This is Jeff Lewis, and he’s the fastidious star of Bravo’s reality show Flipping Out.
It goes like this: Jeff Lewis makes his living purchasing properties in Los Angeles, with names like Ben Lomand and Commonwealth and Valley Oak and Nottingham. Then he fixes up these properties and places them back on the real estate market for resale. This is called flipping.
This is also called flipping:
Jeff Lewis is a bit of a perfectionist with a tangle of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. This means he doesn’t just dislike the newly purchased drapes, he hates the drapes. He hates the drapes, hates the drapes, worries over the drapes, hates the drapes, hates the drapes, oh my gah the drapes, worries over the drapes, hates the drapes, hates the drapes, hates the drapes, are those the drapes? Never mind, the drapes are fine.
Jeff is not alone in his business—he also employs executive assistant
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Jenni Pulos.
Also on board is
Julia’s Jenni’s husband Chris Elwood:
And of course Jeff’s housekeeper Zoila:
There’s also a new staff member this season. He looks like this:
Catch this little bit of crazy every Tuesday night at 10 Eastern Standard Time on Bossy’s favorite channel: Bravo.
girlsatplay saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:16 am
Finally! Someone that appreciates quality television. I love Jeff Lewis! I have often told my family that if they wake up one day and I am gone, I have taken a job with Jeff Lewis or Kathy Griffin. I’d have to wear Depends because I would be laughing all day! (Bossy, you make me laugh out loud, as well).
Seriously, I recently discovered you and am having a great time readng the archives!
Momo Fali saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:23 am
And, that lemonade BETTER be 140 degrees.
RuthWells saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:25 am
I love his brand of crazy.
The Domestic Goddess saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:26 am
Jeff scares me. The end.
Philly saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:28 am
Zola looks like Karen Walker’s maid, Rosario on Will and Grace
Katy saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:32 am
I hate confrontation therefore no Jeff for me.
Vicki saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:35 am
I will have to check this out. I might be able to get one of the twins to sleep long enough for me to distract the other one so I can watch this…maybe…hehe.
Hallie saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:39 am
This show is like a train wreck. I can’t look away. Plus, my wieners will watch it with me.
Grandma J saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:39 am
Jeff likes to see people quake in their boots. I prefer going barefoot.
Zola reminds me of Nancy Lopez today, opposed to the younger cuter version.
colette saysJuly 7, 2008 at 10:41 am
ooooh, a new show to watch!
Sounds perfect as I need TV that is mindless AND makes me feel better about my own life (John & Kate Plus 8, SuperNanny, What Not to Wear, Bachelor)
David saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:02 am
Not that I watch TV anyway, but this show just works my nerves too much.
Laura saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:13 am
What would I do without Bravo? I even got excited over the return of Shear Genius!
TheMama saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:16 am
My Husband LOVES this show.
I was complaining (read: ranting) about a hideous haircut on one one of Bravo’s other shows and he threatened to block the channel. I reminded him that blocking Bravo would block the “Insane Gay Flipper Dude” who he loves.
Yeah. Bravo is still available in our house.
natalie saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:16 am
um…what channel is that in turkey? and what time? i can’t seem to find it here. man. i miss all the good stuff!
Angie saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:19 am
I recently discovered this show and it’s hilarious! It’s like watching a train wreck. You just can’t look away. I think I sucked my hubby in while watching reruns of it yesterday. Jeff Lewis is not only the conductor of the crazy-train, he might have invented it.
MamaMo saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:27 am
I’ve got enough crazy on my own – I think I’ll have to pass.
Camille saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:30 am
This show makes me hate myself for not being born in California.
andrea saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:33 am
Some day I’ll have cable and will know what you are talking about! Or I’ll just stay a hippy and watch my PBS shows about flamingos and zoro foxes.
MarathonMom saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:35 am
I cant believe I have missed that! Sounds like a must-do!
Jill saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:37 am
I loooove me some crazy train. Sometimes, I even like to drive it. This is the outfit I like to wear as the official crazy train conductor: http://www.zoogstercostumes.com/products/dg4052.html#
carolyn saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:01 pm
I hate it when I feel like the Bravo peeps are YELLING at ME. Sheesh Jeff, I don’t even have drapes! I also feel like the What Not to Wear people are behind me with a camcorder.
The Mom of 'Em saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm
I just watched this show for the first time this weekend and it is now a Season Pass on TiVo. LOVE IT! I heart Zoila…..and Julia.
Aimee saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:11 pm
I love his crazy ass. Is this coffee 140 degrees?…
No, it’s not it’s 150 degrees. I drink it every day it’s not 140 degrees. Did you ask them to make it 140 degrees?
No big deal it’ll cool…but interesting, it doesn’t SAY it’s 140 degrees.
Just Jamie saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm
When I find myself actually rooting for Jeff and his tedious deliberations, I have to reevaluate myself and all that I am about. And I don’t like knowing that I’m rooting for a maniacal narcissist, but I do. Sometimes. Don’t tell.
