Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper have been friends for more than 25 years. They play off one another and show sides of their personalities that folks don’t see on television.
They will let fans into their world with AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, otherwise known as Deep Talk and Shallow Tales on Friday, June 9, at the Comerica Theatre.
“Traveling anywhere with Andy is fun,” Cooper says. “Basically, he tries to get there days in advance to ‘scope it out.’ I’m not sure what that means. He wants to figure out where to go afterward. The whole tour revolves around Andy wanting to go to a new city and have fun.”
AC2 is dubbed an “unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night of conversation.” The late-night talk show host and the CNN anchor will interview each other and take questions from the audience. Instead of focusing on politics, the duo take on pop culture and world events.
Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer Watch What Happens: Live, Bravo’s late-night, interactive talk show. He is also the executive producer of the Real Housewives series. 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.
At the first show, Cooper shares, the audience “laughed so much and had such a good time. They said it was like hanging out with us for a night. They said, ‘I’d love to go out drinking with you or go out to dinner with you guys.’
“That’s what the show is. We tell stories we would only tell during the show. It’s not something fans would ever hear on television. We have some videos as well. It’s an intimate night with us and the audience, and the audience gets to ask us questions as well. It’s a fun night out with friends.”
Cooper says he and Cohen have been asked “pretty much everything you can possibly imagine.” Cohen will answer every question, while Cooper passes on the “inappropriate ones.”
“Usually the audience has had a couple drinks, which we certainly encourage,” Cooper says. “So, you never know where the questions are going to go.”
The pair ask that the audience not share video or stories on social media or elsewhere because they want the show to be a surprise.
“It’s nice to show different sides of yourself,” Cooper adds. “They see that side of Andy with his work on his nightly show. People see a very different side of me when they come.
“We try to keep all the stuff we talk about a secret. We ask the audience not to tweet it out or videotape it. We want it to be a unique experience. We basically have a code of silence for the outside. People have been great about it. There’s very little detail online about what we talk about and the stories we tell.”
Cooper and Cohen have been friends for 25 years, when they were set up on a blind date that never happened.
“We had a phone call to set up a date and within a minute I knew I wouldn’t ever go out on a date with him,” he says. “I could just imagine him gesticulating, talking with his hands, being very animated. He broke my cardinal rule: He asked about my mom in the first 30 seconds.”
The son of Gloria Vanderbilt, Cooper adds that the call led to a longtime friendship.
“We became the friends we are today,” he says. “It’s great to be able to travel with one of your best friends, to go to a city to entertain people and meet people. There’s no reason to do this other than the fun of entertaining an audience of 3,000 people.”
AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 602.379.2800, comericatheatre.com, 8 p.m. Friday, June 9, $58.50-$78.50.