Last year, I received tickets to go see him when he visited my fair city, but I had to give them away. Actually, I chose to give them away. Instead, we went to Seattle and met Hubman and Veronica. It was a good trade, in my opinion.
But Monday night, Monday night I got to see him. Garbanzo got me another set of tickets to see him as part of his book tour. It was part of my birthday present.
I like Anthony. He is one of the few people I know that uses the word fuck more often than I do. Plus, his snark is my favorite kind. I love his books. I love his shows. And often wondered if I would enjoy seeing him in person. I mean, he’s edited in writing and on his show. Could he be that great in person? Is he that quick witted? Does he talk like that?
Yes. Yes he does.
Tonight, he walked on stage, beer in hand, and wandered around drinking and talking. He went on and on about how Sandra Lee – the host of Semi-Homemade on Food TV confronted him after a viewing of Julie and Julia. He and his wife were attending a post-viewing event, and she confronted him. You see, Anthony doesn’t like people who call themselves chefs and who have crappy shows on Food TV. He has compared what she has done to cooking to what the Nazis did to Poland. Yeah, he knew he was in for it. The story was funny. In the end he learned that Sandra Lee’s boy friend is the attorney general in New York. Yeah, he was screwed. I laughed my ass off.
He went on and on and on about the Food Network guys. How there are few people on there he loves. He love Ina – the Barefoot Contessa – but he knows Jeffery, her husband, comes home not for her roast chicken but some of Ina. Giada is a bobble head, but makes great food, in his opinion. Garbanzo and I laughed more….and agreed with him.
When someone asked who busts his ass at home. He answered he’s a normal fucking guy at home. He sits around watching Dora with his daughter. That fucking Boots is awesome, and so is that smartass Swiper. He was proud to share he knows every fucking song on that show. Then he said honestly – my wife does.
It was a great hour as we enjoyed his presence. I’m glad I got to see him. I highly recommend you see him if you have the chance. Assuming of course, you aren’t easily offended.
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I can’t say I’ve seen very many of his shows but his sense of humor seems right up my alley. Perhaps one day I’ll go!
Interesting post. I’ve only seen him as a guest judge on Top Chef, but listening to you recount his discussions makes me smile.
My GF records his shows for us to watch, I really like the guy too. Didn’t know he does appearances like that, now I’ll have to check it out.
Love, love, love Anthony Bourdain! He just came through Chicago, but we weren’t able to see the show. Sounds like we need to try harder to get there next time!
You passed seeing him last year to meet us? You’re crazier than I thought! lol…
I’m glad you had such a good time!
I have only just recently discovered Anthony.. and I love him too!! A whole new Food Network obsession…. great.
I would love a chance to see him live!