Adrienne saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:33 pm
Ben Lomond is about 3 streets up from me, so I got to watch his craziness first hand. He is a nut and I am in love!
Kenyatta Rodriguez saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm
Okay, I thought that WAS Julia! That is scary.
NorthGaGal saysJuly 7, 2008 at 12:49 pm
I couldn’t afford him – it will be interesting to see him doing the remodeling work for other people – this current lady has a quote for 200K – wonder if she realizes all of his “changes” are going to wind up being 900K? Scary – kind of like watching a car wreck – just can’t turn away!!! I really am rooting for him to lose his ass – since he seems to be such a big one himself! Cheers, NGG
Buddysnuddys saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm
LOVE that show. Rock on, Bravo, rock on.
Dharmamama saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm
You know, I love me some Bravo. But if I add one more show, my kids will turn out like Jeff just to get my attention.
Clayjack saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:07 pm
Owning a small business myself, when I see shows like this along with other insane property flippers (Montelongos, I’m looking at you), I have to wonder what their financial books look like versus their on-air business persona.
Jeff looks like a wackjob perfectionist, but in the few episodes I’ve seen, cash flow always seems to be a huge issue. As is having a stable of reliable subcontractors. I might suggest those are more important to a business than freaking about the drapes. Or coffee. Or lemonade.
Aimee nailed it, as did Kenyatta – I’d like to see Bravo follow him into his lawsuits and bankruptcy proceedings, just so the audience could get the full frame of crazy.
notmuchofacook saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:19 pm
This show is one of my favorite guilty pleasures! And I loved your cartoon at the beginning. I have been trying to explain that scene to my friends and I never get it right, but the crazy comes across well. Jeff seems a little more controlled this season, but he still brings the OCD.
Julie in Houston saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm
LOL-I love youre pictures. So life like. I need to watch this show now!
Foolery saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm
I suffer from low blood pressure*. This show may be just the ticket for me to stay alive.
*no I don’t; I’m a pathological liar
Hotdog saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm
I love how funny crazy can be.
Lauri saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:43 pm
his mouth totally bugs me.. he has weird lips, but he is honest about his ocd stuff and I respect that. I could never work for him.. he asked his assistant to transfer his mints for him, like put two from one tin, into another… WTF… are his hands broke?
Kathy saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:44 pm
I’ve a huge fan of Bravo, but I’ve yet to see this show. I’m with the Domestic Goddess — Jeff scares me.
Maria saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm
I watched an entire episode of that before I figured out that he’s a house flipper and not a hairstylist. Either way he’s hi-larious.
Lori saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm
I recently started watching this and now have the DVR set to record all episodes. I absolutely love him for some reason. But see, you people who refuse to watch it because you think he’s a yeller, you are missing out. He doesn’t yell, he’s actually very sweet. Don’t you think, Bossy? He isn’t all confrontational, he just knows what he wants. I adore him.
Mrs. Cusack saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm
Jenni and her husband are also actors in real life here in LA.
Now I know why Jenni couldn’t get any acting work, too JL Dreyfus.
YOU LEFT OUT HIS EX BOYFIREND YOU MURDERER.
Jeff’s lips are weird because he has collagen in them, or maybe gortex or the other one I can’t remember.
I discovered this show right when it started and was predictably hooked because insane people love each other.
I’m lookin’ at you Bossy.
The Modern Gal saysJuly 7, 2008 at 1:57 pm
I hate how he treats the maid and always have to turn the channel within a few minutes of watching. I love Bravo, but Jeff is too much for me.
Deeples saysJuly 7, 2008 at 2:06 pm
How about the psychics? And the ritual house-cleansings of bad spirits? And the crazy pets? And the water bottles that have to be lined up exactly right??
I live watching LIVE crazy!!!
Deeples saysJuly 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Oh yes, and he talked about how he got lip implants in the first season.
And I love that Zoila randomly adds an “s” to some words and leaves it off other words that should have it.
“Jeffs called and he want you calls him.”
biddy saysJuly 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm
hahahahaaaaa i forgot about the drink combination!!!
oh that guy…he makes me want to stab him with a spoon
tj saysJuly 7, 2008 at 2:33 pm
…Wow, Zoila’s portrait looks just like Karen’s housekeeper Rosario from the tv show “Will & Grace”… Bossy has many talents. :o)
Susan saysJuly 7, 2008 at 3:51 pm
I do not like Jeff at all. He is abusive just like my ex-husband. Nasty man.
Megan saysJuly 7, 2008 at 4:09 pm
This show is the train wreck I can’t quit watching. In fact, right now I am watching the show.
dorothy saysJuly 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm
I can’t believe you actually make me want to watch reality television…
ritabby saysJuly 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm
Oh, I’m so glad you mentioned,drew, expounded upon the benefits of this show! It’s mesmerizing. Except…I hate that Bravo teases what’s going to happen after the commercial, and then we see the same 30 seconds of footage after the break. It all takes up way too much valuable “content” time. If I had Tivo, I’d be able to skip forward. But I’m afraid if the cable company was really able to keep track of what I watched, there’s be no PBS to turn to when I get back to watching it.
