12 • 31 • 2014  2014 YEAR-END MASH-UP 

w/ past podcast guests Jackie Clarke, Patrick Tobin, Jack Kenny, Miss Coco Peru, Jack Plotnick, Glenn Gaylord and Danny Casillas 

Dennis brings 2014 to a close with a round-up of check-ins with past podcast guests Jackie Clarke, Patrick Tobin, Jack Kenny, Miss Coco Peru, Jack Plotnick, Glenn Gaylord and Danny Casillas.  Also included is a Dickie Goodman-style flashback from Dennis's childhood having to do with Star Wars and Farrah Fawcett...and Dennis's cover of the Sam Harris song "The Rescue," discussed in the Sam Harris podcast in August, which was recorded in a cabin on a cruise ship. There's some Manilow in there, too.  Happy New Year and thanks your all your support throughout 2014.

The Whore plate in Coco Peru's kitchen.

The Whore plate in Coco Peru's kitchen.

The Hot Mess kitchen towel that was inspired by Coco's Whore plate.

The Hot Mess kitchen towel that was inspired by Coco's Whore plate.


12 • 22 • 2014  I GO FULL YENTL ON IT

w/ TV director and filmmaker Jeremy Podeswa

Name a kick-ass, quality TV show and Jeremy Podeswa's probably directed at least one episode: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Walking Dead, The Newsroom, American Horror Story, True Blood, The L Word, Queer as Folk...and the list goes on and on.  He's also made his own films: Fugitive Pieces, Eclipse and The Five Senses, which won the Genie Award in his native Canada.  Jeremy recalls the show that changed it all for him, Six Feet Under, shooting Rome at Cinecetta studios in Rome and how working in a shoe store taught him that women lie about their shoe size.  He also talks about how the zombies on Walking Dead go to zombie boot camp, working with severed limbs on American Horror Story and the sexiest scene he ever shot...in the pool at L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, no less.

The lamp is from Rachel Griffith's character Brenda's apartment on Six Feet Under

The lamp is from Rachel Griffith's character Brenda's apartment on Six Feet Under

This vase belonged to Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy) on Six Feet Under and it's so Ruth.

This vase belonged to Ruth Fisher (Frances Conroy) on Six Feet Under and it's so Ruth.


12 • 15 • 14  SO THERE WAS A SCREENING AT SOHO HOUSE...

w/ Cake screenwriter Patrick Tobin

After seeing a screening of the new Jennifer Aniston movie "Cake," Dennis tracks down its screenwriter Patrick Tobin to talk about the film and his whirlwind journey from unknown, unrepresented screenwriting contest enterer to produced screenwriter with a movie in the Oscar race.  It all turns into a bit of a therapy session for Dennis and is sure to inspire the writers out there tapping away in coffeeshops.  Patrick also talks about the day he quit is day job, his fashion faux pas at the Toronto International Film Festival, what surprised him about Jennifer Aniston and his obsession with Tracy Partridge from The Partridge Family.  Read more of his work at www.patricktobin.net


12 • 8 • 2014  LOOK WHAT YOU'VE MANIFESTED!

w/ monologist and drag performer Miss Coco Peru?

Dennis visits the one and only Miss Coco Peru in her lovely San Fernando Valley home for an emotional rollercoaster of an interview.  Dennis shares the touching coincidence he experienced at Coco's February show "She's Got Balls."  He then pulls himself together to discuss other topics like Coco's origin story, her Terms of Endearment catharsis and the power of vulnerability. Her hilarious "Grand Theft Auto" YouTube video is also broken down as her memories of making out with Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet in Girls Will Be Girls.  Also on the docket: Coco's yearly visits to her husband Rafael's home country of Spain, the nudist resort gig that turned out to be awful, Coco's encounters with stars like Allison Janney, Taylor Dayne, Bea Arthur, Jeffrey Tambor and Ben Vereen and the poop sketch that Dennis collaborated on with Coco and Jack Plotnick as Evie Harris that scandalzed the LA charity world. Learn more at www.MissCocoPeru.com

The compact and note Patrick Swayze gave Coco on Too Wong Fu.  Sorry it's out of focus.

The compact and note Patrick Swayze gave Coco on Too Wong Fu.  Sorry it's out of focus.

The photo of Coco in her kitchen that we discussed.

The photo of Coco in her kitchen that we discussed.


12 • 1 • 2014  WHAT IS JIVE TALKIN'?

w/ film critic and "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" author Alonso Duralde

This week, Dennis welcomes film critic Alonso Duralde to the booth o' truth to discuss Alonso's oh-so-timely book "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas," a book all about Christmas movies; some great, some awful, classics and some you've probably never heard of.  Alonso talks about reviewing movies for The Wrap and What the Flick?, what it's like to co-host a movie review podcast with your husband (check out Alonso and Dave White's "Linoleum Knife" podcast), teaches college students about film and the moment at Sundance he almost said "Screw movies" and explored another line of work.  Also on the agenda: when, how and why Alonso fell in love with movies, the classic he doesn't care for, the movie he wishes he could add to his 2005 book "101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men" and how "Defending Your Life" and "Groundhog Day" totally changed his life.