5 • 31 • 2015 I WAS THE NO TROUBLE KID
w/ "The Vanished Elephant" and "Undertow" filmmaker Javier Fuentes-Leon
Dennis visits the Echo Park home of writer-drector Javier Fuentes-Leon to discuss his new thriller "The Vanished Elephant," which makes its US premier at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16th. Javier talks about the inspiration for the complex, engrossing mystery, the pressure of having to follow-up to his Sundance Audience Award-winning breakthrough "Undertow", the difference between shooting in the U.S. vs his home country of Peru--where both of his features have been set, and how the Outfest LGBT Film Festival changed his life. Javier also recalls his lowest moment professionally, what it was like to give up a career in medicine and a girlfriend in Peru to move to LA and pursue his dream of being a filmmaker, and the encouraging voicemail he got from one of his directing heroes. Other topics include: Javier's teenage rock n roll crush, seeing "My Fair Lady" in the theater as a kid and having his world rocked and the aspect of his personality that is quintessentially Peruvian. With this installment, Dennis Anyone? begins a partnership with Frontiers newsmagazine, which will post podcasts along with a little bonus content that's not on the podcast.
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5 • 21 • 2015 FAKE VOMITING WITH A STYX SONG PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND
w/ "Welcome to Me" screenwriter Eliot Laurence
Dennis welcomes Eliot Laurence to the booth of truth to talk about the movie he wrote, "Welcome to Me" starring Kirsten Wiig that is currently playing in selected theaters across the country, on VOD and on Itunes. Eliot talks about the inspiration for the offbeat story, getting Oprah to let the film use her clips, Kristen's nude scene in the casino, how hard it is to make James Marsden look less dreamy and Wes Bentley soulfully eating a cheeseburger. He also shares the Cinderella story behind getting the movie made, what it's like to walk the red carpet at film festivals, his strategy for reading reviews and the amazing projects he's working on currently. Other topics include: the day job that was hard to leave, the worst job he ever had, writing on The Big Gay Sketch Show, the sudden passing of his friend and comedy partner Stephanie in 2006, a particularly gross on-stage accident and why he loves being a writer. (Dennis' audio is a little distorted at times. Sorry about that, folks. Will get it right next time.)
5 • 15 • 2015 I WOULD VOMIT ON LEG DAY MANY TIMES
w/ "Miserable with an Ocean View" playwright Howie Skora
Dennis welcomes playwright Howie Skora to his home and the booth of truth to discuss Howie's new play "Miserable with an Ocean View," which debuts June 6th in Los Angeles. Howie discusses the origins of the play, his decision to mount it himself, and the mysterious clown character played by former podcast guest Drew Droege. Howie also recalls starting out as a stand-up comic in New York alongside Jon Stewart, Louis CK and Sarah Silverman, entering a bodybuilding contest, quitting his corporate gym managing job to devote more time to his writing, and shares a snake story that will blow your mind. Other topics include the documentary he made about gay punk rocker Nick Name, the film he wrote about the AIDS Ride The Unknown Cyclist, the answering machine message he listened to over and over and the dirty note that was left on his car outside of Hugo's restaurant.
5 • 6 • 2015 I MIGHT TRY THAT LIGHTHOUSE JOKE
w/ creative director and former cruise ship performer Scott Williams
For this episode, Dennis journeys to Cambria in Central California to catch up with his old pal Scott Williams. They met at an audition for Princess Cruises in the late 80's and have been friends ever since. While driving to the train at the end of Dennis's visit, they talk about their cruise ship memories, specifically how they relate to Dennis's new mini-e book, "Mariner's Club Mixtape," which was just released on Amazon.com They swap stories of performing disasters, amazing destinations, friendships and affairs. Scott talks about falling in love with Cambria and also about his work as a creative director for film and TV, recalls the most unprofessional behavior he ever witnessed, confesses to being the worst driver ever and reveals that he's often mistaken in airports for a certain boyish sitcom icon. Learn more about his work at www.PembrookCreative.com