• Christian Le Blanc

    An eight-time Emmy nominee and three-time Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy winner, Christian Jules Le Blanc, stars as Michael Baldwin on CBS’s number one rated daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Christian joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in October, 1991, departing in 1993. He returned to the series in April, 1997. A slick attorney, Michael has found happiness in his marriage to Lauren Fenmore (Tracey E. Bregman), despite the antics of his troubled brother, Kevin (Greg Rikaart) and his unpredictable mother, Gloria (Judith Chapman). Christian’s television appearances also include the role of Kirk Mc Coll on As the World Turns, a starring role as a regular on In the Heat of the Night with Carol O’Connor and Howard Rollins, a...Read More»

  • Caprice Crane

    Heavily influenced by a hybrid diet of heavy metal and hot sauce in her formative years, Caprice lives her life as though each day were her last, disregarding past-due notices and the “Don’t Walk” sign when crossing busy intersections. She spends her time writing novels, TV shows and feature films. Her work is a hilarious and thought-provoking amalgam of biting observational humor, incisive pop culture commentary, an exploration of modern romantic relationships and a pinch of rosemary. Because rosemary makes everything better. Seriously. Try it. THE FORMATIVE YEARS Caprice was born in Hollywood, but don’t hold that against her. She doesn’t go wandering around with a tiny dog in her purse. Rather, she goes wandering around with a fairly...Read More»

  • Coco Peru

    Storyteller/monologist Miss Coco Peru aka Clinton Leupp got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of NY after he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his first show “Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret” 20 years ago. On screen, Miss Coco is best known for her roles in Jim Fall’s Fineline feature film, trick (Sundance 1999) and Richard Day’s IFC feature length comedy Girls Will Be Girls.(Sundance 2002) For this film Coco shared the Best Actress Award with his two co-stars Jeffery Roberson and Jack Plotnick at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen as well as the Best Actor Award at Outfest Film Festival. Other film appearances include To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Nick and Jane, and Str...Read More»

  • Adam Fitzgerald

    Adam Fitzgerald lives in New York City and is founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy and the artisan press Monk Books. A Columbia University MFA graduate in poetry, he teaches at Rutgers and The New School. Adam Fitzgerald “is a born poet whose extraordinary gift for phrasing, music and verbal invention distinguish him from any young poet I know writing today,” says Mark Strand about the 29-year-old American newcomer who follows “in the line of Arthur Rimbaud, Wallace Stevens, and John Ashbery” (Maureen McLane). Fitzgerald, whose title poem “carries the primal vision of Hart Crane into a future that does not surrender the young poet’s love of the real” (Harold Bloom), has been published in A Public Space, Boston Review, Conjun...Read More»

  • Pauly David & Ed Marco

    Paul David “Pauly” became a force in journalism and media as the candid and hilarious host of the popular podcast The Fruit Salad Show. His conversational and fun interview style attracts some of the biggest names in entertainment. Pauly is excited to bring his offbeat style, sharp wit, and charm back to the airwaves after a long break which included shooting two television shows, hosting and emceeing many events, getting a dog, playing a drag queen in a web series, writing and performing a successful one man show, writing a book, “Fat Kid (and Other Large Tales)” which will hopefully see bookstore shelves in the near future, and getting engaged! He also may or may not be featured in a Richard Simmons DVD. He was born, ra...Read More»

  • Dan Savage

    Dan Savage is an American author, media pundit, journalist and newspaper editor.Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage Love. He is now the editorial director of the weekly Seattle newspaper The Stranger, a promotion from his former position as The Stranger’s editor-in-chief. Savage currently stars in Savage U on MTV, contributes frequently to This American Life and Out magazine, and acts as a “Real Time Real Reporter” on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. He has also made multiple appearances on MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 discussing LGBT political issues such as same-sex marriage and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. On Sep...Read More»

