6 • 29 • 2017 ••• I HAVE THESE SHEER CURTAINS
w/ American Koko creators Diarra Kilpatrick & Miles Orion Feldsott
Dennis visits the West Hollywood apartment of Diarra Kilpatrick and Miles Orion Feldsett about their new webseries on ABC.com "American Koko," about a Law & Order-esque team of bad-asses who solve racial problems big and small. They talk about the various roles they played in the production--acting, writing, producing, props--and how the series came to be executive produced Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon's production company. Diarra recalls the joy of shooting the "Angry Black Women" support group scenes that occur throughout the series and the theme that trauma can be passed down through generations. They share stories from the set about love scenes, profanity, "slavery flashes" and what it's like to conceive a show in the Obama era and shoot it in the Trump era. They talk about being one of the first interracial couples to be featured on Essence.com and the avalanche of comments that followed. Other topics include: how they met, Diarra's Amazon pilot "The Climb," shooting in Detroit, finally getting health insurance, getting inspired by "All in the Family," magic mushrooms, horrible jobs, disaster dating and of course, Oprah. www.diarrakilpatrick.com
6 • 20 • 2017 ••• MY GIRLS ARE 100% POLYESTER
w/ RuPaul, Aja, Eureka, Valentina and Morgan McMichaels from RuPaul's Drag Race
Dennis attends an Emmy "For Your Consideration" event for RuPaul's Drag Race at the LA Sporting Club store in West Hollywood where he talks to RuPaul about the role of show during the Trump era, keeping the show fresh, why he loves drag queens and the show's most surprising fans. He also talks to Drag Race contestants Eureka, Aja, Valentina and Morgan McMichaels. Topics include: How Drag Race has changed their lives, the weirdest place they've been recognized, the free stuff they get for being on TV, fan art, social media and getting recognized at the urinal.
6 • 14 • 2017 ••• OMG, I'M A JOB CREATOR!
w/ film and TV writer Chuck Hayward (Dear White People, Fat Camp, Step Sisters)
Dennis sits down with film and TV writer Chuck Hayward to talk about his breakthrough year as a writer and story editor on the Netflix series "Dear White People," and the screenwriter of two upcoming film comedies "Fat Camp" and "Step Sisters." Chuck explains why "Dear White People" was the best writers room experience he's had to date in his career and recalls collaborating with "Moonlight" Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins who directed an episode Chuck co-wrote. He also talks about making his feature screenwriting debut with "Fat Camp," a raucous R-rated comedy about a kids' fitness camp that premiers this month at the L.A. film festival then hits VOD in July. He also talks about writing this fall's "Step Sisters" about a young black woman who teaches a white sorority how to step and how he hopes it will appeal to the same folks who loved "Bring It On" and "Pitch Perfect." Other topics include: growing up in Delaware, coming out to his family, summer camp scandal, diversity in Hollywood, "The Cosby Show," the most unprofessional behavior he's ever witnessed, his lowest point, the Bentley ride that nearly did him in and getting mooned. He also plays a voicemail that a friend left him from a Beer Fest that is guaranteed to make you smile.
6 • 7 • 2017 ••• JUST TRYING TO KEEP MY HEART SAFE
w/ actor-singer Alex Wyse (The Bold and the Beautiful, Spring Awakening)
Dennis visits the Los Feliz apartment of actor Alex Wyse to talk about his current role on the soap "The Bold and the Beautiful" as his recent Broadway turn in the Deaf West Production of "Spring Awakening" on Broadway. Alex talks about what it's like to work on a soap opera--the fast pace, the fans, the hunks--and how it's impacted him as an actor. He talks about the "Spring Awakening" journey, learning sign language for the show in just a few weeks, performing on the Tonys, meeting fans at the stage door and returning to NYC with a hit after the disappointment of his previous Broadway show "Lysistrada Jones." Other subjects include: gold nipple coverings, his worst audition, being starstruck by a Broadway diva and the worst job he ever had.
To get a taste of the wonder of Spring Awakening, here's a clip from the Seth Meyers show, featuring Alex's stand-out moment in "Touch Me." Click HERE to watch.