Is This Real Life? With Mandy Slutsker
By Is This Real Life? With Mandy Slutsker
Is This Real Life? is a Bravo podcast that relates our favorite shows to our own lives and the world around us. Hosted by Mandy Slutsker.
Episode 159 - ‘Drunk on friendship juice’ with @Cici.Loves.You
This week Mandy is joined by the kindest person on instagram - @Cici.Loves.You!!! Cici shares what made her start her positive Bravo page, some insightful conversations she’s had with Bravolebrities, and the importance of remembering that at the end of the day, these people are still human and do have real feelings. Mandy and Cici share all their thoughts on the RHOSLC premiere, some thoughts on Potomac, and a little bit of Beverly Hills. Plus, how Mandy and Cici’s families were like Jennie and fudged birth dates on immigration paperwork! Follow Cici on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cici.loves.you/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
September 19, 2021
Episode 158 - 'Bless the Reality TV Gods' with Cix Hamlett
This week Mandy is joined by Cix Hamlett of the Dumpster Dive podcast to chat this VERY exciting week in Bravo! They discuss the explosive first two minutes of #RHOSLC, which Mandy and Cix believe has been sent to us by the reality TV Gods, and wonder why so many women are interested in Austen in the Winter House trailer. Mandy and Cix unpack this week’s Potomac, questioning Gizelle’s statistics on cheating, and continue to be shocked by the Beverly Hills dinner party from hell part 2. Check out the Dumpster Dive podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dumpster-dive-a-reality-tv-deep-dive/id1533780254 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
September 12, 2021
Episode 157 - 'Video Ho's and Dinner Parties from Hell' with Kendrick Tucker
This week Mandy is joined by Kendrick Tucker of the “Reality & Comics Too” podcast. They dive into this week’s Potomac, discussing if the green eyed bandits went too far with Wendy and why this season of RHONY was so tough to watch (but had a good finale!). And finally, the dinner party from hell on RHOBH and how PK was right about Erika - she’s inherently cold. Check out “Reality and Comics Too”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reality-comics-too/id1525311067 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
September 5, 2021
Episode 156 - 'Substance and Subtext' with LaKeya DeWalt featuring Donny Hadfield-Smith
This week Mandy is joined by LaKeya Dewalt, a moderator on Club Bravo and huge Housewives fan, to discuss this week’s RHOP, RHOBH, and RHONY. LaKeya and Mandy spend time trying to figure out why Gizelle is so afraid to be vulnerable, how now by season six the women are starting to self produce, and unpack what’s going on (if anything) with Wendy. They also discuss Erika’s legal issues and whether her story about Yolanda and the text messages adds up. Plus, Donny Hadfield-Smith of the Know That podcast shares a boots on the ground story about RHONJ! Follow LaKeya on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ms.lakiki2u/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
August 29, 2021
Episode 155 - '2 + 2 = 4" with Veronica Leventhal
This week Mandy is joined by Veronica Leventhal to discuss what is arguably one of the best RHOBH episodes of all time! Before getting into Beverly Hills, the ladies chat about the Salt Lake City trailer and question whether Bravo has any ethical obligations surrounding whether to have people who’ve potentially committed crimes on their shows. Mandy and Veronica also chat this week’s Potomac and wonder whether Gizelle can get away with another season of grilling others while avoiding discussions of her personal life. Plus, is it finally time to say goodbye to Ramona? Support https://exaltyouth.org, a program for NYC youth to reverse their journey along the school-to-prison pipeline. Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
August 22, 2021
Episode 154 - 'A Potomac Party' with Sasha Morfaw
This week Mandy is joined by the lovely Sasha Morfaw, host of The Bravo Breakdown, to dive deep into Potomac! They discuss each of the women’s roles on the show and what they bring to the franchise, the significance of Mia’s vulnerability, and try to make sense of season two Wendy. Plus, a little bit of Beverly Hills and a lot of RHONY’s Black Shabbat. Check out the Bravo Breakdown on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thebravobreakdown Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
August 15, 2021
Episode 153 - 'Hot Mics and Slut Pigs' with Christian Gray Snow
This week Mandy’s joined by RHOBH fanatic and host of the hilarious Slut Pig podcast, Christian Gray Snow! They discuss every element of this week’s RHOBH - from Erika’s missing La Quinta house to forensic accounting to the eventual hot mic moment that led to Erika’s freak out. Mandy and Christian also have lots of laughs discussing this week’s pajama party on RHOP and Christian points out how bizarre some of the moments on this season’s RHONY truly have been. Check out the Slut Pig Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-slut-pig-podcast/id1561992641 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
August 8, 2021
Episode 152 - ‘OGs, Huger Boogers, and a RHONY Revamp!’ with @PetShopBoy
This week Mandy’s joined by Housewives fanatic and historian, @PetShopBoy! They discuss why they’re both Huger boogers, his affection for Mia (“the love child of Monique and Katie Rost”), and whether Nicki Minaj would make a good RHOP reunion host. They then shift over to RHONY and try to dissect what’s wrong with this season. Perhaps its time to shake things up with the OGs who haven’t shown us anything new in awhile? Plus, Mandy's thoughts on the Family Karma finale. Check out The B List with PetShopBoy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-b-list-with-petshopboy/id1493424449 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
August 1, 2021
Episode 151 - 'Only Mikey Minden Knows' with Mary Payne Gilbert
The hilarious Mary Payne Gilbert from the Pink Shade podcast joins Mandy for a Pink Shade / Is This Real Life? Crossover episode. Mandy and Mary Payne dive right into this week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and try to make sense of Erika’s tall tales, but conclude - only Mikey Minden knows the truth. They then check in with the New York ladies and question whether Sonja will listen to the other women (and the medium!) who say she needs some professional help. Finally, the land in Potomac to chat about hot boxes, sing sing, Wendy’s candle line, and Gizelle’s ‘west wing’. Plus, a Family Karma recap! Check out the Pink Shade podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pink-shade/id1318549651 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
July 25, 2021
Episode 150 - ‘Plastic surgery, personality disorders, and a pretty MESS’ with Jordan Ross Meyers
Jordan Ross Meyers of the Pretty Corrupt Podcast and the man behind the hilarious parody accounts for Donn Gunvalson and Lee Radziwill joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. Jordan explains why he thinks most people who go on Housewives have some sort of personality disorder, Mandy decries Wendy’s BBL, and they both conclude RHONY needs more bridge characters. And when it comes to RHOBH it’s all about…Tom. As the news breaks about Mr. Girardi stealing from clients, Mandy and Jordan weigh how much they think Erika knew. Check out Pretty Corrupt Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pretty-corrupt-podcast/id1566887830 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
July 18, 2021
Episode 149 - 'Discomfort, Divorce, and Lord Disick" with Ryan Bailey
Everyone’s favorite podcast host Ryan Bailey from “So Bad It’s Good With Ryan Bailey” joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. They dive into their discomfort watching this week’s Real Housewives of New York from the Harlem Dinner to Ramona’s freak out and chat all things RHOBH including Rinna being a low rent Kris Jenner, why Sutton and Crystal are both fantastic housewives, and thoughts on all the reasons Erika is using explain her divorce. Plus, why everyone needs to watch this week’s Family Karma! Check out So Bad Its Good with Ryan Bailey: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/so-bad-its-good-with-ryan-bailey/id1482820355 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
July 4, 2021
Episode 148 - 'Bravo, Britney, and Beverly Hills' with Zach Mellen
Zach Mellen of the Mummy Dearest podcast joins Mandy to chat all things Bravo, Britney Spears, and Beverly Hills. This episode is full of looking back at things with a different lens - from 90’s movies, to the treatment of female pop stars, to Erika and Tom’s marriage. They chat this week’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills including whether anyone is buying the story Erika is selling, Zach’s thoughts on Sutton and Garcelle’s friendship, and Mandy’s goal of getting a mammogram with Kyle Richards. Check out The Mummy Dearest podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mummy-dearest/id1560199274 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
June 27, 2021
Episode 147 - 'OC Cast Shakeup and Election 2016 Make-Up' with Aarti and Noor of The Reality Is Podcast
This week Mandy is joined by Aarti and Noor from The Reality Is podcast to chat all things Bravo. They discuss the RHOC cast shakeup (welcome back fancy pants!!!) and chat about the subtext surrounding the drama on Family Karma before diving into the PTSD that is rewatching the 2020 election on not one but two Housewives franchises. Check out The Reality Is podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-reality-is/id1535296559 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/ In honor of World Refugee Day, consider making a donation to HIAS —> https://www.hias.org
June 20, 2021
Episode 146 - 'Housewives fluff...and some tough stuff' with Jeff Epstein and Tana Clardy
This week’s podcast has it all! It starts out with a fun, light-hearted conversation with Jeff Epstein on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the importance of a perfect Housewives ensemble, and the similarities between Mandy’s mom and Kathy Hilton (Jeff’s fav baby girl). Then Mandy’s joined by behavioral health therapist Tana Clardy to discuss some real tough stuff from this week’s Real Housewives of New York. They tackle issues of racism and white fragility head on, laugh at Heather’s attempt at allyship, and explore the extreme hypocrisy of Leah McSweeney. Jeff Epstein - 4:08 Tana Clardy - 57:40 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
June 13, 2021
Episode 145 - A Conversation with New York Times Best Selling Author BRIAN MOYLAN!
This week Mandy is joined by New York Times BEST SELLING AUTHOR Brian Moylan!!! They chat about his book “The Housewives: The Real Story Behind the Real Housewives” including what makes people watch, the taxonomy of Housewives, how no one is bigger than the enterprise itself, and why there is so little academic research on reality television. Check out all things Brian Moylan (his book, his recaps, the Housewives Institute newsletter): https://www.brianmoylan.com Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
June 6, 2021
Episode 144 - 'Two truths, a few lies, and a traveling fan' with Anne & Gina (Dames who Dish)
Anne and Gina from the podcast Dames who Dish join Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. They start off in Jersey, looking back on season 11 and talking through the wild ride that was the reunion. Then Anne, Gina, and Mandy head to Beverly Hills and share their thoughts on the new ladies Crystal and Kathy Hilton and contemplate how things will play out this season with Erika Jayne. Finally, they land in the Hamptons, where the ladies of RHONY continue their shenanigans and wonder - will Sonja ever move on from her divorce? How is it still about Tom? And does Leah even know what it means to be sex positive? Check out the Dames who Dish podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dames-who-dish/id1451006833 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
May 30, 2021
Episode 143 - ‘Deep dives & Housewives run-ins’ with Sarah (@bravobravoduckingbravo)
Sarah, the person behind the instagram account @bravobravoduckingbravo, joins Mandy for this #RHOBH premiere week! Before diving into the premiere, Sarah shares the dark places she was lead when doing a deep dive into the Wescotts, as well as Kameron’s reaction to her investigative stories. Then Mandy and Sarah give their hot takes on the Beverly Hill’s premiere, recap this week’s RHONY, and share thoughts on the RHONJ reunion. Plus, an unexpected run-in with Margaret Josephs and Bershan Shaw! Follow Sarah on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bravobravoduckingbravo/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
May 23, 2021
Episode 142 - ‘Two Reunions, a Finale, and a Trip to Burning Man’ with Taria Faison
For her birthday episode, Mandy is joined by the amazing Taria Faison of the What Else is Going On podcast. They travel across the country, first stopping in Atlanta to discuss the RHOA reunion, then touching down in Dallas to recap the RHOD reunion, and then heading over to the northeast to chat RHONY and the RHONJ finale. Plus, a fun story about Mandy’s dad trying to understand Burning Man. Check out the What Else Is Going on Podcast What Else Is Going On? With Taria S. Faison on Apple Podcastshttps://podcasts.apple.com › podcast › what-else-is-goin... Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
May 16, 2021
Episode 141 - ’A NY premiere & a NJ book review’ with Tom Hamlett featuring Anthony Lario
This week Mandy is joined by two incredible (and hilarious!) guests - Tom Hamlett from the Dumpster Dive podcast and Anthony Lario. First Tom and Mandy breakdown the RHONY premiere including the amazing entrance of new Housewife Eboni, Leah’s conversation, and LuAnn’s lovable narcissism (14:30). Then, Anthony Lario and Mandy discuss Margaret Joseph’s book, “Caviar Dreams on a Tunafish Budget” (1:16:00) - which you should all read (it’s good!). Plus, hear Mandy’s thoughts on the Summer House reunion part 2. Check out Tom on the Dumpster Dive podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dumpster-dive-a-reality-tv-deep-dive/id1533780254 Follow Anthony on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anthonylario/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
May 9, 2021
Episode 140 - 'Old school values vs. modern mentality' with Larry (@bravobygays)
This week Mandy is joined by the nicest guy on instagram, Larry (@bravobygays) to chat all things Bravo. They recap the #RHOA reunion and touch briefly on the Dallas finale before diving into their favorite franchise on TV right now - Jersey. Larry and Mandy discuss the tension between old school values and modern relationships we see playing out this season - and why everyone needs to leave Dolores alone! Plus, Mandy’s thoughts on the Summer House reunion. Follow Larry (@bravobygays) on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dianagebbia/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
May 2, 2021
Episode 139 - 'Two finales, a Dallas flop, and a future Jersey star' with Diana Gebbia
Diana Gebbia, a voiceover artist and the brand new podcast host of Bravo Besties, joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. They reflect on this season of Summer House and RHOA as they come to a close, get excited about the upcoming season of Beverly Hills, and figure out how to fix the Real Housewives of Dallas. Plus, a recap of this week’s RHONJ and Mandy’s thoughts on Marge’s book! Contribute to @ohnobravo & @thebravobreakdown’s fundraiser for The Loveland Foundation: https://www.instagram.com/p/CN7v8BQs75j/ Follow Diana on instagram and hear about her upcoming podcast “Bravo Besties”: https://www.instagram.com/dianagebbia/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
April 25, 2021
Episode 138 - 'A prophet, a psychic and a Sutton run-in' with Jacob Numar featuring Kati Riddle
Just as the RHOBH trailer dropped, Mandy’s friend Kati Riddle ran into diamond-holder Sutton Stracke in Augusta, GA. First, Kati joins to share her encounter with Sutton. Then, Jacob Numar of the podcast Odd Black Individual joins Mandy for a full breakdown of the RHOBH trailer and discussion of this week's RHOA and RHONJ as they discover they are the only two people who like Dolores’ boyfriend. Plus, Mandy’s thoughts on RHOD and Summer House! Check out “Odd Black Individual”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/odd-black-individual/id1540030127 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
April 18, 2021
Episode 137 - 'Housewives nostalgia & stanning yourself' with Jeff Epstein
In this iconic episode of “Is This Real Life?” Mandy and Jeff Epstein (host of the podcast “Manic with Jeff Epstein”) take a ride down memory lane and talk about nostalgic Housewives moments. First, Mandy gives a run down of this week in Bravo and then Jeff joins for a fun chat (19:30). They discuss how RHOBH was their gateway to the Real Housewives, ponder which Housewives best describe their personality, and what makes for a good Housewife. Jeff and Mandy dive into how Housewives social media world can be toxic and the pitfalls of stan culture. Plus, a heartfelt and honest conversation about recovery, sobriety, and self-discovery. Enjoy! Check out “Manic with Jeff Epstein”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/manic-with-jeff-epstein/id1470137682 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
April 11, 2021
Episode 136 - 'Shah-rested Development' with Jacques Peterson featuring Emily D. Baker
This week Mandy is joined by two incredible guests to break down this INSANE week in Bravo. First, attorney Emily D. Baker joins Mandy to explain the fraud scheme Jen Shah was indicted for and break down the charges (6:28). Then Jacques Peterson, host of the podcast “Unpopular with Jacques Peterson”, gives his unpopular Bravo opinions and shares his takes on this week’s episodes of RHOA, RHOD, RHONJ, and Summer House (49:34). Check out “Unpopular with Jacques Peterson”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/unpopular-with-jacques-peterson/id1536243282 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
April 4, 2021
Episode 135 - 'A Canadian Kiki' with Simrin Purhar
Mandy is joined by pop culture writer Simrin Purahr from British Columbia to chat this week in Bravo! They discuss the RHONY trailer, Bethenny’s divorce/engagement, how Erika Jayne’s legal drama will play out on RHOBH, and of course this week’s RHOA and RHOD. Mandy shares her hot takes on RHONJ (Dolores is a goddess, Jackie continues to punch above her weight) and Summer House (Luke doesn’t deserve the wrath he’s getting). Check out Simrin on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/simrin.p/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
March 28, 2021
Episode 134 - 'Pool parties & a pandemmy weddy' with Semajh Bludson
Mandy is joined by Housewives superfan and social media maven Semajh Bludson (@semajwithanh). They discuss the latest episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, Dallas, and New Jersey exploring important topics like Cynthia’s pandemmy weddy, the complex mother/daughter relationship between Mama Dee and D’Andra, and why Semajh continues to remain a devout Tre hugger. Plus, Mandy’s quest to make Housewives twitter & IG more fun. Check out Semaj on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/semajwithanh/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
March 21, 2021
Episode 133 - 'Me, You, the Housewives, and Summer House too!' with Kendrick Tucker
Mandy is joined by Kendrick Tucker, host of the podcast “Me, You, The Housewives, and Marvel too!” They chat all things Housewives and Bravo, discussing the latest episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Dallas, and the Real Housewives of New Jersey. Plus, Mandy shares an update on her Married to Medicine journey and some thoughts on Summer House. Check out “Me, You, the Housewives, and Marvel too”: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/me-you-the-housewives-marvel-too/id1525311067 Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
March 14, 2021
Episode 132 - 'Naive takes & friendship fakes' with Hannah Brown
Mandy is joined by the hilarious Hannah Brown to chat this week in Bravo. Hannah shares the inspiration behind her incredible Housewives impressions as they dive into their thoughts around this week’s Real Housewives of New Jersey and the continuing explosive episodes of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Plus, Mandy’s thoughts on Dallas and Summer House! Follow Hannah Brown on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hannahabrown/ Follow Mandy on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mandyslutsker/
March 7, 2021
Episode 131 - 'Scandals and Storytelling' with Kate Casey feat. Taria Faison
This week Mandy is joined by two powerhouses of podcasting - Kate Casey and Taria Faison! First Taria joins Mandy to discuss which housewife found themselves in the middle of a DC scandal, plus her thoughts on the scandalous Bolo episode of RHOA and reaction to Jen Shah’s comments on race. Then Mandy talks to Kate about the many interesting career paths she’s taken, from being a White House intern to starting her own PR company and eventually booking all the best reality stars on her podcast. Kate shares her passion for storytelling, her thoughts on how Housewives have been consumed by “meme” culture, and reactions to current seasons of RHOSLC, RHOA, and RHONJ. Listen to Reality Life with Kate Casey: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reality-life-with-kate-casey/id1154758766 Check out What Else is Going on Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-else-is-going-on-with-taria-s-faison/id1523174914 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
February 28, 2021
Episode 130 - 'Subtext, Story Lines, and the Seventh Housewife' with Gibson Johns
Mandy is joined by Gibson Johns, the host and producer of “We Should Talk.” They really mention it all this week, discussing the most pressing Housewives issues from Jersey to Salt Lake and Dallas to Atlanta. Gibson points out that each franchise has a different ‘seventh’ housewife - whether it be the city where the show is filmed, alcohol, or religion. They dive deep into the subtext beneath each major storyline and question if it’s ever ok to “go after” children and discuss which Housewives have “lost the plot”. Plus, some thoughts on Summer House and realizing Hannah as the villain. Listen to We Should Talk: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/we-should-talk/id1534157035 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
February 21, 2021
Episode 129 - 'Crickets, Cookies & Content Creation' with Kaya & Aaron (@bravowhileblack)
Mandy is joined by the amazing podcasters and content creators Kara and Aaron (@bravowhileblack) to chat this week in Housewives. Kara and Aaron talk about their podcast, how they became content creators, and reflect on the changes Bravo is making to amplify black voices. Then Mandy, Kara, and Aaron discuss the #RHOSLC reunion, including their love of Lisa Barlow, what Jen actually does for a living, and their hopes for season 2. Plus, a deep dive into the Dallas ladies reception to Tiffany on RHOD and...crickets in pizza. Listen to Bravo While Black: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bravo-while-black/id1522055902 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
February 14, 2021
Episode 128 - 'Fractured Friendships: Past & Present' with Stephen (@facesbybravo) feat. Jamie Stein
This week Mandy is joined by two wonderful guests - empath and intuitive Jamie Stein and Stephen from the hilarious IG account @facesbybravo. Jamie shares his thoughts on Summer House and why he thinks Hannah is the true villain of the series. Then Mandy and Stephen have a conversation about Housewives friendships, including a revisit of Bethenny vs. Carole. Plus, Stephen shares his thoughts on the RHONJ premiere, RHOM returning, Married to Medicine, and more! Check out @facesbybravo on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/facesbybravo/ Check out Jamie Stein on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamiestein/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
February 7, 2021
Episode 127 - 'A Doozy of a Week' with Paul McClain
Paul McClain of @realrealityhomosexual joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo, including what was - hands down - the best episode of RHOSLC this season! They discuss how Paul got to know the ladies of Salt Lake City, how things in Vegas got out of hand this week, and the real reason Jen Shah is so angry. Then they go down south to recap RHOD and RHOA. Check out @realrealityhomosexual on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/realrealityhomosexual/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
January 31, 2021
Episode 126 - 'Hot takes from the OC' with Mallory (@realhousepinsoc)
Mallory of @realhousepinsoc joins Mandy to chat about Bravo and give some hot takes, including why she finds this season of RHOC to be riveting. She tells Mandy about life in the OC, how she became an unlikely rabbit owner, and they discuss which animals remind them of their late moms. At 32:00 minutes in they begin to chat Bravo, going in depth about this season of RHOC, then discussing RHOSLC (1:16:18), RHOA (1:38:40), and RHOD (1:45:35), and a little Vanderpump talk at the end. Plus, a hilarious story about Mandy’s dad and their childhood pet rabbit. Check out Mallory’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/RealHousePinsOC Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
January 24, 2021
Episode 125 - 'Going Dumpster Diving' with Tom Hamlett
Tom Hamlett, host of the Dumpster Dive podcast, joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. They dive into all things Bravo this week, discussing RHOD and why they think Kameron’s going to have a rough season, recap an eventful RHOSLC, and enjoy the awkward engagement party for Cynthia on RHOA. Plus, Tom explain’s why Tiffany’s wine cellar is a big deal to have in a Dallas home. Check out the Dumpster Dive podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dumpster-dive-with-tom-hamlett/id1533780254 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
