The banter between Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg is a special kind of treat. Not exactly the sort of treat you’d find in one of Snoop’s brownies – but there’s a different contact high that comes with seeing this unlikely duo in action.
In October, TV’s oddest couple gathered at Beverly Hills’ Four Seasons Hotel to promote their latest collaboration, VH1’s new cooking show “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” Below is a sample of their conversation with reporters that day:
Are you putting the “pot” in the potluck here on the show?
Snoop Dogg: Yeah, I have my special organic herbs that I bring to the meal and when she’s not looking I like to put a little bit in hers. That’s what we do.
Stewart: There’s no smoking going on, you know, smoking is prohibited.
Snoop Dogg: Yeah, just smoked meat, that’s it.
Stewart: But eating is good.
What’s your favorite thing to eat when you’re high?
Snoop Dogg: I like Funyuns potato chips.
Stewart: What are Funyuns?
Snoop Dogg: They the yellow and green potato chips that’s like onion rings. Them motherfuckers are bomb, Martha.
Stewart: Alright, let’s get a bag of those so I can taste them.
You should use those on your fried chicken.
Stewart: He actually puts potato chips on his [fried chicken].
Snoop Dogg: Yeah, that’s part of my recipe.
The recipe to their strange friendship, however, may seem less obvious. No one could be faulted in wondering whether marijuana is a factor. After all, the title “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” clearly plays off of Snoop’s reputation for taking the high road.
But as tempting as it is to chalk up TV’s weirdest pairing to Stewart’s close proximity with the weed-friendly rapper, that wouldn’t give either party enough credit. Simply put, it’s the same secret ingredient in your mother’s amazing pies, your uncle’s famous ribs or your granny’s homemade chicken soup. You know it. Snoop knows it. It’s what makes the world go ‘round. It’s love.
“Everything with me is love,” the Doggfather told reporters. “Even when I cook I put love into it. When I make music I put love into it. It’s the feelin’ that I get back because it’s all about the feelin’ that I put into it.
“This is a great expression of love, of us lovin’ what we do, and people seeing that we have a great chemistry together and portraying that onscreen, and eventually offscreen,” he added. “Because when you do a show like this it becomes personal, it’s not just business, so you’re gonna see me and Martha do a whole lot of things together.”
This is not just lip service. It’s clear that they respect each other and enjoy each other’s company. It shows in the easy camaraderie showcased on “Potluck Dinner Party.” The series is part cooking show and part celebration, with celebrity guests from Hollywood and the world of music. Stewart, with her decades of experience in the domestic arts, takes the role of instructor to Snoop, one dog who is up for learning new tricks in the kitchen.
Here’s a sneak peek of the show:
Snoop Dogg: There are the Funyuns.
Stewart: (reading) “Funyuns.” Oh, they’re onion flavored rings, they’re not potato chips.
Snoop Dogg: Well, in the ‘hood they potato chips. That’s what we call anything with a plastic bag on it, it’s a potato chip. Even if it ain’t made out of potatoes.
Stewart: You learn something new every day.
Snoop Dogg: “Let me get a bag of ‘tato chips.” We take the “po” out of it and just say ‘tato.
Stewart: These are made of cornmeal.
Snoop Dogg: See, I would wanna make some of those. Once you find the ingredients for that, teach me how to make some of those.
Stewart: Ok, I can emulate.
Snoop Dogg: Thank you.
Stewart first teamed up with the rapper a few years after she was released from prison in 2005 for her felony conviction in the ImClone stock trading case. After a tepid response to “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart,” she snatched back her lifestyle empire with a vengeance. Part of that included infusing her usual cooking and linen-folding repertoire with a more subversive tone that winked at her time in the clink and had her occasionally acting against type.
“Snoop came on my show twice in 2008. I taught him how to make my mother’s mashed potatoes and then he made me his brownies, which was hysterical,” Stewart told reporters. “From 2008 until 2016, I’ve gotten more emails about those brownies and about the chemistry of brownies. People loved that show, again, because it was odd pairing.
“I like to surprise people with the people I know and the kinds of people I bring together,” Stewart continued. “I went on that Justin Bieber roast. My office was really shocked, [and] my CEO was not the happiest person when I announced that I was going out there. But I went anyway, because it was a good experience for me. I have a motto that says, ‘Learn something new every day,’ and ‘When you’re through changing, you’re through.’ So, change is good, and that was a hard thing for me to do. I had never watched a roast before, so I had no idea how brutal it was, and I didn’t know I was going to be brutalized as I was going to be brutalizing. So, it was hard, but it worked, and it gained me a tremendous new, not a respect exactly, but awareness in a very big audience. There’s over 3 billion views of that roast now. That was big.”
Snoop chimed in, “Martha was one of the top three that killed it that night. She ain’t sayin’ that part but that’s what it was. Everybody was shocked. Even when we went backstage all the comedians were like, ‘Goddamn, Martha went hard on us!’ I said, ‘Yeah, man, you understand me.’”
Watch a few highlights from the roast below:
Snoop’s partnership with Stewart is also his way of playing against type. Their joint appearances over the year have included “The $100,000 Pyramid,” in which he clearly relishes pronouncing words like “foyer.”
As the interview ended, Stewart opened up the bag of Funyuns in front of her and took a few bites. Her verdict?
“These are AWFUL!”
“Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” premieres Monday, Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. on VH1.
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