1 • 16 • 2018 ••• I WAS TASTY WHEAT

w/ actor Jack McGee (The Fighter, The McCarthys, Broadway's The Iceman Cometh)

Dennis visits the Valley Village home of his dog park buddy, actor Jack McGee who leaves LA in a few weeks to go to New York where he will be appearing in his first Broadway play, The Iceman Cometh starring Denzel Washington. Jack talks about the out-of-nowhere audition that came his way when he happened to be on the east coast, what he's doing to prepare and being "stunned, elated, thrilled and petrified at the same time." He also talks about his long career in film and television, from playing Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale's father in "The Fighter" to starring on the sitcom "The McCarthys" with Laurie Metcalf to playing a fire chief who comes to terms with his gay son on "Rescue Me" with Denis Leary. Dennis also has to know about "Coyote Ugly," "Basic Instinct," "Cool as Ice" and "Showgirls." Jack also talks about getting into acting in his 30's while working as a fireman, the Frosted Mini Wheats commercial that got him recognized on the street. He also talks about getting sober 23 years ago, how that affected his acting career and how he'll draw from his experience to play a drunk in the play. Other topics include: meeting his wife and proposing 16 days later, why the role in "Rescue Me" was so meaningful for him, growing up in the Bronx as the youngest of 8 kids, how he still gets recognized for three lines on "Seinfeld," singing and bonding with New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre on "The McCarthys," doing a nude scene with Nicole Kidman on "Far and Away," the sweet thing Brad Pitt did for him on "Moneyball," picking "Cool as Ice" with Vanilla Ice over "Parenthood," his "love affair" with Roger Moore, playing Charles Durning's son, his obsession with James Cagney and the kind of role he'd love to play sometime. 

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

Jack's wondrous garage of memorabilia

TV Guide profile of Jack for "Rescue Me"

TV Guide profile of Jack for "Rescue Me"

The photo with Charles Durning Jack talks about on the podcast

The photo with Charles Durning Jack talks about on the podcast

Another Charles Durning pic

Another Charles Durning pic

See, he really was Crunchy Wheat

See, he really was Crunchy Wheat

Working with Roger Moore on The Quest

Working with Roger Moore on The Quest

Crunchy Wheat cartoon

Crunchy Wheat cartoon

With Jonathan Winters

With Jonathan Winters


1 • 11 • 2018 ••• I DID ALL OF LAURENCE FISHBURNE'S FOOTSTEPS

w/ audio drama creator K.C. Wayland ("We're Alive," the book "Bombs Always Beep")

Dennis heads down the 5 Freeway to Orange, CA to visit the office/studio of KC Wayland, creator of the popular zombie-themed audio drama "We're Alive," which is heading into its sixth season with a 7th already in development. KC talks about the original idea for the series, his techniques for working with actors, building an enthusiastic fan base with no paid advertising and the frustration of getting his thunder stolen by TV's "The Walking Dead" shortly after launching his first season. He also discusses the how-to book he wrote about audio dramas, "Bombs Always Beep," and why he thinks it's important to share his trade secrets with aspiring creators. He also talks about his producing work on "Bronzeville" a 2016 audio drama that starred Larenz Tate and Laurence Fishburne. Other topics include: getting signed by Paradigm, that time he met George R. R. Martin, serving in the army in Iraq and the thing that surprised him about prison elevators. www.waylandproductions.com