GREAT DRAWINGS BTW!
Sarah saysJuly 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm
He is such a crazy prick that I can’t help watching! I’m also fascinated by his lips. He’s totally had them done!
Chesapeake Bay Woman saysJuly 7, 2008 at 6:23 pm
When Bossy talks about QVC and Little People Big World or Kimora Life in the Fast Lane, I’m all nodding my head and going mmm hmmm.
Now that I’ve succombed to an internet addiction, I confess: I have never heard of this show because that would imply I watch TV. All I watch is my computer screen.
Thank you, Bossy, for keeping me in touch with reality.
And that is most definitely Elaine from Seinfeld.
crashtestmommy saysJuly 7, 2008 at 7:07 pm
My absolute favorite non-competition style reality-ish show.
This season is even crazier. And more fabulous. LOVE.
Surcie saysJuly 7, 2008 at 7:50 pm
You captured his visage absolutely perfectly!
The only episode I watched was the one about the Zoila painting. It reaffirmed my feeling that he is too wackadoodle for me to spend one more minute with. His OCD makes me want to run out of the room screaming. Why is this? Am I codependent or something?
Fairly Odd Mother saysJuly 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm
Wow, did you nail that show or what? That episode where the housekeeper is giving the gift of her portrait was hilarious and uncomfortable all at once. I’ve never been able to dis a bad gift like she did.
nycwhofan saysJuly 7, 2008 at 9:02 pm
And the new Chris assistant is the brother of Angela Kessler (object of Jeffrey’s hate) from Project Runway!
Denise Thomas saysJuly 7, 2008 at 9:23 pm
Me likey this little bit of crazy. ALMOST as much as Blowout.
Inzaburbs saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:50 pm
There’s a new season???
This was one of my guilty pleasures on iTunes last year. I don’t understand why, I just know I have to watch.
Thank you, Bossy, TV guide extraordinaire…
Heidi saysJuly 7, 2008 at 11:58 pm
I am pretty sure the Brandt that Jeff fired in the first season is a guy I used to know from the skating rink in Ohio.
I would kill for the patience of Jenni/Julia.
Reese saysJuly 8, 2008 at 12:18 am
I saw a snippet of this the other day and was amazed at how totally INSANE Jeff Lewis is.
We had to turn away because it was just TOO much train wreck for me.
A Whole Lot of Nothing saysJuly 8, 2008 at 12:38 am
I LOOOOOVE that show. I was confused by the Zoila picture, and I think they’re playing to the camera more this season. But it’s still AWESOME. Can’t wait to watch tomorrow.
Velveteen Mind- Megan saysJuly 8, 2008 at 1:41 am
We don’t get Bravo on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and our cable company didn’t respond when I showed them my Bossy Stalking Tour and explained why it is important to be able to track all of your interests.
They said they might reconsider if I gave them an “i am bossy” bumper sticker. I think they are screwing with me.
Chelsea saysJuly 8, 2008 at 9:40 am
Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this show! Jeff Lewis makes us all feel sane again. You’ve gotta love a man who spends his discretionary income on psychics and pet masseurs and salaries for dimwit staffers.
I do not understand why Chris and Jenni are happily married. They just seem so different.
Just once I want to scream at someone about onions. Just once.
Gretchen saysJuly 8, 2008 at 11:02 am
I loves the Bossy! She is the best! Can’t hardly wait for 10pm tonight to find out what happens. I watched the Fipped marathon on Sunday, I am hooked.
Tricia saysJuly 8, 2008 at 11:06 am
Holy cripes you stole my brain!
Jason saysJuly 8, 2008 at 4:11 pm
I am married to Jeff. Except his name is Giancarlo. And he’s not quite that obsessive and he’s definitley nicer. And he has real lips.
So, depending on the day. . . I like this show or I hate it!
Kristabella saysJuly 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm
I LOVE Flipping Out. I thought for sure it would suck in the second season, but I think it is better. He laughs at his neurosis more, which just makes it that much better!
heart shaped hedges saysJuly 8, 2008 at 7:10 pm
Freud might call Jeff Anal-Retentive.
Modern day therapists might diagnos him with Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
Others could easily label him as, “manic”, “narcissistic” or just plain old “controlling”.
Any way you look at it, the guy needs some serious help, which could include a rest at Bossy’s house with her bottle(s) of wine.
BTW, You did a nice artistic rendition, he looks very nice as an African-American.
Laurel saysJuly 8, 2008 at 7:24 pm
like does he get his soda chemically analyzed for correct proportions or is it formulated in a beaker
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ha ha ha
Ive watched this show a few times. That assistant really does look like Elaine from Seinfeld and that dood FLIPS out all the time.
(Of course YOU like the scarf!!)
Jodi saysJuly 11, 2008 at 4:09 pm
Oh…how I LOVE this show. It make me feel so much better about my own crazy.
Chelsea saysJuly 16, 2008 at 10:38 pm
I would just like to point out that in my previous comment I questioned why Jenni and Chris were married when they seem so different. And in tonight’s episode they are no longer together. Prophet?
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