9 • 29 • 2014  BEA ARTHUR IS MY SPIRIT ANIMAL

w/ drag legend and writer Jackie Beat

Dennis visits Jackie Beat and his three adorable and vocal dogs in Jackie's L.A. home, which features an entire room dedicated to the movie Carrie.  This year is Jackie's 25th year in show business so there are lots of topics to dicsuss, including the first time he performed in drag, working on projects like Flawless (with Philip Seymour Hoffman), Fashion Police (with the late Joan Rivers) and Hello, Ross (with Ross Matthews) and the ecstacy of taking off your tight shoes after a long night of entertaining the masses.  They also get into how RuPaul's Drag Race has changed the drag world, what it was like to grow up in Arizona and why the movie "Carrie" deserves its own room.

Jackie's "Carrie" room.

Jackie's "Carrie" room.

Some of Jackie's wigs.  I said to Jackie, "You're so organized."  "You have to be," was Jackie's reply.

Some of Jackie's wigs.  I said to Jackie, "You're so organized."  "You have to be," was Jackie's reply.

The Golden Girls-esque sitting room with an amazing portrait of Jackie.

The Golden Girls-esque sitting room with an amazing portrait of Jackie.

Jackie's "Carrie" room

Jackie's "Carrie" room

Notice the Jackie in bed with deer and her adorable pooch who only has Satan eyes in this picture.

Notice the Jackie in bed with deer and her adorable pooch who only has Satan eyes in this picture.

One of the coolest pieces of merch I've seen in ages; the jackie Beat Viewmaster...with amazing pics of JB.

One of the coolest pieces of merch I've seen in ages; the jackie Beat Viewmaster...with amazing pics of JB.

9 • 22 • 2014  DAX: MIXED MESSAGES

a Dennis Anyone? Extra with actor and Space Station 76 filmmaker Jack Plotnick

After interviewing Jack about his new film Space Station 76, Dennis and Jack recorded this extra episode where Jack responds to the question, "What message was left on your voicemail or answering machine that you played over and over?" by actually PLAYING a bunch of old messages for us and narrating.  Dennis shares a couple messages, too.  The episode ends with a recording from 1998 of Jack as a pre-Girls Will Be Girls Evie Harris singing "Evie," a parody of the song "Roxie" from Chicago while Dennis clunks away on piano.  The recording was for a performance for Dennis's book launch for Misadventures in the (213) in which Evie played the role of the landlady in the book.  Hence, all the references to rent checks, etc. (The accompanying photo was from the Quest for the Crown benefit in 2000.  Dennis wrote, Evie commentated and Kristen Johnston was one of the judges.)

9 • 18 • 2014  I WANT TO SWIM IN LIVE TYLER'S FACE

w/ actor and Space Station 76 filmmaker Jack Plotnick

Dennis visits his old friend, filmmaker and actor Jack Plotnick on the eve of the release of his sci-fi dramedy Space Station 76, starring Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Matt Bomer, Jerry O'Connell and Marisa Coughlan.  Jack talks about the inspiration for the film, its long, winding road to fruition and what's it like to watch Matt Bomer pleasure himself with a robot hand.  Also discussed are Jack's bound-for-Broadway jukebox musical "Disaster!" (co-created with Seth Rudetsky), what it was like to be part of "Ellen's" game-changing Coming Out episode, putting Sir Ian McKellan to sleep on the set of "Gods and Monsters" and the early days of his illustrious "Girls Will Be Girls" character Evie Harris.  (FYI, the photo of us was taken at our friends Guy and Nir's Malibu wedding in the fall of 2013.  I'm in the Mad Men suit I talked about in the podcast "So This Is What Striking Looks Like.")  More Jack Plotnick fun to come in an Extra episode.  Stay tuned.

The robot who cleans and does odd jobs in Space Station 76.  Now safely earthbound in Jack's apartment.

The robot who cleans and does odd jobs in Space Station 76.  Now safely earthbound in Jack's apartment.

The coffee table from the movie that Liv Tyler bumps her knee on.  jack's not sweating over his movie opening.  He's sweating because it's hot as balls in LA this week!

The coffee table from the movie that Liv Tyler bumps her knee on.  jack's not sweating over his movie opening.  He's sweating because it's hot as balls in LA this week!

9 • 15 • 2014  WAIT!  NOBODY'S WEARING THE CHICKEN COSTUME

w/ choreographer, Groov3 founder and Ambassador of Joy Benjamin Allen

Dennis visits choreographer and entreprenuer Benjamin Allen at the office of Groov3, the red-hot dance fitness brand he started in 2010.  Topics include: Dennis and Benji's meet-cute while dancing in front of the movie Xanadu, Benji's new home workout DVD "Dance Sweat Live," the triumphs and terrors of starting a business, dancing in Pharrell's 24-hour "Happy" video, doing a flashmob for "Ellen" in a mall...and the thrill of nailing your Bar Mitsvah outfit.  Also discussed, this week's burning question: What music video can you watch over and over again?

www.Groov3.com

Benji and Dennis met dancing in front of Xanadu, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, California, on October 20, 2006. Dennis is in the purple suit in the 40's group and Benji's in the white leopard pants and red vest in the 80's group.

This is the gig Benji choreographed and ended up in the chicken suit.  The dance section is near the end of the video


9 • 8 • 2014  THE CATFISH AND THE HOPEFUL

w/ director-producer-writer and recent Catfish showrunner Michael Selditch

In this episode, Dennis visits Michael Selditch at his West Hollywood condo, the lobby of which he designed himself because he's brilliant that way.  Michael is a reality show veteran, having produced, directed and/or showrun such shows as "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy", "Architecture School", "9 By Design" and MTV's current hit "Catfish."  He's also the director of the documentary feature "11 Minutes" about "Project Runway's" first winner Jay McCarroll, as well as the narrative film "Fixing Frank" and the currently in-development "The Boy in Burton's Shadow."  Topics include: what it's like to go Catfishing, the gift Carson Kressley gave him that he still rocks today and a story about a human liver that will both apall and amuse you.

Learn more at www.selditch.com

The finished lobby that Michael designed for his condo complex.

The finished lobby that Michael designed for his condo complex.

Michael's cool living room and adorable dog Roman, named after his favorite director, Roman Polanski.

Michael's cool living room and adorable dog Roman, named after his favorite director, Roman Polanski.

The baseball-inspired jacket Carson Kressley gave him during Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

The baseball-inspired jacket Carson Kressley gave him during Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

Some plates he got as a Xmas give from Bravo one year...because who hasn't always wanted to eat a muffin off of Andy Cohen or the Millionaire Matchmaker's face.

Some plates he got as a Xmas give from Bravo one year...because who hasn't always wanted to eat a muffin off of Andy Cohen or the Millionaire Matchmaker's face.


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.