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FOF #2909 – How to Pass the Audition By Fearlessly Being Yourself

Some folks get so nervous about going into a job interview or an audition, that their minds can’t stop thinking about those over the top demanding directors from films like A Chorus Line, All that Jazz, The Producers, Flashdance and even Showgirls. How real are they?

Today we’re talking to acting teacher, filmmaker and director Anthony Meindl about how to be your authentic self- in your everyday life or at your job, even if you’re auditioning to be a star on Broadway.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast, Writers 4 days ago 0

FOF #2908 – How Match Game Put ‘Blank’ Into Popular Culture

The TV game show Match Game was at first considered bland, so the writers’ spiced things up with cheeky questions designed to make the contestants blush at the celebrity panel’s witty banter and sexual innuendo. It turned into a big hit and its risqué humor changed the tone of all daytime TV game shows forever.

Today camp culture historian A. Ashley Hoff, author of the book Match Game 101, takes us on a backstage tour of Match Game, the orange shag carpeted TV game show where our favorite gay icons cracked up the audience as they “filled in the blank” over cocktails.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 6 days ago 0

Bonus: How do You Pronounce Latinx?

ow we think about gender identity and sexuality is evolving and some people are having a hard time keeping up with all the new language surrounding these new concepts.

Our friend, Professor Larry La Fountain travels all over the world talking about LGBT people and Latin American culture and one of the most common questions he gets asked is: what is Latinx and how do you translate the word “queer” into Spanish?

Posted in: Drag Queens & Kings, Podcast, Writers 2 months ago 0

FOF #2891 – The Man Who Signed Metallica, Beat AIDS and Took a Bubble Bath with Nina Simone

The club scene in New York City in the 80s was an incredible time for live music: Punk, Pop, the second British Invasion, and Heavy Metal bands dominated a scene where people had plenty of free time and lots of great drugs to take it all in.

At the center of this incredible world was Michael Alago, a music superfan who became one of the biggest names in music, despite being a young queer Puerto Rican from Brooklyn.

Today Michael Alago joins us to talk about his new book “I am Michael Alago” where he recounts his amazing life in the music business.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 3 months ago 0

Bonus: Fortune’s Favorite Daughter

Denise Chanterelle DuBois life seems right out of Narcos or Orange is the New Black- she was a cocaine dealer until she got caught with a kilo and went to prison for a surprisngly short time.

Listen as Denise joins us to talk about her life as a cocaine dealer and why she handed out donut holes to the public to celebrate a major trans victory.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 4 months ago 0

FOF #2883 – Ben Widdicombe: How I Helped the Rich become Famous and Ruin the World

For much of history, the rich and powerful avoided the limelight because they knew once everyone knows your name and how rotten you are, the guillotine comes next.

But then, something changed- “Keep my name out of your mouth” became “fake it til you make it” and fame and power became the ultimate goal. The rich hired publicists to capitalize on their image and now celebrity culture is another tool to keep terrible people in power.

How did we get here?

Today, gossip reporter Ben Widdicombe, joins us to talk about how celebrity culture is destroying everything, which he details in his new book: “Gatecrasher: How I Helped the Rich Become Famous and Ruin the World.”

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 4 months ago 0

As the Bathhouse Turns

All types of men go to bathhouses for all types of reasons but mainly they go for sex.

Today, writer Terrill Aaron Closs puts everyone on blast as he takes us into the belly of the beast and shares with us his stories of working in a gay bathhouse in Atlanta.

Posted in: Interviews, Podcast, Writers 6 months ago 0

Bonus: Beneath the Peculiar World of Barbra Streisand

Today we’re joined by actor Michael Urie, best known for playing Marc St. James on the TV series Ugly Betty. Michael is now starring in Buyer & Cellar, a one man show that takes us on an imaginary journey of an actor hired to work as a store clerk in Barbra Streisand’s underground basement village.

Listen as Michael Urie takes us in depth into Barbra Streisand’s peculiar home and her obsession with her possessions and working with Vanessa Williams on Ugly Betty.

Posted in: Actors, Interviews, Podcast 7 months ago 0

FOF #2857 – Peace, Purpose and Pleasure

With the coronavirus pandemic, the world has gone topsy turvy, What was once on the bottom is now on top- conservatives who used to try to shame LGBTQ folks into abstinence during the AIDS crisis are now the one’s transgressing public health concerns and are congregating for bareback barrier free church services and protests.

Today therapist and relationship expert Damon L Jacobs joins us to take a look at peace, purpose and pleasure during the age of the coronavirus pandemic with safer sex options, calming techniques and how to get ready for the political fight of your life.

Posted in: Podcast, Writers 7 months ago 3