“Pretend it’s happy hour and you and I are sitting at the bar. I look amazing and, I agree with you, much thinner in person. You look good, too. Maybe it’s the candlelight, maybe it’s the booze, either way, let’s just go with it. Keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Don’t judge me if I name drop just a little.”
That’s the premise for television personality Ross Mathews’ new book and he’s coming to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Feb. 21, armed with a long list of names to “drop.”
Mathews, who first gained notoriety as “Ross the intern” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and more recently sits at the judging table on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” told SFGN, “I love pop culture myself, I always have. I feel like the super-fan who won the golden ticket, so I had an obligation to write this book. I will just tell you that no celebrity was harmed in the making of this tour, but I will certainly tell you the truth.”
During the 90-minute show, the seasoned television host will offer a mix of stand-up, readings from the book and an opportunity for audiences to play “Name Drop the Game Show.” In fact, hosting a television game show is one of Mathews’ bucket list items.
“I’ve been on television 18 years, since 2001 on ‘The Tonight Show.’ My career has evolved and I’m now on ‘RuPaul’s,’ which won an Emmy two years in a row…I’ve done the book and going on tour…I don’t think a game show is unrealistic,” he said.
His celebrity stories are sometimes juicy, but he often just finds the humor in ordinary situations. Mathews, above all, tries to be kind.
“Here’s the deal: there’s so much craziness in the world and I’m so tired of it. I just like to get together, shut the door and just laugh,” Mathews explained.
Even when he’s not touring, the performer likes to keep busy.
“I try to create every day…writing the book, putting the tour together, potting a plant. I say to myself I contributed that today,” he said with a chuckle.
Mathews likes to spend time in Palm Springs and, of course, he’s mastered the “art” of happy hour and he’s actively dating, noting “I’m really good at it.”
The 40-year-old is looking forward to his Florida tour stops, in particular. He’s spent a lot of time in South Beach, Naples, Tampa, even the panhandle.
“I love Florida,” he said. “It’s a big state and we have more in common than what divides us…We’ll be in Fort Lauderdale and Key West. I’m smart and made sure to schedule it so I’d have a day in each place.”
On those days off, you just might find him out at happy hour, too.
Ross Mathews bring his “Name Drop” tour to the Abdo New River Room at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 at BrowardCenter.org.