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Author Don Cummings (Bent But Not Broken): "That Tile Knows How to Live"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Release Date: 03/26/2019

Author Paria Hassouri ( Author Paria Hassouri ("Found in Transition"): "Now She's Super-Hugger"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with his yoga pal and author Paria Hassouri to talk about her new memoir Found In Transition: A Mother's Evolution through Her Child's Gender Change. which documents her journey and her family's journey through the process of her teenage daughter Ava's gender transition. She talks about her initial reaction to her daughter saying she was trans, which was skepticism, and recalls the family Thanksgiving dinner early on when Ava wanted to wear a dress. She talks her own resistance to Ava's first therapist, who was trans, how Ava's journey brought up her own body issues...

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Jon Lawrence Rivera & Jon Imparato (Director & Producer of Jon Lawrence Rivera & Jon Imparato (Director & Producer of "March"): "It's Only 16 Cars, People"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis connects via Zoom with director Jon Lawrence Rivera and producer Jon Imparato, two of the creative forces behind the new play "March." "March" is not a Zoom-happening. It's an actual live theatrical experience presented in the parking garage of the LA LGBT Center to an audience watching safely from their cars. The play is set in a post-Trump, dystopian, anti-queer future and focuses on three LGBT characters running and hiding and fighting for their lives. Jon and Jon talk about what made them crazy enough to mount a live show during a pandemic, how they crafted the script from the...

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Filmmaker Nicol Paone ( Filmmaker Nicol Paone ("Friendsgiving"): "The Turkey Leg Was Here and Not Here"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

While driving cross country, actor and filmmaker Nicol Paone joins Dennis via Zoom to talk about her debut film as writer-director, the ensemble holiday comedy Friendsgiving. She talks about the getting the inspiration for the movie from a real-life experience, how she got the movie made and working with the cast, which includes Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, AIsha Tyler, Jane Seymour, Christine Taylor and Chelsea Peretti. She also talks about how getting to step behind the camera changed her approach to her acting career, the challenges of working with a baby and the importance of food...

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Actor-Writer David Pevsner ( Actor-Writer David Pevsner ("Musical Comedy Whore"): "The Only Comment is Puke"

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley

Dennis talks via Zoom with actor-singer-writer David Pevsner about his film "Musical Comedy Whore," which is now available on DVD and streaming. It's a filmed version of his stage show about the period of time when he was working as both a musical comedy performer (Party, Naked Boys Singing, When Pigs Fly) and an escort. He talks about what it was like to live that double life, what turned him of about it and the feeling of connection he would often feel with his clients. He also talks about getting over shame and what he's learned about himself and others from posting sexual pictures and...

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Singer-Songwriter-Actor Levi Kreis: Singer-Songwriter-Actor Levi Kreis: "I Don't Walk Around Showing It To People"

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Dennis connects via Zoom with singer-songwriter-actor Levi Kreis from his home in Knoxville, Tennessee to talk about his latest EP Bad Habit and his upcoming series of virtual concerts (October 20th, November 18th and November 15th). He talks about drawing from his experience as a recovering addict in writing the song "Bad Habit" and shooting its accompanying video. He also discusses his cover of George Michael's and the controversy it stirred up on line. He talks about being outed as gay at his Christian college while signed to a gospel record label and having his whole life blow up...and...

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Neon Trees Frontman Tyler Glenn:  Neon Trees Frontman Tyler Glenn: "Elder Glenn Demos Were Floating Around My Mission"

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Dennis connects via Zoom with Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn to talk about the band's terrific new album I Can Feel You Forgetting Me. Tyler talks about the inspiration for the record, his songwriting process, the delicious retro sound of the record and what it’s like to drop a new album when no one can leave the house. Tyler and Dennis also talk about their shared background in the Mormon church. Tyler recalls the crisis of faith that inspired his 2016 solo album Excommunication, the church's "Word of Wisdom" which forbids drugs and alcohol, hearing from young LGBT mormons who he's...

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Comedian Misha D: Comedian Misha D: "I Am A Little Extra"

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Dennis welcomes to the Zoom room comedian Misha D to talk about his debut comedy album Dolphin of the Land, which has just dropped on streaming services like Spotify and iTunes. Dennis and Misha recall the talking-head pop culture TV show they met on Ultimate Countdown that never aired in the states. Misha talks about being drawn to standup after the 2016 election, finding humor in dark subjects, how he deals with homophobic material from other comics and that time he bailed on show and wished he hadn't. He talks about his decision to donate all proceeds from the album to charity, his...

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Author Byron Lane ( Author Byron Lane ("A Star is Bored"): "This Is Downton Abbey and You're the Downstairs"

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Dennis connects over Zoom with author Byron Lane to talk all about his delicious new novel A Star Is Bored, which is inspired by his 3-year stint as personal assistant to actress-author-intergalactic princess Carrie Fisher. He talks about deciding to write the book in the wake of Fisher's passing, what he thinks Carrie would think of the book and recalls how working with Carrie changed his feelings about life and himself. He also gives us and inside look at the lingo and protocols of the celebrity assistant world, from the all-important Assistant Bible, to fraternizing with other assistants,...

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Author Matthew Todd ( Author Matthew Todd ("Pride"): "I Needed to Hear 'Express Yourself' When I Was 16"

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All the way from London, author Matthew Todd joins Dennis via Skype to talk about his beautiful new coffee table book Pride: The Story of the LGBTQ Equality Movement. Matthew talks about how the book came about, some of the unsung heroes he writes about in the book, the similarities between the US and the UK in terms of the movement and how moments in pop culture like gay characters on soap operas and shows like Will and Grace helped move the mainstream culture forward. Matthew also talks about being profoundly moved by Princess Diana's AIDS activism as a teen, recalls how one journalist at...

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Author Brent Hartinger ( Author Brent Hartinger ("The Otto Digmore Decision"): "A Transendant Bag of Doritos"

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Dennis visits the Hollywood home of author Don Cummings to talk about his new memoir Bent But Not Broken. It's about his experience with Peyronie's disease, which is a painful and sexually limiting condition that affects over 7% of men. He writes and talks humorously and honestly about the emotional fallout brought on by having a suddenly curved penis, how it affected his relationship with his husband Adam and how it made him feel about himself. Other topics include: that time Meryl Streep did a reading of his play A Good Smoke at the Public Theater in New York, finding a sex partner by picking up a ringing pay phone on the street in Manhattan, having recurring dreams about Diane Keaton and the Oscar-winning movie he walked out of.

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