I was lucky enough to go to the Laugh Factory back in 2005 and watch the host of “The Girrls Lockeroom” own the stage. An all female comedy show it was a menagerie of broads with great skill sets, but the emcee was killer. Her humor was raunchy and raucous, her composure inspired. I must know her I committed to myself. I must have some DNA. Who was this Sheena Metal and how do I get to meet her? An ace in my pocket, an actor friend mentions on our way out he could introduce us. What? Onward man, I will go to this Sheena. Now, I was doing some improv at the time, making the rounds on a bunch of non-union auditions slinging a headshot to any casting assistant that’d take one. Litho? Where for art thou, Litho? Sheena, Tony. Tony, Sheena. After a pretty good gush about how great she was and the show we exchanged information. She had this disarming charm that had me wanting more ore. (Get it? metal joke) If I was to do any shows she offered to come, and vice versa. Sheena also hosted The Music Highway, The Sheena Metal Experience on the LA Talk Radio as well as live music shows all thru OC and LARight, another contact-high in Hollywood.
Two days later I get an email from The Sheena Metal!! Follow through? Who knew? Husker Du? (I can’t help myself sometimes) And thus began the email portion of our show, back and forth blasts every week or so of updates in our careers. Time passes and Sheena comes into the restaurant I was working at! Hoo-aah! I get my wish to spend more time with her and share some big laughs. As visits accumulate, she invites me to come do her radio show The Experience. My father always told me I had the face for radio, I needed to do this. She was assembling her cast of characters, her regular panel guests. She had a movie-guy, an actress, a psychic, a dominatrix, I was to be her wacky-waiter. Please don’t spit coffee on your keyboard, it’s shocking. I know. Typecast when I could talk about any sundry of issues. Such a rush! I quickly called my father to let him know his prophecy had rung true. Several broadcasts later, I was a devotee. We would chew the fat on etiquette, trends, food, CT (we’re both Nutmegers), growing up Catholic. We’d trash food snobs, unattended children and valets who fart. Snark and beans. As she says, “It’s her show, but it’s your experience”. Great times were had by both.
Fast forward to the first season of DIO & assembling the guest list of co hosts. Sheena Metal was right there on the list before NPH and just after my Mom. As the season is wrapping soon, my Mom regrets not being able to make the trip at this time and we’re still
…wanting Neil Patrick Harris to come and grace our studio-kitchen Neil, how can we make this happen……… ?
I knew Sheena would be a smash on screen. This is where the problem portion of our show comes around, the woman is crazy busy with now four radio shows, live music show promotions, TV projects and a return to the stage. How were we going to get her to our little kitchen? Back and forth we went. Email to text, carrier pigeon to greeting card. This would happen, to not return her generous hospitality would be, un-Connecticut. Boom. We got a date. We booked her well out, time for all involved. She came, she sous’d, she killed for Episode 6!! Superior casting if we do say so ourselves. Wait for it…….Well then Episode 6 killed itself in an awkward technical sadness. We mourned. We ate a lot. Back to the keyboards. We rebooked the busiest woman in Hollywood.
Gracious and gushing, Sheena returned to our set last month and we made us some chili. And we made us some chili in HD!!!!! As a little rain may fall, a flower will grow. Or a garlic bulb, I digress. Director Chris Gregson, Assistant/Script Supervisor Marie Pettit and Producer Michael Vinton are proud to show off our swanky new show shot in High Def. Our episode is entitled “Chili’n With Sheena Metal”. It’s got Sheena, Garlic, Chili, Salmon and whenever I’m involved, ham. Come hungry, we plan to release it by this coming Friday! And that’s all for now, look for The DIO Creative Team to be interviewed on The Sheena Metal Experience next week, times to follow. Please feel free to call in and say “Howdy” or “We love garlic”. Either makes us happy. Oh, and you’ll notice we like to cook in cast iron.