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Thursday
Nov022017

Call Answered: Conference Call: Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito: "Hot Mess" at The Theater Center

Max Crumm and Lucy DeVito, Photo Credit: Jeremy DanielWhen it comes to love, everyone is a Hot Mess in one way or the other, which is why when I heard about this new show opening this month, I knew I had to get the inside scoop from the show's stars themselves, the adorable & hilarious Max Crumm and the beautiful & funny Lucy DeVito.

Hot Mess is a new romantic comedy where "Max," a Jewish recovering alcoholic comedian begins dating "Elanor," a mile a minute aspiring magician. "Max," however, holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor," something he confides in his therapist and best friend, and something that he grappled with for his whole life. There are many types of relationships and Hot Mess shows us that with trust and communication, anything is possible.

Hot Mess plays at The Theater Center (1627 Broadway/210 West 50th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue) starting on November 7. Click here for tickets!

For more on Hot Mess be sure to visit http://www.hotmesstheplay.com and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more on Max follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

For more one Lucy follow her on Twitter!

1. What attracted you to Hot Mess?

Max Crumm: Initially, I was was attracted because of the premise of the show. The idea that I would be getting to play an LGBTG character that is normally under represented was extremely attractive! also...a job. ;)

Lucy DeVito: I love rom com's about imperfect people!

2. What do you each relate to most about your characters (Max, something other than the fact that you share the same name...haha)?

Max Crumm: I think I relate to "Max" in a lot of ways, but the most relatable thing I find in him is his ability to bounce back and forth between what he thinks and what others think. There is an inherent people pleaser in him that I scarily identity with.

Lucy DeVito: I relate to "Elanor's" struggle in defining who she is as a comedian. I'm always trying to reflect on my journey as an actor and re-examine how to express myself artistically.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel3. What is one characteristic of "Max" & "Elanor" you are both glad you don't possess yourself?

Max Crumm: I’m super glad that i don’t possess the ability to compartmentalize my emotions. I wear my heart on my sleeve, sometimes to a fault. But "Max" definitely knows how to navigate his & and others’ emotions so that there is no room to address them.

Lucy DeVito: "Elanor" has issues with her mom. I'm so thankful that's not like me...my mom is the best!

4. In this show, "Max" holds a secret that he is scared to share with "Elanor." What is one secret each of you have been holding on to, but are now ready to reveal?

Max Crumm: Nice try ;-)

Lucy DeVito: I have a sweet tooth and in times of severe laziness and desperation I will to run down to the bodega, in my sweatpants, buy a Kit Kat and eat it before I even get back to my couch.

5. There are so many kinds of relationships out there...monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc. What kind of relationship do you both seek out for yourselves? 

Max Crumm: I am an old fashioned Monogamous lover/relationship person. I’m too selfish to share anyone with anyone.

Lucy DeVito: I'm a monogamy gal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel6. What are the top five things you look for in a relationship? What are your top five deal breakers?

Max Crumm:

Top Five Things: Sense of humor. YOU HAVE TO MAKE ME LAUGH, someone who makes time for me even if they are super busy, must love dogs, must believe in some sort of magic, MUST be a sexy hot hunk who loves me and only me endlessly forever and ever.

Deal Breakers: IF YOU CAN'T MAKE ME LAUGH, if you hate dogs...bye, if you don’t like cuddling...bye, if you can’t hold an intense conversation about cartoons...bye, if you’re an actor/singer and I think you have no talent and would have to eventually tell you my opinion or lie to you.

Lucy DeVito:

Top Things: Have a great sense of humor, be kind, be confident, be able to tolerate cats.

Deal Breaker: Voted for Trump.

7. What is one characteristic of yours someone would describe as being a "Hot Mess"?

Max Crumm: I sometimes decide to ignore tact to get my point across.

Lucy DeVito: I spill food on myself almost every meal.

Lucy DeVito and Max Crumm, Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. Since Lucy was in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, let's play with that title for a moment. When each of you are down, what is your go to place that "Is Always Sunny"?

Max Crumm: My bed!! ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

Lucy DeVito: At the beach!

9. With Max being in the 2007 revival of Grease, let's learn about you both from two different songs. To keep things interesting, we'll go with songs Max did not sing. So, if each of you were to sing "Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee" & "There Are Worse Things I Could Do," who would you be imitating in the first song & what event would you be singing about in the latter?

Lucy DeVito: Max Crumm in the first song and making out with Max Crumm in the second song.

