She’s lovely. She’s audacious. You may be thinking it, but she has the stones to say it. Her name’s Ann Walker and she is AWESOME.
For those of you fans of talk radio The Ann Walker show on UBN Radio is not to be missed. Every Wednesday 6-7:30 pm PST devotees cop a squat and lend an ear to brassy, sassy good talk. On the air for just over a year the show covers talk, walk, politics, pleasure, Washington, Hollywood and Purgatory in between. Ann Walker hosts this vivacious foray through current events with an unwavering eye for detail and the charm of a dear aunt. (the aunt that gave you your first adult beverage) The show begins with her RANNT in which targets are skewered rotisseried and served up to invited guests. An informed opinion, a tremendous sense of humor and an enormous capacity to care make Ann an exemplary interviewer. And a freedom with F-Bombs make her a sizzler on a microphone. Her hosting skills fall in the caliber of Johnny Carson, disarming and smart. Her ginormous sense of humor rounds out a lethal tongue. She’s a toast of Texas and a great person.
This Roaster has a pedigree. Ann’s award-winning theatrical career has included the 2001, 10-month Los Angeles run of Del Shores’ play, Southern Baptist Sissies. Her portrayal of Odette Annette Barnett garnered her a Robby Award, a Maddy award, as well as the prestigious Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and a nomination from her peers for The Ovation Award. Ann happily returned to Dallas, Texas the next year to play Odette again in SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES to SRO houses.
Los Angeles theater-goers have enjoyed her in other award-winning productions such as Tyler Hansen’s BALLAD (for which she received a Drama-Logue award and the Robby Award for Best Actress in a Drama), RAIN, BEST WISHES, HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES, HYSTERICAL BLINDNESS, OPERA COMIQUE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, THE GLASS MENAGERIE, DAUGHTERS OF THE LONE STAR STATE by Del Shores. But her biggest joy in her theatrical career came in 1996 with Del’s other big comedy hit SORDID LIVES in which Ann originated the enduring and beloved LaVonda Dupree, a role she reprised in the award winning film in 2000.
Ann’s film career can be called sordid. THE JAGGED EDGE, SOUL MAN, and FATHER OF THE BRIDE II run the gamete of variety. And no doubt were discussed in Variety. I digress. Fans far and wide will say it was her role of LaVonda Dupree in the epic Del Shores’ SORDID LIVES that endeared Ann to audiences. LaVonda is the voice of Del and the movie is his coming in to being as an out gay man and artist. LaVonda is actually based on Del’s Aunt Rita who gave him unwavering love and support growing up. Trash, sass and ass make SORDID LIVES a cult favorite. If you haven’t seen it, you are missing something special in your lives. Leg prosthetics, Leslie Jordan and ‘Livia Newton John (I wanted to get the L out) to boot, the movie is wonderful view into a small Texas town.
Ann makes numerous appearances on behalf of the LGBTQI community. Her support of Marriage Equality, Gay Rights, HIV prevention and the underdog is well recorded. Unabashed, she is willing to lend her great voice to help. Ann can frequently be seen in Pride parades and bright colors. Best of all, she is a colleague as a non-denominational minister and can marry anyone anytime. Wouldn’t you just die????
Our second season has been one blessing after another. From the super talents of healthy lifestyle guru Jesse Brune, to Jeff Parker’s sizzling grill skills our episodes have been AMAZINGLY received and fun to produce. We are so thankful to Karma Tequila and new sponsor Melissa’s Produce for solid support and inspired ideas. This second season we promise big flavors and food that does a body good. And as good bodies go, the Dish Dudes line up has been expanded. Just wait and see. We have many more wonderful people to come cook with us so Like, Follow, and Subscribe to get all the Dish! you deserve. Come hungry….
We were blessed to have this very busy lady in our kitchen. Ann’s demeanor and humor were eaten up faster than the tasty roast we were making for lunch (more on that later this week). She was a great sport and a true pro. Her improvs were fantastic and be warned of her knife skills. The episode, “Ann Walker: Texas Roaster” will air later this week. It was a complete joy to produce, delicious too. You can see Ann in the just released film version of SOUTHERN BAPTIST SISSIES. Check out the wonderful Ann Walker Show on UBN Radio and tell her Dish! sent you.
Ann Walker is a hoot and a holler.