Anthony Bourdain: The Helen Cho Interview
Tony sat down with Helen Cho, his new and trusty side kick, and asked the questions America’s dying to hear answered. Or not.
Q: So, Helen, where does one hire a crackhead rodeo clown?
Well Tony, I could tell you but then I would have to kill you, so let’s just say that we have many multi-talented ZPZ employees here…
Q And I’m wondering..cause I’ve seen people asking on the site: When DO the new episodes start airing? Nobody tells me nothing.
Tentatively, new episodes start airing February 28, 2011, Mondays at 9p.
Q: I just love my adorable Russian sidekick, Zamir. When’s he going to be back on the show? Did we close a deal for Cuba with him? Or is his agent asking too much money?
Zamir will somehow always find a place on No Reservations…whether it’s randomly popping up at the office insisting that he has some “goodies” for you or suspiciously demanding some tapes that he supposedly owns. Word on the street is that he most likely will somehow slip his way into a No Res episode soon, Cuba or not, as he somehow always manages to do…
Q: What do you think is up with that guy’s haircut on Ghost Hunters? Is that America’s Most Haunted Faux-Hawk or what?
Is it Ghost Hunters? Or Ghost Adventures? Or Ghost Whisperers? Either way, I’m not trying to fuck with some dude who talks to dead people…
Q: Given the unlovely personal habits, mental health histories and criminal pasts of most of them, which member of the ZPZ staff would be most worrisome to be marooned with on a desert island?
Tough question…I would be worried to be on an island with just about any ZPZ staff member but the most worrisome of all would have to be the infamous Diane Schutz. As seen in such episodes as Making of India, Diane is notorious for being the first to swoop in for the kill when good food is on the table. And in desperate times on the island, I can just imagine…”oh hey Helen, are you gonna eat that coconut?”….”how does that palm tree sap taste?”….”so…what kind of fish you got there?…”. But then again, I worship the woman – she is the queen of swag and snacks. And if there’s anyone who could magically make some famous chef appear to cook us up some grub, it’s Diane. And right when the waters would run low with fish and we’re on the brink of starvation, she would somehow land us reservations at some invisible secret restaurant on the island that she’s made previous arrangements with to appear out of thin air, perfectly in time with a comp’d meal of course….and plus, she’s also got the Mary Poppins bag of infinite snacks.
Q: Could I have a complete and comprehensive list of WHERE we’re going to do shows this season? Me and Chris were swacked when we wrote it and now I like totally forget.
The season 7 lineup (of course, subject to change, as always) :
711 El Bulli
712 US Desert
Who is Helen Cho?
I am a proud New Yorker, Korean-American, and the now resident blogger/twitterer/facebooker for Zero Point Zero Production, Inc. [the company that produces No Reservations]. I can often be found scheming with coworkers and planting ideas in the minds of Chris, Lydia and Joe [the principals of ZPZ] with things for the office like slides, siesta rooms, full bars, and tree stands outfitted with Nerf guns. When I’m not at the office, I enjoy fishing, freezing while watching Pat LaFrieda butcher meats, and a good taco.
But a bit about my history at ZPZ: way back when, I applied for an internship at ZPZ but my ‘strangeness’ (or genius, depending on how you look at it) landed me a PA gig instead. (This was at a time when Tony was indeed looking to include a crackhead rodeo clown and dead prostitutes in the show, as he mentions…) So like most debt-drowned college grads do, I started at the bottom of the production totem pole but quickly managed to hustle my way around different positions from PA to Production Coordinator to Associate Producer to Unit Manager. And now?…This — I was recently asked to take on the behind-the-scenes voice for No Reservations and the fans and viewers’ direct link to Tony and crew, and I couldn’t be more excited as there’s plenty ridiculousness and fun that never makes it to the screen or even to the network, for that matter, that I can’t wait to share with you all….
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