10. The tag line of the show is "Hot Mess: A Romantic Comedy That Goes Both Ways." Have you ever gone another way (in life) than you usually do?

Max Crumm: Why, yes... yes i have ;)

Lucy DeVito: Why? Who's interested? I'll think about it ๐Ÿ˜‰

Max CrummMore on Max:

Max is currently starring in Legendale at the Human Race Theatre and starred in Beatsville at Asolo Repertory Theatre earlier this year. Last year, he originated the role of "Scott" in Disaster! on Broadway.  Max is represented by Headline Talent Agency and Vanguard Management Group. Broadway: Disaster! (Scott - The Nederlander), Grease (Danny - Brooks Atikinson). Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks ( Matt - Jerry Orbach Theater), Disaster! (Scott - St. Luke's Theatre), Brooklyn Crush {formerly: F#%king Up Everything} (Christian Mohammed Shwartzelberg - Elektra Theatre). Festival/Regional: Matthew McConaughey vs. The Devil (Woody Harrelson, - NYMF 2017), Jersey Shoresical (The Situation,  - NY Fringe Festival). Beatsville (Walter Paisley - Asolo Rep.), Legendale (Andy - Human Race Theatre). Film: Easy A, Killing Diaz, & Echoboom.

Lucy DeVitoMore on Lucy:

Lucy DeVito was named in Backstage's second annual list of 30 actors "On the verge of career breakthroughs" in 2013. Originally from Los Angeles, after studying theater and graduating from Brown University, Lucy moved to New York City where she currently resides. She most recently starred in Curmudgeons, directed by Danny DeVito, which screened at The Tribeca Film Festival (as well as various international festivals) and was just released on Vimeo. She will next be seen in Taylor Hackford's film The Comedian, starring Robert DeNiro and Leslie Mann. Lucy starred opposite Tyler Labine (playing his love interest) for two seasons in the comedy Deadbeat (Hulu). She recurred on ALPHA HOUSE opposite John Goodman for Amazon and did an episode of Girls. She is known for her work in movies such as Leaves of Grass, alongside Edward Norton, Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me, Speech & Debate, A Quiet Little Marriage, Syrup, Beware The Gonzo and Just Add Water. Lucy has made appearances in the television shows Girls, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and Melissa and Joey. Onstage, Lucy recently starred in Steel Magnolias opposite Elaine Hendrix, Patricia Richardson, Susan Sullivan and Jessica Walter, directed by Marsha Mason at The Buck's County Playhouse. Previously, she worked with Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron in the original readings of their play Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She performed the play many times in New York at the Westside Theater and in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. Other plays in which she's performed include In Quietness by Anna Moench, Stefanie Zadravec's The Electric Baby, Bruce Graham's Any Given MondayThe Diary of Anne Frank, in which she played "Anne," and The Miracle at Naplesby David Grimm. She's a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater and Morgan Gould & Friends.

Wednesday
Apr122017

Call Redialed: NEW Facetime interview: Migguel Anggelo: "So Close: Love & Hate" at Joe's Pub

"Call Me Adam" and Migguel Anggelo at The Algonquin HotelLive from The Algonquin Hotel, "Call Me Adam" catches up with singer/songwriter/actor Migguel Anggelo about his return to Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street) with his new one-man show So Close: Love & Hate, directed by Obie Award Winner David Drake on May 23 & 24 at 7pm.

Here, we discuss love, hate, and how this country can stand united instead of divided. In So Close: Love & Hate, Migguel Anggelo addresses divisiveness, humanity and hope through a rich song cycle including an array of brand new compositions punctuated by Latin classics, American standards, Broadway, opera, and Bjork. Click here for tickets!

For more on Migguel be sure to visit http://migguelanggelo.com and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

For more on Joe's Pub visit https://joespub.publictheater.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

"Call Me Adam's" NEW interview with Migguel Anggelo:

Friday
Mar172017

Call Redialed: Lucie Pohl: "Apohlcalypse Now!" at Under St. Marks Theater

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseLast time comedian/actress Lucie Pohl and I spoke, she was starring in her one-woman show Hi, Hitler, now these two Jews are talking about her new show Apohlcalypse Now! From tyrants to death, we know our herritage! In this new show, Apohlcalypse Now! bangs together stand up, storytelling and character comedy. Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin.

Apohlcalypse Now! will play a very limited run, four performances only, March 20, 21, 27 & 28 at Under St. Marks Theater (94 St. Marks Place). March 20 & 27 are at 8pm. March 21 & 28 are at 7pm. Click here for tickets!

