9 • 1 • 2014 NOTHIN'S GONNA STOP ME...NEVER!!!
w/ Madonnalogues creator Nadya Ginsburg & filmmaker Glenn Gaylord
Dennis sits down with his friend Nadya Ginsburg the mega-talented writer-performer behind the new webseries Madonnalogues. She talks about the roots of her spot-on Madonna imitation (Cher and Winona Ryder also make cameos), how the rules are different for women in pop and her the spur-of-the-moment Today Show appearance tied her brilliant viral Gaga parody "Al Roker Face." Also on hand is filmmaker Glenn Gaylord who collaborated with Nadya and Dennis on the Madonna-themed short film "If We Took a Holiday," which is playing all over the place this fall.
8 • 28 • 2014 DAX: PINK PUDDING & PROMISES
A Dennis Anyone? Extra w/ car designer Bryan Thompson on the day after the Motor City Masters finale
Dennis catches up with previous guest Bryan Thompson the day after the finale for the reality competition show Motor City Masters. On the agenda: the final twist that broke reality show tradition, Bryan's super practical tips for how to behave on a reality show and the weirdness of getting a hole pic sent to you without so much as a 'Sup?'
8 • 25 • 2014 WHEN THE KEY CHANGED HAPPENED, MY EYES CHANGED COLOR
w/ singer, actor and author of the book "Ham," Sam Harris
Dennis sits down with singer, actor and author Sam Harris in his L.A. home to talk about his terrific book "Ham: Slices of a Life," in which he writes about everything from getting sober to becoming a father to watching his friend Liza Minnelli marry what's-his-face with Liz Taylor and Michael Jackson as Best Man and Maid of Honor. Also on the docket: falling in love at Opryland, his memories of Star Search and Ed McMahon and the Oprah moment that should be an app.
8 • 21 • 2014 DAX: AN AUDIENCE WITH ANNIE
A Dennis Anyone? Extra w/ filmmaker (Hot Guys with Guns) and actor (Noah's Arc) Doug Spearman
Near the end of my initial interview with filmmaker and actor Doug Spearman (Noah's Arc, Hot Guys w/ Guns and the upcoming Welcome Sinners), Doug mentioned that he got to attend a very exclusive listening party with Annie Lennox where she talked about her new album Nostalgia. I had to know more. Doug breaks down the whole evening for us and then we jump to a lot of other topics including what it was like to be the only openly gay cast member on Noah's Arc at the time of its premier. Juicy stuff from a terrific guy.
8 • 17 • 2014 EVERY INCH THE YOUNG, STRUTTING GOD
w/ filmmaker/actor Doug Spearman (Hot Guys With Guns, Noah's Arc)
Dennis visits writer-director-producer-actor Doug Spearman in his cozy LA home for a conversation that touches on everything from Doug's new movie Welcome Sinners, his days playing Chance on Noah's Arc and the time he sat on Brad Pitt's lap. The paintings Doug talks about in the interview are below.
8 • 14 • 2014 DAX: 8-TRACK MINDS THINK ALIKE
A Dennis Anyone? Extra with filmmaker Jim Fall
After wrapping up my interview with filmmaker Jim Fall, we started going through his extensive collection of 8 track tapes. When I discovered that he had Partridge Family albums that I never even knew existed--Crossword Puzzle? What?--I decided we had to fire up the mic for a special episode. Also docket: Leif Garrett, Andy Gibb, Shaun Cassidy, Helen Reddy and Olivia Newton-John, specifically the way she says the word "kick" in the song "Have You Never Been Mellow?"
8 • 11 • 2014 THIS TOWN IS FULL OF NICE NOS
w/ filmmaker and theater director Jim Fall (Trick, The LIzzie Maguire Movie, Wedding Wars)
Dennis visits Jim Fall in his 8-track filled bachelor pad in the hills to discuss the 15th anniversary of his beloved film Trick, the sexy Italian crew men on the set of The Lizzie Maguire Movie in Rome and seeing The Excorcist when he was way too young...on Easter Sunday, no less. He also reveals the female TV legend who totally froze him out one time in an elevator.