  • Alec Mapa & Jamie Hebert

    Alec Mapa & Jamie Hebert: Real Gay Married Couple! Alec Mapa is an actor/comedian who has entertained people in every possible medium all over the globe. Alec is best known for his television roles on hits like Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives, and “Half and Half”. Alec spent four seasons portraying Suzuki St. Pierre “Fashion Reporter Extraordinaire” on ABC’s Ugly Betty. Currently in reruns Alec can also be seen as Eva Longoria’s personal shopper Vern on Desperate Housewives or as the wise cracking receptionist Adam on the long running comedy “Half and Half”. TV audiences have also seen Alec in myriad of guest starring roles on classic TV shows such as Seinfeld, Roseanne, Friends, NYPD Blue, Dh...Read More»

  • Karen Ocamb

    Karen Ocamb is an award-winning journalist with over 37 years of experience spanning print, broadcast and online media. Her career began in 1973, as a desk assistant at CBS News in New York; during the next eleven years, Karen worked with and learned from such legendary journalists as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer. She is currently News Editor at Frontiers In LA, the largest LGBT publication in Southern California. Karen’s work in LGBT media began in the late 1980s, after she came out as a lesbian. During the height of the AIDS crisis, as beloved friends were dying, she felt a personal responsibility to provide valuable information and insight to the community, where she would refocus her professional talents. Over the years, ...Read More»

  • Chaz Bono

    Chaz Bono is an LGBT rights advocate, three time author, speaker and the only child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher. Chaz’s decision to come out as a Lesbian in 1995 prompted his public work in support of LGBT rights and social justice. Chaz has contributed as a writer-at-large to The Advocate and in 1996 became the Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day spokesperson. Chaz also served as Entertainment Media Director for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and continues to speak at dozens of universities and LGBT events every year. An acclaimed author, Chaz has written three books including Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be, which was released by Dutton in May of 2011. Transition is his...Read More»

  • Paul Vitagliano

    Paul Vitagliano (aka DJ Paul V.) is an institution in the Los Angeles and Silver Lake club scene, and whose eclectic club and radio DJ career has thrived for over 30 years, first in his hometown of Boston and in Los Angeles since 1988. In January 2011, Paul was inspired to create the “Born This Way Blog” – a photo/essay project for gay adults of all genders to submit their childhood pictures and stories and share their memories of growing up LGBTQ – Paul’s simple but powerful idea of letting the gay community tell their unique stories touched people everywhere from the US to South America and all over Europe. has achieved more than 3.9 million views since its debut ...Read More»

  • Janet Fitch

    “The Dinner Party Show’s Festival Of Books Presents…” Janet Fitch Janet was born in Los Angeles, a third-generation native, and grew up in a family of voracious readers. As an undergraduate at Reed College, she decided she wanted to become a historian. Janet was attracted to history, the sweep of events, the outsized personalities. Russian history was her specialty. She attended Keele University on a student exchange in Russian Studies, in pursuit of that field, when Janet woke up in the middle of the night on my 21st birthday, and realized she wanted to be a writer. What attracted her to history was the story, the characters, the writing itself. But Janet didn’t want to be an academic. She wanted to Live! She wanted to...Read More»

  • Leslie S. Klinger

    “The Dinner Party Show’s Festival Of Books Presents…” Leslie S. Klinger: One Of The World’s Foremost Experts On Sherlock Holmes Leslie S. Klinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost authorities on Sherlock Holmes and Dracula. Klinger is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, and served as the Series Editor for the Manuscript Series of The Baker Street Irregulars; he is currently the Series Editor for the BSI’s History Series. He served three terms as Chapter President of the SoCal Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and on its National Board. He is also the Treasurer of the Horror Writers Association. He lectures frequently on Holmes, Dracula, and their worlds, including frequent panels at th...Read More»

  • Tim Federle

    Tim Federle was a comedy writer, children’s book author, and Broadway dancer. He is survived by a studio apartment and a never-used membership to Equinox. SUPPORT OUR AFFILIATES AND YOU’RE SUPPORTING THE SHOW BETTER NATE THAN EVER Past Episodes Ep. 24 (The Dish) Tim Federle

