Join Two Guys From Hollywood & their unique brand of humor for this grab-bag pop culture podcast. Hollywood literary agent, Alan Nevins & celebrity chef, Joey Santos, have cultivated a banter over a 30 year friendship that has entertained many and is now captured in this engaging podcast!
former Department of Homeland Security Chief of Staff
Our interview with Brandon Straka was quite interesting and a little combative. Born and raised in rural Nebraska and now a resident of New York City, Brandon created and promotes his #WalkAway Campaign message and his desire to bring a new awareness and understanding to the reality of politics in America today. He left his hatred for Trump and the Democratic party and "walked away" to the MAGA Republicans where he claims his mission is to unify America. We thought his message, while interesting, called for the way to fix America is to burn the government to the ground. This is where studying history might prove useful, so we can learn from the mistakes of the past.
The most interesting takeaway here is that we agreed with Brandon on many topics and it was clear we wanted many of the same things despite our opposing party affiliations. We just felt there was a different way of achieving the goals than "walking away."
This exclusive interview with the author of THE REAL T AND ME: Two Decades of Love, Life, and Friendship with Tina Turner, which is publishing for the first time in North America on the same day this podcast premieres. At a young age Eddy used to pray he would become Tina's best friend and, years later, through perseverance and ingenuity, he met Ike & Tina Turner when he was only 14 years old and started their fan club. Then he lived through the tumultuous breakup of their marriage and became Tina's very personal assistant, confidant, travel companion, and eventually became the person who created her new look as she broke into mega-stardom on her own.
His story is, without a doubt, the most honest and intimate access to the private side of this international superstar and you will come away loving her even more!
It all started with an anonymous piece in the NY Times in 2018 from a high source inside the Trump administration who revealed publicly what Trump's cabinet members were saying privately - that the President was unstable and unfit for office. While serving in top roles in the Department of Homeland security, Taylor had witnessed shocking acts of corruption that led him, with the support of other high ranking Republicans within the administration, to write the essay and, later, a book about his observations. Now, Miles, under his own name, has published a second book which appeared on the NY Times Bestseller List.
It sounds like a sobering episode but you know the Two Guys. They are not going to allow the destruction of our democracy get in the way of humor and, surprisingly, this serious author blended right in. Anderson Cooper and Kanye West on the Stink list. Why?
Randal Kleiser, the film and television director, producer, screenwriter and sometime actor is best known for directing the 1978 musical romantic-comedy film Grease, among some other iconic films you may remember, such as, The Blue Lagoon, Summer Lovers and Big Top Pee Wee to name a few. He has a new book out which is charming titled Drawing Directors and Randal has drawn each of the illustrations live in the presence of these directors without their knowledge. He joins us in the studio to tell us what this is all about. We also discuss his films, his past, his present, his passions and what he has coming up! He's a charming man with some great Hollywood stories.
And, as usual, the Two Guys are causing a ruckus and saying something wildly politically incorrect. Watch out Lizzo!
FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY! Language could be a problem for some! Five women had no idea they were about to form a pornography sorority — a sisterhood that would change their careers, their lives and eventually, the way much of the public viewed people who work in porn. There was the "superstar" turned mom, Jane Hamilton. The Jewish, artsy, exhibitionist, Annie Sprinkle who claimed to have had sex with more than 3500 men. The former Girl Scout, Candida Royalle, an aspiring actress who was exiled from ballet at age 15 because she was too curvaceous. Veronica Vera, the strict Catholic who had great sexual curiosity. And, Gloria Leonard, the "nice Jewish Girl", Wallstreet stockbroker, and ended up taking on Larry Flynt and Bob Guccione as the publisher of her own High Society magazine.
Join the conversation with Vera, Jane and Gloria's daughter, Robin, about this "club" as we take a stroll back to 70's porn!
A worldwide, EXCLUSIVE interview with Duane Chapman, aka Dog the Bounty Hunter, and his wife Francie, about the accusations thrown at Dog after the couples recent appearance on a Facebook Live show that the press promoted as a "homophobic rant" and a threat against failed Bud Light promoter Dylan Mulvaney. The video went viral and hit news shows across the country.
