Friday, March 2, 2018

Luann de Lesseps Jokes About Her Arrest During Cabaret Debut!

Luann de Lesseps debuted her #CountessAndFriends cabaret show at New York City’s Feinstein’s/54 Below on Tuesday evening. The Real Housewives of New York City star was dressed in a nude diamanté dress and a tiara.

The former Countess opened her show with The Beatles’ 1967 hit “With A Little Help From My Friends” before transitioning into a medley of her hits for which she received a roaring response from the crowd, according to PEOPLE.

“I feel so much love in here,” Luann said to the audience which included Michelle Collins, Sonja Morgan and Kelly Bensimon, as well as ex-boyfriend Jacques Azoulay who was in attendance with his girlfriend.

“I had a list of songs but had to reconsider ‘Jailhouse Rock,'” de Lesseps joked making reference to her arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, on Christmas Eve.

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Despite her recent hard times, Luann was able to poke fun at herself and channeled her experiences into positive can-do attitude specifically with humor.

“I fought the law and the law won,” de Lesseps told the crowd, happily making fun of herself. “Crazy for thinking I could get out of those handcuffs.”

Luann even made fun of her rehab stint, which we all know she entered a 21 day treatment following her Palm Beach arrest.

“Not drinking is exhausting. Getting up at six and going to my meetings and to yoga and then filming Housewives. I’m dead by ten o’ clock I’m wiped out, I’m exhausted. And usually, I’m just starting at the Regency at that time,” she joked.

Apparently, even comedian Murray Hill chimed in when Morgan attempted to interrupt, saying, “Calm down Sonja, the show can’t afford to send two of you to rehab.”

de Lesseps joked more about her treatment, specifically during a costume change when she told the crowd: “My dress is from my latest collection it’s called the ‘I lost ten pounds from rehab collection.’ ”

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In addition to performing, the one-time Countess also read entries from her diary throughout the years, which she appropriately called the “Countess Diaries.” From dishing about former lovers to how she was approached with RHONY, de Lesseps told stories of her experiences before she became a Bravo-lebrity, reports PEOPLE.

“Luann was amazing! She rocked and was amazing,” Morgan told PEOPLE after she performed a duet of de Lesseps’ hit “Money Can’t Buy You Class” on stage.

“She was unbelievable. Such an amazing sense of humor and incredibly courageous. It was such a great show,” Bensimon said.

“Money can’t buy you class but it can buy you talent. She was amazing,” Carson Kressley gushed.

de Lesseps ended her night on the ultimate high note with a Real Housewives zinger of her own.

“Just like the show the Real Housewives of D.C., the show must come to an end,” she said of the now-canceled one season spinoff.

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Luann performed such classics as "With a Little Help From My Friends," "Almost Like Being in Love," and "L.O.V.E." to a sold-out crowd, reports Bravo's The Daily Dish. The event also included Murray Hill, Broadway stars Lesli Margherita and Tony Yazbek, and RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 contestant Alexis Michelle. None other than Sonja Morgan joined Luann for a one-of-a-kind rendition of her hit "Money Can't Buy You Class," including a new Hamilton-inspired rap solo in the song.

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