8 • 24 • 2016I'D RATHER FIGHT THE DEMONS ON THE OUTSIDE

w/ "Her Story" actor-writer Jen Richards

Dennis welcomes trans actor-writer-activist Jen Richards to his condo to discuss the Emmy-nominated web-series "Her Story," about the dating lives of trans women in LA.  She talks about the origins of the series, crushing on her co-creator, getting fan mail from places like Estonia and Bangladesh and landing a trans designer to make her Emmy dress.  She also talks about the decision to transition, what surprised her most about life as a woman, appearing on season one of "I Am Cait," her favorite interaction with Caitlyn Jenner and going home to see family in North Carolina and having to deal with the state's anti-trans bathroom law. Other topics include: getting "lucky" in her transitioning, starting the Trans 100, why she got so into activism, the writing tips she got from "Transparent's" Jill Solloway, having foodgasms, period talk, hitting the ladies room with Kerry Washington, visiting the White House and the moment from her childhood she'd like to relive. Follow her @smartassjenwww.herstoryshow.com


8 • 15 • 2016 ••• PEOPLE OFTEN CAME OUT OF THEIR SHOES

w/ "Last Will and Testicle" webseries creator Byron Lane

Dennis visits the charming L.A. home of Byron Lane, creator of the webseries "Last Will and Testicle," which was inspired by his own experiences with testicular cancer. Byron talks about making the webseries as the drama was playing out in his own life, getting funds from Kickstarter, asking actor and past podcast guest Drew Droege to play his cancerous lump and the fact that his implant actually has a serial number. He also talks about working as a news reporter in Las Vegas before and covering crime scenes in the dead of night while living the reality of "If it bleeds, it leads." Other topics include: his desire to perform an autopsy, his stint as Carrie Fisher's personal assistant, his previous feature "Herpes Boy," and being named Altar Boy of the Year...twice! www.lastwillandtesticle.com


 

8 • 4 • 2016 ••• I WANT MY LIFE TO BE ONE BIG GAME SHOW

Part 2 w/ professional namer and crossword constructor Andrea Carla Michaels

Here's part 2 of my conversation with professional namer and Crossword constructor Andrea Carla Michaels. This one is basically one long delicious story about playing Scattegories with John Lithgow that takes detours to a Scrabble club in New York and her Harvard reunion. Other topics include being a chaperone for The Dating Game, Barbra Streisand, what her parents about the road she's chosen and riding in an elevator with Sean Penn.  www.acmenaming.com


8 • 1 • 2016 ••• THEY CALL ME MISS MONDAY

w/ Crossword Constructor Andrea Carla Michaels

After a few weeks off, Dennis returns, welcoming his old friend from San Francisco Andrea Carla Michaels into his Noho condo to talk about what it's like to create crossword puzzles for the New York Times. She talks about why she loves it, her long history with Will Shortz, how she gets paid, having her puzzle featured at a crossword contest and making peace with using those 4-letter "glue" words like Oreo. She also discusses her career as a professional namer with her company Acme Naming. She talks how "Bewitched" was an early inspiration, how she gets paid and the company name she's most proud of. Other topics include: giving pizza to the homeless every day, how much San Francisco has changed in the last decade, her teenage relationship with Woody Allen, working as a writer on "Designing Women," and why she goes by all three names. www.acmenaming.com