New blood is bad blood. That's what Renee Graziano says about the new season of "Mob Wives" on VH1. What better way to end the year than with a pill-popping Staten Island gal whose family has alleged ties to the mob! Actually, Renee gives us a heartfelt insight into her addictions and tells us about the toll the show has taken on her. Then we delve into "Best of The Bender," as any year-end show should, with year-end hijinks from Andy Cohen, Kristin Johnston, Ryan O'Connell, and more. Plus, speaking of new blood, Ben has a big announcement about where The Bender is ending up next. Hope you'll come along for the ride!
The cast of Hunting Season is here to give us a taste of what you can expect from season 2, which will happen once you donate to their Kickstarter campaign! Stars Ben Baur, Jake Manabat, Marc Sinoway, and the show's brainchild Jon Marcus also crowd around the microphones to play a sexy game of "Boink, Marry, Kill." Then Sharknado star Cassie Scerbo calls in to talk about her uber-successful SyFi movie and its followup, Beast of The Bering Sea. What does she think of Tara Reid…and is she aware her fans are obsessed with her feet? Find out. And finally, it's the triumphant return of Banker Bro. In this installment of Bender vs. Banker Bro we discuss Fireball whiskey, pocket squares, XBox One…and straight guys' new worst nightmare: the Lulu app.
Comedian John Early is back, bookending this episode of The Bender with his boyish charm and incredible wit. Find out all about his "revealing" photoshoot with a baby, as well as news about where you can see John live and in the flesh. Then Xosha Roquemore from The Mindy Project, Precious, and GBF calls in. What's her career as a self-described "blacktress" like? Also hear about her brief experiences with the Tinder app. And Frank Lowe aka @gayathomedad comes in studio to reveal his fondness for tweeting about uggs and pumpkin spiced lattes and white girls…all while being a real-life stay at home gay dad. Bundle up and click play; it's all on this episode of The Bender!
It's only November and already there's snow across the country! Winter is coming, but DJ Will Calder from Power 96 in Miami is here to heat us up again. It's another edition of The Bender MixTape!
Kristin Chenoweth is headed to Vegas to ring in the new year, so consider her appearance on The Bender as practice for sin city. Hear about Kristin's new Twitter-trending haircut, her thoughts on Britney, and her affection for hairless cats. Then Caroline Moss from @yourawaymessage explains how she came up with one of the most recent viral twitter feeds, all while sitting on a bus listening to Dave Matthews Band. And Molly Tarlov, star of Awkward on MTV, calls in to talk about what it's like to play a bitch on TV…and how that affects perceptions of her in real life. Don't miss Molly in 2014's GBF movie, along with former Bender guest JoJo!
Happy Halloween! There's not much scary about Shalyah Evans, star of MTV's Girl Code (possibly Ben's favorite guilty pleasure on TV). The very funny comedienne discusses her comedy improv roots and coaches Ben on how to deal with love in the Internet age. Troye Sivan is only 18 and yet has one million youtube subscribers. What made this Australian Internet celebrity so famous? Tune in and find out. And then Dan D'Addario from Salon.com also joins The Bender, talking everything from Meghan McCain to Bethenny Frankel to his viral @SATC3Quel Twitter feed.
It's a full house on this episode, as comedians Dave Coulier and Eliot Glazer join the show! Former Uncle Joey from Full House star Dave Coulier calls in to come clean about whether or not he's the man Alanis Morrissette wrote about in "You Oughta Know." (Signs point to yes.) He's also got some uncle-y advice for Miley Cyrus. Then meet comedic genius Eliot Glazer, who waxes poetic about everything from overused hashtags to his love/hate feelings for @thedaveywavey. Trust us, #hilarityensues.
Who says Pride is over once summer is? Atlanta sure doesn't. The Bender journeyed down to ATL Pride to celebrate with Chevrolet, a proud Pride sponsor. From the Georgia Aquarium to Piedmont Park to the parade down Peachtree, Atlanta Pride doesn't disappoint. Join Ben on his adventures and meet the awesome ATL folks who made it a trip to remember. Thanks to GM's Diversity Communications for an excellent trip! Soundtrack provided by DJ Blacklow! Follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his podcast.
