Corcos gave tips on how to make the night’s featured dishes: spaghetti alla puttanesca (pictured) and a refreshing Sicilian salad with fennel, red onions and blood orange slices. (Recipes for that week’s dishes are posted on Counter Talk’s Facebook page a few days in advance, so viewers can make them during the show, too.). Food was served. Drinks were made. There was another song, a few short segments and a final jam session with Corcos on percussion.
Afterward, Corcos was happy. On the first show, he thought he drank too much, spoke too quickly and swore too often. For this episode, he held onto a small glass of beer for much of the show and set up a swear jar to limit himself, with the “proceeds” going to the Food Bank For New York City (he still ended up putting money in the jar throughout the taping).
“Counter Talk” is “very different from anything I thought I would do,” Corcos said.
After he and Mazar recently appeared on “The Untitled Action Bronson Show” on Vice, Corcos said he had a revelation.
“Being on that show was very important. I saw what they do with all their support and professional facilities, and I knew that I could do that,” he explained. “With my space and experience and team, I knew I could do something that was honest and true to myself. And I could do it well.”
Moving forward, Corcos is expecting to receive 3-D cameras soon, and is moving into the world of virtual reality (VR). He wants to get the show to a stage where people can tune in and be able to buy whatever they see — the artwork, dishes, cutlery, ingredients, wine, etc. — via VR technology.
The show is “all self-financed,” Corcos said, though he is accepting donations via PayPal. There are a few sponsors — Bed Bath & Beyond and florist Repeat Roses among them — and interest is flowing in from all corners of the globe, he said.
“It’s got to be right,” he said about taking on sponsors and growing his brand. “I want to help small businesses and small farmers. I’m not gonna sign up to push and sell some product just to get a check.”
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