Creator: Anderson Cooper
Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is a Peabody Award-winning American journalist, author, and television personality. During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. Although he technically has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, having been a self-proclaimed "news junkie" since he was "in utero." After Cooper graduated from Yale University, he tried to gain entry-level employment with ABC, but was unsuccessful. Finding it hard to get his foot in the door of on-air reporting, Cooper decided to enlist the help of a friend in making a fake press pass. At the time, Cooper was working as a fact checker for the small news agency Channel One, which produces a youth-oriented news program that is broadcast to many junior high and high schools in the United States. Cooper then entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press pass and met with students fighting the Burmese government. He was ultimately able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One. Persuading Channel One to allow him to bring a Hi-8 camera with him, Anderson soon began filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One. He later returned to filming stories from a variety of war-torn regions around the globe, including Somalia, Bosnia, and Rwanda.
Media Cooper has been involved with:
- CNN: Anderson Cooper 360
- How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying revival
- The Mole
- Featured in Fake News Rumble
- The Glee character Cooper Anderson is named after him.
Tropes pertaining to Mr. Cooper:
- Adorkable: Just check any video of him cracking up on air.
- Annoying Laugh: His laugh has been said to sound like a dying weasel. Good thing he's so freakin' cute!
- Armor-Piercing Question: He has a talent for these. Pretty much any video titled some variant of "[bigoted person] OWNED by Anderson Cooper" involves him firing these at the interviewee non-stop.
- Banned in China
- The Big Board: For elections.
- Blue Blood: As far as American money is concerned: He is a son of the Vanderbilts (his mother being Gloria Vanderbilt).
- Corpsing: Reporting on Dyngus Day as well as during several Ridiculist segments. Who can blame the guy?
- Dead Line News: Nearly decapitated by a flying street sign while reporting on Katrina. And getting malaria in the middle of South Africa.
- Deadpan Snarker: For all his levelheaded and mostly-neutral news coverage, when he decides to break out the snark, you'll get dehydration just by listening.
- Heh Heh, You Said X: The usual culprit for the above-mentioned cracking up.Anderson: ...I have the sense of humor of a twelve-year-old.
- Heroic Bystander / Badass Normal: Lots of journalists are content to merely record the events of wherever they go. Cooper, no so much.
- Intrepid Reporter: Whatever developments he's reporting on, from Hurricane Katrina to a Lebanese revolution to a tsunami in Sri Lanka, it's a fair bet that if Cooper can report from in the thick of it, he will be. There's a reason he won a Peabody for his Hurricane Katrina coverage, folks.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Anderson Cooper, Peabody Award winner and one of the most respected broadcast journalists in the world, squees like a high school fangirl about getting pulled up onstage to dance with Madonna during her "Rebel Heart" tour.
- Lampshade Hanging: of Reality Show Genre Blindness, during his run on The Mole.Don't you guys know how this game works? If you say you don't like to cook, you know you're going to end up cooking. You say you like to cook, you don't get to cook!
- Manly Gay: Comes with being a serious news anchor.
- Non-Idle Rich: Again, his mother is Gloria Vanderbilt.
- Only Sane Man: The Daily Show seems to see him as this; Jon Stewart has never pulled his punches about his disgust with CNN, but never once have any of those punches been directed Cooper's way, and Stewart has expressed honest respect for his fair, neutral journalistic integrity.
- Open Secret: Cooper's sexuality was pretty well known before he came out, but he decided to make it official in 2012.
- Pass the Popcorn: While airing clips of the Rod Blagojevich... mess.
- Picky Eater: Doesn't like hot foods or drinks.
- Sesame Street Cred: Appears in the Season 38 finale of Sesame Street, which is itself a parody of high-end TV journalism.
- Silver Fox: He's one of the page images. By the time he made it big, he had already gone silver; his hair was almost fully grey by his mid-twenties.
- Shamu Fu: He was one of the truly alarming number of celebrities hit in the face with a fish in the "Salmon Cannon" segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's first season finale. Sadly, the camera didn't stick around long enough to show the probably-inevitable giggle fit.
- Two First Names: For extra points, "Anderson" and "Cooper" are both more common as last names than first names, though both common.
- Vitriolic Best Buds / Odd Friendship: Serious Cooper and cheery Kathy Griffin.
- The War on Terror: Reporting on 9/11, which brought him back to serious journalism after his stint hosting The Mole.
- What Beautiful Eyes: The only feature more raved about than his hair is his eyes◊. Including by Stephen Colbert. Holy wow!!
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Not pleased to be endorsed by Chris Dorner.