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Verge of the Dude

I leave rambling voice mail messages on my friend's answering machine and you get to hear them too. Proudly presented raw, unedited and in one take.

Aug 12, 2019

A humble tribute to our beloved tuxedoed companion Sweet Leaf, who lived a life of rags to riches...and everything in-between.

(PLEASE NOTE: This piece was originally conceived for the KCRW's 24 Hour Radio Race for their Independent Producers Project. The theme was "Where the sun don't shine." My race crashed and...


Jul 20, 2019

Hey Dude, my recent binge of The Sopranos wakes me up and reminds me of the time that Richie Aprile cut in front me at the Jamba Juice in Sherman Oaks.

CHARACTERS: Sweet Leaf, Michael Imperioli (Christopher), James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano), Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Melfi), Edie Falco (Carmela), Little Steven (Silvio),


Jun 26, 2019

Hey Dude, a trip to Palm Springs takes me back to the summer of 1999 when I learned I had cancer on the same day The Phantom Menace was released. Also a cool online interaction with John Lurie ties the call together.

CHARACTERS: Doctor Dolittle, Garry Paskwietz, Lance Armstrong, John Lurie

LOCATIONS: Palm Springs, La...


Jun 8, 2019

Hey Dude, a bootleg photoshoot for a "podcast thing" leads me to wear my "Original Westerley" Pendleton sweater and tap into The Dude's mystical energy.

CHARACTERS: Sweet Leaf, Dracula, Dr. David Viscott, Frasier, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Rock Star

LOCATIONS: Descanso Gardens, Park Bench Deli,


May 29, 2019

Hey Dude, I finally listened to S-Town as inspiration for my epic L.A. noir-style family history podcast. I also compare and contrast my rejection letters from American Public Media and This American Life.

CHARACTERS: "Tricky Dick" Nixon, "Wild Bill" Clinton, Red Tie Dude, Bertolt Brecht, Mickey Cohen, Howard Hughes,