For more on Lucie be sure to visit http://www.luciepohl.com and follow her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

1. It's great to catch up with you! Last we spoke, we did an interview for your one-woman show Hi, Hitler. Now you are back in NYC with your brand new show Apohlcalypse Now! How ironic that your show a few years ago had Hitler in the title and now your show has Apohlcalypse (a funny take on apocalypse) in the title. In the few years between shows, we got a new Hitler leading our country and he's creating an apocalypse. How do you explain this irony? Yes that is creepy and ironic. I'm psychic! Or may be it's that artists have invisible, subconscious feelers which pick things up before they've emerged into daily life.

One way to look at it is also, Hi, Hitler was very much a fish out of water story which went all the way back to my Jewish-German family history of persecution and migration. The whole point of the show was embracing that not fitting in was in my DNA. In this sense, I am not surprised that those of us who are different (for many different reasons) have become a target again. The fight for acceptance against periodic assholes will never end, I think.

The Apohlcalypse theme came out of a period of extremely taxing events in my life that kept piling up relentlessly. I also had been having this feeling of imminent doom for a few years. I never anticipated that history would tie these two shows together in such a frightening way.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Elmar Lemes2. What can people expect from this new show? What people can expect from Apohlcalypse Now! is a wild roller coaster ride into a year of tragically funny disasters in my life told through storytelling, stand-up and character comedy. It's an intimate, sometimes surreal, hilarious and very honest 60 minutes. And there's a goldfish monologue.

3. Let's play with the title of your show, "Apohlcalypse Now!" for a moment. What is the biggest event to happen in your life that would be as big as an apocalypse? The biggest apocalypse ever to happen in my life is when I realized Nutella is made with palm oil and I can no longer eat it! Game over!

No, ok, I'll be serious: it was the violent shattering of my 12 year relationship. Internally that was something which completely destroyed everything I thought I was, I thought I had and I thought I knew. And then a few other things happened simultaneously which just added more fire and brimstone. But these are all spoilers! That's what the show is about!

But one more thing: In writing the show I spoke to Anbarra Khalidi who is an apocalyptic scholar at Oxford (yes that's a job title) and she told me that the nature of the apocalyptic framework is both horror and clarity - exposing uncomfortable truths, mirroring the notion that we are our truest selves in moments of suffering, trial and judgement. This idea sort of fell into my lap and became what I was most interested in.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Mindy Tucker4. In this show we can expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break-up, dead rats, and wake-up calls from Stephen Baldwin. So for the next few questions we are going to break these down. If you could create a sentence using your five favorite bad words, how would that sentence look? Trump is a motherfucking thundercunting asswiping fuck-shit fascist.

5. What is the worst decision you've ever made? What did you learn from this bad decision? The worst decision I ever made was deciding to act on every impulse I had regardless of the consequence. I've made many bad decisions. What I've learned (the hard way) is that decisions matter and they are decisions, not accidents. You control that, it doesn't control you. It's not always about doing the thing which feels best in the moment, it's about knowing what's important and what you want in the long run.

And of course looking at the ingredients list on a Nutella jar.

6. What is one of your most funny break-up stories? When I was a teenager my boyfriend at the time said he was going downstairs real quick to get a Snapple. He came back 10 days later. I tried to punch him and missed. We broke up.

Lucie Pohl7. What is a good wedding tale you can tell? I once went to a wedding in England and woke up in Wales.

8. I hate rats. I mean HATE, but I'm going to ask a question about them anyway. What is an interaction you've had with a dead rat? Big, fat spoiler but here it goes: I found a dead rat in my mailbox! Yes, this is a true story and I have the pics to prove it.

9. When did you get a wake-up call from Stephen Baldwin? I got a wake up call from Stephen Baldwin in Istanbul, Turkey when I was in a horror film with him about a cult which impregnates women with demon babies to make an army of super humans. Duh! What else?! (Another spoiler).

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Right now I'm trying to not freak out on subway platforms every day about terrible MTA service. Yesterday I waited for 45 minutes at Union Square and at one point a nice man eating plantain chips told me to "Relax." Gotta work on that. Ommmm.