January 17, 2021
Episode 124 - 'Confessions of a Reality TV Producer' with @NotQuiteReality
Reality TV producer @NotQuiteReality joins Mandy to give an inside look into the production of reality television. They discuss the role producers and show runners play, how production has adapted to COVID, and some fun Housewives gossip. They also discuss the premiere of RHOD, Southern Charm, RHOSLC, RHOC, and RHOA. Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
January 10, 2021
Episode 123 - '2020's twisted plots' with Evelyn Marley
Evelyn Marley of the Twisted Plot podcast joins Mandy to recap this past year in Bravo. They rehash the RHOP reunion part 3 including Monique v. Candiace - and Evelyn’s explanation of the “reptilian brain” as to why they couldn’t move forward. They look back at the Housewives we lost in 2020, their favorite franchises, discuss the time Evelyn’s podcast was a headline story in US Weekly, and share what they’re most looking forward to in 2021. Plus, Mandy’s thoughts on this week’s RHOSLC, RHOA, RHOC - and some laughs about Hilaria Baldwin. Check out Evelyn’s podcast Twisted Plot: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/twisted-plot-podcast/id1507779254 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
January 3, 2021
Episode 122 - 'It's about Tom' with Chelsea (@ohnobravo)
Chelsea of @ohnobravo joins Mandy to break down this EPIC week in Bravo, starting first and foremost with the absolute clusterf*ck that is Tom and Erika Girardi’s legal situation. They give their thoughts on Justice Tricia Bigelow, the text messages, whether Erika’s divorce is a sham, and why the Girardis may end up behind bars. Chelsea and Mandy also chat the Summer House trailer and Chelsea’s IG live with Katie Maloney Schwartz. Plus, all their thoughts on the #RHOP reunion, #RHOA, and #RHOSLC. Check out @ohnobravo on IG: https://www.instagram.com/ohnobravo/ Subscribe to @ohnobravo’s patreon: http://www.patreon.com/ohnobravo Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
December 20, 2020
Episode 121 - 'A Bravo Hanukkah Miracle' with Danielle Dailey (@brandsbybravo)
Danielle Dailey, the brilliant woman behind the @brandsbybravo IG account, joins Mandy to break down this historic week in Bravo. They discuss how Erika Jayne was a total jerk to her on social media and their shared love of Housewives merchandise. Then, they recap the Hanukkah miracle that was having #RHOA premiere the same night as #RHOP’s finale, and they break down each episode. Plus, Mandy’s thoughts on this week’s #RHOSLC, #RHOC, and #SouthernCharm. Follow @brandsbybravo on IG: https://www.instagram.com/brandsbybravo/?hl=en Check out @brandsbybravo Housewives trivia on Danielle's Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/brandsbybravo?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=909410165 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
December 13, 2020
Episode 120 - 'Housewives: Embezzled and Embellished' with Donny Hadfield-Smith and Quinten Lamar
Two-thirds of the Know That: A Real Housewives Podcast, Donny Hadfield-Smith and Quinten Lamar, join Mandy to chat this WILD week in Bravo. They discuss all the latest breaking Bravo news from Braunwyn coming out to a COVID outbreak in Beverly Hills to Erika being accused of embezzling funds from plane crash victims families. Then, Donny, Quinten and Mandy proceed to do full breakdowns of this week’s RHOP and RHOSLC. Lots of laughter - enjoy! Check out the Know That: A Real Housewives podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/know-that-a-real-housewives-podcast/id1530706730 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
December 6, 2020
Episode 119 - 'Looking at Bravo from a marriage & family therapy perspective' with Alyssa Mass
Marriage and Family Therapist Alyssa Mass joins Mandy the week of Thanksgiving to discuss Bravo shows from a sociocultural and relationship therapy perspective. They discuss her time working in West Hollywood where she shared an office space with Jax’s therapist, her thoughts on how therapy has been showcased on Bravo, and how the network has handled mental health situations. Plus, Mandy gives her thoughts on this week’s RHOSLC, RHOP, and RHOC. Learn more about Alyssa’s work: http://www.alyssamassmft.com Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
November 29, 2020
Episode 118 - 'Hitting the slopes' with Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown from the Not Aspirational Podcast joins Mandy to chat all things Bravo. They gab about this season of the Bachelorette, Amelia Grey and Scott Discik’s unhealthy relationship, and whether Lisa Rinna is or should be horrified by it. And, of course, Mandy and Hannah do a scene by scene breakdown of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and Real Housewives of Potomac. Enjoy! Listen to the Not Aspirational Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/not-aspirational-with-hannah-brown/id1503399104 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
November 22, 2020
Episode 117 - 'Salt Lake & Hot Takes' with Veronica Leventhal
Veronica Leventhal, a forensic social worker for the NYC defender’s office, joins Mandy to chat about this week in Bravo. They discuss being liberal daughters of conservative fathers, what it’s like watching her dad and Kelly Dodd on Real Housewives of Orange County, and dive deep into the premiere of the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City and this week’s Potomac. Follow Veronica Leventhal on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/not_topanga/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
November 15, 2020
Episode 116 'A couple of Russian Jews chatting about Bravo' with Michelle Konstantinovsky
Michelle Konstantinovsky, a brilliant writer and reality TV fan, joins Mandy to decompress from this roller coaster week and chat about Bravo. They bond over their Russian Jewish heritage and discuss the brilliance of RHOP, the new season of Southern Charm, and how the Real Housewives address health & body image issues - a topic Michelle writes about. Plus, Mandy shares a crazy story about her Dad! Check out Michelle’s website: https://www.michellekmedia.com Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
November 8, 2020
Episode 115 - 'Bravo theatrics' with Derek Pentz
Derek Pentz, a Baltimore based drag performer and theatre artist, joins Mandy to chat all things Bravo. They discuss his thesis, “Was Oscar Wilde a Nineteenth Century PumpHead?”, he shares his experiences meeting the cast of Potomac while performing as Zenobia Darling at a drag show, and they do a scene by scene breakdown of this week’s RHOP. Plus, Mandy’s hot takes on The Bachelorette and Netflix recommendations! Check out Zenobia Darling’s Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYxBSEoWSLcsp4v66yPkmSA Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
November 1, 2020
Episode 114 - 'Sip and See...These Assault Charges" with Sarah Galli
Sarah Galli from the Andy’s Girls podcast joins Mandy to chat all things Bravo. They bond over falling on their faces, being Jewish, and medical sagas while discussing the Bravo headlines from this week and diving deep on this week’s Real Housewives of Potomac. Check out Andy’s Girls: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/andys-girls-a-real-housewives-podcast/id1102241909 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
October 25, 2020
Episode 113 - 'It's all happening' with Amanda Page
Amanda Page from the Its All Happening Podcast joins Mandy to chat everything happening in the Bravo universe. They do a deep dive into this week’s Real Housewives of Potomac, recapping Karen’s homecoming to Surry, VA, the pressure Wendy feels as the daughter of immigrants, and how Monique finally seems to be coming to terms with why she blew up on Candiace. Plus, some thoughts on the Real Housewives of Orange County and why they’re cheering on Braunwyn’s sobriety journey. Check out the Its All Happening Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/its-all-happening-with-amanda/id1526326162 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
October 18, 2020
Episode 112 - 'RHOP and Respectability Politics' with Stephanie from Mocha Minutes
Stephanie from the podcast Mocha Minutes joins Mandy to chat the latest Bravo headlines and do a deep dive into the latest episode of #RHOP. They discuss the rumors Monique claims caused her anger with Candiace, the women’s reaction to Monique’s explanation, and how respectability politics play into it all. Plus, hear Stephanie’s thoughts on Summer House, including her dislike of Amanda and why Carl Radke is a “ho for the streets” :) Check out the Mocha Minutes Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mocha-minutes/id1290242435 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
October 11, 2020
Episode 111 - 'Fist Fights and Hot Mics' with Kirsten Moore
Kirsten Moore of the Reality TV & Me podcast joins Mandy to chat the latest Bravo headlines, discuss the explosive episode of #RHOP, and say goodbye to #RHONY. Plus, some real talk about infertility struggles from Mandy. Check out the Reality TV & Me Podcast and all things Kirsten Moore: http://www.kirstenmoore.com.au/reality-tv-me/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
October 4, 2020
Episode 110 - 'Church gossip' with Taria Faison
Taria Faison of the podcast What Else Is Going On? Joins Mandy to talk all things Bravo. They dish on the latest headlines from Jax and Brittany’s pregnancy to Teddi’s firing to the unexpected trailer for season 7 of Southern Charm. As they delve into this week’s RHOP, Taria shares her experience attending Jamal Bryant’s church and how it was common knowledge he wanted to get Gizelle back. They of course dive into the Michael Darby drama, Monique’s insanely expensive podcast, and the upcoming altercation between Monique and Candiace. Plus, recaps of RHOBH secrets revealed and the RHONY part 3 reunion. Check out the What Else Is Going on Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/what-else-is-going-on-with-taria-s-faison/id1523174914 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
September 27, 2020
Episode 109 - 'Truth vs Authenticity' with Chris Murphy
Comedian and Housewives writer for Vulture, Chris Murphy, joins Mandy to chat all things Housewives - including his brief stint on this season of RHONY! They discuss the latest Bravo headlines - Stassi on Tamron Hall, Nene’s retirement from RHOA, and Teddi’s eating disorder business. They discuss the RHOBH final reunion and their differing views on Denise and Rinna, the RHONY reunion and Dorinda’s confusion between authenticity and truth, and the hilarious and complicated RHOP. Plus, Chris has found his calling to become a ‘diversity coach’ for white women on Bravo! Check out @christress on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christress/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
September 20, 2020
Episode 108 'Reunions, recaps, & racial awakening' with Sasha Morfaw (The Bravo Breakdown)
Sasha Morfaw, the creator of the Bravo Breakdown on IGTV and Patreon joins Mandy to chat this week in Housewives. They discuss Bravo’s response to BLM and racial equality, Mandy’s adventures with her late mother’s online Mahjongg groups, and how Denise uses legal action in response to any conflict. Plus full breakdowns of #RHOP, #RHOBH, and #RHONY - including unseen footage. Check out @thebravobreakdown on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebravobreakdown/?hl=en Check out the Bravo Breakdown on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/thebravobreakdown Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
September 13, 2020
Episode 107 - 'Tantrums, T'challa, & not being team Denise' with Steve from @facesbybravo
Steve from the immensely popular IG account @facesbybravo joins Mandy to chat this week in Housewives. They discuss the #RHOC trailer (Steve was in it!), Lala’s pregnancy, and excitement about the Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. They also break down this weeks #RHOP trip to Monique’s lake house, the crazy #RHOBH reunion, and the #RHONY finale. Enjoy! Check out @facesbybravo: https://www.instagram.com/facesbybravo/?hl=en Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
September 6, 2020
Episode 106 - 'Opining for Apologies' with Stephanie from Mocha Minutes
Stephanie from the Mocha Minutes podcast joins Mandy to chat this week in Housewives. Stephanie shares lots of tea about Jamal Bryant from his days at a Maryland church, how Candiace is a fantastic villain incapable of accountability, and how Robyn is probably the coolest Housewife in real life. They also chat the #RHOBH finale and Dorinda’s exit from #RHONY. Plus, Stephanie sounds off on Leah’s wokeness and how her clothing line isn’t actually “streetwear.” . Check out Stephanie’s podcast Mocha Minutes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mocha-minutes/id1290242435 . Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
August 30, 2020
Episode 105 - 'Bravo's public shamings' with Annabelle DeSisto
Annabelle DeSisto from the podcast Adderall and Compliments podcast joins Mandy to chat this week in Bravo. They dive deep into the mental health shaming happening on Below Deck Med, why it’s so dangerous, and Mandy shares some gossip she got from Kate Chastain. They also discuss this week’s Housewives franchises from Potomac to Beverly Hills to New York and question the sincerity of Monique and Candiace’s friendship explain why Kyle is responsible for bringing the Brandi/Denise story to RHOBH. Plus, Annabelle relives being traumatized by Ramona. . Check out Annabelle’s podcast Adderall and Compliments https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/adderall-and-compliments/id1131997041 . Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
August 24, 2020
Episode 104 - 'Rumor Mills & Unwritten Rules' with Mani from Mixing with Mani
Mani from the Mixing with Mani podcast joins Mandy to dive into this week’s Housewives shows. They chat about the Bravo special “Race in America: A Movement Not a Moment”, Candiace’s apology for past homophobic tweets, and Monique’s IG live spilling all sorts of tea. They recap this week’s Potomac including rumors about Monique, Ashley’s postpartum anxiety, and their excitement for Dr. Wendy; dish on the Denise drama and unwritten rules of Beverly Hills; and discuss Dorinda’s anger & delusion on New York. Check out Mani’s podcast Mixing with Mani: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mixing-with-mani/id1470175064 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
August 17, 2020
Episode 103 - 'A Potomac Premiere & more Denise Drama' with Ashley Hoover Baker
Ashley Hoover Baker from the On This Day Entertainment podcast joins Mandy to chat about the day we’ve all been waiting for - the Real Housewives of Potomac Premiere!!! They discuss how Karen Huger is the Mariah Carey of Bravo, how Monique can potty train anything, their excitement for Dr. Wendy, and the upcoming “altercation.” They also dive into this week’s #RHOBH including the breakdown of Rinna & Denise’s friendship, why Ashley is #TeamDenise (but not Aaron), and what Mandy thinks is causing the rift between Denise and the rest of the cast. Check out Ashley’s podcast On This Day Entertainment: https://tasteofreality.com/on-this-day-entertainment/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
August 7, 2020
Episode 102 - 'Bravo Bravo F*cking Bravo' with Diana Espir, Chadwick Cline, My Dad & Future Stepmom!
