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Feb 21, 2009 01:36 PM

On stage: An evening with Anthony Bourdain

Has anyone attended his stage show and can say that it's a must see?

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  1. I haven't, but as a big fan of his shows and books, I'd LOVE to see him live. Do you have a link to upcoming shows? I looked around after I saw your post, but nothing has jumped out at me (yet).

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    1. re: kattyeyes

      Check with ticketmaster's website. I haven't seen it advertised locally (Knoxville TN) but just saw a smallish ad about it in the free, alternative weekly paper. The venue here will be the downtown restored movie theater that seats several thousand and ticket-wise there's a pricey option to meet AB and have heavy hors derves (however that's spelled) and to stand on stage with him after the thing.

      1. re: shallots

        Thanks--I just looked. The only locations listed are in CA and OR, but TN wasn't listed, either (go figure!), so I will keep checking and hoping. I have to think if you're a fan (and I am), that's a fun night out!

    2. I know this is heresy here and on other boards, but doesn't anyone else think that the AB act is getting a little old?

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      1. re: trouttr

        actually yes. as i've watched the last few NR episodes i thought it looked really forced. it was great though in the beginning. now it's as if he's becoming a caricature of himself. and that's sad. because the info is still cool. and i do still enjoy it - just not was much as before.

      2. Hi,

        I saw him in Montreal, about two years ago - but my response needs to be taken into consideration with this caveat. To me, he is the Beatles, the God, the King. He can do now wrong in my eyes. He was funny, witty, very down to earth, very honest and just soooo charming.

        If you are a fan, it is a must see.

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        1. re: maisonbistro

          I attended the show in Santa Barbara on the 27th of Feb...I was a little worried it may be , as said above- "forced"- glad to repeort Tony was a hoot! Full of laughs, took alot of questions from the audience, and kept the show going on his road. Worth the $33.00.

        2. I saw him here in Seattle about a year ago, and as a pretty big fan of his (though recently, I think his changing priorities have affected the quality of NR), I found it entertaining. I went in assuming the worst--I've read all his books and seen all his shows, what was he going to say that was new? But in fact was well entertained and he was truly in his element when taking audience questions.

          I would not say that it is a must see, I will say that it will make for an enjoyable evening out and that I liked it well enough to have bought a ticket for his next live show here, with Mario Batali.

          1. I've seen him along with Ferran Adria. I probably should preface this with I like Bourdain and think he's hysterical, but hasn't really reached the "can do no wrong" status for me. I thought it was OK -- not really a must-see IMHO. I didn't really hear too much of Bourdain as Adria is quite the talker. At least the tickets weren't too expensive at $35 a pop.