Pet Projects: Rock Babes

Pet Projects

I used to write a column for Penthouse called “Pet Projects.” In addition to writing about whatever the girls were working on out in LA, I’d write about all the parties and shindigs I went to with the girls here in New York. That’s actually how I got the column. I spent enough time going out with Justine Joli that it became part of my job. (And my mother said partying was a waste of time. Ha!)

I’d been a fan of the Pearls for a few years, since I saw them open for Jesse Malin at the Bowery Ballroom. They’re classic rock-and-rollers, and their music is definitely my style. So when I found out two of my favorite ladies had shot a video with them, I was psyched to be able to get them into my favorite magazine (that’d be Penthouse, in case you couldn’t guess). Even though they’re an indie band, they’re hugely popular — even outside of NYC — and can count Lady Gaga among their biggest fans. I knew they’d be perfect for our readers.

In addition to having two sexy Pets in their video, The Dirty Pearls had Justine host their video release concert at the Bowery Ballroom in June (which was after we went to press, so I didn’t get to include it in the article). Justine gave the crowd a thrill, joking with them and even flashing them, before the band took over and rocked the house. Then the crowd took over my friend Dave’s club, Tammany Hall (@TammanyHallNY), for a raucous after-party. Again Justine did her part to give the rock-and-roll fans a good time, giving out porn and sex toys and taking photos with everyone. It was quite the night.

To read the column I wrote about The Dirty Pearls’ video shoot, “Rock Babes,” which ran in the September 2011 issue of Penthouse, click here.

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Sex Toy Review: Justine Joli’s Foot Stroker

Guilty Pleasures

When one of my best friends, Justine Joli, had her feet molded by Topco for a cool Penthouse toy, I was lucky enough to go with her to do some press. Lainie, the publicist for Penthouse, invited me to do The Derek and Romaine Show on the Sirius Out-Q network. It was such a blast! I was introduced as the “foot toy expert,” and I got to talk about Justine’s new toy (the first set of feet molded from an adult star—-and the first truly fuckable pair of fetish feet), how to enjoy foot play, and why people dig feet so much. I’d done news for my college radio station, but being on Sirius, in a real studio, on a show that people were actually listening to (we took callers and everything) was a much bigger deal. Afterward, Lainie took me to dinner and we had a fabulous night talking about writing, being redheads, and life in the porn industry. It was a night I’ll never forget—-and I have Justine’s feet on my desk for a daily reminder of the good times.

Pet Projects: Stagg Party

Art, Pet Projects

Famed erotic photographer Ellen Stagg shoots the Penthouse Pets on a regular basis, both for the magazine and for her own site. In 2010, she included some of her shots of the lovely ladies in her first solo gallery show as well as her gorgeous coffee-table book. I had the pleasure of ogling the photos and then writing about what I saw.

Stagg Party

Art Imitates Life on Top

Pet Projects

Cinemax show “Life on Top” is based on a series of books, which are based on the lives of very real Penthouse Pets. Find out about the Pets who filmed the first season of the show. And look for season two starting in 2011.

Art Imitates Life on Top

Pet Projects: Caligula Redux

Pet Projects

Two of my closest friends—-one of them a Penthouse Pet—-starred in an off-Broadway musical version of the famous Caligula story. Best show I’ve ever seen.

Caligula Redux