8 • 8 • 2014 DAX: NERD SCHMERD
A Dennis Anyone Extra w/ filmmaker and movie nut Glenn Gaylord
Trying something new with this installment. In addition to doing the interview style Monday podcasts I've been doing for the past couple of months, occasionally I plan to put out a Dennis Anyone Extra podcast or DAX. It's basically me and a friend talking about stuff like pop culture, celebrity sightings, dating misadventures and, of course, movies and MORE! The kind of stuff I used to share on The Comedy Couch, basically. Here's the first DAX with my filmmaker friend Glenn Gaylord (I Do, Leave It On the Floor) and collaborated with me and Nadya Ginsburg on our short If We Took a Holiday. Topics include: Buyer & Cellar, the magic of SYTYCD and the movie that made us both cry.
8 • 4 • 2014 IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD INSIDE
w/ car designer Bryan Thompson from TruTV's reality competition show Motor City Masters
Dennis welcomes car designer Bryan Thompson who is currently appearing on TruTV's Motor City Masters which is like the Project Runway of car design. Bryan opens up about the Eric Estrada poster that changed his life, how it feels to have a Hot Wheels car made from a design you worked on, and how inspiration can come from the most unlikely of places. He once designed a gear shifter for an SUV that was inspired by his then-lover's sizable member...he took even took a mold--and everyone loved it!
7 • 28 • 2014 TITS AND A SHARK FIN
w/ James LaRosa, creator of VH-1's hit dance-soap Hit the Floor
Dennis visits TV writer James LaRosa in his office on the Paramount lot. James is the creator behind the hit VH-1 soap Hit the Floor about a sexy, sassy pro-basketball dance team (Go Devil Girls!) and the shirtless hunks who bed them and occasionally each other! They discuss the show's recent gay twist, James' winding road to showrunner and that project on his resume that keeps on giving; Spring Break Shark Attack.
7 • 21 • 2014 THANK GOD FOR ME AND VODKA
w/ Willam Belli from Rupaul's Drag Race
Actor, singer and RuPaul's Drag Race rebel Willam Belli welcomes Dennis to his LA home. Nothing's off the table including the fallout from RDR, his early days in Hollywood, his accidental activism as a Chik-fil-a satirst and his side-job booking gogo boys for nightclubs. Candid, surprising and more sentimental than you might think, the inimitable Willam always serves it up, whether tucked or untucked.
7 • 14 • 2014 SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF THE CASINO
w/ Jonathan Tolins writer of Buyer & Cellar and Twilight of the Golds
Dennis sat down with writer Jonathan Tolins (Twilight of the Golds, The Last Sunday in June, Queer as Folk) on the day after his smash Off-Broadway play Buyer and Cellar opened in LA at the Mark Taper Forum. Inspired by Barbra Streisand's book "My Passion for Design," the play imagines what it would be like if Barbra actually hired an out of work gay actor (Ugly Betty's Michael Urie) to work in the Main Street USA-style mall she has the basement of her Malibu compound. Dennis and Jonathan also discuss Outfest pool parties, Mitt Romney's downfall, Queer as Folk, the importance of mentors and getting the hell out of LA.
7 • 7 • 2014 A NEW SHADE OF ORANGE
w/ Tiger Orange director Wade Gasque and stars Mark Strano and Frankie Valenti (aka Johnny Hazzard)
On the eve of their Outfest premier, Dennis sits down with the team behind the new film Tiger Orange; director & cowriter Wade Gasque, co-writer/actor Mark Strano and actor Frankie Valenti (aka porn star Johnny Hazzard) making his dramatic feature debut. The film is about two estranged brothers in a smalltown in Central California who have very different ways of being gay. Topics include: fitting in vs. standing out, zip-lining without a harness and Barbie fashions.
6 • 26 • 2014 I WAS A GOOD GIRL...TIL SHOW BUSINESS
w/ author and career coach Barbara Deutsch
My delightful career coach, friend and life saver Barbara Deutsch talks about going from a secretary to a recording artist, her upcoming workshop "Thrive," and finally getting Jesus to give it up. Learn more about her work at www.bdapproach.com
6 • 19 • 2014 A CORNDOG AT DISNEYLAND
w/ stand-up comic and fitness goddess Debbie Praver
Dennis welcomes his old spinning teacher pal, comic and fitness instructor Debbie Praver. They discuss her recent USO tour to Afganistan, her days as a Disney parade performer, gym freaks and what it's like to kiss Donny Osmond.