Lucie Pohl, Photo Credit: Laura RoseMore on Lucie:

Lucie Pohl is a German-born-NYC-raised comedian, actor, writer, solo performer and producer. Her storytelling comedy debut HI, HITLER was nominated for the 2015 New York Innovative Theater Award (Outstanding Solo Performance), received 5 and 4 star reviews and played to sold out houses at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, on London’s West End, 59E59 Theatres NY & Los Angeles.

Thursday
Nov172016

Call Redialed: David Perlman: A Dog Story at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre

Michael Perlman, Photo Credit: Danny Weiss Photo, Inc.What fun I had catching up with actor/photographer David Perlman. It's been almost two years since we've spoken, but what better time to re-connect then when David is taking center stage in a brand new musical, written just for him!

David stars in A Dog Story with a book by Eric H. Weinberger and music/lyrics Gayla D. Morgan. A Dog Story is a charming new musical comedy about "Roland," a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to get the partnership he desperately wants. To solve his dilemma, he gets a puppy as a chick magnet. But through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" ends up discovering there's more to life when you "get a dog!"

A Dog Story plays a limited run at The Loft at The Davenport Theatre in NYC (354 West 45th Street, between 8th & 9th Avenue). Click here for tickets!

For more on David visit http://www.david-perlman.com and http://www.davidperlmanphotography.com!

1. Hi David. It's so great to catch up with you as you just started performances of the new Off-Broadway musical A Dog Story. What attracted you to this show? Actually, this is a pretty awesome story. In early 2012, Eric Weinberger asked me to be in a benefit concert that he was putting together; we knew each other peripherally and were fans of each other’s work, and I was excited to be part of this concert.  After the benefit, he wrote me such a sweet message and a follow up email saying that he wanted to write a show for me! I was completely honored and flattered, and also there was part of me that was skeptical it would ever happen. But I didn’t know Eric then the way I do now! We ended up getting together and talking through ideas and of course had a bunch of follow up emails. I remember he emailed me Gayla Morgan’s website and said he was thinking of collaborating with her. Since we didn’t know each other, she asked me to send her clips of myself, which I happily did.

In July 2012, Eric sent me the first draft of A Dog Story! In 2013, I went to Key West to do a reading of the show, and in May 2014 I played "Roland" in the world premiere production at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. It’s pretty awesome to have been involved with this show from the very beginning. I almost cried when I read Eric’s bio for this Off-Broadway production, which includes "Many thanks…. to David Perlman, for whom I wrote the role of Roland." Eric is such an incredible man, and I am really so honored to be playing this role that I helped to inspire.

David Perlman in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel2. What do you relate to most about your character "Roland," a career-driven lawyer? "Roland" is a workaholic, and I definitely relate to that! I am an actor and photographer, and I’m often over scheduled with work; thankfully I love what I do. It’s not giving anything away to say that "Roland" gets a dog in this show. Interestingly, I didn’t have a dog when I first did this show…and now I do. I don’t think it’s a coincidence!

3. In A Dog Story, your character thinks he must be married to make partner in his law firm. When has there been a time in your life when you felt you had to do something in order to make it to the next step? What comes to mind is joining Actors’ Equity Association. When I was offered my Equity card, I remember thinking that it was an exciting, and also scary, step. I had been working a lot in the non-Equity world, and I knew it might be more difficult to compete for Equity jobs. I remember thinking "If I can’t compete in the Equity world, then this career isn’t for me. If I really want to make it, I need to take my card and see what happens." So joining Equity was a big and scary thing I needed to do in order to see if this career was really where I belonged.

David Perlman and Stefanie Brown in "A Dog Story", Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel4. In order to get married, "Roland," gets a puppy to attract women. What do you think the puppy does for "Roland" that he couldn't do on his own to attract women? "Roland" pretty much gets so anxious around beautiful women that he can’t even talk. His friend "Guy" suggests getting a puppy to attract women, and really, it is the ice breaker that "Roland" needs. I do understand this to an extent; while I have no problem talking to people, I generally don’t go around talking to strangers. However, when I’m walking my dog Winnie, I find myself talking to all sorts of people on the street; dogs are great conversation starters!

5. As someone who is married himself, what is something you did, perhaps out of the ordinary, to attract your husband Trey Gerrald? Honestly, I didn’t do anything to attract Trey. For some reason, he had decided he wanted to date me before we even spoke. So attracting him was easy, but I will say that keeping him around is where I had to get to work! I will say that our greatest strength is communication; we are so open with each other it’s crazy. It’s wonderful to feel fully accepted and loved by someone for all the things, good and bad, that make me who I am.

