Aug 9, 2022
Dennis is joined via Zoom by writer-performer Will Nolan to discuss his show Gay History for Straight People hosted by his drag alter ego Leona, a 72 year old Southern lesbian who works at the Piggly Wiggly and is obsessed with Kelly Clarkson. Dennis first met Will when Will was a producer on the syndicated LGBT radio show Twist, which Dennis co-hosted from 2006 to 2008. Will talks about how he got into performing after her turned 40, where the character of Leola comes from, the reactions he’s gotten from straight audiences to the show, Leola’s go-to casserole and buying Leola’s wardrobe from Party City and 5 Below. Dennis and Will also reminisce about their days working on Twist and their interactions with such A listers as Beyonce, Rob Thomas, Larry Kramer and Jennifer Lopez. Other topics include: appearing in the show and book Mortified, getting gay married and adopting a child before it was cool, why Kelly Clarkson is so awesome, and prank calling a John Schneider’s mother because it made him feel closer to Bo Duke from Dukes of Hazzard.