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"A poodocast about making things up and making things happen." L.A.-based writer-performer Dennis Hensley interviews a different creative person each week about what they do, why they do it, and how they keep it going. Past guests have included authors, actors, photographers, musicians, screenwriters, acrobats and one visual artist who makes cartoons centered around dead houseflies.

DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley Dennis Hensley

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"A poodocast about making things up and making things happen." L.A.-based writer-performer Dennis Hensley interviews a different creative person each week about what they do, why they do it, and how they keep it going. Past guests have included authors, actors, photographers, musicians, screenwriters, acrobats and one visual artist who makes cartoons centered around dead houseflies.

    Tarot Card Artist and Singer Paul Ybarra: "Jan Brady Is My Spirit Animal"

    Tarot Card Artist and Singer Paul Ybarra: "Jan Brady Is My Spirit Animal"

    Dennis visits the gothic-style and possibly haunted Hollywood apartment of Paul Ybarra, a singer and visual artist who has recently started creating tarot card illustrations featuring pop culture figures like Liza Minnelli, Mr. Rogers, Sonny Bono, Josephine Baker, Liberace, The Ronettes, Divine, Al Parker, Leona Helmsley, Joyce DeWitt and Miss Coco Peru...and then posting them on Instagram as @hauntedhollywood. He talks about his creative process, how he matches the tarot characters to the celebrities, the different media he uses, his goal of making them look as though Jan Brady created them and buying his first deck of tarot cards at a Barnes and Noble at 14. He also talks about growing up Catholic in a progressive, New Age community in Oregon, having an identical twin brother, getting chastised for being effeminate as a kid, his lifelong obsession with Donna Summer and his fetish for straight jackets. He also discusses his passion for singing, his three EPs that are streaming on Spotify and covering artists he loves like Fleetwood Mac, Donna Summer, Blondie and Oasis. Other topics include: lusting after Telly Savalas, being strange and weird, the wondrousness of wigs, buying crazy stuff on ebay like Sarah Vaughn's last license plate and his dream of being a cult figure, "like Dawn Davenport from Female Trouble but without the murders." www.phantomofhollywood.com

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Comedian Todd Masterson (@GayFatFriend on Instagram): "I Never Thought I'd Be Big on Instagram"

    Comedian Todd Masterson (@GayFatFriend on Instagram): "I Never Thought I'd Be Big on Instagram"

    Dennis visits the West Hollywood home of comedian and writer Todd Masterson, the mind and the body behind the red-hot Instagram account @gayfatfriend, in which he photoshops himself into pictures of gay Insta-hotties. He talks about how he first came up with the idea, his daily creative process, what it feels like to go viral, getting dishy DMs from moles inside the gay hottie hive and that time he hurt himself trying to match the crouched and balancing pose of a Insta-gay.  He talks about the mind-trip of going from an "almost never nude" to posting a half-naked picture of himself online every single day. Todd also talks about how he first got into comedy, opening for Jimmy Fallon early on, working with Joan Rivers on Fashion Police and his dream of working on SNL. Todd and Dennis also recall the writers strike they were both a part of in 2013 and what they learned from it. Other topics include: working on Season 7 of RuPaul's Drag Race, road rage, the superpowers he wishes he had, waiting tables and getting fired over s Yelp review, seeing Striptease and Showgirls in the theater with his parents as a teenager and being taught how to steal things by his grandmother. https://www.instagram.com/gayfatfriend/
     
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Singer Jennifer Cihi (the singing voice of Sailor Moon): "The Joy of Trotting It Out"

    Singer Jennifer Cihi (the singing voice of Sailor Moon): "The Joy of Trotting It Out"