What a week it’s been in Bravo! From the #RHOBH showdown in Italy over Denise and Brandi to the #RHONY trip to Mexico, we’re going to MENTION IT ALL. Diana Espir from the You Can’t Sit With Me podcast joins Mandy (4:22) to discuss the breaking of the 4th wall, if they believe the rumor between Brandi and Denise, and Diana’s thoughts on her hopes for #SummerHouse and #PumpRules. Then Chadwick Cline joins Mandy (39:35) to share his thoughts on this week’s Housewives, why he stans Sutton, how Sonja’s reselling items from Wish at a markup, and how Ramona’s a hypocrite for being upset with Leah. Plus, a chat with Mandy’s Dad Ilya and his soon-to-be wife Joyce (1:28:32) including how they met (1:38:46)! Check out Diana Espir’s podcast You Can’t Sit With Me: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/you-cant-sit-with-me/id1258020108 Follow Chadwick Cline on twitter: https://twitter.com/ohchadwick Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
August 3, 2020
Episode 101 - 'A Guide to the Reality Television Arts & Sciences' with Brian J. Moylan
King of all Bravo recaps and professor of the reality television arts & sciences, Brian J. Moylan, joins Mandy to share a bit about his upcoming book on the Real Housewives and dish on this week’s episodes of #RHOBH and #RHONY. Brian and Mandy tackle all the big Bravo questions of the week: Why won’t the women forgive Camille? Was Brandi telling the truth about Denise - and does it matter? Why was Sonja speaking at Wharton? What effect will COVID-19 have on #RHONY? Is Ramona’s time on the show nearing an end? Check out Brian Moylan’s Real Housewives recaps on Vulture: https://www.vulture.com/author/brian-moylan/ Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
July 26, 2020
Episode 100 - 'Here's to whatever comes!' with Ryan Bailey & Erin Martin
It’s an extra-long 100th episode of “Is This Real Life?”!!! Mandy gives a tribute to her grandfather, who died yesterday and makes a toast in his honor (“here’s to whatever comes”). To celebrate this milestone of an episode, Ryan Bailey joins to chat this week’s #RHONY (0:08). They discuss the craziness of the Berkshires, the ladies unhealthy relationship with alcohol, and why Ryan and Leah are a perfect match. Mandy is also joined by the lovely Erin Martin of the Pink Shade podcast (1:24). They delve into Mandy’s new interest in 90 Day Fiance (finally!) They also recap this week’s #RHOBH, which was a who’s who of former Beverly Hill’s Housewives. Erin shares why Mauricio is always stoned, Mandy does a 180 on PK, they talk through all the drama with Denise and Aaron and make predictions of what’s to come. Check out So Bad Its Good with Ryan Bailey: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/so-bad-its-good-with-ryan-bailey/id1482820355 Check out Pink Shade with Erin Martin: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pink-shade-with-erin-martin/id1318549651 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
July 19, 2020
Episode 99 - 'Stanning Sutton & a New Side of Elyse' with Paul McClain and Essence
Paul McClain of @realrealityhomosexual and this podcast’s longest time listener Essence join Mandy to recap this week’s RHOBH and RHONY. Paul shares his appreciation of Sutton, why he lives for a Kim Richards cameo, and tries to make sense of Denise and Aaron’s bizarre behavior. Essence shares her frustrations about the lack of diversity on RHONY, her concerns with how Black women are portrayed on Bravo, and the dynamics of Ramona and Elyse’s friendship. Plus, full breakdowns of both episodes! Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
July 12, 2020
Episode 98 - 'Not Aspirational Bravo Headlines' with Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown of the Not Aspirational Podcast joins Mandy to share her thoughts on the latest Bravo headlines. They discuss their love of Scheana, Stassi’s PR campaign, and Hannah’s encounters with various bravolebrities behaving poorly. Plus, Hannah shares her best Lala Kent impression. Check out Hannah’s podcast Not Aspirational https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/not-aspirational-with-hannah-brown/id1503399104v Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
June 28, 2020
BONUS EPISODE! 'Surrendering to the moment & deep dives on new Housewives' with Jamie Stein
This bonus episode has it all! Housewives empath Jamie Stein joins Mandy to share advice on surviving 2020 AND gives an intuitive look into new Housewives Leah, Garcelle, Sutton, and last year’s newbie Denise Richards. From surrendering to the uncertainties around the pandemic to facing the ways we’ve been complicit to racial injustice, Jamie shares useful ways to frame the moment we’re in and tackle it head on. Plus, his readings on the new housewives are incredibly insightful! Check out Jamie Stein at https://www.hollywoodreadings.com Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
June 21, 2020
Episode 97 - 'The unraveling of Jax Taylor' with Kara Berry
Kara Berry from the podcast ‘Everyone’s Business But Mine’ joins Mandy to chat all things this week in Bravo. After the #PumpRules firings last week, all eyes are on Jax Taylor, who continues to unravel - in real time and on the third reunion, which they recap. Check out Kara’s podcast Everyone’s Business but Mine at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/everyones-business-but-mine-with-kara-berry/id1484425171 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast
June 17, 2020
Episode 96 - 'Bravo news overload' with Jess Rothschild
Jess Rothschild from the podcast ‘Hot Takes and Deep Dives’ joins Mandy to recap all the breaking Bravo news from Stassi and Kristen’s firing to Stassi’s pregnancy and Brittany’s family pastor running for elected office in Kentucky. They chat about the future of Vanderpump Rules, give some hot takes on the reunion, and provide a full breakdown of this week’s #RHONY. Plus, Jess shares her favorite bravolebrity interviews! Check out Jess’s podcast Hot Takes and Deep Dives at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hot-takes-deep-dives/id1507502534 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast Please consider joining Mandy in supporting Campaign Zero, an organization working on policy solutions to address police violence in America. To donate visit joincampaignzero.org.
June 14, 2020
Episode 95 - 'A reckoning' with Megan O'Donnell
Megan O’Donnell from the Bravo Happy Hour podcast joins Mandy to recap this week in Bravo. They discuss the history of problematic race issues on Vanderpump Rules, the crazy revelations at the reunion, the #RHOBH ladies frustration with Denise, and how all the #RHONY women have become unhinged. Check out Megan’s podcast Bravo Happy Hour at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bravo-happy-hour/id1317603155 Follow “Is This Real Life?” on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/itrl_podcast Please consider joining Mandy in supporting Campaign Zero, an organization working on policy solutions to address police violence in America. To donate visit joincampaignzero.org.
June 7, 2020
Episode 94 - 'Threesomes and a drunken exorcism' with @ohnobravo's Chelsea
Chelsea, who runs the hilarious @ohnobravo account, joins Mandy to break down this week in Bravo. They chat about their favorite Bravo conspiracy theories, including why Nene didn’t close her laptop on the #RHOA reunion and whether Kyle and Dorit went into this season of #RHOBH with an alliance. Plus, Chelsea and Mandy share their thoughts on #PumpRules secrets revealed and Leah’s drunken exorcism on #RHONY. Be sure to follow Chelsea at @ohnobravo on instagram!
May 31, 2020
Episode 93 - 'Buca di Beppo & a Russian bath house' with Kirsten Moore
Everyone’s favorite Aussie, Kirsten Moore from the Reality TV & Me podcast, joins Mandy to break down another epic week on Bravo. They discuss the chaotic and amazing 2nd #RHOA reunion episode, Jax pulling a Vicki Gunvalson on the #PumpRules finale, the underlying tension on #RHOBH, and the #RHONY ladies adventures at a Russian bath house. Plus, Mandy tries her best to explain to Kirsten the American franchise Buca di Beppo. Check out everything Kirsten Moore at http://www.kirstenmoore.com.au/
May 24, 2020
Episode 92 - 'Rumors, rage, & a reunion' with Gibson Johns
Housewives fanatic & Bravolebrity interviewer Gibson Johns joins Mandy to break down this week in #BravoTV! They discuss the #PumpRules and #SouthernCharm tabloid drama and the changes that should be made to each show, how incredible the #RHOA zoom reunion was, Gibson’s favorite Bravolebrities to interview, and a behind the scenes glimpse into his #Bravocon panels. Plus, recaps of this week’s #PumpRules, #RHOBH, and #RHONY.
