Watch What Crappens hosts Ben Mandelker and Ronnie Karam are gearing up when it comes to 8th yearly Golden Crappies honors. The podcasters have actually held a yearly Bravo award program because the beginning of their wildly popular podcast and also have seen it explode in appeal.
Mandelker discussed the honor show’s advancement with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “We started the Crappies in the first year of the podcast — 2012 — and have been doing them every year since then.”
But, “Back then, the awards were just a standalone episode or two where we could basically reflect on the year of Bravo and geek out over our favorite moments, as well as our least favorites. We would come up with a list and pick winners on the spot, tearing scraps of paper to make it sound like we were opening up envelopes,” he included.
How performed the program advance?
Mandelker stated he likes the way the program has brought considering that the start. “Starting in 2018, we began doing the Crappies as a live show with an audience, first at the Hollywood Improv, and now this year we’ve taken over the Regent Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles,” he shared. “It’s a 450 seater, and we’ve sold it out; so this is going to be the biggest Crappies ever!”
The duo additionally changed just how champions tend to be chosen. “Also, in 2019 we made the Crappies more of a fan experience than ever before by turning the voting over to the listeners,” Mandelker proceeded. “As opposed to the past when the two of us would declare the winners, we now let everyone vote in each category. I’m kind of kicking myself that we never did this earlier. It’s so fun to hear all the great feedback about the nominees. Plus, it’s much more fun not having any idea who will win once we open up the polls. In 2019, we kept the ballot open for a month and took in about 11,000 votes. So far this year, the polls have only been open for 10 hours, and we’re already at over half that amount of votes. It’s kind of insane.”
The show had been begun as an enjoyable solution to enable the followers getting included and toss just a little tone. “One of the reasons why we started the Crappies was to poke fun at award shows but also to assert our fan voice.”
“We really wanted to do something snarky, irreverent, and comedic to reflect the mindset of our podcast and the Bravo audience. But we also wanted to be shady in a way that Bravo can’t be towards its talent. For instance, this year we have categories like ‘Worst Storyline’ and ‘Best Bad Style Moment.’”
Mandelker had this ‘fangirl’ knowledge
Anyone who may have paid attention to a Watch What Crappens live show knows that such a thing sometimes happens. Mandelker states lots of Bravolebs usually appear towards the Golden Crappies also. “In the past, we’ve had Stassi Schroeder, Kate Chastain, Ariana Maddix, Tom Sandoval, Captain Sandy, Lea Black, Danny Pellegrino, Ira Madison III, Katie Cazorla, Julie Goldman, and Brandy Howard show up.”
“The craziest thing to take place had been Captain Sandy surprising us a year ago during the program. Our friend Nadine [Rajabi] is actually a comedian and a producer on Below Deck Med; therefore she astonished us by bringing Sandy to your program,” he recalls. But he’s just a little embarrassed about any of it example in 2018. “Tiffany Haddish was hanging out in the lobby of the Improv after the show,” Mandelker remembers. “I drunkenly fangirled out to her when I saw her. I was in a full tuxedo and probably scared her to death. I’m still embarrassed.”
The Golden Crappies should be held during the Regent Theater, DTLA on January 17. “Tickets are sold out, but you may be able to buy one off someone who has to cancel by joining our Facebook group, ‘Watch What Crappens Live and Lovin’ It,’” Mandelker adds.