My Wendy Williams Birthday Adventure
I turned 25 this month y'all!!!!
I'm not into my own birthday too much. Like, definitely not that girl remindin' you in July that "MY BIRTHDAY IS IN 3 MONTHS YOU GUYS". Cause those girls are super annoying. After being disappointed by some lackluster birthdays the past couple of years (except last year when I saw a rad Japanese girl band with pals), I realized that no one really cares it's your birthday. Like yea, everyone has a birthday, we know. I also know that if you don't plan something for yourself, you'll probably be disappointed by relying on others to do so. No shame is treatin' yo self, hunty.
This year was pretttttty amazing, though. I happened to have my birthday off from work. I knew I wanted to do something low key, but memorable because I was turning 'the big 2-5.' I didn't want to go out for a fancy dinner because who needs to spend $100 on a meal when you really just want a homemade burger and a cheap beer. Not me.
As I was thinking of things to do, I thought of going to a taping for my favorite talk show, The Wendy Williams Show. This woman is life. She is a straight shooter, has hair and makeup that is always beat for the gods, and just my kind of girl. Watching her has helped me to learn how to speak up, and not be ashamed of saying how I really feel. I admire her confidence, and upfront attitude. It's helped me a lot with not being such a pushover sometimes.
I watch her show every single day. My coworkers best know not to talk to me during lunch, because I am woo-woo-ing and saying "mmhmming" while I watch Wendy serve enough shade to cover South Beach. My mom knows a top executive for the production company of her show, reached out, and was able to snag us some VIP tickets. Could. Not. Wait.
So we made it to New York City, went to the studio located in Chelsea, and were seated in the front row! I thought it couldn't get any better.
The show was an absolute blast. The crew does a great job of pumping you up with loud music and mini dance competitions in between takes. A highlight was a guy from Detroit winning "best twerk". He was awarded with one of Wendy's favorite things, a vegetable spiralizer.
I was fascinated watching Miss Wendy do her thang, workin the room and the cameras. They make the whole production look easy when you're watching it on TV, but behind the scenes there are producers and cameraman giving her signals and letting the audience know when to clap for intros and outros.
Here are the segments from the taping we attended:
The icing on my birthday cake happened after the taping. My mom's friend who got us the VIP tickets greeted us after the show. She pulled us backstage to quickly chat and wish me a happy birthday! Wendy had also made her way backstage at this point. What happened next was captured on tape for her Youtube After Show. I'm still floating on cloud nine over it all...I'll let the footage speak for itself.
Big ups and thanks to mom. She knows how to make a gal feel special. Thank you to Wendy and her staff, and to Alex who got us tickets. Best. Birthday. Ever.