May 17, 2020
Episode 91 - 'Retreats and regrets' with Mani Marcus
Mani Marcus from the Mixing With Mani podcast joins Mandy to mix up this week in #BravoTV! They break down the Dorit and Kyle of it all on #RHOBH, #RHONY’s perfect ensemble cast and Luann’s bizarre comedy podcast show, and a long awaited admission from Jax on #PumpRules. Plus, a recap of the #SummerHouse season finale & reunion. Check out Mani’s podcast Mixing with Mani: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mixing-with-mani/id1470175064
May 10, 2020
Episode 90 - 'Fusion Energy and Fashion Shows' with Aliza Rosen
Aliza Rosen from the Reality of Reality podcast joins Mandy to chat this week in #BravoTV. Neither one of them know what to make of Sutton or Aaron’s conspiracy theories, but agree this season of #RHOBH is out of this world. They also recap this week’s #RHONY, discuss how Leah made a seamless transition on to the show, and the brilliant disaster that was Sonja’s fashion show. Plus, a few thoughts on #SummerHouse, #ShawsOfSunset, and a recap of this week’s #PumpRules. Check out Aliza’s podcast Reality of Reality: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reality-of-reality/id1103840521
May 3, 2020
Episode 89 - 'RHONY gives us wings' with Mary Payne Gilbert
Mary Payne Gilbert from the Payne in the Pod podcast joins Mandy to discuss this week on #BravoTV. They chat about an epic #RHONY, how #RHOBH producers have heeded our cries, the comical genius of Porsha on #RHOA, and the real reason witches of WeHo have fractured on #PumpRules. Check out Mary Payne’s podcast Payne in the Pod: https://payneinthepod.com
April 26, 2020
Episode 88 - 'The bitches of Beverly Hills are BACK! with Erin Martin
Erin Martin from the Pink Shade podcast joins Mandy to recap the #RHOBH premiere. They discuss how great Garcelle was in the first episode, Sutton’s wacky commentary, and the incredible final two minutes previewing upcoming drama with Denise. Plus, a full recap of the amazing and outrageous #RHONY including Dorinda’s animosity towards Tinsley, Ramona’s sudden interest in human emotion and vulnerability, and Sonja’s antics at the “Eyes Wide Shut” party. Check out Erin’s podcast Pink Shade: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/pink-shade-with-erin-martin/id1318549651
April 19, 2020
Episode 87 - 'Tattoos, breakdowns, and another birthday" with Grant Rutter
Grant Rutter from Grants Rants Hollywood Talk podcast joins Mandy to chat this week’s #RHONY and #PumpRules. They discuss the confidence of the new housewife Leah McSweeney, the crazy tattoo hating, and Dorinda’s relatable breakdown during COVID-19. Also lots of thoughts on #PumpRules including Mandy turning on Schwartz, how Grant can’t tell Max or Brett apart, and whether there’s a future for the show beyond SUR. Plus, a #SummerHouse recap! Listen to Grant's podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/grants-rants-hollywood-talk/id1033690074
April 12, 2020
Episode 86 - 'Oh RHONY we've missed you!' with Robert Block
Mandy’s neighbor Robert Block joins this week’s podcast to chat all things #RHONY and #PumpRules. He hilariously doesn’t follow Bravo news or social media, so is quite shocked to find that Bethenny isn’t on this season of New York and Tinsley is engaged in Scott in “real life.” They dish on the #RHONY premiere, sharing their thoughts on the new Housewife Leah as well as share disappointment with this season of #PumpRules, including how cruel Lala and Schwartz have been. Plus, a recap of this week’s #SummerHouse.
April 5, 2020
Episode 85 - 'Outgrowing friendships, getting sober & being extra' with Ryan Bailey
Ryan Bailey from the So Bad Its Good with Ryan Bailey podcast joins Mandy to discuss this week’s #PumpRules. They discuss how many of the cast have outgrown their friendships with one another and wonder if they can be salvaged in the time of coronavirus. Plus, recaps of #RHOA and #SummerHouse. Stay safe and watch Bravo! Check out So Bad Its Good with Ryan Bailey: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/so-bad-its-good-with-ryan-bailey/id1482820355
March 29, 2020
Episode 84 - 'Quarantine is a bitch' with Raven Chatman
Raven Chatman (aka @mainlybravo) from the Bitch is Better podcast joins Mandy to recap this week in #BravoTV from quarantine. They talk about Kenya’s shade on #RHOA, Brittany and Jax’s bizarre wedding on #PumpRules, the Danielle drama on #RHONJ, and the total (but wonderful!) mess that is #SummerHouse. Stay safe & watch Bravo!
March 21, 2020
Episode 83 - 'A marriage story' with Kati Riddle
The hilarious Kati Riddle joins Mandy to break down this week in #PumpRules and discuss the many toxic relationships in the Bravo universe. Between James' verbal abuse of Raquel and Kristen's inability to cut the cord with Carter, it's been tough to watch. Of course, they continue to chat about the never-ending #pastorgate and the impact it's having on Jax and Brittany's wedding. Plus, a recap of #RHOA where another toxic relationship - Marc and Kenya - finally comes to an abrupt end.
March 8, 2020
A super quick announcement on the episode from this past weekend and a few thoughts on some of the latest #BravoTV headlines.
February 25, 2020
Episode 82 - 'Pride and prejudice...and a pastor' with Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown from the Brown Eyed Jewnicorn podcast joins Mandy to recap this crazy week in #BravoTV. Mandy shares her run in with the amazing Kate Chastain from #BelowDeck in Northern VA, who spills some tea on the upcoming season of #BelowDeckMed. They dive into this week’s #PumpRules, share all their thoughts about #PastorGate, and Hannah recalls the time Brittany crossed her at TomTom. Plus recaps of #RHONJ, #SummerHouse, and #RHOA.
February 22, 2020
Episode 81 - 'The State of Vanderpump Rules' with Evelyn Marley
#PumpRules superfan Evelyn Marley from the @this1s4u2night account joins Mandy to review the state of Vanderpump Rules. They recap Jax and Brittany’s bachelor/bachelorette party in Miami and delve into the dynamics between the Stassi, Katie & Kristen fight about Carter, the brilliant bachelor party costumes, and the very bizarre reason Stassi & Rachael O’Brien aren’t friends anymore. Plus, Mandy recaps #SummerHouse and #RHONJ!
February 9, 2020
Episode 80 - 'Judgment and Jealousy' with Ryan Bailey
Ryan Bailey from the podcast So Bad Its Good with Ryan Bailey joins Mandy to dish on all things Bravo. They review the latest gossip from Nene & Greg news to Meghan King Edmonds’ threesome to Lala & Randall’s new podcast. Plus, a deep dive into this week’s Vanderpump Rules, including Max & Brett’s apologies, and a recap of #RHONJ.
January 26, 2020
Episode 79 - 'Fractured friendships' with Heather Abshier
Heather Abshier from the Bunch of Momsense podcast joins Mandy to breakdown this week in Bravo TV. They chat about the latest Bravo gossip (#RHOBH’s Denise and Brandi!) and the fractured friendships we’re seeing on the season premiere of #PumpRules. Plus, recaps of the hair pulling situation on #RHONJ and the #RHOD final reunion episode. Enjoy!
January 12, 2020
Episode 78 - 'Jumping into 2020' with Mani Marcus
Mani Marcus from the Mixing with Mani podcast joins Mandy to dive into the new year of Bravo TV! They share thoughts on the #RHOC reunion, best moments of 2019 (shoutout #Foftygate), and of course, recap major moments in the latest Housewives franchises: #RHOA, #RHONJ, and #RHOD.
January 4, 2020
Episode 77 - 'Bring me back to BravoCon' with Jodi Tirengel
Bravo fan Jodi Tirengel joins Mandy to recount her experience at BravoCon, which she calls Disneyland for Bravo lovers, and recap this week’s Housewives shows. They talk all things #RHOA #RHOC #RHONJ and #RHOD including how Emily’s found her groove, LeeAnne’s crappy apology, and the drama and politics surrounding Joe Guidice’s deportation. Plus, a look ahead to #PumpRules in January!
December 15, 2019
Episode 76 - 'Housewives vacation drama' with Megan O'Donnell
Megan O’Donnell of the Bravo Happy Hour podcast joins Mandy to recap all four Housewives franchises on at the moment! They capture the drama from the BaileyQue in Atlanta to the drag show in Key West, the horseback riding in Jamaica to the ping pong show in Thailand. Plus, the latest Bravo gossip. Enjoy! Check out Bravo Happy Hour at https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bravo-happy-hour/id1317603155
December 9, 2019
Episode 75 - 'Spilling all the realiTEA' with Aliza Rosen
Aliza Rosen of the Reality of Reality podcast joins Mandy to spill all the latest Housewives tea! They talk everything from #RHOC social media low blows to whether #RHOD is getting cancelled to the latest drama while #RHOBH and #RHOP are filming. Aliza and Mandy also recap this week’s Housewives franchises from the OC to Jersey to the Dallas ladies in Thailand. Enjoy!
November 24, 2019
Episode 74 - 'Babies, birthdays, and lots of BS!' with Kirsten Moore
It’s the most wonderful time… of the year! There are FOUR Housewives franchises on at. The. Same. Time. Kirsten Moore from the Reality TV & Me podcast joins Mandy to break down every juicy moment with you - on Kirsten’s birthday! They cover the week’s most burning questions - will the ladies of #RHOC finally turn on Tamra? Will #RHOA still be fun with all the babies? Why didn’t LeeAnne serve food at her wedding? And WHAT IS WRONG WITH DAVID BEADOR? Plus, Mandy shares her thoughts on #RHONJ.
November 9, 2019
Episode 73 - 'Tea parties and broken marriages' with Diana Espir
Diana Espir from the You Can't Sit With Me Podcast joins Mandy to dish about all things Bravo, including thoughts on the upcoming season of Vanderpump Rules and Summer House. They take a walk through memory lane and review the Vicki & Brooks cancer scam and what led to the downfall of Meghan King Edmond's marriage. They also dive into this week's #RHOC including how Kelly gives zero F's, whether Braunwyn was being snobby with her public school comment, why we’re canceling Dr. Deb, and how Dr. Brian isn’t the right guy for Kelly. Enjoy!
November 3, 2019
Episode 72 - 'All aboard the hot mess express!' with Erin Martin
Erin Martin from the Pink Shade podcast teams up with Mandy this week for a joint podcast to break down this week’s cringeworthy #RHOC. They discuss how the ladies feel disingenuous and insecure, why the women are mean to Emily, and how the OC needs to focus on aspirational living again. Plus, Mandy shares her thoughts on Stassi’s live show and Erin shares why she’s so excited for #RHONJ. For more about Erin Martin, visit tasteofreality.com!
October 20, 2019
Episode 71 - 'From Tel Aviv with love' with Hen Mazzig
Israeli writer and speaker Hen Mazzig shares how he became a Housewives fan, hanging out with Andy Cohen at Tel Aviv Pride, Housewives with Israeli roots, and how it was his idea to bring Shahs of Sunset to visit Israel. Hen and Mandy also recap this week’s #RHOC and Hen explains why he thinks #RHOD is the most authentic franchise. Enjoy!
October 14, 2019
Episode 70 - 'Being a psychic emotional detective' with Jamie Stein
Take a deep dive into the psyche of the Housewives with Jamie, an empath and intuitive who shares what it's like being a 'psychic emotional detective.' Jamie and Mandy take a close look at what's happening under the surface for the newer ladies of #RHOC, whether #RHOP’s Ashley and Michael’s marriage is real, and the reasoning behind D’Andra and LeeAnne’s fighting on #RHOD. Enjoy!
September 27, 2019
Episode 69 - 'A family affair' with Imani Marcus
From Dr. Deb to Mama Dee, Housewives moms are bringing the drama. Imani (Mani) Marcus from the Mixing with Mani podcast joins Mandy to break down the family drama from #RHOP, #RHOC, and #RHOD. They chat all things Housewives including the latest Instagram drama with Katie Rost, how the OC has gotten too dark to watch, and why Mani is a D’Andra apologist. Check out Mani’s podcast at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mixing-with-mani/id1470175064
September 14, 2019
Episode 68 - 'Crossing over the Potomac' with Mary Payne Gilbert
Mary Payne Gilbert of the Payne in the Pod podcast crosses over the Potomac to be with Mandy in DC to share podcast recommendations, tell us about how she got Jaxed at Tom Tom, and her thoughts on this week’s #RHOC and #RHOP. Check out Mary Payne’s podcast at: https://payneinthepod.com.
