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Ross Mathews Mans Up and Tells Tales of His Delusional Self-Cofidence

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Everybody loves Ross Mathews. I mean, how can you not love the effortlessly hilarious Hollywood gossiper with the distinguishable, high-pitched voice?

His voice may be one of the things that make him stand out, but it's something he's learned to accept and embrace. In other words, he manned up.

That's not just a reality check -- it's the concept of his book, Man Up! Tales Of My Delusional Self-Confidence.

"The message of Man Up is... if I can celebrate what makes me different [and what makes] me stand out, basically a gay cartoon version of a person, it isn't just a gay story though, it's a universal story of accepting differences," Mathews fessed. "If I can make people accept themselves while making them LOL at the same time, then the job of the book is done."

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Mathews is just a small town boy who comes clean about every aspect of his life from Balloon Day in elementary school where he would "write messages to the universe," tie them to a balloon, and set them free, to his first shot as Ross the Intern on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno at the Ocean's Eleven premiere, to the time he became BFFs with Gwyneth Paltrow.

"I've lived this crazy life growing up in a farm town in Washington state and it was a challenge to share every part of myself, especially being so different... but [it's about] embracing your differences as opposed to hating them, and I believe people waste so much time hating their differences and that gets you no where."

If there's one thing we can say Mathews was pretty sure about though, it's the fact that he always knew he was going to be on T.V. someday.

"[Hollywood] was always just some other word to me, but also, at the same time, very tangible. I thought it was like going to Mars, but a flight away, and when I got here, it was as magical as I imagined it to be... I've had so many OMG-pinch-yourself moments on camera and off, it's just too many to mention."

Speaking of Hollywood, Mathews suggested some baby names for Kimye.

"I don't know! She [Kim] joked about Easton, because of east and west... I like her. I hope they're happy. I like them together. I know Kris Jenner, she's a great grandma."

Mathews' Hollywood dreams just keep on coming true. He's currently on his summer comedy tour and will have his own talk show on E! this fall.

"I'm not really a comic where I do punch lines and say the same joke over and over. My mind is more of storytelling. I love alliteration, I've always talked a certain way, and seen the world in a certain way. The gist of it [the talk show], it's all about bringing pop culture and fans together. When I have a celebrity on, we're gonna have the audience asking questions."

Until then, you'll just have to Man Up!

"The show is a really fun one-man show [where] I interact with the audience. I'll bring stories from the book to life and bring in pop culture stuff."

Ross Mathews. Tuesday, June 4, 8 p.m., at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-674-1040; colonytheatremiamibeach.com. Tickets cost $28.75 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.

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