Wow, the Emmy Lounge Was More Entertaining Than the Show


What were they thinking? From the offensive opening, to the dreadful introductions, this year’s Emmys was an undeniable disaster.

WOW founders Matt and Mark Harris. Margie Barron & Buzz Aldrin at WOW’s Emmy event.

Usually I can find the bright side to almost anything, and I really expected host Jimmy Kimmel to show off his sharp, albeit irreverent, comedy skills that make his late night show a success. But Kimmel was way off the mark, and could have taken lessons from Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron, who balanced gratitude and comedy when he picked up his outstanding reality host award.

Not even the eloquent acceptance speeches by worthy award winners such as Homeland’s Claire Danes and Damian Lewis; American Horror Story’s Jessica Lange; Veep’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Hatfields & McCoys’ Kevin Costner; Modern Family’s stars Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, plus producer Steve Levitan; and Game Change’s star Julianne Moore (who portrayed Sarah Palin) and producer Tom Hanks, could make up for the really lame attempts at comedy bits. Tracy Morgan laying down on the stage — really? Perhaps Downton Abbey winner Maggie Smith was a no-show because she is clairvoyant.

OK, so what did I really like about the Emmys? All the pre-Emmy parties and lounges, because they are interesting venues to look for new trends and products that could be the next big “wow” making news.

A great example was the WOW Creations Media event. They hosted their Emmy Awards’ celebrity gifting lounge at the Luxe Hotel penthouse inBeverly Hills. It was fun to watch a parade of celebrities “ooh” and “aah” over the swag. And the guys called “the kings of swag,” WOW founders Matt and Mark Harris always treat everyone like royalty.

Margie Barron & Buzz Aldrin

A lot of A-list folks came by, including the talented Mayim Bialik, who earned a supporting actress nomination for her role on The Big Bang Theory. And I saw Sam Rubin on hand to soak up the pre-awards experience around town prior to doing the Emmys Red Carpet show for KTLA. But even more impressive than seeing Hollywood stars, was my encounter with a heroic man who reached for the stars, astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He told me that of course he was rooting for Dancing with the Stars to win best reality-competition program because he had a wonderful experience on the show.

Matt and Mark Harris are great guys and celebrity gifting specialist who have created luxurious gifting suites and swag bags for the most prestigious events over many years in the business. The Harris brothers are regulars at Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, the Sundance Film Festival, the recent Canadian Country Music Awards with Taylor Swift, MTV awards events, the Oscars, and the Emmys. They have been featured as experts on A&E’s Storage Wars, and their appearance sparked a great idea for their own show, if some enterprising network or production company is looking for a unique angle for the celebrity scene.

Some of the products that were featured at the WOW lounge were Botanicals for Hope, skincare that cares; Lasio hair care; Dr. Kathy Gohar’s Versalilles Cosmetic Center;; Arctic Ease, a flexible cold compression therapy; Do-All Outdoors; LifeExtenstion, for longer life;; yummy artisan pies from Cutie Pie That!; Her Bauble Bag, for keeping jewelry safe while traveling; the trendy Lovesque Collection fashions; and designer Valerie Blanchard’s Paradise Bikini collection, with designs that were really a big “wow.”

The Harris brothers said they had one of their most successful events ever. Too bad the Emmy folks can’t claim the same. But there’s always next year. Cheers!

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