The interview gets heated on both sides, especially when talking about Christianity and homosexuality. The hosts breakdown the conversation not seen in the viral videos. Were Duane and Francie’s remarks taken out of context?
Many will find this interview enlightening but certainly will be shocked by what Dog and Francie ultimately say about Dylan Mulvaney and gays. They stand by their faith and are unapologetic.
She’s known as “The Queen of Versailles” and her Orlando estate, inspired by The Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, is the largest house in America. Enduring years of construction, destruction and reconstruction it truly has become not only a (very costly) labor of love, but the ultimate mission impossible to finish.
This modern day “Queen” is no Marie-Antoinette. She is not serving “cake”! Find out exactly what this star of The Queen of Versailles Reigns Again is serving as her life is about to become a Broadway musical starring Kristin Chenowith. She opens up about the house, her husband's health scare and the death of their teenage daughter.
The boys discuss the movie Mafia Mamma and the Michael J. Fox documentary, Still. And things get a little catty as the conversation turns to Jeff Lewis of Flipping Out.
You know Morgan Fairchild from Dallas, Flamingo Road, Friends, Roseanne and many other television shows and theater work she has appeared in for many years. We think you probably don't know this side of Morgan - the science nerd!
We dove into Morgan's other life and her fascination with all things science and what she describes as her moral obligation to share her knowledge, especially in the 80's when she was the first Hollywood personality to get involved with AIDS.
She is beautiful, smart and funny - no "blond" here!
And of course, this week's "reviews" by Alan & Joey of movies, TV and bad clothes!
Meet Nathan Kessel and Anna McClelland. Talk about destiny!! Two young, attractive, bright, talented souls on separate paths in life, manage to find each-other and fall hopelessly in love after almost losing themselves! He "woke up" suddenly after 4 years to discover he remembered nothing during that time and now was 16. Started singing opera and performing for the Boston Symphony Orchestra and then the pandemic hit. She had to have brain surgery. It’s quite a story with a happy beginning! Merging their talents, goals and ambitions, they combined and parlayed their talent and became TikTok’ers, content creators and social media Influencers - a lucrative business with a combined audience of over 14 million followers! Hear their story, learn how they did it.
After a forced 3 week break, Alan explains what happened with some sad news. But that doesn't keep the duo from skewering or praising their latest media consumption.
Then things turn for the very funny when they bring Gene Simmons into the fold, which took the Two Guys by surprise. Also known as his stage persona, The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of KISS, the hard-rock band he co-founded in the early 1970's. Well known for his intelligence and bad-boy behavior, he proves himself here - wild, funny and generally over the top as he opens up about the band's farewell tour, his life, including the time he spent dating Cher and Diana Ross. As you can imagine, the Two Guys loved it!
Who didn't love the iconic Joan Rives and her style of humor which dominated the airwaves for decades. With the new "cancel culture" how would Joan have navigated these waters? Luckily, Joan left an incredible ambassador behind in her daughter, Melissa, and we discuss her mom alongside her new and very funny book, LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME.
And, as always, Joey and Alan discuss some of the things that annoy them and, as always, catch up on their entertainment intake, especially the Dahmer series since Alan represented Lionel Dahmer's book A FATHER'S STORY.
Joey celebrates the end of his cancer treatments and Alan celebrates passing his flight exam. Then they turn to director Taylor Hackford. In addition to helming the iconic feature hits, An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), Against All Odds (1984), Ray (2004), and the cult thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997), Taylor Hackford has directed the films Dolores Claiborne (1995), Everybody's All American (1988), and Proof of Life (2000). Taylor developed and produced La Bamba, the most successful Latin-themed feature film in history. And does he have the stories - Jamie Foxx, Keanu Reeves, Charlize Theron, Al Pacino and more!
A shocking, no holds barred interview with Michael Fanone, the officer nearly beaten to death on January 6th at the U.S. Capital who then later testified on national television for the Senate Investigative Committee. The two hosts have captured a side of this conservative Republican and self-proclaimed redneck that has yet been seen on any of the news networks promoting Fanone's bestselling book, HOLD THE LINE. Often touching and passionate yet done with style, humor and respect that ultimately creates a bond between these three men which feels like you’ve dropped in on their dinner conversation.