6 • 12 • 2014 SOMEONE'S IN THE KITCHEN WITH PATTI
w/ "Nothing Like a Dame" author Eddie Shapiro
Dennis is joined by his old friend Eddie Shapiro, author of the terrific new book "Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater." They discuss Broadway divas, the Tonys, The Normal Heart, working for the AIDS Walk and Eddie's chronic case of Disney-itis.
6 • 3 • 2014 IL BELLA DI ROMA: MY ROMAN HOLIDAY
w/ Italian magazine editor Christian Poccia
On the last night of his adventure abroad, Dennis spends a night in Rome with writer and editor Christian Poccia, who he met on a press trip to Montreal in 2005. They discuss the beauty of Rome, Christian's new magazine Gino, the novel "Beautiful Ruins" and the universality of the "not enough chairs" phenomenon.
6 • 1 • 2014 DUBAI CURIOUS
w/ filmmaker Zaid Abu Hamdan
This one's short, sweet, exotic and probably horribly recorded. On the ride to the airport after three jam-packed days in Dubai, Dennis chats with the friend he went there to visit; filmmaker and TV producer Zaid Abu Hamdan, who is in Dubai working on the reality competition show The Victorious, which is like America Idol for soccer players. Topics include what it's like to work in Dubai, the addictiveness of the dance track "Hideaway," and Zaid's brilliant short film Bahia and Mahmoud, which is available iTunes.
5 • 27 • 2014 HUNGARY LIKE THE WOLF
w/ visual effects producer Tom Ford in Budapest
While on his post-cruise pleasure trip, Dennis visited Budapest, Hungary where his friend Tom Ford was working in the visual effects department for the upcoming Melissa McCarthy comedy "Spy." Dennis got to catch up with Tom, whose been gone from LA for almost four months, and in the process, fell in love with the city. Topics include Tom's job responsibilities, Dennis' Bike Tour with Suzie and Euro couple's incessant PDAs. Recorded with a new technique--thanks Tom for the new mic--so hopefully it sounds okay.
5 • 5 • 2014 HUGE IN PALM SPRINGS
w/ singer, actor, blogger and activist Erin Quill
Singer-actress-blogger Erin Quill sits down with Dennis to talk about being mom to the most adorable gayby on the planet, her shit-calling blog and her random star encounters with Jason Gould, Suzanne Somers, Lorna Luft and more!
5 • 5 • 2014 OH, SHUT UP AND ENJOY THE RIDE
w/ TV writer and showrunner Jack Kenny (Warehouse 13, Titus, The Book of Daniel)
Dennis sits down with writer-director Jack Kenny, showrunner of the SyFy series Warehouse 13, which wraps up its 5-year run this month. They discuss Jack's previous projects Titus and The Book of Daniel, what it was like to act in the original stage production of The Normal Heart and talking dolls.
4 • 29 • 2014 SO THIS IS WHAT STRIKING LOOKS LIKE
w/ comedy writer and performer Rob Nolan
In the wake of an LA Weekly article about the year anniversary of the Fashion Police writers strike, for which I was interviewed and that I felt omitted some pertinant facts, I've decided to tell my story myself my way. Joining me is one of my fellow Norma Raes, writer/performer Rob Nolan, who can do full wheel in yoga, which I don't resent at all. Expect life lessons, dreamboard chat and at least one hooker found in the bottom of a dumpster.
4 • 22 • 2014 SOMEONE'S GOTTA DRIVE THIS SHIP
w/ Hollywood makeup artist and entreprenuer Brett Freedman
In this second episide, Dennis sits down with Hollywood make-up artist and entrepreneur Brett Freedman to discuss the art of being a makeup artist, writing fan letters and the joys and perils of buying a vintage AMC Pacer off Ebay.
4 • 17 • 2014 YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS
w/ TV writer and performer Jackie Clarke
For the debut of his new podcast, Dennis chats up the delightful and hilarious writer/performer Jackie Clarke (UCB, Happy Endings, Undateable). The pair discuss evenings at the theatre, their 2013 yoga retreat adventure, how they learned the facts of life and Jackie's new baby Hugo.