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Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  492 ratings  ·  99 reviews
In Name Drop, Ross dishes about being an unlikely insider in the alternate reality that is showbiz, like that time he was invited by Barbara Walters to host The View--only to learn his hero did not suffer fools; his Christmas with the Kardashians, which should be its own holiday special; and his news-making talk with Omarosa on Celebrity Big Brother, which, as it turns ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Atria Books
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Valerity (Val)
I saw a review of this on a friends page and just had to check it out. I think Ross is a hoot and would love to be besties with him anytime. His book is a good for a grin, and entertaining right down to the cocktail and appetizer recipes, or Rossipes as he calls them. If youre ready for a lighthearted and fun break from whatever youve been reading, this will probably work for you, especially if you are a Ross Mathews fan. He keeps it real about the stars he meets, and has a great sense of humor ...more
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*3.5 stars*

Look, Name Drop: The Really Good Celebrity Stories I Usually Only Tell at Happy Hour is by Ross Mathews, and though I've been pleasantly surprised by some really stellar books by comedians/funny personalities recently (Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life), I kept my expectations at "Kathy-Griffin-Lite" level. And that was just about right.

I read this book in bits and pieces in between reading other stories, but even though it took me
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britt_brooke
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-month
Oh, Ross, youre so punny! Seriously. So. Many. Puns. I love the cheesiness. 🧀 I never really watched Leno, so I first met Mathews on the Chelsea Lately round table. Gah, I miss that show. This is an incredibly entertaining read about memorable celebrity run-ins, mostly who are friends, but some are folks with whom he simply crossed career paths. Plus, lots of fun cocktails and recipes. A delightfully guilty, funny read! ...more
Kayo
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun book. Lots and lots of name dropping, hence the title of this book. Don't miss this one if you're into hearing about the coolest celebs.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Curtis Lowton
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it

Ross Mathews second book exemplifies the art of name-dropping, as Mathews spills personal anecdotes about meeting celebrities such as Barbara Walters, Rosie ODonnell, Beyoncé, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackie Collins (to name only a few!). Each story is supplemented with a thematic cocktail and appetizer Ross-ipe. In sticking with the books theme of name dropping, I believe that this is the perfect opportunity to write the story of how I met a celebrity...the famous writer and television

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Beth
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Ross Mathews and I had no idea this book was even a thing until I saw it at the bookstore I work at. It was a fun read, obviously. He also includes recipes or rossipes in every chapter so I will definitely try some of those out. I am hoping to see him on his book tour.

"You never know who might be listening, so always try to put something good out into the world."

"Bad pizza is better than no pizza."
Sue Fernandez
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yaasss! Grab this book as soon as you have a chance. Name dropping, recipes, cocktails. I'm there. I've loved Ross over the years, and I thank Net Galley and Atria Books for an advance of this book in exchange for my honest review. Ross does a fabulous job of sharing his celebrity stories, but not being mean about it. He tells it like it is, but at the same time, he'll be quick to acknowledge (in his own special way) when his perception of the situation might've clouded the memory. If you want ...more
Catherine
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so much fun. Its a quick read and I laughed out loud several times. Very enjoyable!! ...more
Sarah Kat
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Are you looking for something in-depth, insightful, extremely inspiring? This is *TOTALLY* not your book!

^Hell-OOOO^, IT'S ROSS!!

This is a super fun, get-away-from-real-life, poolside book. Grab your cocktails (instructions included), Rossipes (totes included), and get ready for some not mean 'gossip' about celebs.

*Cheers*
Onceinabluemoon
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the audio and would burst out laughing as I toiled in my garden. He is adorable, like a big furry puppy, nothing but fun, was a very refreshing break to just laugh and roll my eyes at his rossipes, which felt like they were right out of the fifties! Was just good gossipy fun!
Bonnie
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So much fun! I listened to it on Audible and fully enjoyed Ross reading his new book. So many fun and heart breaking stories! I cant wait to try the Ross-ipies! ...more
Renata
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ross Mathews seems like he should be annoying but somehow I constantly find him very charming? This book was just like a super frothy delicious cocktail, went down super fast and left me feeling pleasantly warmed. If you like celeb gossip and Ross Mathews' whole shtick, you will probably like this book. If you think Ross is annoying or celeb gossip is dumb, well, move along, this isn't the droid you're looking for.

There is some mildly cringey/problematic content here along the lines of Ross body
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Jacob Blank
Kind of exactly what youd expect if youre at all familiar with his career or podcast. Be warned that Rosss schtick (as well as frequent writing collaborator Jackie Beat) is crude cringey heavy-handed campy dad humor. However, Rosss most funny and engaging moments come when you least expect them, where a sudden sharp piece of wit can elicit belly laughs.

Decades before celebrity culture demanded famous people be authentic and relatable, Ross had an undeniable talent for bringing out glimmers of
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Meghan
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from Atria Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I have always been a fan of Ross Matthews and his colorful personality he has on the TV Screen. I have seen him on Chelsey Lately and on Celebrity Big Brother where he is not afraid to express his flamboyant personality and holds nothing back and this book exemplifies it and more. One thing I love was that he was never afraid to say what he
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Sarah
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for the advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I am actually bumping this up to 4.5 stars, like the celeb fan I am, I messaged Ross on Instagram letting him know I was reading an advance copy, and like the kind, funny, sweetheart of a guy that he is, he messaged me back the same day! This book reads like you are sitting next to Ross, probably over a few drinks and having one of his rossipes that are included in the book. Like me, Ross ...more
Michelle
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a lot of fun. I feel like it delivered exactly what it promised: some juicy but not overly scandalous celebrity stories.

I was only familiar with Ross Mathews as an interviewer on the red carpet but that was enough for me to assume he had some good celebrity gossip.
It turns out that hes had a much longer career in entertainment and has met a ton of famous people.

