Chatterbox

BY Advocate Contributors

March 09 2011 5:00 AM ET

 “I like to think of myself as a blend of Mike Douglas and Dinah Shore, with a sprinkle of Allan Carr thrown in there,” Josh Rosenzweig says with a chuckle. It’s no wonder, then, that his new talk show, Just Josh, is such a giddy kick. Rosenzweig, former cohost of here! With Josh and Sara, runs the traditional talk show format through a modern gay filter with his brand of irreverent humor. The sometime filmmaker, who helmed a gay-themed short that riffs on the 1980s horror staple Children of the Corn and will make the LGBT festival rounds this summer, is a natural on both sides of the camera. The series, which currently airs on the here! TV cable network and HereTV.com (both owned by the same parent company as The Advocate), finds the host exchanging in lively banter with guests ranging from iconic beauty Isabella Rossellini to outré performance artist Joey Arias. “I think of my show as the anti-interview show,” Rosenzweig says. “I want to have more a conversation than an interview. Having fun and a laugh is my goal.” Rosenzweig also ventures out into the streets to explore every facet of his adopted home, New York City. “It follows my crazy interests from the ridiculous to the sublime,” he says of the show. “Hopefully, it’s just fun and funny and will make people fall in love with the people, places, and things that I love.”

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