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POP INTERVIEW: Comic Carey Reilly Asks “How Are You So Sexy?”

Watch Carey Reilly’s funny new web show, where she lives a day in the life of sexy people! What she does in a yoga class will leave you speechless, and perhaps mortified, but definitely laughing.



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Carey Reilly is a seriously funny woman. Ten years ago we met for the first time – both of us were performing at the same NYC comedy club, “Don’t Tell Mama.” It was comedic love at first sight. I have watched her kill audiences with her wit ever since, and see her go on to appear on many of the shows you know and love, like The Today Show, The Joy Behar Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and more. We’ve gone on to perform together, and cheer each other on separately. And so it’s doubly exciting for me to see her star in her new web show “How Are You So Sexy” which just launched on YouTube’s 3V Channel. There’s a new episode every Monday! The premiere episode can be seen right here on POPgoesTheWeek!


Carey Reilly Yoga 2What is the idea behind “How are you so sexy?”

It isn’t necessarily about conventionally sexy people, but people who are disciplined and focused, who go after their goals. We’re looking for people who personify the mind, body, spirit connection and show how that elevates what they do in life, that’s sexy.
What kind of people do you meet?

I meet people from all different fields but they have to be healthy in some way. Rodale is a company based on wellness and 3v is a health and fitness channel so we need to stay true to the brand. We have an episode coming up with Olympic trained athlete Amanda Russell who broke her leg only a week before the Beijing Olympics and after her dreams were crushed she had to come up with a new plan, so she started her own health and fitness channel. We also spent the day with Steve Weatherford who is a punter for the Giants. He was so much fun I felt like we were two kids on a playground goofing all day but he’s very serious when it comes to his body and his commitment pays off because he’s jacked!

Carey Reilly YogaOkay, so based on that, yes, they’re totally sexy people, conventionally or otherwise! Still, its so fun to watch you follow them around! In your first interview you go to a yoga class… And you pass gas. (and not a short one, I might add… You really put it out there!) A lot of people would have wanted that taken out of the show… Did you?

Hahaha, I think I am the only woman in America who said to our producers, that toot better not be cut. Sorry for the pun! People always toot while doing yoga, it’s such a common practice and after all that raw food, I was so gassy!!! I am an open book… not much embarrasses me. Being a comic you tell your most embarrassing stories everyday. My job as a comic is to tell the truth and make it funny.

First of all, I can’t believe you’re actually using the word ‘toot’ seriously. Note that none of the people who were conventionally sexy were farting in any of the interviews, were they? Speaking of these sexy people, I know you’re married – but was there any one person that was so sexy you couldn’t keep it together?

Oh Holy Hannah, my husband is going to read this so…no! never! That never happens…ever! I’m sure that never happens to my husband either. It better not anyway. So the answer is…hmmm, I’ll never tell.

On behalf of all my readers, let me tell you for the record: that was the Lamest. Answer. Ever. I want names.

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At the end of these interviews, do you feel sexier? Or worse?

That’s a good question, I think. I feel very inspired by the people we’ve had on the show. They’re all so damn hot! I’m like, geeze I thought I was kind of sexy when I’m not wearing my sleep apnea mask at night but who am I kidding! I’m sexy in a busted up kind of way. No, seriously, I am the show’s audience. I am trying to implement what I’ve learned from these people into my daily life so I can be even more sexy, so look out!

Carey Reilly LaurenYou also drank some green algae thing in one episode … Have you had one since? Any plans to change the way you live?

That green algae thing from The Juice Press was delicious! I’ve been fantasizing about it ever since! I truly was craving raw food after that day with Lauren. Later on in the week I was thinking, “how can I get a hold of that cheesecake and not just one piece but the whole cake! That kind of defeats the purpose.

You’re obviously a very funny woman… Do any of these people think you’re weird and not know what to think? Or are they all pretty fun and up for the ride?

Carey Reilly GymHey wait a minute! Why would anybody think I’m weird? Just because I smelled Lauren Berlingeri’s bare feet? They smelled like roses by the way, I was just trying to find something that wasn’t perfect about her, so far zip. I also asked Steve Weatherford if I was the first vagina on the Giants Training Field, he insisted I wasn’t. I don’t believe it. Really most people get the sensibility of the show and that what we’re going for is information and humor. I’m a comic and I’m always looking for the joke, most people get that but not always. I try to loosen them up if they’re a little apprehensive. Really I think most people have a lot of fun doing the show. I know I do.

I was once eating a dinner at a restaurant with you and you sent two things back to the kitchen. Is that something you normally do? We had only ordered three appetizers. The entire check was like twenty dollars.
Please explain.

Hahhaha! No, Did I really? I don’t remember, you’re just trying to make me look like a diva.

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Let me set the record straight, first of all the check only came to twelve dollars and you treated so thanks for breaking out the bank on me. As I recall, it was you who sent everything back, then stormed out of the restaurant. I stayed and ate your food. It was delicious.

