From Ross Mathews, the nationally bestselling author of Man Up!, judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and alum of Chelsea Lately, comes “a delightful mix of sweet and sour celebrity experiences” (Shelf Awareness) in this hilarious and irreverent collection of essays.
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.
Television personality Ross Mathews likes telling stories. He was always outrageous and hilariously honest, even when the biggest celebrity he knew was his favorite lunch lady in the school cafeteria. Now that he has Hollywood experience—from interning behind the scenes at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to judging RuPaul’s Drag Race—he has a lot to talk about.
In Name Drop, Ross dishes about being an unlikely insider in the alternate reality that is showbiz, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host The View—only to learn his hero did not suffer fools; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own holiday special; and his news-making talk with Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother, which, as it turns out, was just the tip of the iceberg. Holding nothing back, Ross shares the most treasured and surprising moments in his celebrity-filled career, and proves that while exposure may have made him a little bit famous, he is still as much a fanboy as ever.
Filled with “charmingly told” (Booklist) tales ranging from the horrifying to the hilarious—and with just the right “Rossipes” and cocktails to go along with them—Name Drop is every pop culture lover’s dream come true.
With a sharp wit, television personality Mathews (Man Up!) navigates a galaxy of Hollywood stars to deliver a hilarious collection of celebrity stories. He writes of spending Christmas Eve with the Kardashian clan, sharing gossipy drinks with the late novelist Jackie Collins after they met on Twitter, downing wine and Xanax with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville, and trading workout tips with Beyonc . Along the way he recalls embarrassing moments, such as when Barbara Walters, forgetting who he was, asked "Who is he and why is he here?" just as he was about to cohost The View, and experiencing a rude encounter with Friends actors Matthew Perry and Matt LeBlanc. Many chapters end with "Rossipes," or recipes with a Mathews-like twist, such as "Ain't No Other Ham Rollup" and "Korndashians With a Kick!." Mathews's unbound enthusiasm about his profession is infectious (formerly a regular on Chelsea Lately, he's currently on RuPaul's Drag Race), and his stories are dishy but never cruel, making this a guilt-free treat. Perfect for readers of celebrity gossip, these laugh-out-loud vignettes never fail to amuse.