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Transgender Comedians Dina Nina Martinez & Ian Harvie to Star In Series “The Misadventures of Delilah James”


Transgender Comedians Dina Nina Martinez & Ian Harvie to Star In Series “The Misadventures of Delilah James”

Madison, WI – September 1, 2015 –

A little bit of Hollywood will make its way to Madison this September as The Misadventures of Delilah James begins shooting its first episode. The series features a transgender lead character played by Madison-based comedian and actor Dina Nina Martinez. Martinez was recently featured in the Isthmus as one of the Mad Faves for Local Comedian as voted by the readers and was named one of’s “40 Hot Queer Women In Comedy”. Continue reading Transgender Comedians Dina Nina Martinez & Ian Harvie to Star In Series “The Misadventures of Delilah James”

A Misadventurous Evening: Chicago


The Makers of The Misadventures of Delilah James, Together with Stage 773 Proudly Present A Misadventurous Evening.

Chicago, IL – September 2, 2015

A benefit evening of storytelling and comedy to support the new series The Misadventures of Delilah James featuring an exclusive screening of the series’ teaser episode It’s a Date! — so save the date and come on down!

A Misadventurous Evening is a scintillating storytelling event which will feature hilarious and touching stories from local and national names like Vivienne Andersen, Ali Clayton, Elizabeth Gomez, Kelsie Huff, Nikki Nigl, Adam Guerino, Pamela Valentine, and The Misadventures of Delilah James star and producer herself, Dina Nina Martinez. The event is hosted by Scott Duff. Continue reading A Misadventurous Evening: Chicago

An Open Letter to the Benham Brothers: You Can De-Gay Me, Too!

I recently heard that you offered some guy tickets to a sports game, and that was enough to make him renounce his “homosexual lifestyle.” Rather than tell you how bat-shit cray cray you sound, I want you to know that I love you and I’m prepared to renounce my “homosexual lifestyle” too (no one really needs brunch), but I’m afraid I’m going to be a little harder to “save” than your easily-pleased gentleman friend (that’s what she said!).

So the following are my demands. Come on guys, God told me he wants you to help me out:

1.  A corkscrew–I’m starting off small, but I’ve got a bottle of Pinot Noir that Matthias gave me and it’s not going to open itself, so chop-chop.

2. The mauve and lavender-trim outfit worn by Deanna Troy in Star Trek Next Generation. This is very important to my heterosexuality because…er, shoulder-to-hip ratio?

3. A fan. Listen, I’m tired of Karl Lagerfeld lauding it over everyone with his huge-ass fans. So I want a massive one. One so large it needs a zoning-permit and you two are gonna have to lift it for me and follow me while I go to the gym cos that place gets me sticky. If you care about my soul, you’ll do this.

4. Joan Rivers resurrected. Look, this one I’m gonna admit is a bit of an ask, so here’s what I’m gonna do: I’m gonna say to you that this one can be a longterm goal and you can, you know, use your Christian prayer powers to, like, make her come back. Alternatively, you can channel your millions into recreating Joan as a replacement for Siri cause that bitch is working my last nerve. Besides, I think that Joan probably was a cyborg anyway, so she might come back on her own. (Are cyborgs against Jesus? Was Jesus a cyborg? Oh my God, was Jesus The Terminator?)

5. I recently saw that you are friends with Kevin Sorbo of Hercules fame. Yeah I don’t care for him, but I would like to know if he has (Xena) Lucy Lawless’ number?

6. Get me Lucy Lawless’ number. She and I would have a lot to talk about and I need to learn how to throw a chakram for… reasons.

7. I would like Kelly Clarkson to come to my house and sing to me. Now, she’s wicked-cool and super busy because she just spawned adorableness (called River Rose no less-and I don’t think she even knows the Whovian references!) and her new album is so good I have had to wear sanitary towels for the past week, but, like, if you know people who can get in touch with her people, that would be great. I’ll put on a fantastic spread and I’ll be super discreet. She won’t even notice the webcam(s).

8. Dog Zumba lessons. My dog Carmichael is, like, 0.5 and I’ve got to start tiger mumming him now if I ever want him to win even the regional competitive dog grooming championships. To have him looking his best (after all, a dog needs to exercise to maintain a healthy coat) I was thinking of getting him enrolled in Zumba, but this tanned turnip at the gym told me that they’re not equipped to have schnauzers, or dogs of any kind. Well, this just isn’t acceptable. So I need dog Zumba lessons. Or for you to kill that guy at the gym for me. I think it’s fine for your religion. God smites people all the time. You know, whatever’s easiest.

