DENNIS ANYONE? with Dennis Hensley
About This Show
L.A.-based writer, performer and journalist Dennis Hensley, joined by a different guest each episode, riffs on pop culture, dating and life in the Hollywood slow lane. Download and listen here or subscribe for free on iTunes.
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Love Connie creator John Cantwell: "Always Put a Little Kay Lenz In Your Performance""
3 days ago
Dennis visits the Hollywood apartment of performer John Cantwell, the retro pop culture-obsessed man behind Cajun inbred drag goddess Love Connie, star of the current stage show "Love Connie Xtreme Makeover Greatest Hist Vol. 1." John talks about the origins and evolution of Connie, discovering that women are empowered by Connie's fierceness, how he/Connie might fare on "RuPaul's Drag Race," how he conceives his shows, what makes up Connie's DNA and the 80's music video he wishes he could insert himself in as Connie. John talks about being a die-hard Debbie Harry fan and recalls how the singer agreed to meet him at a tattoo parlor on his birthday so he could have her autograph tattooed on his arm. Other topics include: his complicated relationship with his family, Olivia Newton John's lazy eye photo, the kiddie pageant craziness of Painted Babies, the Lisa Hartman song he loves to lip sync, the British pop duo who love Love Connie, TV movies of the 70's, the joy of doing the Showgirls choreography and the scar he got as a kid while acting out the movie "Halloween." At one point, John also asks Dennis, "Can I tell you a really dirty story?" and then he does. https://www.facebook.com/connieslocum
Rated 5 out of
DENNIS ANYONE? Yes please!
Do you want to know what it's really like to struggle as an artist? Do you have great affection for what you do, know you have the skills, and STILL can't catch a break? Well, take a stool next to Dennis Hensley and marvel at his conversational skills with such wonderful guests as James La Rosa, Willem Belli, Bryan Thompson and Jonathan Tolins. Dennis' travails come through loud and clear. There's a through line here, no matter who is on as his guest, which resonates so deeply with me, and hopefully should for you too. He makes people open up and tell the truth. It's a gift worth celebrating.
Date published: 2014-08-08