He is entertaining but also respectful.
He tells interesting stories about a lot of big names (Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, etc) but
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Moira
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Ross Mathews, I may consider him the celebrity best friend in my head, Ive been eagerly anticipating reading this book. This book is exactly what I imagine hanging out with Ross in Palm Springs drinking skinny margaritas poolside would be like. His voice comes through loud and clear and it couldnt be more delightful. I laughed and squealed throughout the entire thing. Plus I cant wait to try ALL the Rossipes 😍😍. This is a rare book that I would want to have a physical and audio ...more
Jen Kirsch
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Filled with puns and short, playful stories of run-ins comedian Ross Mathews has had with the rich and famous. Nothing groundbreaking, and he definitely takes the high road in his tales, but if you're looking for something light that shines some light on some of the worlds most famous and how they are when cameras are (and aren't rolling), then it's worth the read. My biggest take away from this is if I'm flying to or from LAX, to always take first class (he has sat with and in front of everyone ...more
Mary Sisney
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I bought this book, I was thinking Ross Mathews was a different name-dropping, fan-boy television host. Fortunately, probably because hes not as powerful, Ross is actually more likable and funnier than Housewives wrangler and Anderson/SJP BFF Andy Cohen. I laughed out loud more times reading this book than I have in years, and I read books by comedians regularly. Ross is hysterical. I didnt even mind when he addressed the readers (usually a pet peeve) because he called us as a group you ...more
Joseph
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Listen to the audiobook version! I didnt. Ross can deliver a pun better than anyone, and they can be a little groan-worthy even then, but on the page they sometimes just sit there. The first chapter alone has the potential to scare you away.

I have a suspicion that someone affiliated with this book opened a YouTube account exclusively for the purpose of uploading the episode of The View that he cohosted. Its divided into three clips, includes none of the show beyond the koffee-klatch segments
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Kristina
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for this e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book. Ross shares hilarious and sometimes cringey stories about his experiences with different celebrities. In the beginning of each chapter/celebrity story, he shares a "Ross-cipe" for a cocktail and meal (which they all sounded amazing). I am a lover of puns and boy do you get them with this read, yas!

I highly recommend this book to people who are fans of Ross Mathews
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Anne - ReadingfortheWeekend
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
HIGHLY recommend as an audio book! I saw Ross live a few years ago and I find him hilarious. His book is written just as youve seen him on the red carpet and I am absolutely obsessed with it! So funny and wonderful if you like the celebrity world!

He talks about celebrities like Lady Gaga, the Spice Girls and Betty White. Even though he is totally in the celebrity would I can only dream of, his books talks about these interactions in such an endearing way that I really felt like he was my friend
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Brandi Owen
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quick listen. I will say, if you dont like Ross Mathews voice, skip the audio version.
I didnt know what to expect but it was interesting listening to his take on his personal celebrity encounters. I like him because he never trashes people but still makes it funny. I liked that he put clever Rossipes before each chapter with names that coincided with the celebrity he was talking about. I wrote down a few of the cocktail recipes, they sound delicious and I cant wait to try them. For example
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Kevin
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Comedian Ross Mathews (MAN UP!) loves celebrities and, as a red-carpet reporter for nearly two decades, he's interviewed a lot of them. He compiles his favorite encounters in NAME DROP. As he notes in the subtitle, these are tales he usually tells friends only at happy hour after being plied with cheap two-for-one cocktails and appetizers. So he helpfully begins each chapter with a witty, related recipe (or "Rossipe") for a cocktail and appetizer. His cocktail recipe for "Barbara Walters Old ...more
Becca Boland
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This falls firmly in the "almost certainly better in audio" category. If you don't like Ross Mathews (who doesn't like Ross Mathews?), then you will not like this book. But if you do, it's all the things you love most about him all wrapped up into a neat little package.

Genre: Arts and entertainment; Essays; Humor writing; Life stories
Tone: Amusing
Writing Style: Candid; Conversational; Witty
Tracy
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Ive always enjoyed watching Ross either be the guest star on a show or host the red carpet with his funny one liners and bubbly personality, so this book was just what I expected. Fun, gossipy and a quick pop culture read. Each chapter described another celebrity encounter that either went great and I was happy to read the person lived up to Ross hype or went way wrong and was funny to see how he handled it. Short, sweet and perfect for a rainy weekend in or a great addition on the beach. ...more
Jo
Mar 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read with some interesting stories. I was only familiar with his role on Chelsea Lately . I started losing interest when he spoke of Celine Dion. Skimmed the rest of the book. His drink and food rossipes looked good. ...more
Rebecca Hardberger
I love Ross Matthews and I love celebrity gossip so this book was a match made in heaven for me. It was a fun, dishy book that really did make it seem like you were chatting it up with Ross at happy hour (which I'm sure would be a blast). This is the perfect book to read when you just need a "palate cleanser" from more serious books, you are looking for a fast read, or you want something light and fun that you can pick up and put down easily.

Plus every chapter comes with recipes!
Ana Garza
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
He just felt like my best friend gossiping which I feel is exactly the goal of his book. I love the recipes, I thought it added an individual touch, and this book definitely cheered me up!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Briana Alzola
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was exactly what I had hoped/expected from it. It was trashy stores (and recipes I very much want to try) with lots of humor thrown in. I listened to the audiobook version (highly recommended) and I laughed out loud on several occasions.
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Ross Mathews is an American television personality. He made his television debut as an intern and a correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he was known as "Ross the Intern".

He is a regular judge on VH1/LOGO's Emmy-winning hit show RuPaul's Drag Race. Mathews can be heard weekly on his top-rated podcast Straight Talk with Ross Mathews[PodcastOne] where he gives his hilarious take
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