You are so delusional it defies explanation. It was a sautéed mushrooms appetizer and you said it was overcooked. (In your defense, it was.) And yes, I think you’re right, the bill was twelve dollars, because they took the price of the mushrooms off, and I think you ordered water to drink. We had fun. But I think the server was not happy.

On to more important matters. If only one kind of M&M’s existed, and you could choose which one, which would it be?

First of all how did you know that I LOVE M&M’s… the peanut kind is my favorite. I like to trick myself that the protein in the nuts make it ok to eat. So, I would choose the pink variety only available during Valentines Day.These questions are getting too personal.
I agree on the Peanut variety. Although I could give two bits about what color the exteriors are. Moving on…

Which sport do you prefer? lacrosse, soccer or football?

Since I have had a tour of the Giants locker room and showers .. I love football!!!

Okay, I have never toured locker rooms of either sport, so I will hold off on my decision.

Carey Reilly Law and OrderYou once played a straight talking investigator on an episode of Law & Order… Did you try and get chummy with the cast, maybe get invited to lunch with them? How did that go?

I had a scene with Jesse L. Martin and Dennis Farina. I tried to play it cool and not act starstruck. I had to resist stalking Jesse on the set in between takes. At one point he was in the hallway singing and doing a some fancy footwork in between scenes. It took everything I had to act like I was too cool for school. He was gorgeous and such a sweet heart! They didn’t even feed us that day on the set. Mama was hungry. Too be honest though that was my first BIG booking. I was a nervous wreck. When my agent called me and told me I got the part I broke down crying because I had worked for so many years towards booking a role on a show like that and it finally happened. It was amazing.

That explains the restraining order Jesse Martin has against you! Now it all makes sense.

Okay – We just celebrated Valentine’s day. What advice do you give to women who want to spice up their marriage? (Keep it clean, I know a few places you might go with this.)

You need to spice up your marriage? Go out with your girlfriends a lot. Have your own life.. let your husband miss you a little. Oh, and keep the bathroom door closed when you use it, that’s where I went wrong year’s ago. or ( Don’t give your husband the old dutch oven in bed, he won’t like it… so I heard..)

You should do ‘Why Are You So Romantic’ as your next series!


What’s Brian Tryin’? The Crispy Sandwich Maker by Apod!



This weekend I tried out a new product that’s been crowdsourcing on IndieGogo. (The link is here.)

It’s called a Crispy Sandwich Maker, made by Apod.

I always love trying out a new gadget, so it was fun to see how this one would play out.  What makes this one a bit different than most sandwich makers is that this only requires just one single slice of bread to make a compact, easy to eat snack that can be sweet or savory. It can be used over a gas stove flame, or, with caution, a campfire, although the design’s arm length better lends itself to a smaller flame like a home kitchen stove.

Because I love a s’more, I decided to do an interpretation of that using  nutella spread and marshmallow spread. My friend John and I were happily making these little sandwiches in the kitchen while I friends taste tested the results along the way.

While the product description says that it requires no oil, we did decide to butter the bread to give a nice brown color to the sandwich, although it could easily be done without it.

The results of the nutella and marshmallow spread crispy sandwiches were consistent and delicious. After about two minutes per side, sandwiches were golden brown and the inside filling was oozy and delicious.

Then it was on to make a savory snack in the form of a crispy ham and cheese with dijon. Again, about two minutes on each side over the flame was just enough to brown the bread and warm up the savory fillings.

This was a fun gadget to play with, and the results were delicious. All in all, everyone gave the results a thumbs up!

To be part of this indiegogo campaign, visit this link!

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign



As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!


Let’s start with the Dining Room!

Move the slider dividing the image to see all of the before or all of the after!

Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!



Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!


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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!


So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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Well Sh-t, Leslie Jordan Has Shared Three Videos Of Himself Dancing In One Week And They’re All Perfect



Doing much better now, Leslie.

If you’ve never believed that “good things come in small packages” then you’ve never seen Leslie Jordan’s instagram. The 4’11” actor known for his iconic roles in shows like Will & Grace and American Horror Story has recently developed a whole new fanbase who loves him for his viral Instagram videos. Usually starting each video by greeting fans with “Well shit, how y’all doing?”, viewers have grown to anticipate Jordan’s hilarious recounting of stories from his time in show biz or growing up in the south. This week, however, the Tennessee native has shared 3 videos of himself dancing within 5 days and honestly it’s precisely what we all need right now.

The first video was posted on August 12th and shows Jordan taking part of the “Git up and dance challenge” which swept the internet about a year ago. Even though he is a little late, the video is still perfection.

On August 13th, Jordan does a dance to “You Can’t Stop The Beat” from Hairspray a with special guest dance partner Katie Couric!

Finally, on August 15th, Jordan does an epic “tootsie roll” and challenges Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills star, Lisa Rinna, to do the tootsie roll herself. Of course Rinna commented with a big “ON IT ❤️😂.” Who could say no to the viral star?!?

The moral of the story here is that the world is going through some tough times right now but maybe, even for a few seconds, we could all feel better if we’d just dance it out. Thanks for the inspo Leslie Jordan!

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