5 • 29 • 2019 ••• IT’S THE LITTLE MERMAID…WITH LUBE!
w/ Shooting Star writer-producer Florian Klein and actress Karole Foreman
Dennis heads to the Hudson Theater in Hollywood to interview his longtime friend actress Karole Forman and writer-producer Florian Klein on the eve of the opening of their show Shooting Star, a musical love story set in the world of gay porn. Florian talks about getting the inspiration for the show from his own experience as porn star Hans Berlin, finding his composer Thomas Zaufke and lyricist Erik Ransom. seeking producers and then ultimately deciding to just produce the damn show himself. He also talks about winning porn awards, using his porn stardom as a platform for HIV-education, particularly the U = U message (Undetectable + Untransmittable) and getting inspiration from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid. Florian also recalls telling his parents about his porn career and HIV diagnosis in the same conversation. Karole talks about branching into writing, what her family things of her career and the two miracles she experienced in front of the same L.A. church, one involving a homeless man and the other involving Little Richard. The interview ends with Dennis and Karole sharing memories of the extremely intense musical theater workshop they took together in the late 1980's. Other topics include: fake sperm, being on a Sofia Coppola set when Michael Jackson died, the monkey Karole threw a fit over and Florian's 22-hour erection.
5 • 16 • 2019 ••• I WAS THE ONE THAT HAD TO GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION
w/ singer and actor Jack Nathan Harding
Dennis visits the peaceful, Sunland, CA home of recording artist and actor Jack Nathan Harding to talk about his recent string of in your face gay country music videos, including the just-dropped "Fed Up." Jack talks about the inspiration behind the music, being a one-man show and doing everything--composing, singing, recording, shooting the videos, editing, getting up online, even the T-shirt shredding. He talks about having to give himself permission to present himself in a sexy way, the McGyver way he had to get some of the trickier camera shots and what his longtime husband thinks of his new-ish endeavors. Jack also discusses his career as an actor, doing guest shots on shows like House, Glee, Brooklyn-99 and The League, the plusses and minuses of having extreme facial hair and what his acting reps think about his sexy gay music videos. Other topics include: growing up in Texas, coming out, what the letters AARP should stand for, www.jacknathanharding.com
5 • 9 • 2019 ••• I JUST WENT AHEAD AND DID IT
w/ writer-director Stewart Wade (Say Yes, Coffeehouse Chronicles)
Dennis visits the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles to talk with writer-director Stewart Wade about his new film Say Yes, about a very unconventional love triangle. He talks about where he got the idea of the script, finding the right actors to bring it to life, shooting much of it in his own home, making a lead character an atheist, finding a cute waterfall in L.A. and getting the film on Amazon. He also shares stories from his years in the trenches of gay-indie filmmaking and shares observations about how actors are less uptight than they used to when it comes to playing gay, the challenges of finding distribution, crowding funding shenanigans, and how the gay indie world intersects with Hollywood...or not. He also talks about his ongoing web-series on YouTube called Coffeehouse Chronicles and his own passion for coffee. Other topics include: the Barbra Streisand movie he's seen more than any other movie, seeing the Exorcist at 10 and freaking the f out and that time a troop of cub scouts unwittingly wandered into the gay kissing scene.