Inside One of Oprah's 'Lifeclasses'

Eliot Glazer offers a very amusing rundown
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2012 8:00 AM CDT
Oprah Winfrey attends at the 3rd annual Diane Von Furstenberg awards at the United Nations on March 9, 2012 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If you aren't quite sure what to do with yourself now that the Oprah Winfrey Show is off the air, never fear: The talk show queen is doing a tour of "Lifeclasses," which Eliot Glazer describes as "trademarked, watered-down" versions of her old show in which people like Tony Robbins and Deepak Chopra dole out inspirational advice to a huge audience (and it's all televised, of course). To get an idea of the type of spiritually enlightening advice we're talking about, a quick search for #lifeclass on Twitter should do the trick.

Glazer attended the Monday Lifeclass in New York and gives an entertaining play-by-play on Vulture, noting that the whole thing felt "like a vaguely religious revival at a megachurch. For almost three hours, we gave thanks, we visualized stuff, and we opened our 'heartspace' over and over and over." Some highlights:

  • 3:01pm "Surprise guest and noted source of positive energy Perez Hilton emerges to share his story of being 'born again,' which, unfortunately for everyone, he compares to an 'a-ha orgasm.' How does one draw an 'a-ha orgasm' on Tori Spelling's face, I wonder?"
  • 3:14pm "Fully miked during a commercial break, I overhear Deepak Chopra ask Perez Hilton if he follows him on Twitter. 'I retweeted you the other day,' responds Perez, at which point I think I might be dead."
  • 3:53pm "Getting tired of posing for pictures, Oprah says she can't stop to take a photo with everyone, to which an audience member replies, 'But this has been on my vision board!'"
  • 4:10pm "'Eat WELL before you join us!' reads the invitation to Lifeclass. Apparently, I didn't eat well enough, so I buy some $6 M&M's to tide me over. Whatever, I'm living my best life."
Glazer's full rundown is definitely worth a read.

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