Comedian and television personality Ross Mathews dishes on his favorite celebrities at the Broward Center on Friday, Feb. 21. Credit: Ricky Middlesworth.

“Pretend its 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 its the candlelight, maybe its the booze, either way, lets just go with it. Keep this all between you and me, and do me a favor? Dont judge me if I name drop just a little.

Thats the premise for television personality Ross Mathews’ new book and hes 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 RuPauls 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.

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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. 

Ive been on television 18 years, since 2001 on The Tonight Show.’ My career has evolved and Im now on RuPauls,’ which won an Emmy two years in a row…Ive done the book and going on tourI dont 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. 

Heres the deal: theres so much craziness in the world and Im so tired of it. I just like to get together, shut the door and just laugh,” Mathews explained. 

Even when hes not touring, the performer likes to keep busy.

I try to create every daywriting 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, hes mastered the art” of happy hour and hes actively dating, noting Im really good at it.” 

The 40-year-old is looking forward to his Florida tour stops, in particular. Hes spent a lot of time in South Beach, Naples, Tampa, even the panhandle. 

I love Florida,” he said. Its a big state and we have more in common than what divides usWell be in Fort Lauderdale and Key West. Im smart and made sure to schedule it so Id 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.