3 • 20 • 2017 ••• WOW, I HAVE A STYLE
w/ photographer and entrepreneur John Gunan, founder of Scenario Photography
Dennis visits the LA home/studio space of photographer John Gunan whose company, Scenario Photography specializes in high-end photo set ups--they're not booths--for special events. He talks about the company's humble beginnings with ping pong and underwear, what sets Scenario apart, doing Katy Perry's birthday party for seven years in a row, how social media and digital photography came along and changed the game. He talks about his most popular scenario--the Fred Astaire-inspired upside-down room--and how he goes about getting people in the right position to make it look cool. He talks about shooting for the high-end market and sticking to his guns price-wise, telling dumb jokes to get his subjects to laugh, refusing to use props if they don't make sense and his sexiest scenario shoot. He also recalls his days as an actor in Broadway shows like Will Rogers Follies, working on the Grand Princess cruise ship, his lowest point professionally--it involves a Mobil gas station, his most glamorous night, the first album he bought, his first Canon camera, shooting pics of the American Idols, his special talent for being able to walk down a flight of stairs like a showgirl. www.scenariophoto.com
3 • 13 • 2018 ••• THIS SHOW IS OUR HASHTAG RESIST
w/ the team behind The 1st Annual Trump Family Special; Tor Hyams, Lisa Rothauser, Mikalah Gordon and Danny Salles
Dennis sits down at a sidewalk cafe in Studio City, CA with Danny Salles, Tor Hyams, Lisa Rothhauser and Mikalah Gordon four of the brilliant, semi-twisted minds behind the musical review The 1st Annual Trump Family Special which returns to L.A.'s Vitello's restaurant on April 14th for two shows. It's also showing in NYC on April 9th & 10th. Danny talks about writing the show as a way to channel his angst, bringing on choreographer Benji Schwimmer and the challenge of creating comedy out of a White House that has new developments coming at you every second. Tor and Dennis recall meeting and working together on the Independent Spirit Awards back in the early aughts and having squirmy moments with James Woods and Jim Jarmusch. Lisa talks about being in the Broadway musical "The Producers" and auditioning with a Hitler joke that no one laughed at. Tor and Lisa talk about being commissioned to write a musical based on the sitcom "Green Acres" and working with Howie from the Backstreet Boys. And Mikalah talks about being starstruck by Judge Judy and the thrill of going to her first concert; the Spice Girls. www.trumpfamilyspecial.com www.mikalahgordon.com ww.torandlisa.com
3 • 7 • 2018 ••• BETTY ON ONE CHEEK, VERONICA ON THE OTHER
w/ Archie comics writer and artist Dan Parent
At the Westin in New York City, Dennis meets up with artist and writer Dan Parent who has been working for "Archie" comics for over three decades. He talks about getting discovered by "Archie" while still in school, why he connects with Jughead, the challenge of adding his own style to Archie while keeping things consistent, how he comes up with fresh storylines and of course, the Betty and Veronica of it all. Dan also talks about creating and adding the gay character of Kevin to the Riverdale mix in 2010, the pop star who inspired Kevin's look, introducing Kevin with a Three's Company-esque comedic storyline as opposed to something Afterschool Special-y and the reaction he's gotten from fans. He also discusses the effect the TV show Riverdale has had on the comic and the time he got to visit the set of the show and meet the disgustingly good-looking cast. He also talks about his sidehustle comic Die Kitty Die, raising the money for it on Kickstarter, the famous curvy redhead who inspired Kitty's look and finding a place to put Bea Arthur into the story. Other topics include: going to comic conventions in places like India, being on The Weakest Link and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the crazy things fans ask him to draw, the one object he hates to draw, why he's always loved comic books, and meeting a fan who had Betty tattooed on her right butt cheek and Veronica on the left. www.danparent.com
3 • 5 • 2018 ••• MARCH 2018 SPECIAL PATREON EPISODE
From Oscar to Simon with a stop at Black Panther
FROM DENNIS: "This episode's coming a little later than usual because I wanted to talk about the Oscars. So this episode starts of with my thoughts on this year's telecast, which overall I really enjoyed and even felt inspired by. Things I talk about: decency, Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudoplh, Allison Janney, Luca Guadagnino, director of "Call Me By Your Name," marking it vs. doing it full-out, Ladybird, Zendaya's dress, Jimmy Kimmel, the hot dog cannon, Ashley Judd, Annabelle Sciorra and Salma Hayek, the dead people and the amazing food served up by my catering friend Steven Havens. Then we have a Q & A following a screening of the new teen gay coming out story "Love, Simon," featuring the film's stars; Josh Duhamel, Jennifer Garner and Nick Robinson, in which I get in a question at the end and also confess that maybe I cried a bit. Finally, another Q & A this time with the screenwriter of Black Panther Joe Robert Cole. Thanks for your support!"
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