Reporter and producer of KiSS 92.5’s The Roz & Mocha Show, Maurie Sherman — better known as Damnit Maurie — has spent his career snagging interviews with celebrities that include Timothée Chalamet, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. So it’s no surprise that, when it came time to propose to his husband, CTV publicist Matthew Almeida, it had to involve a grand celebrity moment! Here, “The Damnits” share the details of that star-studded proposal and dream elopement.
How they met
We met in the press room at the MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) in 2007. Matthew was working the event, and I was there to cover it for the radio station. I approached Matthew and tapped his shoulder to ask a media-related question and we chatted for a bit.
The first date
Months later I finally asked Matthew out for dinner. We were to meet in the lobby of my apartment, but Matthew arrived early, and I wasn’t done getting ready yet, so I invited him up. We ended up ordering Chinese takeout and watched Big Brother. It may sound boring as a first date, but we felt comfortable and at home with each other right from the start.
Matthew just wanted to be friends at first, so just friends is what we were for awhile before he finally said, “Yes, let’s give this a shot.” I remember saying to him one day, “Listen, whenever you are ready just let me know. And on New Year’s Eve, Matthew put a card that read, “Now Is The Right Time” under my dinner plate, when I wasn’t looking, and when the waitress removed my plate, there was the note. Years later, Matthew found a magnet with the same quote inscribed, which is posted on our fridge to this day.
Matthew is a diehard Mariah Carey fan — a true lamb! Every time I brought up conversations surrounding marriage he would always say that he didn’t need to get married or need a piece of paper to be together and that our relationship was enough. One time, he jokingly brushed me off by saying, “I’ll marry you when I get to meet Mariah.” And so I went to work behind the scenes with Mariah’s team and did the proposal onstage in Las Vegas at her 2009 concert and introduced Matthew to his idol. He said yes! Mariah and her team were amazing and even brought out champagne. A fan captured the proposal on their phone and posted it on YouTube.
The wedding and honeymoon
We got married on Dec. 29, 2016, in New York City, which also served as our honeymoon. We both love New York at Christmas and knew we wanted to get married there around the holidays. So we eloped and chose the Bethesda Terrace in New York’s Central Park as the location to exchange our vows and from there went to our favourite N.Y.C. hot spots including Katz’s Delicatessen for dinner and Serendipity 3 for dessert. We also rented a vintage N.Y.C. Checker cab to add to the experience.
We have a four-year-old Aussiedoodle named Andy Monroe Carey (named after our love for Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe and Mariah Carey). He is a handful that one — but also the cutest and the biggest diva in our family!
Shared hobbies and interests
We share a love of music, art and all things pop culture. We both share our love for Warhol, Monroe and Mimi. We both love our art books, music biographies, attending concerts and travelling to NYC. But most recently we discovered we are also cabin people too — but we can’t agree on the camping in a tent thing just yet.
Balancing careers and a relationship
I don’t know if there is such a thing as balance. We both work in media and oftentimes our careers bleed into each other (I am in radio and he is in TV). I think because of this there is an understanding of the nature of our jobs, but for the most part we also don’t like to bring our work home with us – except when I secretly record my husband for the radio.
The secret to success
Bicker often, which you’ve all heard on The Roz & Mocha Show with The Damnits segments (and yes, they are all real), but the key is really to laugh often. And separate bathrooms help! Find joy in the little things and never take life too seriously.
Our life together looks like two old divas … like Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets!