9 • 19 • 2016 ••• EXTREME DOG MAKEOVER

w/ Affordable Dog Training & Anti-Aggression trainer Gregg Sokolsky

Dennis welcomes dog trainer Gregg Sokolsky to his condo to talk about his work as a dog trainer with his company Affordable Dog Training & Anti-Aggression. He talks about growing up with animals, working for the government's Animal Regulation Agency, his training philosophy and his first job as a trainer. He also discusses different training collars, the Dog Whisperer, therapy dogs, pitbulls, pure breeds versus rescues and training Pink's dog Elvis. Other topics include: the songs that make him cry, his teen crushes, his favorite perk of his job and sneaking peaks at at his dad's Playboys.


9 • 12 • 2016 ••• THIS BOOK IS ABOUT AN F-BOMB DROPPING GAY

w/ "Lily and the Octopus" author Steven Rowley

Dennis visits the L.A. apartment of best-selling author Steven Rowley to talk about his debut novel "Lilly and the Octopus," about a gay and his dog. Steven talks about the real-life inspiration for the book, how his boyfriend encouraged him to make it more than a short story and how he went from thinking he's going to self-publish it to scoring a reported $1 million advance from Simon and Schuster. Steven and Dennis compare notes about yelling at their dogs, working with publisher-turned-agent Rob Weisbach, how tattoos are sexy and how honored Steve feels when readers open up to him about their dogs. Other topics include: underwear night at the long-gone Apache gay bar in Studio City, Steven randomly being at the launch party for Dennis's book "Misadventures in the (213)" day jobs, The Sound of Music and riding in an elevator with Arthur Miller. www.stevenrowley.com

Steven with the British and the Italian versions of "Lily and the Octopus"

Steven with the British and the Italian versions of "Lily and the Octopus"

Fun tribute to the book

Fun tribute to the book

A lovely piece of fan art...notice the octopus as the eye

A lovely piece of fan art...notice the octopus as the eye


9 • 5 • 2016 ••• DURING FIRECRACKER, I FOUND A FART MACHINE

w/ filmmaker Steve Balderson

Dennis welcomes filmmaker Steve Balderson to his condo to discuss the FOUR films he has coming out on various platforms: "Hell Town," "El Ganzo," "Firecracker" and "Elvis Lives." He talks about shooting "El Ganzo" in Mexico near Cabo San Lucas, getting hired to direct "Elvis Lives" by the same folks who make the "Sharknado" films, getting Karen Black to star in "Firecracker" and the fun of staging the murders for "Hell Town." Steve also talks about making the move to LA from Kansas, the orgy-fest that was his stint as an undergrad at California Institute of the Arts, the Italian lover who changed his life, directing a Backstreet Boy, discovering meditation and his fixation with stealing shots for his movies from locations where filming is forbidden. Other topics include: on set pranks, his master plan word doc, how to get rid of a stalker and more. www.dikenga.com @sbalderson


9 • 1 • 2016 ••• ON A FERRIS WHEEL WITH RYAN GOSLING FOR 3 DAYS

w/ "Beauty Mark" filmmaker Cameron Thrower

Dennis visits the North Hollywood apartment of filmmaker Cameron Thrower to discuss the prestigious Jameson First Shot filmmaking contest he just won and the short film that resulted from it, Beauty Mark, which is available for viewing at www.JamesonFirstShot.com. He talks about working with his leading lady Maggie Gyllenhaal and Executive producer Kevin Spacey, finding out he won in a mind-blowing caught-on-camera way, the inspiration for the story, the fun of making a film that's set in the 1980's and the boost in confidence the win has given him. Cameron also talks about his previous film, "Pretty Boy," which is screenable at Vimeo.com, working at restaurants while pursuing his dreams, and teaching theater to kids with AmeriCorps when he first came to California from South Carolina. Other topics include: being an extra in "The Notebook," discovering community theater as a kid and the movie he's seen more than any other, "Dirty Dancing."  www.cameronthrower.com

The poster for Cameron's award-winning film "Beauty Mark"

The poster for Cameron's award-winning film "Beauty Mark"