9. Surgery. I look good right now, but I’ve always thought I’d look better with a butt-lift and calf implants. Which is important for heterosexuals because… if I’m going to be wholly resurrected I want to make sure I’m coming back looking my best, you know?

10. And finally, Harry Styles. To… play backgammon with. I’m big on board games.

So if you could get right on that, I’ll totally renounce my homosexual ways. Like, you just say the word and I will absolutely throw out my original off-Broadway recording of Michael Arden doing the Bare soundtrack, I’ll unfollow Tom Daley and his trunks on Instagram, and I’ll absolutely stop typing “Zac Efron” into Google Maps.

Cheers and kisses… I mean, manly, not-at-all-gay, crotch rubbing hugs.

Simon x

Source: GROOP!Place Blogs
An Open Letter to the Benham Brothers: You Can De-Gay Me, Too!

5 Things to Avoid When Planning Your Event

Last week I shared the worst event I’ve ever managed.  It was quite a scene I have to admit.  So this week I’ve compiled the 5 things to keep in mind in order to avoid recreating the “Battle of Hotel Astrid” again.

1) Plan your Guest List in a manner to avoid conflict. As I mentioned in “5 Tips For Planning A Successful Event“, it’s important to invite the right people. The mum who was disinvited is the perfect example.  Even though she showed up, it was the right decision to not have her come.  It may be difficult, but when there’s a past record of misbehaviour it is best to not have them involved.  See the above link to read more.

2) Be prepared for the worst. Have a contingency plan in the event that the worst actually does happen. Keep a good stock of medical supplies, in case of injury. Invite a large mate to kick people out or to split up fights if needed. Know your guests allergies and medical conditions. Pepper spray and fog horns can come in handy.

 3) Avoid guest over-consumption! As a guest, I LOVE an open bar.  As a planner, I detest them. If you can avoid an open bar, do so at all costs.  If you are dead set on an open bar then here are ways to circumvent issues.  Make sure that you and your staff know the signs of intoxication.

  • Slurred speech
  • Impaired coordination
  • Becoming louder
  • Increased use of profanity
  • Standing with feet wider apart for balance
  • Over excitement
  • Slow or deliberate movements
  • Closing one eye to avoid double vision

Have your bar staff monitor guests for signs of over consumption.  When one sees that a guest may be overserved employ some of these techniques

  • Slow down service by taking more time to prepare a drink or take other guests orders first.
  • Suggest a non-alcoholic alternative
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol in the drink. (Do this ONLY if a host is paying per bottle of alcohol. NOT if they’re paying by drink.)
  • Refuse service.  (Try to do this with finesse. Instruct your staff about ways to do this without making the situation worse)

4) FIRE! When I just started out I was obsessed with candles.  One of my clients was too. A match made in hell!  Her budget was low, so we went an untraditional route off using items that were questionable to hold the candles.  Needless to say, a few draperies, a few irreplaceable items and a few conversations with hunky firefighters cured me of my candle obsession.  Don’t skimp on your budget when it comes to fire safety.  Make sure to use proper holders or suitable alternatives, keep away from flammable items,  make sure they are placed on secure surfaces and out of childs reach. If you have any concerns about using fire, opt for the LED Candles.  Many appear just as lovely as a candle with flame.

5) Weather control! When throwing an event it’s very important to take the temperature and weather into consideration.  If guests are uncomfortable the will be blood. (That was extreme, however…) If you’re doing an outside event, make certain to have a contingency for rain, wind and such. Have a back up inside space. Make sure that your venue is temperature controlled. If it’s winter ensure that you have a coat check or a suitable space for coat storage.

I hope that this helps to keep your events from some very serious pitfalls. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have.

Make life an event!

Delilah James

Source: GROOP!Place Blogs
5 Things to Avoid When Planning Your Event

#TMDJWeekendPlaylist (Week 2)

Greetings everyone, we had so much fun last week that we’re going to keep this going!  This week we’re bringing you some great tracks from Betty Who, Giorgio Moroder with Kylie Minogue, Tori Kelly, Calvin Harris with Ellie Goulding, Kelly Clarkson, Years & Years and Mark Ronson with Bruno Mars!  Hope you LOVE IT!