Bourdain Becomes a Standup Guy

By Karen

In preparation for his new Guts & Glory tour in November, Anthony Bourdain dropped in at the Comedy Cellar in NYC last week and did 10 minutes of standup to test his material. I’m sure it was better than bombing in front several thousand people, which is what his personal appearances typically attract, given the space, but it was risky in that he wasn’t guaranteed an audience of foodies.

Imagine making cracks about Guy Fieri and Adam Richman to people who have never heard of them.

But no guts, no glory. That’s our Tony!

I’ve been watching the final season of No Reservations, and he utterly charmed me in Burgundy and Emilia-Romagna. And I was awed by Ottavia’s amazing display of lower-body strength in Rio when she wrapped her legs like a boa constrictor around her hapless opponent to win her first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu match.

No Res wraps on November 5 in Brooklyn — and Travel Channel waves buh-bye to future Emmys unless crown prince Zimmern can rise above a diet of balls and bugs.
To watch the Brooklyn show, Tony’s fan-favorite sidekick, Zamir, will be the guest of honor at the Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, NY, where there will also be a Bourdain impersonator contest. Let’s hope somebody captures some video of that.

The second and final Bourdain-led season of The Layover begins in the No Res time slot November 19. Tony’s selection of places is excellent: Chicago, Atlanta, Dublin, New Orleans, Paris, Philadelphia, Sao Paolo, Seattle, Taipei, and Toronto.

It will be interesting to see how Travel Channel pads and drags out Layover to milk the illusion of Tony’s presence as long as possible.

I believe Tony begins work on his new, as-yet-unnamed CNN series in December.

But before all that, on November 9 a new 30-minute series debuts on PBS at 9 p.m. called The Mind of a Chef. It stars David Chang, with Bourdain as executive producer and narrator.

Details have been released on how Tony and Nigella Lawson’s ABC food competition, The Taste, will work. What sticks in my craw is the bit pitting amateurs against pros, but I trust that Bourdain wouldn’t condone a vastly uneven playing field after his merciless mocking of non-chefs on other similar shows.

And it seems Tony may have finally been bitten by the merchandising bug…

Zagat and Eater reported that Bourdain and BFF Eric Ripert may be launching a new chocolate bar called Good & Evil some time after November 8, but nobody seems to know any details.

First a graphic novel comic book, now candy. What next? Bubble gum with celebrity chef trading cards?

Old news, but also of interest…

On October 11, Bourdain got roasted at the New York Wine & Food Festival. Here are some of the zingers, and it sounds like Eric Ripert stooped nicely to the occasion.

More zingers.

The following morning, Tony got to spend 3 whole minutes chatting with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show.

Bourdain recently did a phone interview with the Houston Press. It was published in 2 parts, and part 2 was most worth reading.

In part 1, Tony said he’d like to see chicken Caesar salads disappear from restaurant menus, and took a swipe at old white-haired food critics that got a rise out of John Mariani of Esquire.

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7 Responses to Bourdain Becomes a Standup Guy

  1. Snooger Bot says:

    I watched the Rio episode and I was distracted by the sight of Bourdain and his wife – she looks like his daughter. Is their age difference that significant?

  2. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Snooger! I think there are about 23 years between Tony and Ottavia. He’s 56 and she’s 33 or 34 (I can never remember). Plus, she’s very petite and youthful-looking, so they do make an odd couple. But he’s totally ga-ga over her and she’s been a good grounding influence on him, believe it or not. Aside from her current obsession with MMA, she’s a very warm, nurturing person because she grew up in a stable, loving home. At least, that’s how she once described it to me. Tony loves his in-laws and based a whole No Res episode on them in Sardinia, so that says a lot.

  3. Zappa's Mom says:

    YAAAAAAAAY!! Internet!
    Karen,you mentioned”Breaking Amish” in a recent post.I was flipping around and I found it,but I don’t remember where and when.I got sucked in instantly.What channel/night is it on? I have to find out what happens-they were all leaving their apartment and heading back to the families.

  4. catsworking says:

    ZM, you have been without Internet all this time? How barbaric!!

    Breaking Amish is on TLC Sunday nights at 8 or 9 pm, but it’s wrapping up the season soon, I think. It reruns on Tuesday or Wednesday, I think, at the same time. I catch it hit or miss myself because it’s not On Demand.

    They did all go back to “Punxy.” Abe was shunned by his family for being engaged to Rebecca (who he found out AFTER proposing to her that she was divorced, which caused the shunning). Rebecca found her house empty; her family had moved and left no forwarding address. So she and Abe are now planning this elaborate wedding in Lancaster, PA. (How they’re paying for it with no jobs and no HS diplomas to even get decent jobs is a mystery.)

    Jeremiah went home, and his old girlfriend (or ex-wife?) slammed the door in his face. He’s also divorced and rumor is that he has 3 kids somewhere. But why he was never shunned for all that, I don’t know.

    Kate returned to NYC on a 30-day modeling contract and they keep telling her to lose more weight. I missed the beginning of the episode so I don’t know how her family treated her. Badly, I’m guessing.

    And I don’t know what happened to Sabrina the Mennonite with her family, except she had a bone to pick with them for staying in touch with her real parents but never telling her while she was growing up (her birth mother is dead, but she met her real father and grandmother in some very touching scenes. They were overjoyed and had pictures of her all over the house, supplied by her adopted parents).

    Since Abe and Rebecca have nobody but each other, Abe asked Jeremiah to be his best man, and Sabrina is going to be maid of honor. That leads to the wild party scene they’ve been showing on commercials where Rebecca and Abe storm out, cussing.

    I thought it ended when they went home, but apparently not.

    For people who are supposed to be so God-loving and Christian, those Amish really are intolerant and shitty toward each other. Just about all the kids were talking about being scared to leave the faith and lose their big Amish security net, but they’d really already lost it because they’d been cast out for doing the show.

  5. Zappa's Mom says:

    My connection has been extremely spotty and VERY slow all week.I don’t think it had anything to do with Sandy.My lights flickered a bit,but my ‘hood didnt lose power at all.
    Thanks for the “Amish” update.I can’t wait to catch the rest.

  6. adele says:

    The end of an era. I watched the last NR show with tugged heart strings. Burgundy and Emilia-Romagna were just great shows, and I loved the cultural tour of Brooklyn, made poignant by the fact that so many of those places were either destroyed or seriously damaged by Sandy.

    It will be interesting to see how being on CNN changes or doesn’t change the product that AB delivers. @Bourdain’s tweets about the Travel Channel Cadillac commercials were hilariousl

  7. catsworking says:

    Adele, I haven’t watched the last NR episode yet, but I’m sure I’ll get misty. It is the end of an era for Travel Channel. Right now they have got On Demand so f**ked up, they’ve got Rio and the 7 Deadly Sins special out there TWICE, but skipped the 3rd special completely. I love it that Bourdain’s busting loose on their asses over the ads.

    BTW, does anybody know whatever happened to Samantha Brown? Does she still have any shows on TC? In all the ads they’ve been running during NR, she is prominently absent. They couldn’t make it any clearer that they aren’t interested in having any female viewers. And I bet their brass all voted for Romney.

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