4 • 30 • 2015 GIRLS LOVE WHEN I DO SPIT BUBBLES
w/ actor-writer-comedian and "D'FunQT" star D'Lo
In a hot car outside one of D'Lo's regular stand-up venues in Echo Park, Dennis talks to the Transgender Queer Tamil Sri Lankan performer about his one-man show "D'FunQT" which is currently showing at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center. D'Lo talks about the inspiration for his show, growing up in Lancaster, California and his mother's reaction to his onstage depiction of her. D'Lo also talks about the various reactions he gets from audiences, what it's like to visit Sri Lanka, his appearance on HBO's "Looking," and what he hopes audiences get from his show. Other topics include: his dream of having a real dressing room, the most famous person he's ever been in an elevator with, the current trans media moment, his talent for making spit bubbles and organizing and the Bruce Jenner interview. www.dlocokid.com
4 • 27 • 2015 STEALING FIRE
w/ "For the Record Live" co-creator and musical director Christopher Lloyd Bratten
Dennis visits the home studio of Christopher Lloyd Bratten, co-creator, musical director and arranger for the "For the Record" series of musical stage extravaganzas to talk about the evolution of the series, the thrill of performing for a live audience and the famous names who have popped up both in the cast and in the audience. Christopher also talks about the insane hotness of the cast, wearing skin tight silver spandex pants and what it's like to have Quentin Tarantino in the audience when you're doing a Tarantino-themed show. Other topics include: the worst job he ever had, working at The Different Light gay bookstore while he was in music school, the gig he missed because he was trippin' and faking it for Alan Thicke.
4 • 23 • 2014 I HATE HOW MANY SKIRTS TURN OUT TO BE CULOTTES
w/ "First Period" actor and executive producer Dudley Beene
Dennis visits the North Hollywood home of Dudley Beene, the executive producer and one of the stars of "First Period," a hilarious 80's-set comedy about two girls and their quest to become popular. Dudley talks about setting a shoot date for the film before they had a finished script, cast or crew and working backwards. He talks about showing the film in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, shooting the film's martial arts scene and the lessons he learned producing his first feature. Other topics include writing promos for TV shows like Wendy Williams and Tyra, Dudley's worst audition, his favorite bad movie, the song that makes him cry and what he got picked on for as a kid. Dudley and Dennis both recall coming out to their families, their first crushes and the thrill of watching hot studs in 80's workout videos.
4 • 10 • 2015 SOMETIMES LISTENING IS A THING YOU HAVE TO DO
w/ writer-director Darren Stein (Jawbreaker, GBF, Lifetime's Seeds of Yesterday")
Dennis visits the Hollywood Dell home of writer-director Darren Stein to talk about the Lifetime TV movie he wrote, "Seeds of Yesterday," the latest in "Flowers in the Attic" series, which premiers Sunday, April 12th. Darren talks about the challenges and joys of adapting a beloved book and what drew him to the project. Also on the docket is Dareen's last feature film, the gay teen comedy "GBF" and its unique distribution model, his cult classic "Jawbreaker," and the secret of shooting the iconic slow-motion high school hallway scenes that are featured in his films. Darren also recalls the Facebook message he got from "Heathers" writer Daniel Waters and shares stories of working Rose McGowan, Natasha Lyonne and Judy Greer, who was virtually unknown when he cast her in "Jawbreaker." Things get a little more serious when Darren talks about the provocative documentary he made several years back using old home movies called "Put the Camera On Me," and recalls one screening of it that have hurt his chances of working for the Mouse House. He also gets his dogs groomed, owns up to his bratty early days, shows off some really cool "Jawbreaker" fan art and talks about what keeps him sane through the ups and downs Hollywood.
4 • 6 • 2015 COME RIDE ON MY SKIN BUS
w/ writer and "The Comedians" co-creator Ben Wexler
On the eve of the debut of "The Comedians" on FX, Dennis visits the home of his old sketch comedy friend from the 90's Ben Wexler, who is the series' showrunner and one of its exec producers. Ben talks about getting to work on his dream project, "The Comedians" after many years in the TV comedy trenches, what it's like to ask his childhood idol Billy Crystal if they can make a joke at his expense in the show, and the thrill of seeing ads for his baby all over LA. Ben and Dennis also recall many adventures from their 20-plus year friendship; the sketches they did together in the comedy troupe Off-Off-Fairfax, two trips to Vegas, Ben's appearances as Woody Allen in The MisMatch Game, and getting sexed-up while listening to the Indigo Girls. Other topics include: Ben's stint on "The Michael J. Fox Show," his first big Hollywood job on a little movie called "Forrest Gump," working on the Netflix version of "Arrested Development" and how Ben can't say the word "tweaking" without giggling. Watch "The Comedians" and follow Ben on Twitter @mrbenwexler