  • Ann Walker

    ANN WALKER grew up in Houston, Texas. She attended Stephen F. Austin High School and was a member of the famed Scottish Brigade Drill Team. Proudly, Ann can still do the Highland Fling with the best of them. She started her acting career in Houston, appearing in many small theater productions that made up the theater community of Houston in the late 60’s and early 70’s and culminating with the Alley Theaters’ 25th anniversary production of “Camino Real” by Tennessee Williams directed by the legendary Nina Vance. After that she went first to New York City to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts then to Los Angeles in 1974 to continue the pursuit of her dream. She worked in regional theater for a while endin...Read More»

  • Barrett Foa

    Barrett Foa can currently be seen on the new CBS crime procedural, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” as tech operator Eric Beale. Barrett has guest starred on “Entourage,” “The Closer,” “Numb3rs,” and a recurring role on the original “NCIS: Ten Season Pack.” Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Barrett starred as the leads in both Avenue Q and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway, and was in the original Broadway cast of Mamma Mia! He can be heard on the 30th anniversary recording of Godspell as Jesus. In addition to musicals, Barrett has also been seen in numerous straight plays and comedies at such prestigious venues as Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theatre (off-Broadway in NYC), The Bay Street Theatre (in Sag...Read More»

  • Shoshana Bean

    Shoshana Bean is singing in her own lane with the release of her long-awaited sophomore album O’Farrell Street. Making a beautiful nod to a beloved era, Shoshana’s unique take on vintage soul music of the late 1960’s draws inspiration from artists like Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Sam Cooke. She has successfully created a sound that is simultaneously nostalgic and refreshing, and earned herself a #3 spot on the iTunes R&B charts. Shoshana has performed solo concerts around the world and has shared the stage with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Brian McKnight and Bebe Winans, to name a few. Her debut album Superhero won her an Independent Music Award and hit #5 on the iTunes R&B charts...Read More»

  • Jeffery Self

    Jeffery Self is a writer and performer. He’s been seen in television shows like Hot In Cleveland, Torchwood, 90210, and 30 Rock. He was the co-creator of Jeffery & Cole Casserole on Logo. His book Straight People: A Spotter’s Guide to the Fascinating World of Heterosexuals is available wherever books are sold. He also hosts a weekly podcast “This Is Really Important” on iTunes. BUY FROM OUR SITE AND SUPPORT THE SHOW STRAIGHT PEOPLE Past Episodes Ep. 100 Winter Games with Jeffery Self Ep. 17 (The Soup) Jeffery Self and Patrick McDonald

  • Laura Benanti

    Laura Benanti was honored with the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award, and a Drama League nomination for her portrayal of Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in the Patti LuPone revival of Gypsy. She previously starred in the Encores! production. Broadway: The Sound of Music (Maria, opposite Richard Chamberlain), Swing! (Tony nomination: Best Featured Actress), Into The Woods (Cinderella; Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, LA Ovation and Tony nominations), Nine (Claudia, opposite Antonio Banderas; Outer Critics Circle, Drama Leauge nominations), The Wedding Singer (Julia Sullivan), In The Next Room, or The Vibrator Play (Lincoln Center), Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown (Candela, Lincoln Center; Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards;...Read More»

  • Chad Hodge

    In his twelve-year career, Chad Hodge has created television series and written movies for HBO, Showtime, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, The CW, and ABC Family. Hodge grew up outside of Chicago and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University with degrees in Communication Studies and Business. While at Northwestern he produced his first television show, a onehour soap called “University Place”. The Chicago Tribune called the show “phenomenal,” and increasing national attention landed Hodge his first television writing job in Hollywood. At 23, Hodge created “All About Us”, a single-camera comedy for NBC. He quickly made the leap to primetime drama and wrote for several series including “Veritas: The Quest” (ABC) and “Tru Calling...Read More»

  • Ronnie Kroell

    Ronnie was born and raised in the “windy city” of, Chicago, Illinois (a city that will always have his heart). It wasn’t until the 6th grade that he began to realize that he was different. Some of the older kids would knock him to the ground during recess and call him gay, but he didn’t really understand what that meant. All Ronnie knew was that being different was bad because it caused him to get beat up after class and to live in fear of what was around every corner. It wasn’t until he was 15 years old that his secret was released – his Mom caught him kissing his first BF in the backyard. While it wasn’t his ideal way of coming out, he felt a certain weight lifted off his shoulders and a freedom to simply be who he was without ly...Read More»

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