Trey Gerrald and David Perlman6. Through first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, "Roland" discovers there's more to life when you "get a dog!" What was your first date with your husband? What were your initial thoughts after it? Trey and I did a show together, Sunset Boulevard at the Ogunquit Playhouse, in the summer of 2010. So we didn’t really have a first date, we just kinda were living and working together. We started as friends. The romance began about halfway through the five-week contract, and we did have one date near the end of the run where I thought "There is absolutely no way this is going to work." We’ve since talked about that date, and he was thinking the exact same thing!! I’m so glad we both gave it another chance.

7. What is something that suddenly disappeared from your life? I remember when my grandmother passed away when I was still pretty young. I was very close with her, and it was the first time I remember experiencing death and how someone is just suddenly gone. Grandma Winnie was awesome, and luckily my mother gave me her blessing to name our dog Winnie in her memory.

Lindsie VanWinkle and David Perlman in "A Dog Story," Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel8. A Dog Story's by line is "Relationships are ruff." What has been the most challenging part of your relationship? How did you get through that ruff spot? The most challenging part was when I went on tour about three months into the relationship. Since we are both actors, we are often apart from each other for big stretches of time. Now, we can handle it pretty well, but distance is not great for a three-month-old relationship. That was a big turning point for us, because we were forced into the kind of honest communication that is necessary to sustain a relationship. Luckily, my tour got cancelled after about four months, or I don’t know if we would have made it through.

9. What do you love about originating a role as opposed to stepping into one/reviving one? The best thing about originating a role is to be working with the entire creative team on a show that is still evolving. It’s pretty cool to be in the room with the composer, who will say "Would this song be better for you in a different key?" That doesn’t typically happen when you step into a show that has already been published. It’s pretty amazing, also, to be part of the collaborative process. Since we are embodying our characters, it’s exciting to be able to question certain moments, which may lead to a rewrite that provides more clarity and therefore strengthens the piece. For better or worse, this show wouldn’t be this show if these particular actors had not been cast.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? Time management!  Like I said, I tend to be overscheduled. I love to work, and I am also very social. I have been better lately about making sure to have some downtime, but time management is definitely an area that I would love to improve upon.

David Perlman, Photo Credit: Jeff BlumenkrantzMore on David:

David Perlman is thrilled to continue with A Dog Story, having originated the role of "Roland" at the Waterfront Playhouse in Key West. Broadway: Baby It's You! NY: Yank! (York Theatre), Anna Nicole the Opera (BAM), Madagascar Live! (Radio City Music Hall). Touring/Regional: "Motel" in Fiddler on the Roof (Goodspeed, PCLO, Arena Stage), "Woof" in Hair (European tour), "Calvin" in Calvin Berger (Barrington), "Sheldrake" in White Christmas (dir. Randy Skinner). TV: Mysteries of Laura, The Blacklist, 30 Rock, Law and Order.

Monday
Nov142016

Call Redialed: Michael Urie: Homos or Everyone in America presented by LABryinth Theater Company

Michael UrieWhat a thrill it is to catch up with Michael Urie, known to millions as "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty and "Gavin Sinclair" on Modern Family. A genius comedic actor, Michael can make me laugh in a second. His dramatic roles always make my jaw drop. But what makes Michael the award winning actor he is, is when he combines his comedic chops with his dramatic side and that is just one reason I LOVED seeing him in Homos or Everyone in America, a new play by Jordan Seavey presented by LABryinth Theater Company. This show will make you laugh, cry, think, and be glad you spent a night at the theatre!

Starring Michael Urie and Robin De Jesús, Homos or Everyone in America is about two young men who traverse the ups and down of being gay in the 21st Century, where progress is always just around the corner – but so is hate. This timely, hilarious and heartbreaking play believes love is love, and that while we may sometimes lose a battle, we will never stop fighting the war for what is right.

Homos or Everyone in America plays at The Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street) in New York City through December 11. Click here for tickets!

For more on Michael be sure to visit http://michaelurie.net and follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram!

For more on LABryinth Theater visit http://labtheater.org and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

1. You are currently starring in LABryinth Theater Company's production of Homos, or Everyone in America, a bitingly tender new play about trying to live and love in New York. What made you want to be in this show? Jordan Seavey is a brave new voice in American theater - I’ve been working with him on this play for a few years and have been dying to put it on a stage. He tells a modern New York gay love story, and I’m so proud to be a part of it.