"Every episode has been nothing short of entertaining, informative, funny and heartfelt.
Each one has left me wanting more. Keep up the great work!❤️❤️❤️"
"It’s hard to say for sure.. if it’s the hosts...
the Two Guys From Hollywood themselves?
Maybe the longevity and authentic connectedness they share?... Could be the informative, redundant free, thought provoking, good humored, witty content?
Perhaps it’s the unique mix of quests who moments before were unknown to me, are now suddenly unforgettable?
It’s more than a podcast, it’s a forum where old friends come together and new ones meet."
"Ok.!! Now I see why podcasts are so popular! Only a couple of episodes in, but so far I very well may be hooked!! I think it’s cool how they roll through all subjects of interest with good nature, insight, playfulness and fact. Not gossip!! Good job guys!!"
"This first episode was a fun escape from life. The hosts had warm and funny personalities that kept me entertained! I can’t wait to learn more about them and their guests. I look forward to testing out that cocktail recipe soon."
"LOVE the guys! They have great chemistry, are so warm, and quipy! It feels like I’m hanging out with new friends who have both lived such interesting lives with stories to tell us! Can’t wait for more episodes."
"Lighthearted, sincere, funny, and pertinent. Alan and Joey are two dynamic hosts who bring a unique perspective to the podcast space. Their friendship of over 30 years is infectious as the two banter and make you feel as though you are a part of that friendship. Can’t wait for new episodes."
Alan Nevins started his career working for the famed super-agent Irving “Swifty” Lazar. Lazar made him a partner – a first in his 60 year career. Five years later Nevins founded Renaissance Literary & Talent with two Hollywood based literary agents and they acquired the famed Irving Paul Lazar Agency and H.N. Swanson Agency, supplying material to publishers and the film/television community. After a three-year stint associated with Artists Management Group, Nevins cut a deal with music and film management company, The Firm, to create a literary division based upon his longstanding relationships in Hollywood, London and New York. Nevins departed in 2008 and re-established Renaissance Literary & Talent and the company grew. His literary clients, among many others, include Cher, Marlee Matlin, Patricia Gucci, Joan Collins, radio host Cody Alan, novelist Steven Saylor and Heidi Murkoff, the creator of the internationally recognized What to Expect series of books, podcasts, television and feature films. Nevins, alongside his clients, executive produced the feature film What to Expect When You’re Expecting starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. In personal representation, among others, Nevins represents national radio show personality, stand-up comic and TV personality Rickey Smiley and represented Duane & Beth Chapman of Dog the Bounty Hunter from Season 3 through Season 8 and the Hillstrand Brothers from The Deadliest Catch.
Joey Santos was raised in NYC, Malibu and the West Hollywood Hills. He is son to film and television actor Joe Santos. His mother Mary was a showgirl who became a “stay at home mom” and a wonderful cook who loved hosting lavish parties in their homes, where she entertained everyone from movie stars and entertainers to old friends and family - a trait clearly passed onto Joey. His Grandmother Rose was a business woman who owned nightclubs in NYC, Havana, Miami and Los Angelesand started a record label and film studioas well. Following a bit in his dad’s footsteps Joey landed a recurring role on NYPD Blue as Officer Aiello, in a couple of plays (Griffin Loves Phoenix and The Sunset Normandie ) followed by a couple of years of acting study at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. Following in his grandfathers’ footsteps, the revered and beloved Latin singer, Daniel Santos, Joey embarked on a short-lived singing career, having recorded a couple of CDs and performed in various venues in NYC, Los Angeles and South Beach. Later, he became a restaurateur and co-owner of El Mocambo in Los Angeles, owner/chef of JoJo’s Americana Supper-club in Saugatuck, and once again in West Hollywood with JoJo’s Juke Joint. All this led him to a thriving career catering/hosting events for Hollywood’s elite, writing as a columnist for The Eden Magazine and, for the past four years, working as the Private Chef to Brad Pitt.