'Real Housewives of Orange County' Recap: Slade's 'Comedy' Was No Laughing Matter

Gretchen RossiI knew Slade Smiley's standup comedy routine on tonight's episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County was going to be uncomfortable to watch, but it was downright painful. He is one of the least funny people I've ever seen grace a stage, and when he realized that, he just got mean and viciously went after the other Housewives with some cheap shots that still weren't even funny.

He should have listened to his mother, who actually is funny. When he was practicing for his routine, she said bluntly and accurately, "The dogs are really more entertaining than you are." I also loved when he brought up the subject of proposing to Gretchen and how she initially said, "noooo," then acquiesced saying well maybe so, since Gretchen had stopped calling him "Tubba Wubba" and all.

But back to that disaster of a "comedy" routine ...

Gretchen Rossi actually started things out with a thud. When things like "Have you heard of Facebook?" were met with crickets, she just stripped down to a bikini and pranced around. The first "real" comedian who followed Gretchen said, “What the f*&% was that?” My thoughts exactly.

Then came Slade. Flop. Fail. Freaking awful.

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His "Housewife Hunter" act, complete with pelvic thrusts, was as inane as Alexis Bellino is in general. She was, I believe, the only person in the entire packed club who emitted even a chuckle of laughter that wasn't at Slade's expense. "When I see some big sexy blonde, I draw my little weapon and go, 'Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom!'" he yelled as he thrust about on beat. Did I mention it was painful?

Then he brought out his big mean guns and started picking off the other Housewives. Calling them out by name and projecting extremely unflattering pictures of them, he compared Vicki Gunvalson to Miss Piggy. Of Tamra Barney -- who notably would only eat a chicken breast at a fondue restaurant earlier in the show -- he said: "BF Goodrich sent out a press release saying Tamra Barney is replacing the Michelin Man."

And there went Gretchen's new BFF status with Tamra, because, of course, they're going to find out what he said about them. Gretchen put up some resistance to him bringing them into his act initially, but in the end, left it up to him. After the fact, as she grew more nervous, she got really angry at him for doing it.

To be fair, Vicki and Tamra haven't been exactly kind to Slade, so I can see why he felt no regret in going after them. However, doing so in this manner -- with such low blows and tasteless and humorless jokes -- just makes him look slimier than ever.

Did you think Slade was out of line with his humor? Did you think he was funny at all?


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LOswa... LOswald0314

I missed the episode but I can only imagine how bad it was!

mrsjo... mrsjoohee

Though I haven't been the biggest fans of Vicki and Tamra in the past, I agree- Slade is just AWKWARD in the bad way (I love Bethenny Frankel's foodie friend- he is AWKWARD in a good way!  Just awkward, and honest, and himself- a breath of fresh air to see someone so adorably, well, awkward!).  


I doubt calling out insults in a public arena will be a good thing with those ladies.  This has been a fun season to watch so far!

nonmember avatar Rocci

What I think is such bs is that I was at the show and it was hilarious. It was a sold out show and people stood in line for two hours to take pictures with Slade and Gretchen. Bravo obviously cut out the laughter in his routine. Surf around the web, other people who where at the show are posting the same thing on facebook and twitter. I know this show is supposed to be entertaining but I feel like Bravo lies to me as a viewer when they alter these peoples reality to that degree. The fact is the show was really really funny.

Marsha Gotcher

He definitely showed his slade slimy side! Not funny at all. Alexis only laughed because he talked slow...

shore... shorek123

Wow, I thought I was the only one who liked to watch these blond, big boobed, botox bimbos!!!  (Well, now that Heather is in the group, I guess that doesn't apply)  They are so the "adult" verson of Means Girls.  Actually I was disappointed with last night's episode.   Probably because the only drama was Slade who always seems so desperate to me.  


I don't watch the other Housewives, but I am totally hooked on the OC ladies.  And BTW so is my husband, but don't tell him I told you.  He would call me a liar.  HAHAHA 


sidesplittinglaughter 

Bmat Bmat

The nonmember comment is interesting ^^^ and makes me wonder if the performance was actually funny and that it was just edited to be as it was.

Kwiat2 Kwiat2

Even if he was funny, he's still gross and a slimeball, groping for whatever housewife he can to stay on the show.

troyboy1 troyboy1

Will he make it as a stand-up comedian...doubt it! But I do have to give him a thumbs up for getting back at the mean girls! They can sure dish it out...let's just see if they can take it!

Stacey. Stacey.

OM Vicki was so funny it that episode, when she said Alexis was calling her, and she didnt need all that pornographic stuff Tamra bought her. That mean face she kept making at Tamra and Gretchen while at Heathers, and again when Tamra went to her house was freaking priceless LOL.


Slade is a douche, he is sad and desperate. He is not sexy at all.

mamivon2 mamivon2

Doesnt sound too funny to me..

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