They would probably make a terrible couple, but in conversation Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are an entertaining pair. Cooper, the CNN anchor, and Cohen, the host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens: Live," have been friends for a while, but discovered their chemistry on stage during a recent appearance at New York's 92nd Street Y to discuss Cohen's book, "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year."
"We represent the two sides of your brain," says Cohen. "Serious and silly. Deep and shallow. I bring out the fun side in Anderson and he makes me think."
The chat in New York was so well-received that they're taking the show on the road for a series of sitdowns, starting with what organizers promise will be "an unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable night" at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre March 21.
"There's no better to place to start than Boston and, I want to say, I had nothing to do with it being at the Wang," Cooper deadpanned the other day.
Cooper said the conversation will give people a "peak behind the curtain" of news and reality TV.
"We know what's interesting about each other, so it'll be very much like eavesdropping on a friendship," he said.
And that's all it is, a friendship. A mutual acquaintance tried to set them up a few years ago, but it was apparent immediately they were not a romantic match.
"He's too enthusiastic for me," says Cooper.
Cohen has a somewhat different memory.
"We spoke over the phone and it was not a connection," he says. "Don't let Anderson tell you it was all him. That's not the case. It was absolutely a mutual disengagement."
There's no format or focus for this odd couple's Q&A, but as anyone who's watched Cohen's show knows, he's liable to say anything.
"Andy's a very skilled interviewer, but he also asks stuff that surprises people," says Cooper. "He asked Oprah [Winfrey] if she's ever dipped her toe in the, um, lady pool. I was so shocked by the question I can't remember Oprah's answer."
The answer was no, but Cohen is skeptical.
"I do accept that as the truth. That being said, if Oprah is going to talk about it, I'm not sure she would do it in that forum."
Cooper and Cohen both profess to have an affinity for Boston — Cooper as a result of his reporting in the aftermath of the Marathon bombings and Cohen because he went to BU. Tickets to the March 21 event are available at CitiCenter.org and Ticketmaster.com.