September 2, 2019
Episode 67 - 'West coast housewives' with Jess Zadeh
Jess Zadeh, the Real Housewife of the West Side, joins Mandy to chat all things west coast housewives! Jess shares her run-ins with the cast of #RHOBH (guess which two housewives always soul cycle together?) and dishes on the new season of #RHOC. From new revenge bodies to new boyfriends, the ladies are bringing it! Plus, Mandy tries to convince Jess to dive into RHOP. Check out Jess’s podcast at: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-real-housewife-of-the-westside/id1444940893
August 10, 2019
Episode 66 - 'Housewive's narcissim and neuroses' with Kirsten Moore
Kirsten Moore joins Mandy to chat Housewives narcissism and neuroses! They discuss from #RHONY Luann’s sobriety, Ramona’s inability to read social cues, and the use of the AA serenity prayer to cheers the end of the reunion. They also recap #RHOBH including the Housewives various eating disorders, lawsuits, and the end of LVP’s reign. Plus a dash of #RHOP! So take out your DSM-V and armchair diagnose with them :) Check out Kirsten’s podcast Reality TV & Me: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/reality-tv-me/id1447768532 Plus her writing on her experiences with mental illness, eating disorders, and addiction: gutterglitter.blog
July 28, 2019
Episode 65 - 'Reunions, regrets, and rumors' with Liz Cherrick
Liz Cherrick joins Mandy to recap the #RHONY reunion, #RHOBH finale, and an explosive #RHOP. They discuss seeing a softer side of Bethenny, how there are no ‘bench’ players on New York Housewives, why LVP’s final scene may have been cut, why Camille should be a full-time Housewife next season, and why Potomac is the underrated gem of Bravo. Plus, rumors of camera crews at the LVP’s new restaurant in Vegas!
July 13, 2019
Episode 64 - 'Arguments and aerobics' with Kati Riddle
Fan favorite Kati Riddle is back this week to chat all things Bravo, including her and Mandy's recent attendance at Countess & Friends cabaret show in DC. They recap #RHONY and make the case for extending the show to two full hours to take in all the amazingness these ladies gift us with, asking the most pressing questions - is Tinsley still with Scott? Is Luann "in" on the cabaret joke? And, most importantly, is it normal to freeze (and defrost) a dead dog? Plus a bit on #RHOBH and #Southern Charm. Enjoy!
June 22, 2019
Episode 63 - 'Housewives Out in the Wild' with Jess Rothschild
Out In The Wild podcast co-host Jess Rothschild shares her experiences with Real Housewives out and about in their natural habitat, including being at Countess LuAnn’s cabaret during the Jovani scene, on a random beach vacation with Bethenny in Mexico, and a Christina Aguilera concert with Erika Jane. Plus Mandy and Jess dish on this week’s #RHONY and #RHOBH. You can find Out In The Wild podcast on Apple Podcasts --> https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/out-in-the-wild/id1459273668
June 8, 2019
Episode 62 - 'Loving Bravo Down Under' with Kirsten Moore
Kirsten Moore from the Reality TV & Me podcast joins Mandy to discuss all things Bravo: why #RHONY is the most compelling show on TV, bravolebrities struggle wit sobriety, the #PumpRules patriarchy, #RHOBH’s LVP’s lie detector test, #RHOP’s Michael & butt grabbing, and the importance of Bravo in times of tragedy.
May 25, 2019
Episode 61 - 'A Potomac premiere' with Carrie Gillen
Carrie Gillen of the Sip & Shine Podcast joins Mandy following their meet up at Oz restaurant (owned by #RHOP's Ashley & Michael) to recap the Real Housewives of Potomac premiere! This dish on Candiace's toxic relationship with her mother, the never-ending wedding drama, and Karen & Gizelle's friendship. Plus all the craziness of the #PumpRules reunion and Jax's family situation, Lisa's shadiness, and why we love Denise so much on #RHOBH. Lots of laughs, opinions, and gossip!
May 10, 2019
Episode 60 - 'Basic bitches unite' with Beth Ann McDowell
Beth Ann McDowell joins Mandy to share her thoughts on all things #PumpRules, Stassi’s new book Next Level Basic, and of course, the drama with LVP. Plus, recaps on the big stories in #RHOA, #RHOBH, and #RHONY.
April 28, 2019
Episode 59 - 'Diva behavior' with Shira Weiss
Shira Weiss joins Mandy to discuss the Housewives diva behavior and how narcissists make great reality TV. They dive into the #RHOA reunion, praise the incredible editing on #PumpRules, discuss #RHOBH post puppygate, and of course the #RHONY Bershire’s for Halloween. Enjoy!
April 13, 2019
Episode 58 - '#PumpRules freaks & #RHOBH tabloid leaks' with Robert Block
Mandy’s neighbor Robert Block joins to recap #PumpRules, #RHOBH, and a little bit of #RHONY. He shares a hilarious story about his experience at Hotel Mousai in Puerto Vallarta (where the Vanderpump crew is vacationing), his thoughts on Stassi’s freak outs, Brittany’s ulcer, and Lala’s attitude. And despite being exhausted by it, Mandy & Robert tackle #puppygate, why Dorit is to blame for this madness, and a few theories on who leaked the story to Radar Online. Plus, the LVP shout out on C-SPAN and why the ladies of #RHONY Are. The. Best.
April 6, 2019
Episode 57 - 'Getting down with the #PumpRules OGs' with Beth Ann McDowell
The lady behind the @PumpRulesOGs twitter account and new podcaster Beth Ann McDowell joins Mandy to recap this week’s Vanderpump Rules. They discuss the opening of Tom Tom and whether Sandoval and Schwartz should be together, if Lala's freak out on Raquel and Billie Lee, Tom and Katie fighting dirty, Kristen’s pattern of behavior in relationships, and Beth Ann’s desire to be Katie’s spirit guide. Check out Beth Ann’s new podcast “Too poor for a PJ” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/too-poor-for-a-pj/id1457196245?mt=2&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
March 29, 2019
Episode 56 - 'From Beverly Hills to NYC' with Real Housewife of the West Side Jess!
Jess from RH of the West Side podcast has the inside scoop on all things Beverly Hills! Mandy and Jess break down the continued saga of Lucy Lucy Apple Juice, the unusual dynamic of LVP and Kyle’s friendship, Sophia going to Mandy’s alma mater The George Washington University, and Jess’s side theory on LVP and PK’s friendship. They also get into #RHONY including the blondes vs. the brunettes, Luann’s mania before rehab, and discuss whether Bethenny will turn on Luann. Plus some takes on #RHOA and #PumpRules! *Be sure to check out Jess’s patreon for more inside scoop https://www.patreon.com/posts/25327738*
March 17, 2019
Episode 55 - 'Glam squads and set ups' with Kati Riddle
Kati Riddle is BACK y’all! From Lucy Lucy Apple Juice to glam squads to possible LVP set ups and everything in between, Mandy and Kati break down the latest #RHOBH. Plus a recap of the drama from this week’s #PumpRules including the return of crazy Kristen, whether Carter is a good fit for her, the joys of flying private, and Lala leaving “her man.” Plus a bit on #RHONJ and prepping for the return of our beloved #RHONY!
March 1, 2019
Episode 54 - 'Diving Deep Into #RHOBH' With Erin Martin
Erin Martin of the Pink Shade and Cult Talk podcasts joins Mandy to discuss the #RHOBH premiere! They dive deep into the Dorit Vanderpump dog controversy, Denise Richard's and the Charlie Sheen connection, Mauricio's real estate scandals, and looking at LVP through a cult leader lens. Mandy also shares her experience attending an Erika Jayne concert and running into Gisele and Karen from #RHOP! Plus Mandy and Erin do a bit on the latest #PumpRules and what Erin is calling the "emancipation of James Kennedy." Enjoy!
February 17, 2019
Episode 53 - 'Breaking down all the Bravo gossip' with Lindsay Cronin
Writer for Reality Blurb, Lindsay Cronin aka 'girl with gossip' spills ALL the tea this week! Mandy and Lindsay discuss her meeting Luann, who's coming back as a 'friend of' on #RHONY and #RHOC, all the #SouthernCharm legal battles, and the #RHOBH feud and whether LVP has another potential spinoff in the works. Plus recaps of #PumpRules and #RHONJ!
February 10, 2019
Episode 52 - 'Exploring gender and sexual fluidity on #PumpRules' with Garrett Schaffel
Garrett Schaffel - who does the BEST James Kennedy impression ever - joins Mandy to discuss this week's Vanderpump Rules episode. They talk through the drama at Scheana’s housewarming party, Billie Lee’s portrayal on the show, and Tom outing Ariana’s sexuality. Plus full recaps of the CrAzY #RHONJ Cabo trip and #RHOA Tokyo getaway!
February 3, 2019
Episode 51 - #OOTDs and character assassinations
Mandy breaks down all the craziness from this week's Vanderpump Rules, Real Housewives of Atlanta, and Real Housewives of New Jersey. From Stassi getting her own national holiday, to Eva's Tokyo Bachelorette, to Teresa's fitness competition - this episode is filled with drama. Plus, some tea from the OC! RHOA ladies trip to Tokyo,
January 28, 2019
Episode 50 - 'Bravolebrity emotional intelligence' with Parker Schaffel
Newly acclaimed author Parker Schaffel joins Mandy to recap this week's #PumpRules including the aftermath of Stassi’s freakout on Beau, her mom's behavior, James’ attempt at repentance, and Parker's thoughts on book deals (well, Stassi's book deal, at least). Plus recaps of #RHONJ and #RHOA! Be sure to check out https://parkerschaffel.com & read Parker's new book, "Get After It: Seven Inspirational Stories to Find Your Inner Strength When It Matters Most"
January 21, 2019
Episode 49 - 'Ice queens and mother figures' with Brandon Alvarado
Brandon Alvarado, co-host of the Domestic Partners podcast, joins Mandy to chat all thinks #PumpRules, #RHOA, and #RHONJ! They discuss the rebranding of Jax as a 'good guy', butt smoothie facials, Lisa's tendency to heal broken birds, James' mom, and another epic Stassi birthday melt down. Plus lots of controversial takes on arranged marriages, fitness competitions, and if it's time for Kandi to leave #RHOA.
January 14, 2019
Episode 48 - 'RHONJ deep dive: from bridezillas to the Bergen Record' with Shira Weiss
Shira Weiss, writer & neighbor to our favorite New Jersey housewives, shares her thoughts on the latest #RHONJ including the bridezilla that is Danielle Staub, the evolution of Teresa Giudice, and Jackie’s column about Jennifer’s children. Mandy and Shira also get into Vanderpump Rules drama, including Katie’s ultimatum, the firing of James Kennedy, and what the hell is going on in Raquel’s head. Check out Shira at shirasgotthescoop.com!
January 7, 2019
Episode 47 - 'Recapping SUR Pride' with Craig MacNeil
Craig McNeil, host of the PumpRules Podcast, joins Mandy to breakdown this week's episode of Vanderpump Rules and share his experience with James Kennedy while at SUR for Pride this year. They discuss why they love a self-righteous Kristen Doute, Jax's new perspective on life, and some thoughts on the inner workings of James' psyche. Plus, Mandy recaps the #RHOC and #RHOD reunions. Also be sure to check out Craig on the award-winning podcast Whimsically Volatile https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/whimsically-volatile/id1361582513?mt=2!
December 16, 2018
Episode 46 - 'Two reunions and a Pump Rules premiere!' with Armin Mahramzadeh
Armin Mahramzadeh, founder of the @Buttered_Pop podcast, joins Mandy to recap the #PumpRules premiere. They ponder some of the biggest questions in Vanderpump universe: are we seeing peak Stassi? Is Jax really a changed man? And has Kristen Doute finally honed in on her powers? Plus recaps of the #RHOC and #RHOD reunions!
