7 • 30 • 2018 ••• I WRITE BECAUSE I HAVE TO

w/ Gay Hollywood Dad filmmaker and subject Quentin Lee

Dennis visits the Glendale home of filmmaker Quentin Lee to talk about his new documentary Gay Hollywood Dad, which is all about his journey to becoming a single father through surrogacy and also touches on other subjects including his relationships with his own parents and friends, Asian-American talent in film and TV...and even includes a horror short film within the film featuring Quentin's baby son Casper. Quentin talks about why he always wanted to become a father, what the process was like, why he named his son Casper, finding a surrogate and an egg donor, how fatherhood has changed him and why he put baby Casper in a horror short film. He also talks about growing up in Hong Kong, coming to the United States, falling in love with movies, going to UCLA film school, coming out, moving to Montreal at 15 and why he loves horror movies. Other topics include: going for your dreams vs. avoiding disappointment, the importance of being patient, that time he got to meet Steven Spielberg, starting out as a filmmaker with Fast & Furious director Justin Lin, the dream project he's determined to get made Campus Ghost Story. https://www.facebook.com/gayhollywooddad/


7 • 16 • 2018 ••• DAVID BOWIE STOLE MY EARRING

w/ Hollywood historian and tour operator Philip Mershon (Felix In Hollywood Tours)

Dennis visits the Hollywood home of Philip Mershon, the man behind the Felix in Hollywood tour company. Philip guides a 2-hour-ish walking tour of a half-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard where so much of early Hollywood took place. Philip talks about the big studio opportunity that fell through but ultimately led him to start the tour on his own, his addiction to Hollywood history and research, why he loves the Golden Age character actor Franklin Pangborn, how he deal with sirens and heat and people heckling him on the street and how he came to name is company Felix in Hollywood. He also talks about being a military brat growing up and how the classic movies he would see on TV were the one constant friend that he had. He talks about his career in wardrobe for TV and film, his first job on a roller derby show and touring the world as one of the wardrobe staff on Madonna's "The Girlie Show" in the early 1990's. Other topics include: the one person who made Madonna nervous, the two items he bought at Zsa Zsa Gabor's yard sale, that type he got caught shoplifting, working as a modeling coach in a mall, the lunch box that made him furious the 70's teen idol who left him a voicemail one time. http://felixinhollywoodtours.com/

 The tea tray Phillip bought at Zsa Zsa Gabor's yard sale.

The tea tray Phillip bought at Zsa Zsa Gabor's yard sale.

 The embroidered pillow Phillip bought at Zsa Zsa Gabor's yard sale.

The embroidered pillow Phillip bought at Zsa Zsa Gabor's yard sale.

7 • 5 • 2018 ••• THE RUTH BUZZI OF CIRCUS PERFORMERS

w/ Battle at the Comic Expo author Richard Andreoli

Dennis visits the enchanting Highland Park home of Richard Andreoli, author of the new novel Battle at the Comic Expo, which is loosely based on the many years he spent volunteering at Comic-con in San Diego. He talks about the long evolution of the book, the mid-life crisis that motivated him to write it, his affection for the Comic-Con crowd and coming out as gay during the time when he was part of the world. He also talks about his super-serious side-passion; the circus arts and why he loves it. He discusses how it's changed his life, how it's changed his body and how it's enriched his marriage. Other topics include: being a go-go boy for a day for a magazine article, why he wears pantyhose for his circus performances, why it irks him when people refer to our current political situation as "a circus," writing an article about the gay section of the L.A. prison, posing on a trapeze for a fine art painter, being on HGTV's show Urban Backyards, that time he won a Star Trek plate, crushing on Kelly from Guiding Light, working at the Athletic Club in West Hollywood, how super nice author Neil Gaiman is, the Muppet Show lunch box that was everything to him and why Irene Cara's song "Fame" is still awesome. Rick and Dennis also go off on a Xanadu tangent.  https://www.battleatthecomicexpo.com/

 One of the paintings Rick posed for.

One of the paintings Rick posed for.

 Another painting Rick posed for

Another painting Rick posed for

 A painting Steve posed for.

A painting Steve posed for.

 The front cover of the Cary Grant - Randolph Scott inspired photo book Rick and Steve did for their anniversary.

The front cover of the Cary Grant - Randolph Scott inspired photo book Rick and Steve did for their anniversary.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Inside the photo book.

Inside the photo book.

 Rick and Steve's charming kitchen.

Rick and Steve's charming kitchen.

 Rick at his super cool front door.

Rick at his super cool front door.