Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen deliver the news and the fun with their traveling show AC2 Deep Talk and Shallow Tales.
Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen deliver the news and the fun with their traveling show AC2 Deep Talk and Shallow Tales.
Photo by Glenn Kulbako

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen Dish Out The Dirt

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen have delighted us for years with breaking news and goofy antics. Now, the two dapper gentlemen of television are bringing their show AC2 Deep Talk and Shallow Tales to Smart Financial Centre on Saturday.

It's a live, interactive look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events presented in the format of an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.

“It’s like going out to a bar and hanging out with your two friends and listening to their stories. We talk for the first huge chunk — about 90 minutes — and then we open it up to the audience,” says Cohen.

The show resembles something of a fireside chat with the two figures, but thing start to get really interesting when the hosts open up the floor to the audience for questions.

Cohen says, “We get everything from ‘How big is your penis?’ to serious questions about news to questions about the Housewives. It’s all over the map, and there isn’t any question we don’t cover.”

So, there you have it. Feel free to ask them anything, including details about their manhood.

While the duo have extremely different media personalities – one is a Vanderbilt, the other hangs out with a Vanderpump – the gentlemen have a long history together and are interestingly two sides of the same coin.

Cooper is the straight-shooting journalist who breaks news on a nightly basis. He’s reported on everything from politics and wars to national scandals and history-making moments. People have come to see him as an authoritative source on hard news. And when he’s not busy doing that, he’s also a host of CNN’s famed New Year’s Eve broadcast, where he shows us his funny side. There are even clips of his giddy snickers that serve endless glee.

Cohen, on the other hand, hosts shows like Watch What Happens Live where he interviews Housewives and other figures in pop culture. His brand is professional yet playful. However, behind the scenes, he’s a business mogul. He is one of the head honchos of the Bravo network who delivers the business end of the deal with punch and decisiveness.

The two dapper men of media are making a pitstop in Houston to dish out the news and the dirt.EXPAND
The two dapper men of media are making a pitstop in Houston to dish out the news and the dirt.
Photo by Glenn Kulbako

Both men have a business side and a silly side. Both share the same initials. Both nearly went on a date together.

“We’ve been friends for almost 30 years. We were set up on a blind date that didn’t end up happening,” Cohen revealed. “We share similar interests for news and pop culture. We love ribbing each other. I know what buttons to push with him, and we just have fun. You’d be surprised at how much we have in common."

The one thing Cohen says they have the most in common is a great friendship, which is what shines through during their show.

The tour will be good practice for the annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, where the two will team up to host the show. While Cooper has been involved with the broadcast for years, this year marks the first time Cohen has joined as a co-host.

Maybe the two will reignite the flame for a New Year’s Eve smooch? If not, there's always the possibility of something like this happening to keep us entertained.

AC2 An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Boulevard. For information, call 281-207-6278 or visit smartfinancialcentre.net. Tickets range from $70 to $100.

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