Dave Karger, Meghan McCain, and Mike Tyson all join the 40th episode of The Bender! Chief Fandango correspondent (and the very handsome) Dave Karger explains the pressure involved in being a famed "oscarologist" and whether or not he gets nervous interviewing the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal. Meghan McCain has a new show called Raising McCain, but don't you dare compare it to Sarah Palin's Alaska (oops). Also find out her opinions on dirty guys with tattoos, d*ck pics, and a certain Salon.com writer who said some not-too-nice things about her. And finally, Mike Tyson (yes, that Mike Tyson) calls in ostensibly to talk about his docu-series Being Mike Tyson, but in reality only wants to talk about one thing…and his publicist is none too pleased. In fact, this interview ends up with a dial tone. Say what? The Bender's 40th episode is a doozy. Dig in.
Los Angeles superstar DJ Drew G brings us his debut Bender MixTape this week. We'd give you a track-listing but there are soooo many songs packed into this mix you'll have to tune in to digest them all. Happen to be in Sydney, Australia? Go check him out spinning on October 6th. Otherwise, visit www.djdrewg.com for his complete tour schedule. Enjoy!
Fresh off his appearance on "Watch What Happens Live," Real World's Danny Roberts returns to The Bender to tell us all the deets. We also get the real story (finally!) on what went down in that confessional room in New Orleans, plus the final answer to the question: were those naked pics real? Then, Carey O'Donnell from Paper Magazine (and one of the masterminds behind @nottildaswinton) comes on to talk about his love of Real Housewives' Danielle Staub and his affinity for American Eagle store managers. It's all in a day's work…dig in.
Elle Morgan is an up-and-coming superstar DJ from Houston, Texas. She's recently opened for the legendary DJ George Acosta and Sultan & Shepard, as well as performed alongside Gabriel & Dresden. And guess what, she's only 13 years old! Yes this electronic music wunderkind has a bright future ahead of her. Warning: this ain't your grandpa's MixTape! Elle gets down with the heavy beats. As she puts it, "It's just me, my mixer, and the music!" Say hi to Elle on Twitter, Facebook, and on her web site www.djellemorgan.com.
Adrienne Maloof may not have made the best impression on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills this past season, but in one of her first interviews since the season ended, she tells Ben about her commitment to the gay community. As one of the newest participants in the NoH8 campaign, Adrienne gets personal about her connection to gays, her political persuasions, and of course...her Maloof vodka, jewelry, and handbag empire! While discussing Adrienne's husband and children were off limits, we quickly learned from Jen Kirkman that children will forever be off limits! Author of the new book "I Can Barely Take Care of Myself," Jen tells us about her decision never to have kids, and why that's okay. As if that's not enough, Ben's buddy Derek Hartley from SiriusXM's "Derek and Romaine Show" also joins him in studio for some shenanigans.
Six of each of our favorite moments, five years together, four levels of laughter (hysterics, guffaws, chuckles and giggles), three different show names, two hosts, and one more big gay adventure. This Is It, folks. Click play now!
Big show, big show! We've got an announcement for ya and offer it up to you with two Grade-A guests. First, it's none other than our favorite girl who likes girls, Rosie O'Donnell. Then our main man Dave Holmes joins us for his record setting fourth appearance on The Six Pack. We chat with them about the latest in their lives and share a little of what's going on in our lives as well. Good vibes all around. Trending this week: President Obama and Justin Bieber had the top tweets of 2012. We review their 140 character missives and hit all the other hottest trends of the year. Also, staff on a Hong Kong airline might stop serving booze...and threaten to stop smiling if they don't get a raise. And finally, a new company has created a cup that will test for date rape drugs. You are warned! There's plenty more in this episode, but trust us, this is one of the ones you want to listen to, not read about. You know what to do!
Michael Musto, aka Mr. NYC, joins us for his triumphant third appearance on The Six Pack. He's got his finger on the pulse of it all when it comes to celebrity, media, and nightlife, and once again opens up his personal vault of knowledge for us. We discuss the new John Travolta/Olivia Newton-John video, Michael's hatred of Christmas, Calvin Klein's ugly breakup, and the bevy of long movies that are about to hit the big screen. Don't just sit there and gossip, listen in now!
Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten, the brains behind the incredibly popular CoolHunting.com, join us for this Six Pack Short. Cool Hunting has garnered an amazing reputation for scoping out what's hot in the worlds of design, tech, style, and travel, just to name a few. We talk to the guys about being business partners as well as partners of a higher order. Also, we dig into their new Cool Hunting Gift Guide right in time for the holidays. Find out all about everything you need tomorrow by clicking play today!
The Fabulous Beekman Boys, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, make their triumphant return to The Six Pack! We haven't had them on the show in over two years, although we did share some cheese with them this past summer. We chat with the guys about their show jumping networks, their current stint on Amazing Race, and what a Beekman holiday is like. (Hint: It's slightly time adjusted.) Trending this week: Black Friday came and went, and we've got the full round-up. Also, there's a new app in Saudi Arabia that will help men track their wives. Will it also locate the nearest hummus stand? And finally, Psy's "Gangnam Style" has overtaken Justin Bieber's "Baby" as the number one most viewed YouTube video of all-time. Keep your chin up, Biebs! We also chat with Ken Barett Jr., the new Chief Diversity Officer at General Motors, about the company's perfect HRC score and why being an all-inclusive company is more than about just selling cars. Put down your shopping bags and listen to the newest Six Pack now!
Clay Cane, host of the aptly titled "Clay Cane Live" on WWRL 1600 AM, joins us to talk radio shop on this Six Pack Short. We chat about the differences between AM radio and satellite radio (and podcasting!), as well as his work with Colored Boys, of which he is co-editor and a contributing writer. Get your radio...er listening device ready and click play now!
Mayim Bialik, once Blossom, now Amy Farrah Fowler on Big Bang Theory, calls in to talk TV, motherhood and neuroscience. We talk about everything under the sun, from what her fans call her (Mayim? Amy? Blossom?) to her theory on parenting, to what it was like when Jim Parsons came out. Oh, and are magic mushroom changing brain chemistry? We ask! Click play and let your inner gay geek run wild!
Noah Levy of In Touch Weekly joins us post-Sandy to get our minds off the craziness of the hurricane. Noah digs deeps to give us the latest dish, from Brad Pitt's $100,000 donation for marriage equality to Amanda Byne's latest hijinks. Note: We skip all tan mom, Snooki, and Honey Boo Boo related topics. Trending this week: Grindr was polling people on their political beliefs; did you take part? Also a new LOGO poll breaks down the political leanings of the LGBT community. (Now that we know the outcome, was the gay vote what got President Obama re-elected?) And finally, Oprah released her new Favorite Things in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Poor taste by O…or no? We'll reveal the results! The Buzz List brings us the 21 Types of Jerks You Meet During a Hurricane. Were you one of them? Were Ben and/or Dave? Nobody's perfect! One hurricane down, one nor'easter on the way. Hunker down and listen to The Six Pack now!
Legendary broadcaster Larry King is our special guest for this Six Pack Short. We headed over to Larry's suite at the Warldorf Astoria Hotel for the interview and got to to ask the king of questions a few of our own. Larry tells us about his new show on Hulu, his theory for the election and his feelings on LGBT equality. How does he like being on the other side of the microphone? Tune in to CNN...err..The Six Pack to find out!
Abby Huntsman, Huffington Post Live host, political pundit, and daughter of former presidential candidate, joins us for this episode of The Six Pack. She tells us about what it's like being the child of a candidate as well as how she's gone about making a name for herself. And what's the latest with the @Jon2012Girls? You'll find out. Trending this week: There's a new study that says only 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT. Could that possibly be true? What happened to the 10%? In other news, people are burning up after putting on too much Banana Boat sun screen - you've been warned! And finally, did you celebrate #SpiritDay? Uncle Poodle sure did. We also break down 9 habits that do more harm than good and find out that we're guilty of quite a few. Fear not though, listening to The Six Pack is not one of them. Click play now!
Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? Those are all the questions we answer in this 'Ask Ben and Dave' Six Pack Short. As professional homosexuals we answer all your burning questions. (And perhaps even a question about that burning sensation you've been having.) There's no time to waste, click play now!