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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!! 💗💗💗💗

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 😉

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
Jul272011

Diana Falzone

Diana Falzone is a television/radio host, relationship expert, and writer. She hosted "Cosmolicious with Diana," her own national daily primetime talk show on Sirius XM. Diana is the spokesperson for Paltalk.com and she hosts a weekly interview show focusing on relationships and dating. Additionally, she is the co-creator and writer for the comic book, “Hot Mess." Diana was the first female host on Maxim Radio Sirius XM where she co-hosted "DeVore and Diana." Diana is a special field correspondent for G4TV’s "Attack of the Show" and guest host of "The Feed." Diana is a host and writer for Wetv.com. Additionally, she is the "Love and Marriage" host for the lifestyle magazine Fox News iMAG. Diana is the advice columnist for Military.com.

Her work has been published in the textbook, Sexuality Education, distributed in universities across North America. She is actively involved with military causes including the USO. She can be seen, heard and read as a relationship expert on various TV networks, radio stations, and websites. Diana graduated from The New School University with a degree in psychology.

You can catch Diana performing in "Hush the Musical," composed and directed by Charles Mandrachia, as part of the NYC International Fringe Festival from August 13-25 at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC (158 Bleecker Street). For tickets, click the date of the show you want to see! Sat Aug 13 @ 3:30pm, Tues Aug 16 @ 7pm, Tues Aug 23 @ 5pm, Wed Aug 24 @ 7pm, Thurs Aug 25 @ 6:30pm

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer/writer/relationship expert? At a very early age I knew I wanted to do two things in my life. One was help others in some way and secondly was to entertain them. I was not quite sure what path that would be but now I can see I'm on the road to accomplishing my goals.

2. Who is the one person you haven't worked with that you would like to? There are so many that I admire in the entertainment industry that it is difficult to name just one. However, Jennifer Lopez is a media mogul. I would love to shadow her for one day.  She always has a million things going on at once and seems to never break a sweat under the pressure.

3. What attracted you to "Hush the Musical" and what excites you most about performing in the NYC International Fringe Festival? I worked with Charles when I was cast as Natasha in "Valentino the Musical" at 18 years old. He composes the most beautiful melodies. When he approached me to audition for the role of the "Wife" in "Hush" I heard one song and was sold. I'm very excited to be apart of the NYC International Fringe Festival. It is held in such high regard in the theater community and I feel very honored to be returning to the stage as a proud cast member of "Hush." In rehearsals I get goosebumps hearing my cast members sing. Amazing amount of talent in the "Hush" cast.

4. How did you decide to start writing about relationships and what made you want to cater them to towards the military? I really did not decide to start writing about relationships. When I was 22 years old I was the co-host of the SiriusXM radio show "DeVore and Diana." Our callers began asking me relationship questions, the next thing I knew I was getting asked to talk about relationships on TV, in print and beyond. I realized how much I enjoyed it and continued to take the opportunities. Now, with years worth of on-the-job experience and continuing my education for a master's degree in mental health counseling, I have become extremely passionate about assisting others in their relationship trials and tribulations.

I began volunteering with the USO when I was 19 years old. My brother attended the United States Military Academy (West Point) and was deployed to Iraq. I saw what my family and other military families went through when he was away. My family was very lucky to have my brother come back safe and sound however others were not. I started visiting bases like Fort Hood in Texas in my early 20s.  I met with the soldiers and their significant others. The relationship/dating issues that military singles and couples face is unique and not many people were addressing their needs. I was approached by Military.com to write a daily advice column and of course I said yes.

5. What do you get from performing in a show that you don't get from writing? Writing is a very singular experience. It is my thoughts and me when I write.  When I perform I feel the energy of the audience. I am the most calm when I'm singing. I'm not worrying about anything else. I'm lost in the song.

6. What have you learned about yourself from performing, writing, and being a relationship expert? I have learned that I have very high expectations of myself whether I am writing, performing or being a relationship expert. Overall, I have high expectations of how I am as a person. My life's goal is to be good to others and give back more than what I receive. 

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? I don't work out in the traditional sense. I like walking. It keeps me in shape and gets me to my point of destination without taking away from time in my day to accomplish other tasks.

8. Favorite skin care product? Anything SkinMedica. I'm a big advocate of moisturizer and I stay out of the sun.

9. Favorite website? My favorite websites are www.hotmesscomic.com, military.com and maxim.com.

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman without a doubt! 

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What's the best advice you've ever received? The best advice I ever received was the outcome will be the outcome regardless if you worry or not.

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? If I could dream about anyone while I sleep, it would be the person I'm dating. Cue an awwww.

13. What was it like to be the first female host of Maxim Radio Sirius XM? It was an interesting transition being the first and only female on Maxim Radio. I had to earn the listeners' respect. Could I hang with the guys or not? The answer was yes but let's just say I learned more about beer, bacon and boobs than any woman should. I look back on those years on Maxim Radio with such fondness. I love the Maxim brand and still work with them to this day.

14. What made you want to write the comic book "Hot Mess"? What made me decide to write my comic book Hot Mess, which is co-created and co-written by Geoff Skinner, was my love of the Archie comics growing up. I read Betty & Veronica before I went to sleep each night. As I got older I realized that mostly every comic was for men and any female comic book protagonist was usually a bombshell pin-up. I wanted to give a younger audience specifically girls their own comic book that would not only entertain them but help them during their formative years.