I am a complete nerd… a total dork. The last time Anthony Bourdain was at the Paramount I actually introduced him to the audience by saying, “I have no idea who Anthony Bourdain is, but the show is sold out tonight and all of you seem very excited to be here.” Honestly, that is what I said.
So I left the stage and took my seat and by the end of the show, I was a fan. Kitchen Confidential became a must-read and The Travel Channel’s No Reservations was added to my DVR list. How could I have been the only person in Austin not to know about him? And the wierd part was that he simply stood on stage and told stories and answered questions. Unscripted. Unedited. Until that night, I thought I was the only one who was freaked out by Giada De Laurentiss’ enormous head.
So he is back at the Paramount. Sold out show. As popular as ever. And this time, I can’t wait to meet him, but I keep thinking about a certain episode of No Reservations. I can’t remember what part of the world he was in, but some women spent the day chewing on bark or a plant or something until it became mush in their mouth. Then they spit the juice into a cup and when it was full handed it to Anthony. Even if you didn’t see the episode, I am sure you can guess what came next.
So this time when I introduce him, I will know who he is. And I can honestly tell the audience that I am excited to welcome back to the Paramount one of the most unusual celebrities I have ever met.