December 10, 2018
Episode 45 - 'Low blows in the OC' with Diana Espir
Diana Espir, host of the 'You Can’t Sit With Me' podcast joins Mandy to break down all the craziness that was the #RHOC reunion. Apparently in the OC, when they go low, you accuse them of doing blow! Mandy and Diana breakdown the epic fight between Kelly and Vicki, whether the Housewives re-watching their drama pulls them back in, Diana’s advice for Vicki when she gets called a pig, and speculations about what ended Gina's marriage. Plus recaps of #RHOD, #RHONJ and #RHOA.
December 2, 2018
Episode 44 - 'Giving thanks for the Housewives' with Dr. James Mercer
Dr. James Mercer joins Mandy to recap the RHOC finale. They discuss his friendship with Emily Simpson, Housewives Derangement Syndrome, everyone’s confrontations with Shannon, and what we’re looking forward to on the reunion. Plus, James dishes on his thoughts on his friends from #RHOD, why he’s #TeamDAndra, and whether D’Andra and LeeAnne’s friendship is reparable. Finally, in the spirit of Thanksgiving and #NationalAdoptionMonth, James shares how you can support foster care children through Lonestar Social Services (lonestarsocialservices.com) and Captain Sandy Yawn shares how to support the Jacksonville School for Autism (jsakids.org), which was founded by her sister.
November 21, 2018
Episode 43 - 'Tea leaves & armchair dignoses' with Robert Block
Mandy's neighbor Robert Block joins to dish on this week's episode of #RHOC! They discuss Vicki and Shannon’s surgeries, the excessive amount of pillows in Gina’s casita, if Emily's comments about Shannon's alleged depression will dominate the reunion, and if there's any truth to tea leaf readings. Plus, Mandy recaps the craziness that is #RHOA, #RHONJ, and #RHOD.
November 18, 2018
BONUS EPISODE!!! - A deep dive with #BelowDeckMed's Captain SANDY YAWN!!!
Captain Sandy Yawn of #BelowDeckMed joins Mandy for a special bonus episode to share the fun (and challenges!) of running a yacht while filming a reality show, how she handles difficult passengers and crew, her thoughts on this season of #BelowDeck in Tahiti, and her experience as a woman in a male dominated field. Captain Sandy also shares how she navigates difficult waters - including a run in with pirates on the Red Sea! It’s a great and inspiring listen.
November 14, 2018
Episode 42 - 'Our worlds are colliding' with Andrew Codlin
Housewives super fan Andrew Codlin joins from Vietnam to chat with Mandy this exciting time of year when FOUR Housewives franchises are on at once! They discuss distinct regional identities of Housewives and recap Andrew’s favorite #RHOA, the epic #RHOD Copenhagen fights, Andrews insight into Dallas society, and Mandy’s first experience with #RHONJ. Plus they spill some tea on #SouthernCharm and Mandy preps Andrew for an epic season of #PumpRules!
November 11, 2018
Episode 41 - 'Throwing shade and getting culty' with Erin Martin
Erin Martin joins Mandy to tell us about her new podcast “Cult Talk” and throw some shade on the #BelowDeck off camera drama, the symptoms of “reality TV derangement syndrome” as exhibited by Shannon Beador, and Erin’s theory behind why #RHOD’s LeeAnne is delaying her marriage. Mandy and Erin ponder some of Bravo’s biggest questions, like how to remedy the OC cast for next season and why the Dallas ladies are obsessed with what society thinks. Plus, Mandy shares her experimentation with Mama Dee’s Green Miracle powder!
November 5, 2018
Episode 40 - 'Faux friends & faux pas' - a Housewives recap
This week Mandy takes a look into the fading friendships on #RHOC and #RHOD. Is the OC's Shannon really that self absorbed? Why is Tamra gossiping about her BFF to Gina and Emily? And things get real nasty down in Dallas when LeeAnne confronts D'Andra, leaving us wondering: Is it ever a good idea to imply your friend is an alcoholic on national TV?
October 20, 2018
Episode 39 - 'Ranting about the Housewives' with Grant Rutter
Grant Rutter joins Mandy to give his famous rants on the latest pop culture and Housewives gossip! They also recap the latest on #RHOC (Is 12 year old Jolie the only level-headed person on the show?)and dissect the LeeAnne and D'Andra feud on #RHOD (did the show come between their friendship?). Come for the gossip, stay for the ranting!
October 15, 2018
Episode 38 - 'Bravo Scandals EXPOSED' with Shira Weiss
Shira Weiss joins Mandy to give the scoop on all the recent Bravo scandals including from the latest on #SouthernCharm's Thomas Ravenel’s rape charges and arrest (& the unlikely reaction from a victim’s daughter) to reasons behind the feuding on #RHOBH to Mauricio’s bad real estate deal of a house featured on the show. Plus, Shira and Mandy break down the latest from #RHOC and #RHOD - and reveal which Housewife is causing the biggest headache for Bravo’s PR department!
October 8, 2018
Episode 37 - 'Scandals, money --- and a baby kangaroo!' with Kati Riddle
Kati joins Mandy to discuss some of the latest scandals hitting the Bravo universe, plus full recaps of #RHOC and #RHOD. Topics of discussion include "Is Tamra this season's shit stirrer?" "What's the deal with Gina's divorce?" "How would you get out of a conversation with Kameron?" and - most importantly - why is there a baby kangaroo in Stephanie's bathroom!?!? Also, Kati gives her picks for the Bravo awards (Oct 29 - make sure you vote!)
October 1, 2018
Episode 36 - 'Dallas Down Under' with James Malar
This episode starts with some tea about the upcoming season of #RHOBH and includes Mandy's recap of this week's #RHOC and a plea for everyone to leave Vicki and Steve alone! Then Mandy’s colleague from Australia James Malar joins the podcast to give some snarky thoughts on the ladies of Dallas, including his insights on Leeanne and Rich's relationship, Brandi’s ‘ginger army’, if Kameron is a real person, and whether any of D’Andra’s problems are relatable to ‘real people’.
September 24, 2018
Episode 35 - The receipts of deceit
#BachelorNation has gone wild this week - pregnancy announcements, Vegas arrests, and the most shocking deceit on Bachelor in Paradise history. Mandy is here to break down the drama (with receipts!) including her thoughts on the expose that #BIP contestant Jenna Cooper faked her engagement to Jordan Kimball. Plus recaps of the #RHOC and #RHOD. A true ode to a week in the crazy world of reality TV!
September 17, 2018
Episode 34 - 'Being the Bachelor truth teller' with ASHLEY SPIVEY!!!
The Bachelor franchise 'truth teller' Ashely Spivey joins Mandy to share her thoughts on all things Bachelor Nation! They chat about why politics and religion aren't discussed on the show, how people get "bad edits", Leo's plunge off the deep end in social media, and how some people go on the show to 'play a character'. Plus, Ashley shares her take on Bachelor in Paradise season 5 couples and why Colton is ABC's ideal bachelor!
September 8, 2018
Episode 33 - 'Doing the lord's work in Dallas' with Dr James Mercer
Dr. James Mercer, author of 'Secrets and Shame' joins Mandy to discuss how his adoption agency, Lonestar Social Services, played a role in #RHOD's Brandi Redmond's adoption, his friendship with Stephanie Hollman and the other Dallas housewives, plus recapping #RHONY reunion and why he's #TeamCarole, and his budding friendship with new #RHOC housewife Emily Simpson. For more information on adoption and foster care, please visit www.lonestarsocialservices.com.
September 2, 2018
Episode 32 - 'Drinking, drama, and divorce' with Lindsay Cronin
The girl with gossip, Inquisitr and Reality Blurb reporter Lindsay Cronin joins Mandy to discuss the three D's of this week's housewives breakdown: Dorinda's drinking, D'Andra's Dee drama, and divorcing David (Beador). They try to find answers to this week's most compelling housewives questions: is it appropriate to bring a Bravo film crew to a funeral? Was Andy too obviously #TeamBethenny? And what's the deal with Emily's husband? Plus, Lindsay shares what it was like meeting the cast of Vanderpump Rules during the premiere of Lala's film, "The Row."
August 25, 2018
Episode 31 - 'Yeehaw! The Real Housewives of Dallas are BACK!' with Kati Riddle
Resident Southern expert Kati Riddle is back to discuss the premiere of the Real Housewives of Dallas! Mandy and Kati dive into why #RHOD is so special, what's been going on with all our favorite ladies since last season, plus a breakdown of the season finale of #RHONY (drunk and angry Dorinda galore!) and a recap of #RHOC.
August 18, 2018
Episode 30 - Too much drama for this dog mama
This week was FULL of drama - the tea is spilling over from our TVs into real life. From the untimely death of Bethenny Frankel's on again / off again boyfriend Dennis Shields to more sexual harassment scandals on The Bachelor franchise, there is a lot to unpack. Join Mandy for a recap of #RHOC, #RHONY, #TheBachelorette finale and the premiere of #BachelorInParadise.
August 11, 2018
Episode 29 - 'Living in reality TV land' with Diana Espir
LA-based entertainment reporter Diana Espir and host of the 'You Can't Sit With Me' and 'Fashionably Latte' podcasts joins Mandy to discuss what it's like living in the middle of reality TV land - LA. Diana dishes on life as an entertainment reporter in LA and what it was like to be at a taping of Season 7 of Vanderpump Rules, our mutual love of Stassi, her unexpected connection to RHOBH, and the role instagram plays in the entertainment industry. Halfway through we dive into #RHOC - did Vicki break girl code by double dating with Kelly's ex? What are the difficulties of parenting while being a real housewife? Plus some talk on the ghosts of housewives past. This episode gets to the heart of reality tv psychology - asking, can reality stars truly portray themselves when they’re on a reality show - especially a new one - given they want to stand out and be entertaining to viewers? Where you can find Diana Espir: You Can't Sit With Me podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-cant-sit-with-me/id1258020108?mt=2 Fashionably Latte podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fashionably-latte/id1361389235?mt=2 Instagram @dianaespir https://www.instagram.com/dianaespir/?hl=en Twitter @dianaespir https://twitter.com/dianaespir?lang=en
August 5, 2018
Episode 28 - 'The scoop on all things Bravo' with Shira Weiss
Shira Weiss (from shirasgotthescoop.com) joins Mandy and shares her experience interviewing Bravolebrities and thoughts on all things Bravo including - How Southern Charm was originally supposed to be called ‘Southern Gentleman’ and focus only on the men but has turned into a #MeToo rallying cry, a breakdown of the epic Bethenny vs. Carole and Dorinda vs. Luann fighting in Cartagena, the TRUTH about the man with the red scarf from #RHONY speed dating, some tea on the new #RHOC ladies Gina and Emily, and her recent interview with #BelowDeckMed's Captain Sandy and whether she's treated differently because she's a female captain. And finally - who Shira thinks Becca will chose in #TheBachelorette finale. Enjoy!
July 28, 2018
Episode 27 - 'From Colton to Cartagena' with Brittany Vasseur Thomas
Mandy's BFF YouTuber Brittany Vasseur Thomas helps break down all of the reality TV drama this week!!! From Bachelorette hometown dates to the Real Housewives of Orange County divorces to the Real Housewives of New York trip to Cartagena, these ladies discuss it all. Enjoy!