2. What has been the best part about working with Robin De Jesús? What are some common interests you have found out you share and what are some things, you were like, "Oh, that's so cool you like that. I want to learn more about that."? I knew I’d adore Robin and I was right. His spirit is infectious and his heart is enormous. I love working with him and look forward to seeing him at the theater every night. We have a lot of mutual friends and he’s got a huge musical theater brain, which I love.

Robin De Jesús and Michael Urie in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni3. What do you relate to most about your character? What is one characteristic of your character you wish you had and one you are glad you don’t have? My character and I both have a short fuse, we’re easily set off. I think I’m better about keeping a lid on it when necessary than my character, but alas sometimes I get ragey…"The Writer" is extremely intellectual, likely more than me… :)

4. Since Homos, or Everyone in America is about trying to live & love in New York, what has been the most rewarding part of living in New York and what are the challenging parts for you? From the moment I stepped foot in New York, I knew I needed to live here. The pulse, the energy, the character of New York are exactly my speed and I can’t really imagine being based anywhere else. It’s not easy though, in addition to the huge expense of living here, we all regularly have to endure what I call "FU NY days" where you get caught in a downpour, or stuck on a train, or step in garbage, or gag from a smell. But, it’s worth it.

Aaron Costa Ganis, Michael Urie, and Robin De Jesús in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni5. What has it been like trying to find love in New York? Do you find it more complicated today then say, 5 or 10 years ago? What do you think has made it more complicated? I was lucky enough to find love 8 years ago, so I can’t really speak to modern dating in NY, but I never remember it being all that hard to find other lonely hearts when I was one…. :)

6. What are some of your favorite places do go on a date in New York? What would you be or what was (if you are dating someone already) your ideal first date? I am a dinner and a movie guy. Always.

7. What are you thoughts on monogamy? Have you ever considered being in an open relationship? I’ve been in a monogamous relationship for 8 years, let’s leave it at that!

Stacey Sargeant and Michael Urie in "Homos or Everyone in America", Photo Credit: Monique Carboni8. Homos, or Everyone in America gives a glimpse into the life of an everyday couple who's unexpectedly confronted by a vicious crime. What event has happened to you that you never thought would happen to you, catching you off-guard? I’ve been lucky and never faced any violence, but have certainly had close calls or wondered if something could turn. It’s a scary prospect, I knock on wood whenever I think of it.

9. Homos, or Everyone in America is also described as a fearless, funny, heart-on-its-sleeve examination of the moments that can bring two people together – or pull them apart. While dating or in a relationship, what is something you've done that was fearless? What have done that was funny? How do you wear your heart on your sleeve? I find devotion pretty fearless - I would do anything for my other half, and that’s pretty fearless. Our dog is a constant source of comedy. My partner and I often ask each other if we like each other and almost always say yes.

10. On "Call Me Adam" I have a section called One Percent Better, where through my own fitness commitment, I try to encourage people to improve their own life by one percent every day. What is something in your life that you want to improve by one percent better every day? I try to smile at anyone who makes eye contact with me. It’s not always easy and not always reciprocated, but when it is, it’s very satisfying.

Michael UrieMore on Michael:

For originating the role of "Alex More" in Jonathan Tolins’ Buyer & Cellar Off-Broadway, on tour, and in London, Michael received the Drama Desk Award, Clarence Derwent Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, LA Drama Critics Award, and nominations for the Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Michael recently reprised Buyer & Cellar at Westport Country Playhouse where WNET recorded it and will air it on PBS as part of their Theatre CloseUp series in the fall of 2016. New York theater credits include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Broadway), Shows for Days (Lincoln Center Theater, Drama League nomination), The Cherry Orchard (Classic Stage Company), Angels in America (Signature Theatre), The Temperamentals (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, Drama League nomination), The Revenger’s Tragedy (Red Bull Theater), Another Vermeer (HB Playwrights). Regionally, Michael has worked for Two River Theater, The Old Globe, Vineyard Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Folger Shakespeare, Barrington Stage, Hyde Park (Austin), and The Blank (L.A.) Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (also directed), Thank You for Judging (co-director/exec. producer), Beverly Hills Chihuahua, WTC View, Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, The Decoy Bride, Petunia, Such Good People, The Hyperglot (director), and Grantham & Rose (exec. producer). TV: "Gavin Sinclair" on Modern Family, Younger, Workaholics, The Good Wife, Hot in Cleveland, Partners and "Marc St. James" on Ugly Betty. Web series: What’s Your Emergency (director). Training: Juilliard.