Here at “Dr. Thirsty” we’re all ‘doctors’ in the lab of mixology. We love going to new places and seeing what drinks are on the menu. Here at DrThirsty we take some of our favorites from all over the country and share them with you. Some of the recipes come straight from the bar or restaurant verbatim, others simply inspired us, and we’ve tried our hand at recreating them.
We look at cocktails and life the same way – it’s all one great big lab experiment! Play around with some of the endless ingredients, and find the flavor that makes you happy!
FOUNDER AND EDITOR, BRIAN BALTHAZAR
Entertainment, Pop Culture and Trend Expert Brian Balthazar is a cocktail afficionado – not to mention a writer, tv commentator, host and editor of POP GOES THE WEEK. He’s developed several television shows for cable, and launched the fourth hour of the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. He began his tv career behind the scenes as a producer, then a comic, then a reporter, then an audience warmup comic, now he does all of those things at the same time. You may also have seen his name on the credits of the popular HGTV show ‘House Hunters,’ and ‘House Hunters International.’ two series’ under his leadership as a Programming Director.
In addition to being a frequent guest on “The Wendy Williams Show,” Brian hosted the HGTV Special “I Bought A Famous House.” He has recently been seen as a comic and panelist on “Showbiz Tonight” “The Today Show” on NBC, MSNBC’s “Caught On Camera,” “‘The Joy Behar Show,” “The Early Show” on CBS and more. He can also be found as a voice of reason (or quite the opposite!) on many POP Culture programs, including “That’s So 80’s,” and “That’s So 90’s,” on DIY Network and several TV Guide Network specials. On the Radio, he’s a frequent contributor to “Your Weekend” with Jim Brickman, as well as a Tabloid Tueday guest on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Derek and Romaine Show”.
His perspective on style and fashion in popular culture is featured in a series of short documentaries for Biography, and he is an expert on the Royal Family for A&E.
Balthazar has also been an emcee for many notable events and sponsors, and served as a judge for the Miss Teen Georgia USA pageant.
Given his style and home decor background, he has also appeared on QVC as a home and style expert. He will also be appearing on 10 episodes of an upcoming series about home design to air this winter of 2012.
Above: Brian in various stages of hair length and color. Each of them completely natural.
Photo caption: Brian has provided analysis, interviews and helped co-host the Tony Awards backstage show. That’s him on the left. He also followed all the backstage madness at the launch of Fashion Week in New York City while co-hosting the Red Dress Event.
Balthazar served as a guest-in-residence during the Tony Awards live backstage coverage for CBS and TonyAwards.com, and also as a roving reporter for the Dr. Oz show. Earlier in his career he was a features reporter and contributor on NBC, MSNBC, United Airlines In-Flight Entertainment and more.
Below is a shot of him on the big screen during a taped spot announcing the judges at an American Idol Press conference. If you promise not to tell anyone, he’ll admit he might have peed his pants just a little when he saw the shot come up.
Brian also appeared in an A&E Biography about Jim Carrey. He also provided play by play of some of film’s reatest car chases for a documentary about, well, car chases.
Brian occasionally contributes to NBC’s New York NonStop, where his commentary about the SkyMall catalog got the attention of the SkyMall people. They’re not mad.
As a standup comic, he has performed at all the iconic NYC comedy landmarks, such as Comix, Carolines, Gotham Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory and more. He’s also appeared as the studio host and warmup comic for several cable shows, such as “Fashionably Late with Stacy London” on TLC, “Man and Wife with Fatman Scoop” on MTV, and “Comedy Central Presents Russell Brand” on, well, Comedy Central.
Before ‘finding himself’ professionally, Brian was a singer on a ship, a publicist for a trance medium, an insurance customer service rep, waiter, bartender, activities director, substitute teacher, website programmer, pianist at a camp for spoiled children, and college mascot. None of them worked out. Let’s hope this does.
To contact Brian, email BrianBalthazar@aol.com.
To check out his video clips from NBC, HLN, and MSNBC, click HERE…
And – become his friend on facebook! www.facebook.com/brianbalthazar
For a more extensive listing of his TV appearances visit his IMDB page.
And he’s apparently getting better about Twitter. So he says. He’s @BrianBalthazar.
Thanks for reading POP GOES THE WEEK!
For his TV Appearances, Click on the TV APPEARANCES page.