Monday, November 17, 2014

Zach and Cody Hit the Bravo Clubhouse #BB16 #WWHL

If you don't watch Bravo, then I guess I need to explain this.  Bravo has a talk show that airs every night hosted by Andy Cohen, who was one of the creators of the Real Housewives franchise and is now an Executive Producer.  The show airs every weeknight for 30 minutes and has guests ranging from "Bravolebrities" to bona fide stars like Cher, Liam Neeson and Lady Gaga.  The set it meant to resemble Andy's living room, and has a small audience of about 35 friends and insiders.

Andy always has a bartender, too.  Sometimes the bartender is a real bartender from a place in the city, and other times it might be Broadway stars or fans of the show, or even Snoopy one time in his dog costume.  The bartenders are typically introduced or mentioned as the show comes back from each commercial break, and Andy throws a little chat at them from time to time, usually to promote whatever they are selling.  They also tape a live Aftershow and post clips of it on their website.

On the show that aired last night, the bartenders were Zach and Cody. Andy introduced them as being part of the Bomb Squad (twice) and also said something about neither of them winning any money. The guests last night that you see sitting in the chars are Kenya Moore, former Miss USA and current star of RHOA, and Sherri Shepherd, an actress who used to be on The View but was recently cut from the roster.

FYI I don't think Zach or Cody did any actual bartending last night...but I have heard from someone I know who was in the audience one time that there is some pretty heavy boozing going on all around.

When the cameras turned to Zach and Cody to recognize them after each break, Zach was always ready with the posing and showmanship.  During the 30 minute show that aired on Bravo, I don't think I heard Cody say one word, because Zach talked over him and blurted out an answer to every question Andy asked before Cody could speak.

Like in the picture below, Zach was doing some dancing while Cody just clapped and looked cute.  Mute, but cute.  And I am very happy that Zach left his pink cap at home...and no Froot Loops were mentioned at any time.  A step forward, in my opinion.

During the live broadcast, Andy asked them "how Zankie was".  It was clear that this question was in his notes, but he didn't really understand what he was saying.

Zach:  Oh, we're great...Zankie is great.

Andy:  Good, so Zankie is great.

Zach:  We're just friends, though...

Andy:  Oh good, love him.

Andy said the two of them look like they should have their own show, and Zach jumped in and said it's coming soon, on Bravo Tuesday nights.  Andy just kind of snickered.  Before the live broadcast ended, Andy teased that both Zach and Cody would be taking their shirts off for the Aftershow, and Zach immediately acted like he was ready to take it off.

I did not see any evidence of topless activity on the Aftershow, though.  I didn't watch it live, however, so maybe some brief nudity did occur.  I'm sure Andy would have been up to see some skin.

On the Aftershow Andy asked the boys if they had any girlfriends, and Zach immediately said he had four.  Cody kind of reacted at that and Zach finally admitted neither one of them had girlfriends.  One of the guests asked if they had girlfriends in the Big Brother house, and after Cody said "of course not" Kenya asked them if they had boyfriends in the Big Brother house.

If Andy had any idea about THAT situation, I'm sure he would have pounced on it, but clearly he didn't watch BB16 and was just working from some info written on note cards.

Andy asked which guy was in the house the longest.  Finally Cody got to speak in complete sentences and told Andy how long he was in the house and how hard it was to be cut off from the outside world.

And then this happened:

Andy:  Isn't that Big Brother house just god awful ugly, too?  (ha ha ha)

Cody:  No!  I'm a big fan of the show, so I was glad to be there!

Andy also asked if both of them were from Florida, and Cody spoke again, telling Andy that he lived right down the road in New Jersey.

You can watch part of the WWHL Aftershow here, and you can also find the show that aired live on Bravo there, too.

I actually think they may have taped this show a week or so ago....I saw a lot of tweets from Zach at that time when he and Cody were wearing the same outfits.  And I saw the following Twitter exchange between the three of them.

And a few more tweets from Andy about Big Brother:

Another reason why I expect the show was pre-taped is that Andy is on a book tour right now for his excellent new read, The Andy Cohen Diaries.  I actually went to one of his book tour events last Saturday at The Palm in Atlanta, and I know he went to Detroit on Sunday.  So it would make sense that he might have pre-taped a few WWHL episodes.  Also the fact that his dog Wacha didn't make an appearance on the episode is another piece of evidence that the show didn't follow the normal taping schedule....Wacha usually trots out his waggley-tailed self after the last commercial break.

Andy's book event was so much fun, and the Q & A was very juicy.  If you have a chance to attend and are a Bravo fan, you should definitely go.  He is very engaging and made everybody feel like "his people".