One is known for his hard-hitting interviews with national and world leaders. The other is known for bringing us “The Real Housewives.” One thing they do share are the same initials.
In one of the seemingly oddest pairings currently on stage, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Bravo’s Andy Cohen are on tour with their show “AC² - An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales.” The duo will be appearing in the Valley at 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix.
“It’s pretty much an unscripted conversation where Anderson and I just talk about the various issues of the day,” said Cohen, an Emmy award-winning host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens: Live,” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show, during a phone interview. “We also take questions from the audience. Every show is different.”
The show, which the two have been touring with since 2015, is described as “an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation,” with a “look behind the scenes of pop culture and world events.”
So how did the man who has lately drawn the ire of the Trump administration and the late-night talk show host who brought the nation “The Real Housewives” franchise team up for “AC²?” Cohen said the two have known each other for years and share the experience of being openly gay men in the television industry.
In a clip of a performance, Cohen said he and Cooper are as “close as two gay men can be without having slept with each other.” Cooper responded by jokingly adding that the two men don’t have that type of relationship because that would be “gross.”
The two also spend time providing the audience with a glimpse into their entertaining personal lives. In another clip of a show, Cooper said Cohen programs his parties like a “Real Housewives” reunion special, always inviting someone who creates drama.
“It’s only missing a camera,” Cooper quipped.
Cooper is a multiple Emmy award-winning CNN anchor and correspondent for CBS’ “60 Minutes.” He has covered most major news events in the U.S. and around the world for the past 23 years. His memoir, “Dispatches from the Edge,” was a New York Times’ bestseller.
Along with his work on Bravo, Cohen has written two New York Times’ bestsellers – “Most Talkative: Stories from the Frontlines of Pop Culture” and “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.”
While known primarily as a serious journalist, Cooper did come to the attention of a mass audience when he was the original host of ABC’s reality competition, “The Mole.” And then, of course, there are those New Year’s Eve CNN specials with risque stand-up comedian Kathy Griffin.
“If Kathy Griffin ever calls you up and asks to spend the weekend in your home, say no,” Cooper joked in another clip of his and Cohen’s show.
Cohen also pokes fun at Cooper’s blue blood lineage as the son of Gloria Vanderbilt.
Known for his self-deprecating humor, Cohen said during the interview that one of his best skills is putting his foot in his mouth.
“One time I introduced myself to a celebrity who then told me I had interviewed them two weeks earlier,” he said.
Tickets for “AC² - An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Deep Talk and Shallow Tales” are available at the Comerica Theatre Box Office, Ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.