    Dennis welcomes to his Noho condo his long-lost friend, singer-performer Jennifer Cihi who is visiting L.A. from Nashville. She talks about the gig she did in the early 1990's--the Japanese anime series Sailor Moon--that has led her to have a whole new career as a guest at anime conventions, the emotional connection she shares with Sailor Moon fans, bringing awareness to mental health issues through her work, how her relationship to singing has evolved over the years, doing Annie at 12, living in Nashville, losing her confidence and getting it back and how she never gets tired of "trotting it out." Other topics include: the Jen & Den cabaret show they did in the early 90's, the Titanic parody Dennis wrote and Jennifer sang at an Oscar party in the late 1990s, the job interview she showed up for drunk, writing a fan letter and sending Throat Coat to Cynthia Erivo, the time Enzo saved the day, and Jennifer's most glamorous night, her Spark and Sparkle crafts line...which happens to be Dennis's most glamorous night, too.
    https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCihiSinger

    • 48 min
    Author Scottie Jeanette Madden: "The Brighter the Light, the Darker the Shadow"

    Author Scottie Jeanette Madden: "The Brighter the Light, the Darker the Shadow"

    Dennis ventures to the edge of the Santa Monica wilderness to the home of author, speaker and TV showrunner Scottie Jeanette Madden to discuss her new cookbook/memoir Recklass In the Kitchen, a Year of Light, Laughter & Love…Oh, and Food! as well as the charity holiday dinner she's hosting on December 21st. She talks about how, in the years before she transitioned, cooking was her solace and saved her life. She also talks about some of her holiday favorites, like serving pumpkin soup out of actual pumpkins for Halloween, her Christmas Eve dinner party that doesn't mess around and what it means to be a ninja valentine. She explains what it's like to do a Ted Talk and why she thinks it's important to emphasize gender dysphoria when she's giving speeches. She recalls what it was like to be working on the book during the same period that she was losing the love of her life to cancer. Other topics include: cooking shows on TV, her family's 'F 'em" ethos, how transitioning has impacted her TV career, embracing the color pink, and why it's cool to be part of the Benevolent Brotherhood of the Brick Wall. www.zuzubean.com 

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Women of Bob's Holiday Office Party: "It's Like a Fever Dream"

    The Women of Bob's Holiday Office Party: "It's Like a Fever Dream"

    Dennis visits the Silver Lake home of actress Andrea Hutchman to interview Andrea and two of her co-stars from the long-running L.A. stage comedy Bob's Holiday Office Party, which runs December 5th through the 22nd at the Atwater Village Theatre. They talk about the how they came to be in the show, how it's evolved in 24 years, on stage mishaps, drinking warm Coors Light on stage and the fans that come back year after year, sometimes  by the busload. They also talk about how they all first met in the 80's, the play they all did together when they first came to L.A. and how Bob's fits into their Hollywood careers. Other topics include: the gay t-shirt that was prophetic, Flamenco dancing, offensive Halloween costumes, JFK Jr., getting in trouble in school and the time they got Taco Bell delivered to them on stage during the show. 
    www.bobsofficeparty.com

    • 50 min
    The Men of Shooting Star The Musical Play You Don't Know My Life!

    The Men of Shooting Star The Musical Play You Don't Know My Life!

    Dennis and his game  co-creator Jeb Havens head to a fabulous Hollywood high-rise to play You Don't Know My Life! with two of the men behind the new gay porn musical Shooting Star; Florian Klein, writer and producer and actor-singer Michael Scott Harris,  who plays the aging daddy porn star in the show. The guys play a twist on the original YDKML format where each player writes down two answers to every question; one true answer and one that's a lie. It's a great way to play if you only have 3 or 4 people. The questions they take on involve  regrettable fashion trends, getting picked on, early encounters with pornography and the always provocative "When was a time when you felt like you took a walk on the wild side?"
    www.youdontknowmylife.com

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

dascis ,

Dennis is amazing

Constantly surprising with a wide variety of guests. Not your usual podcast. Dennis finds the most amazing people to interview.

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Dennis EVERYONE 💕

Found this podcast randomly searching for something on the Angeles National Forest! (A SUPER great episode with a forest ranger) He's become one of my favorite "radio friends" and I'm just so happy to have found this gem. Needs more hype!!! 💎💎💎💎💎

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Original and funny!

Dennis is one of a kind and always gets the most from his guest! Go Dennis!

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