July 20, 2018
Episode 26 - 'A Southern Charm Summer' with Kati Riddle
Professional #Bravostalker Kati Riddle joins Mandy to discuss her summer trips to Southern Charm towns New Orleans and Charleston, the culture of 'good old southern boys', and the latest drama with Austen. They dive into some of the most pressing #SouthernCharm questions: is Michael the butler the most underrated character? Does Thomas even have a job? And would Kathryn and Shep actually make a good couple? Plus a breakdown of this season's #RHONY, what Kati would do if Mandy went wedding dress shopping pre-engagement, and a good spill the tea sesh on #PumpRules gossip.
July 12, 2018
Episode 25 - 'The Bachelorette guys go full Zoolander' with Lisa Bonos & Emily Yahr
Washington Post Bachelorette recappers Lisa Bonos and Emily Yahr join Mandy to chat all things on this week's episode of the Bachelorette in Vegas including the 1 on 1 date with Aly Raisman's ex Colton, the group date featuring Wayne Newton, and 2 on 1 with Derek Zoolander. Plus, how Mandy tried to get Lisa on the ABC show 'The Proposal.' Come for the tea, stay for the laughs!
June 28, 2018
Episode 24 - 'A dusty Housewives recap' with Franklyn Salas
Franklyn Salas, who has been watching Bravo since its inception, teaches Mandy the phrase 'dusty' as they dish on all things Housewives including Luann's stay in prison/rehab, his preference for Housewives who hustle, and whether Ramon broke girl code in calling up Tom. Plus a rundown of RHOP and preview of RHOC. Sprinkled with shade.
June 24, 2018
Episode 23 - 'Funerals, felonies, and frozen eggs' with Peter Wilhelm and Chris Napolitano
RHONY historians Peter Wilhelm and Chris Napolitano join Mandy to recap this week's episode and ask all the tough questions: Will Jill Zarin make a come back? Will Bethenny and Carole’s friendship survive this season? And what's the deal with the coupon king commercials? Plus a deep dive into Luann's arrest and Tinsley and Dale's wedding dress shopping...situation. Plus a quick 'spill the tea' sash to start out. Enjoy!
June 18, 2018
Episode 22 - 'All things Bachelorette' with Kaylie Hanson-Long
Kaylie Hanson Long joins Mandy to discuss all things Bachelorette, including how the show has changed over the years and the impact of social media on the contestants. Kaylie and Mandy ask the deep questions, like was Becca chosen as a nod to modern feminism? Will she have to deal with fragile male egos all season? And is it normal to crash a date in underwear? Plus, some thoughts on Ashley I. & Jared’s Bachelor romance.
June 9, 2018
Episode 21 - 'Vanderpump Rules Season 6 breakdown' with PumpRules Podcast host Craig MacNeil
PumpRules Podcast host Craig MacNeil joins Mandy to recap season 6 of the best reality show on TV. He shares how he became neighbors with Tom, Katie, Jax, and Brittany, how the cast has changed over the last 6 seasons, and whether it really *was* about the pasta. Craig gives his take on all the #PumpRules tea and how long the show can keep on running. Also check out Whimsically Volatile, another podcast he co-hosts!
June 2, 2018
Episode 20 - 'How it all began' with #PumpRules Peter Madrigal
#PumpRules manager Peter Madrigal joins Mandy to discuss how he became the manager at SUR, addresses the rumor of whether the cast actually works at the restaurant, and details how his own real life drama was inspiration for the show. Find out why Faith no longer works at SUR, who his favorite bartenders are, and - most importantly - will he bring back THE HAIR?!?
May 26, 2018
Episode 19 - Spilling the tea in LA and NYC
Mandy gets a special birthday message from #PumpRules Peter Madrigal, who can't quite figure out why she's naming her puppy Stassi. Then it's time to spill the tea of recent happenings of #RHONY's Ramona Singer, Carole vs. Bethenny, Faith and much more. Plus full recaps of #PumpRules reunion part 2 and #RHONY in Puerto Rico!
May 18, 2018
Episode 18 - 'Jax's tears and Dorinda's fears' with Kati Riddle
Mandy shares her thoughts on Dorinda's pre-Puerto Rico drunken tirade and Bethenny's intervention. Plus, Mandy and Kati discus perplexing questions plaguing the Bravo universe: Is Jax a changed man? What, exactly, is wrong with Schena? Is Lisa taking advantage of Tom and Tom? Will Erika Jane be out next season? What's the deal with T-Rav's sexual assault allegations? Can Sonja's townhouse rent for $32k/month? And, most importantly, should Mandy have a Bravo-themed wedding DJ’d by James Kennedy?
May 14, 2018
Episode 17 - 'Meeting Kourtney Kardashian(& other fun stuff!)' with Remy Brim
Get a behind the scenes take on Kourtney Kardashian's recent DC visit from Remy Brim, who met with Kourtney to discuss cosmetics reform (she wants safe baby shampoo for niece True!!!)Mandy and Remy also discuss #PumpRules and #RHONY while diving into issues of loyalty, friendship, and living out loud. They try to answer life's important questions such as "Why is Stassi apologizing for Patrick's poor behavior?" "Is the Housewives franchise anti-feminist?" and "Why don't the ladies of #RHOBH swim in their fabulous pools?"
May 7, 2018
Episode 16 - 'New York City living, divorcing, and dying' with Danielle Kaye
Mandy and Danielle talk through the highs and lows of New York City living and dive into this week's episode of #RHONY to tackle the Sonja vs Dorinda argument of divorce vs death. They also chat about getting older, and growing out of hard partying ways, and renewed opportunities for women in their 40s and 50s. Check out Danielle on Past Your Bedtime podcast! https://www.ogpodcastnetwork.com/podcast/past-your-bedtime/
April 30, 2018
Episode 15 - 'The psychology of Vanderpump Rules' with Kathleen Callaghy
Mandy and Kathleen take a deep dive into the psychology of the characters and relationships on Vanderpump Rules. Join for the insight and judgement, and of course laughs as they discuss mental illness, why people behave certain ways in relationships, and whether Lala's "baba" bottle is a healthy way to cope with stress. Bonus content identifying the similarities between reality TV and the sci-fi/fantasy genres!
April 20, 2018
Episode 14 - 'A road trip to find Lisa Vanderpump' with Kati Riddle
Bravo partners in crime Mandy and Kati rent a car to drive to Philadelphia in an attempt to meet Lisa Vanderpump at a rose signing event... chaos ensues. Plus recaps of #PumpRules, #RHOBH, #SouthernCharm, and #RHONY. Grab a bottle of rose and tune in!
April 16, 2018
Episode 13 - The sisters are doing it for themselves
FINALLY the ladies of Southern Charm of decided to stand up for themselves and not put up with any more guys with the Charleston trademark 'Peter Pan' syndrome! In this episode Mandy recaps the season 5 premiere of Southern Charm, the season 10 premiere of RHONY, the reunion of Summer House, as well as Vanderpump Rules and RHOBH. Full of drama and judgement :)
April 8, 2018
Episode 12 - 'Manufacturing drama & managing stress' with Parker Schaffel
Parker Schaffel is back and it's all Vanderpump Rules all the time! Mandy and Parker discuss relationships in your 30s, coping mechanisms for stress, self awareness, and the impact of reality TV on people's emotional and physical development. Plus, a crazy story about Parker (almost) going to Homecoming with a former Bachelor contestant!
March 29, 2018
Episode 11 'Living Life Like Lois (Rinna)' with Kati Riddle
Fan favorite Kati Riddle is back to dish about all the Bravo show gossip and tackle some of life's toughest questions like: Is Brittany pulling the 'Bachelorette move'? Is Divorce Closet giving Craigslist a run for its money? Will Kyle and Jax ever outgrow their Peter Pan syndrome? Finally, they ask themselves if they're living life like Lois, Lisa Rinna's hot 89 year old mom who is living her truth at the retirement home and ordering French toast at lunch. Lots of laughter!
March 23, 2018
Episode 10 - 'Decoding accents and Vanderpump Rules psychology' with Matt Oliver
Mandy interviews UK native Matt Oliver who decodes various Bravo accents, American dude stereotypes on #PumpRules, cast members conflict resolution skills, and what's 'real' on reality TV. Full of British wit and a little snark!
March 16, 2018
Episode 9 - 'Bachelor betrayal' with Emily Yahr
Mandy sits down with Emily Yahr, entertainment reporter for the Washington Post, to discuss the most dramatic Bachelor finale EVER. Mandy and Emily weigh in on if ABC producers crossed a line, what the social media reaction has been, the joys and downfalls of entertainment reporting, and what ever happened to Arie's relationship with Jef Holm...it's juicy, you'll be on the edge of your seat!
March 8, 2018
Episode 8 - An International View Of The Bachelor & Reality TV!
Join Mandy in Naples, Italy where her and friends from France, Italy, and Canada give a hilarious look into how The Bachelor franchise & reality TV are viewed around the world (1:45), followed by a breakdown of The Bachelor's #WomenTellAll and fantasy suites (14:00), as well as some serious #PumpRules recapping from Amsterdam (32:15).
March 1, 2018
Episode 7 - 'Hometown dates & Big Bear breakdowns' - feat. Michelle Thaler
Michelle Thaler, an old friend of Mandy's who went on a hometown friend date with her to Minneapolis, recaps Arie's hometown dates from the Bachelor (3:00), Mandy dives into the Big Bear drama on Vanderpump Rules (16:00), followed by a recap of Stephen, Carl, and the Wirkus Circus from Summer House (28:50.
February 22, 2018
Episode 6 - Backstage at WWHL in New York!!!
Get a glimpse into life in the Bravo Clubhouse where Mandy and friend Steph catch a live viewing of Watch What Happens Live with Tom Schwartz and Katie Maloney Schwartz! Also included a recaps of the last two weeks of Vanderpump Rules (7:30), The Bachelor (24:15), and Summer House (44:00).
February 14, 2018
Episode 5 - 'Bowling and Battle Raps' with Kati Riddle
This week has all the LOLs! Mandy and Kati dive deep into The Bachelor and this week's bowling escapades (1:15) and the epic Vanderpump Rules battle rap-like fight (17:25) before Mandy recaps The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (36:15) and Summer House (46:45).
February 2, 2018
Episode 4 - 'Resting Bachelor Face' with Lisa Bonos
Join Mandy and the creator of the Washington Post's blog Solo-ish, Lisa Bonos, for a Bachelor breakdown of Sienne's charisma, group date drama in the woods, and some glam-shaming(1:25), Mandy's recap of Vanderpump Rules (20:52), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (31:44), Summer House (38:46), and an interview with Lisa where Mandy announces plans to enter Lisa for consideration on a new reality dating show (44:00).
January 26, 2018
Episode 3 - 'I'm Done With All These Men'
Like Lala from Vanderpump Rules, Mandy is done with men thinking they can get away from whatever they want. Listen in as Mandy breaks down this week's episodes of Vanderpump Rules (2:45), The Bachelor (14:10), and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (21:20).
January 21, 2018
Episode 2 - 'Editing Your Own Reality' with Brittany Vasseur Thomas
Join Mandy for a reality TV recap of The Bachelor (1:30), Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (9:30), and Vanderpump Rules (16:25) with her guest, Youtuber Brittany Vasseur Thomas, who gives insight on what it's like to edit your own reality on Youtube in her first-ever interview (30:35).
January 13, 2018
Episode 1 - 'Get After It' with Parker Schaffel
Mandy and Parker 'Get After It' as they recall the embarrassing moment that led Mandy to start a podcast, relive Parker's shining moment on the Real Housewives of Potomac, and breakdown the latest #RHOBH.
January 5, 2018