Catching Up with Bourdain

By Karen

With three shows running simultaneously, it’s pretty hard to keep up with Anthony Bourdain these days.

The Layover seems to gain strength with each new episode. I haven’t seen Rome yet (taped it, but waiting for it On Demand — hint, hint Travel Channel! — so I don’t have to waste time skirting commercials), but if the one-liners quoted by are any indication, Tony let his snarky inner child out to play and it should be fun.

The No Reservations Christmas special is supposed to air Monday, December 12, at 10 p.m. ET on Travel Channel. Tony blogged about the cast, and it’s a smorgasbord.

The ZPZ team created a great short called, “A Krampas Carol,” written by Tony that, apparently, Travel Channel nixed. Thank God for YouTube:

Right before the special is a new Layover in Miami at 9 p.m. I’m really looking forward to this one because I’ve visited Miami many, many times.

But that’s only 2 shows. What gives?

The Cooking Channel is airing Tony’s first series, A Cook’s Tour, on random Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. You have to be vigilant to catch it, but it’s well worth it. Recently I caught Tony on his first trip to Cambodia, complete with earring, thumb ring, cigarettes, and less gray hair. He sampled his first durian and climbed up some temple wearing a camera around his neck — like a tourist — and it wasn’t meant to be sarcastic.

Seeing pre-jaded Bourdain reminds me why he first captured my attention.

Some other trinkets I’ve collected…

At the DC Food Fight in November, Tony was interviewed backstage by The Daily Caller. He seems a bit “under the influence” and gets drawn into Washington’s favorite topic — politics — giving his take on the Republican field and how he leans.

Tony appeared on Fox News with Thanksgiving travel tips. FOX??!!!

There was a really good article in The New York Observer about how Bourdain became a writer.

If you missed Tony’s recent cameo on The Simpsons, here it is.

AV Club got a candid interview (sans a lot of the usual canned stuff) with Tony.

Fans of Treme will be happy to hear that Season 3 is in production, and Tony talked to David Simon.

Before their appearance in Portland, Maine, on November 3, Tony and Eric Ripert drank champagne with two guys who have a local called FoodComaTV.

Tony answered a series of short questions for The Independent (UK), and summed up his life in six words: “He wasn’t such a bad bastard.” I learned from this article that he bought the first car of his life not too long ago — BMW.

There’s a very weird “addiction report card” on Bourdain at Psychology Today, written by someone assessing him only by his TV persona and Wikipedia entry.

For those who think Bourdain is all about Bourdain, he’s sky-driving to raise money for the Food Bank of NYC, luring tandem companions who will pay $10K a head to make the jump with him.

Tony’s occasional Russian sidekick, Zamir, recently opened a Twitter account at @ZamirGotta.

Coming up…

Tony’s 160-page graphic novel, Get Jiro!, is now supposed to be released in June 2012.

Travel Channel renewed No Res for an 8th season. From Tony’s tweets, it sounded as if they didn’t tell him directly, but he’s already filming anyway. But he’s the type who would say, “It’s always easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.”

9 Responses to Catching Up with Bourdain

  1. Gizmo's mom says:

    The two guys on were just awful. What a wasted opportunity. They didn’t want to be professional in asking good questions for their audience, they just wanted to drink with Tony. They didn’t do anything meaningful with Eric at all…. They were just lucky Tony can talk and fill in the gaps because otherwise this would have been a really deadly interview….. Reminded me of the skit Chris Farley used to do on SNL where he was the nervous, star-struck interviewer……… oy. I can see where Tony would get sick of having to sit and talk with twerps like this in every city.

  2. adele says:

    Rome was my favorite Layover episode so far — once again, AB seemed to be having a good time, and watching him pack in food that nearly all looked good made a huge difference.

    I just saw something on Facebook that I tried in vain to copy — either the link or the actual image — but no luck. It’s a auto license plate with a picture of Rod Blagoevich and George Ryan on it; it says, ” Illinois, where our governors make your license plates.” Off subject, I know, but I thought it was worth sharing.

  3. catsworking says:

    Gizmo’s mom, FoodComaTV just proves that anybody who knows how to put up video on the Internet can be a “star.” I, too, was hoping for something more substantive than watching 2 guys try not to pee themselves because they were sitting there with Tony and Eric. I’m sure our guys must get a lot of that. What was most impressive was how gracious they both were, particularly Eric, who was all but ignored.

    Adele, it sure didn’t take long for someone to come up with the priceless tag line for Blagoevich’s current misfortune. I still haven’t seen Rome. We had a storm and the power went out the other night, blowing my TV-watching plans to hell. I had to catch up with Homeland first because my free Showtime is about to run out. I’ll definitely watch Rome this weekend, On Demand or not.

  4. MorganLF says:

    That clip in DC is why I love the guy. I agree with every word, and in the long run when I vote, I’m sticking with my guy too. As for the clip with Eric and those champagne guys, agreed they were dopey and Tony carried it, but that happens a lot. People get goofed up in his presence and any hope of cool patter just evaporates (guilty). He’s so good on the fly and Eric , oh be still my beating heart! I actually think the chubby dude broke wood!

    The Simpsons clip was hilarious, can you identify all the cartoon “chefs”? Look closely, I saw Julia, Wolgang Puck , Guy douche FIeri, Paul Prudhomme, Swedish chef and more.

  5. catsworking says:

    Morgan, you did a lot better than I did in IDing the chefs. I thought I caught a glimpse of Colicchio somewhere in that show, but not in the scene you’re referring to.

    I LOVED the song they wrote for that episode. SO clever, it should become the Foodie National Anthem.

  6. Zappa and Zappa's mom says:

    And Gordon Ramsey,MLF!

  7. Jessica says:

    Anthony also appears on an episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast. I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but here is the link:

    I’ll probably take a listen this afternoon while I’m putting lights in the tree.

  8. catsworking says:

    Jessica, thanks for the link! I’ll try to listen to that myself.

    UPDATE: I listened to the whole thing and it doesn’t really cover any new ground.

  9. Jessica says:

    You’re very welcome.

    I agree, it was more of the same but at least there was no, “what’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?” questions.

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