9 • 28 • 2017 ••• SEXY DOESN'T GO OUT OF STYLE

w/ N2N Bodywear founder and designer Andrew Makay

Dennis visits the downtown L.A. headquarters of N2N Bodywear to talk to the man who founded the company 20 years ago Andrew Makay. Andrew talks about the turquoise bikini he bought in Acapulco that started it all, the swimwear/underwear fetish that inspired the company, the mistakes he made when he was starting out, Chinese counterfeiters who are ripping him off, going from a storefront in West Hollywood to an online operation, the chore of naming stuff, the items that have always sold well, shipping orders to army and navy bases, and getting gushing emails from straight wearers--and their wives. He also talks about getting kudos from gogo boys, the short shorts that turned them on as a teen and still do today, why he hasn't jumped on the assless underwear trend, the fun of fashion shows and the power of Instagram. Other topics include: the mid-90's Xanadu party where Andrew and Dennis first met, his dream of being an innkeeper, his Broadway musical past, how he'd do on Project Runway, the farmer in the slingshot and how Cheyenne Jackson got it wrong. www.n2nbodywear.com

The view from Andrew's office into the N2N warehouse.

The view from Andrew's office into the N2N warehouse.


9 • 22 • 2017 ••• TODAY'S THE DAY

w/ Key West writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy

On his last day in Key West, Florida in August, Dennis visits the home of local writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy to hear her recall the extraordinary tale of legendary local treasure hunter Mel Fisher and his 16-year quest to find sunken Spanish treasure off the coast of Key West. Carol talks about her personal connection to the story, the everyday artifact they found that captured her imagination, what happened after the big discovery, the resulting Supreme Court case and how the story exemplifies the independent spirit of Key West. Carol also talks about how she ended up moving to Key West from Minnesota (it involves a pink taxi), the day it rained emeralds and the way the people of Key West support each other in the pursuit of their dreams. Other topics include: the giant sea-to-sea rainbow flag that traversed the island in 2003, her favorite bad movie, her hidden talent and her hardcore "Murder She Wrote" habit. www.fla-keys.com


9 • 15 • 2017 ••• YOU HAVE TO START BUILDING YOUR COSTUME REPERTOIRE

w/ Key West tour operator Cody White, co-owner of Nomadic SUP

From Dennis: This week, I had planned to post a collection of short interviews I did with the people I met on my recent press trip to Key West, Florida for Man About World magazine. Then Hurricane Irma happened. One of the people I met and interviewed while I was there was Cody White who runs a small tour company with his husband Ryan called Nomadic SUP (SUP stands for stand-up paddleboard, which is the type of tour the company specializes in). Our group didn't get to go out on the water because it was too windy that day but Cody showed us the beautiful area where the tours usually happen and talked a bit about the local ecosystem. After dropping our group off at The Equator resort where we were staying, I talked Cody doing an interview over blizzards at a nearby Dairy Queen. Leading up to the storm, I read Cody's Facebook posts about all the preparations he, his husband and their friends were doing. Then the storm hit. There were no posts for a couple of days and then Cody posted that he was okay. "Some in Key West are uncomfortable but most are okay and the town in bouncing back quickly as we now have emergency cell service and power and water are coming back relatively quickly." I asked him during the interview if he had ever gone through a major hurricane and he said, "Nope, knock wood." He also talked about how he and Ryan ended up in Key West, his beloved Airstream trailer, the island's obsession with costume parties--Zombie Bike Ride, anyone?--and why Key West is the place for him. www.nomadicsup.com

A Stand Up Paddleboard tour

A Stand Up Paddleboard tour

The beloved Airstream

The beloved Airstream

Cody and his husband Ryan who operate Nomadic SUP together

Cody and his husband Ryan who operate Nomadic SUP together

Key West's Zombie Bike Ride (Cody is the second from the left on the horse tricycle)

Key West's Zombie Bike Ride (Cody is the second from the left on the horse tricycle)

Ryan and Cody at the Zombie Bike Ride

Ryan and Cody at the Zombie Bike Ride

 

9 • 5 • 2017 ••• I DON'T MIND A LITTLE LIGHT FINDING

w/ writer & StashHouse Escape Room co-creator Tommy Honton

Dennis visits the Koreatown office of Tommy Honton, who along with his business/writing partner Don DeLeon, is opening a new escape room in L.A. called Stashhouse, which takes place in a drug dealer's swanky apartment. Tommy talks about the soul-sucking corporate job he had before deciding to get into the escape room game, his favorite parts of the creation process, the escape room tropes he tries to avoid and why he thinks escape rooms have exploded at this particular time in our culture. He also discusses the list he keeps of things that inspire him, the new film he co-wrote called "Public Disturbance," why he's not that into celebrating his birthday, the thrill of discovering scavenger hunts as a kid, getting fired from a Disney job he had for nearly ten years and the lie he told that helped him land that job. Other topics include:the fabulous one-night-only immersive event he worked on for HBO inspired by "Big Little Lies," the craziest thing he's done in pursuit of a crush, the kids theater production he starred in that haunts his dreams and the big-time director he wrote a fan letter to in high school...and the response he got back. www.stashhou.se