Illustration by Randall Nelson
Illustration of Todd Walker
Bromances are the new black. We used to call them best friends, buddies, or pals, but now these male friendships have a kitchy label: the bromance. It’s even made its way into the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a close, nonsexual friendship between men.”
We may have a new reigning duo, as Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen have found a way to monetize their unequivocal platonic affection for each other with the launch of their AC2 tour, which made a stop at the State Theatre. I was very skeptical, especially with ticket prices from $79 to $354. That’s a lot of money to listen to two bros kick back in Barcaloungers and talk about hanging out. Cooper has spent a lifetime covering some of the most pivotal moments in world history. I was hoping for a bit more depth from “Sir Cooper” of the house of Vanderbilt. However, the direction was more frat party/Housewives-franchise focused—yawn! I know this sounds weird, yet it kind of worked—until the final moments when the audience could ask questions.
Socialite Melinda Jacobs described this turn as utterly embarrassing, particularly when someone asked if the two had ever been intimate with each other. Before this freewheeling toss of the mic to the audience, Cohen had instructed everyone to please not make statements but to ask questions of broad interest. So what does this sold-out “Minnesota Nice” crowd do? Make embarrassing statements with political and social policy twists. One woman went as far as to ask the two what they would do if they were the leader of this country. To this, the audience joined in a resounding, “Boo!”
As I panned the audience for a general reaction to these final moments, I could see the 6-foot-plus-tall Jason Matheson of FOX 9’s The Jason Show and the Jason & Alexis radio show on myTalk FM 107.1 sink deeper and deeper into his chair. Clearly Matheson shared my sentiments. See you on the scene!
Entertainment reporter Todd Walker covers the gala and social circuit for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Look for him at events and weekly on FOX 9 News.