight — I feel like a machine. The first one was Connie Britton and Justin Long. Connie brought her baby in to meet Wacha and I brought Wacha in to meet Connie (she has a private Instagram account and "likes" a lot of his pictures). She is lovely. I don't know what came over me but when Justin came in to the studio I did something I've never done in all these years: jumped into his arms. He grimaced, caught me, and said, "I just had hernia surgery!" So that was an epic fail. Poor guy!
While I was signing a few hundred more bookplates the Clark Kent lawyer I met on Fire Island a few weeks ago started drunk texting me some provocative stuff, which I was fully on board with and which led to a marriage proposal, then more realistically to planning a date for Saturday night. He said he wants to take me out to prove to me that he isn't a gold digger, which is exactly the first time that thought ever crossed my mind. Is he actually a gold digger? So confusing. I told him he was gonna wake up tomorrow and look at his text history and cancel the date. The live show was Jenna Dewan Tatum and Tyson Beckford. I got Tyson to strip down to his undies. During the show Mom texted me, out of nowhere (and after all these years), her Housewives tagline: "I may be shrinking, but I'm no shrinking violet!" Slow. Claps.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
Woken up from a deep sleep by Wacha flipping out because the window washer was cleaning our bedroom window. Then two more appeared outside the living room window and all hell broke loose. He was barking at the washers, running from window to window and then looking back at me with eyes that said, "Do you not SEE what is HAPPENING out the WINDOW??? We are being ATTACKED from the OUTSIDE!!!" He had certainly never before entertained the possibility that a human could appear outside our twelfth-story window. I took tons of pictures. I got a text from the Clark Kent lawyer this morning telling me how drunk he had been last night. Oy. But it seems the date is still on. I didn't follow up on the marriage proposal.
Worked out with my Ninja for the first time since before vacation in mid-August. He made me get on the scale and I was sure it was going to read between 170 and 175 but it was 167. I hugged him. Then he kicked my ass and I almost barfed. Did work at home and Wacha slept next to me and, since I am an adrenaline junkie, I woke him up when the window washer appeared again. He lost his shit once again and I immediately regretted it. I went to my formal interview with Details at Morandi and the reporter asked if it was my brand to always wear a gray suit. I told him I wear all kinds of suits but I do have a lot of gray ones. At the end of the interview I started to think he wanted something deeper and I went into a whole riff that, if he uses it, is going to make me look like an idiot. First we talked about drugs, then I was saying how hard it is to not turn into a douchebag if you're hosting your own talk show every day, which just opens up the debate about whether I, myself, am a douchebag. We'll see.
There were about twenty people at Jessica Seinfeld's birthday dinner at Charlie Bird — Consueloses and Ali Wentworth included — but I had to leave early for the show. Got a late-night massage and kept falling asleep during it, which always makes me wonder what he was doing while I was out of it. Did he keep massaging or was he happy to have a break and catch up on email? I guess I wouldn't blame him.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
Just how clean do our windows need to be that these men are out there first thing every morning? Wacha freaked out again. I finally calmed him down, we went back to bed, and then I was awoken by an urgent text from Kelly, who had a guy from Guinness on her show measuring tongues for a new world record. Knowing that I had won a long-tongue contest at a gay bar in Miami a few years back, she wanted me to measure mine, take a photo, and get it to her stat so she could put it on the air in ten minutes. So then there was me frantically running around trying to take a selfie of my tongue despite my bedhead and gross #morningface (if that's not a thing, it should be). My tongue is three and a half inches long from the back and I almost puked putting the measuring tape that far in my mouth. I almost puked again working out with the Ninj. And then I looked like I was gonna puke at the photo shoot for the Details spread this afternoon because they wanted me looking really serious and Blue Steel. I told them I am a smiley, smirky guy, but they said everyone had seen me smile enough. We'll see how that turns out.
Dinner with SJP and Hickey for our annual September 11 gathering at Raoul's. Hickey and I walked down there remembering walking down that same route on 9/11; they let us right past all the barricades that night because we were with SJ and Matthew. As surreal as it was, some of the workers that night wanted pictures with them. I think everybody was walking around in a haze like it was some bad dream in a parallel universe, with papers flying around everywhere — all over the place — and from the World Trade Center that unbearable stench. Now I wish I would've thought to save some of those papers. Is that morbid? We had that same chic, older French lady waitress we always do at Raoul's and ordered three artichokes and three steak frites. It was perfect.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014
How did I know he was going to cancel? Clark Kent Lawyer's birthday is coming up and he wants to postpone our date so he can "party really hard" on Saturday night. Shelli Azoff simultaneously invited me to see the Eagles at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, so I'm gonna ask Liza to go and I'll be with all the white senior citizens rocking to the oldies instead of with the young, hot revelers at Viva. In other news, the window guys aren't window guys; they're cleaning the exterior of our building, so this trauma isn't over. (And, now that I think of it, my windows aren't getting any cleaner.) I boxed with the Ninj and weighed myself after and I have gained two pounds since Wednesday — thank you, steak frites at Raoul's. Recorded the last of my audio book. Man, do I hate doing that. Dinner with John Hill, then opening night of Benjamin's new bar, LoveGun, in Brooklyn, which was a total happening. Kelly was wearing a sequined outfit almost identical to one I've seen on that fun little person, Joey, who hosts the Low Tea on Fire Island. Kelly can stand on a banquette and dance like a whirling dervish for three hours straight completely sober, which is incredible. I spent most of the night talking to Anderson and flirting with guys: in other words, my kind of night. Jacqueline Laurita thinks I hate her. She DMed me on Twitter.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014
This morning at the dog run Wacha slammed into a pole at full speed, squealed loudly, and limped over to me to cry in my arms. It was traumatic and bonding for us all at once. At the appointed time Liza and I arrived backstage at Madison Square Garden, where Shelli Azoff (with bone-straight hair and a manicure to die) grabbed us and said, "You have to meet Don [Henley] and Glenny [Frey]." She's the wife of his manager, so I guess she can call him Glenny, but then I called him Glenny and for a second it looked like he was going to have me kicked out of Madison Square Garden. But he was cool. Those guys are older gents at this point but they still are who they are, the motherfucking Eagles. Shelli was with Patty Smyth and John McEnroe, who confirmed he was, as always, wearing Björn Borg undies. I wondered if he thinks it's weird that I ask him every time I see him, but then he got approached by a friend of Shelli's who asked if he remembered staying at his house in Paraguay in 1980. Of course he did, he said. I felt less bad about the underwear. Shelli took us into the Dolans' suite, which is right off the floor, and the minute we walked in Liza loudly proclaimed to the entire room of swells: "Oh my God, look how big the SHRIMP are!!!" I think I screamed "NOOOO!" to her in slow motion and asked if she was Thelma Evans on her first trip out of the projects, or a girl who grew up in Malibu. The concert was fantastic. As Liza the walking blurb machine said, it was three and a half hours of "only songs you want to hear." Joe Walsh killed, that's my blurb. I didn't see one black face in all of Madison Square Garden. Maybe no Latinos either. There's another blurb.
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