The Bravolebrity himself, Andy Cohen is touching down in Space City to serve as the Celebrity Grand Marshal at Saturday's Pride Houston parade. The media mogul took a few minutes today to speak with CultureMap about his visit, his hit show — and all the Bayou City buzz over the producer jockeying for a Real Housewives of Houston.
CultureMap: Your serving as the Celebrity Grand Marshal of Pride Parade is a bit of a coup for Houston. How did this all come together?
Andy Cohen: They contacted me awhile ago — I'm gonna say it was sometime last winter. Summer was something distant in the future, that I couldn't even imagine happening. I asked around and heard Houston has a great event. The fact that it's at night — I thought it would be fun.
CM: Have you been to Houston before?
AC: My best friend's surrogate lived in Houston. I was there for less than a day to witness the birth.
CM: What is your impression of Houston? Do you have any expectations for the Parade?
AC: I expect it to be big, and fun, and hot, and just bold. Larger than life.
CM: Is this your first time marshaling a parade?
AC: This is my first. I've lived in New York for many years, where Gay Pride is so much fun. It's such an honor to come to Houston.
CM: Do you have any big surprises planned for tomorrow's parade?
AC: I'm gonna wing it. I'm just gonna have fun. I'm coming down with a friend — have a laugh, check it out.
CM: There's a lot of buzz in town about the potentiality of a Real Housewives of Houston. Is there truth behind the talk?
AC: It's not us. We love Houston, and we've done casting in Houston in the past, but we're not casting there right now. Maybe it's somebody who wants to do it.
CM: Your spontaneous Watch What Happens show is quite the hit here. What do you think makes it so addictive?
AC: I think it's fun, and that it's live. It's like a cocktail party, and it's inclusive. It's also a small show, sort of like Wayne's World, in which I'm doing a show from my den, but Jerry Seinfeld happens to be in my den, or Danielle, or Sarah Jessica Parker. I think it's a really specific sort of vibe — as unscripted as it could possibly be. The fact that it's so interactive is a draw.
Cohen told us that he plans on hitting the town after the parade — watch what happens.