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ABOUT WINSTON

bike-300x222Born and raised in Normal, Illinois, Winston Gieseke craved attention at a young age. To escape the banality of a healthy, cornfed Midwestern existence, he studied piano and music theory in a children's program at Illinois Wesleyan University, wrote short stories and plays, read true crime books, and performed in various high school and community theater productions.

 

His dream of becoming the next Woodward and Bernstein was thwarted when he was denied entrance into the University of Iowa's prestigious journalism school, so, inspired by the Village People, he went west to Los Angeles at 18 and graduated three years later from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in screenwriting.

 

He wrote episodes for Hollywood Off-Ramp (the E! channel's first fictional series) and penned the made-for-cable movie Romantic Comedy 101, which starred Tom Arnold and Joey Lawrence.

 

Still thirsty for attention, Winston began mic-crashing at now-defunct L.A. piano bars like The Oasis & The Other Side. He auditioned for and was rejected by L.A. productions of Falsettos and Rent before making his professional singing debut on a grisly episode of Millennium, Fox's X-Files spin-off, crooning "This Little Light of Mine" as a woman faced death by real estate sign.

 

Not content to be a mere brushstroke in someone else's painting, he took to performing solo wherever he could find an audience. His first one-man show at the Gardenia in Hollywood played to a sold-out house, and a CD of that event is available if you can find someone to burn it for you. His second musical showcase wasn’t as good, but there's a CD of that one, too.

 

 

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When performing for small, drunken audiences grew tiresome, Winston entered a contest to sing the National Anthem at an L.A. Dodgers game and won. He was invited back twice and hopes to one day have the stadium renamed in his honor. His 2004 production, Giving 'Til It Hurts You, a one-man musical extravaganza that featured three other people, played for four weeks at the Split.Id Theater in Hollywood.

 

Winston next spent two seasons simultaneously working on the hit ABC Family series Wildfire and composing tantalizing copy for adult sites like Penthouse online and Napali Video ("Home of Big Breast Glamour & Cat Fights").

 

winston-gieseke_m-barDoing his part to save the planet while also titillating it, he has written informative articles for a green alternative lifestyle website and an indie rock magazine, as well as tantalizing features for Men and Freshmen magazines, for which he somehow ended up becoming editor in chief. His dreams of becoming a respectable journalist were finally realized when he was hired as managing editor of The Advocate. He has also been a contributor to Queerty.com, Frontiers, Palm Springs Life, GayDesertGuide.com, PetLife, Me Yah Whae, and The Guide.

 

In 2011, Winston returned to the stage for a two-night gig called Accidentally Overserved at M Bar. A live recording of the show titled On The Edge was released on LML Music in August 2012. In addition, he's performed with the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and been a soloist with Harmonic Voices.

 

He spent two years in Berlin, an experience he shamelessly exploited at the now-defunct ExpatsInBerlin.us, and is the editor of the anthologies Indecent Exposures, Daddy Knows Best, Straight No More, Blowing Off Class, Whipping Boys, Until the Sun Rises, Out of Uniform, Hired Hands, Slave Boys, and the 2014 Lambda Literary finalist Team Players.

 

His passions include history (he has served on the board of the Culver City Historical Society), criminology, the musicals of Stephen Sondheim, and the films of Nacho Vidal. He counts Henry Rollins and Patty Hearst among his many influences.

WATCH & READ

Thoughts, words, and deeds. With music.

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Henry Rollins Rocks

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Taking LGBT Off the Menu

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My Interview with Diesel Washington

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Brunch with Johnny Hazzard

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A Rant About Censorship

A Rant About Censorship

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Onzo vs. YourEyes: Knowledge is Power

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Wildfire DVD Commentary!

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Celebrity PDG: Public Display of Greenness

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24 Hours of Sunshine / (I’d Rather Be) Sailing

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O Say Can You See

O Say Can You See

Fox Movie Channel Appearance

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OGRAPHIES

Various projects I've had the pleasure of working on

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Carbuncle (2006) ... Regional Center Receptionist
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Book of Love (1990) [uncredited]

The Girl Who Came Between Them (1990) ... soldier

The Forbidden Dance (1990) [uncredited]

television_writerography

Wildfire (2005-2008)
(episode "Nothing Takes The Past Away Like The Future")
(episode "Who Are You?")

Romantic Comedy 101 (2002)

Hollywood Off-Ramp (2000)
(episode "Looking For Mr. Campbell")
(episode "And On Your Left…")
(episode "Lights! Camera! Reaction!")

The Cape (1996-1997)
(episode "Reggie’s Wild Ride")

albumography

On The Edge (2012)
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Danglin' Man (2003)
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Live at The Gardenia (2003)
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bookography

Until the Sun Rises
until_the_sun_rises_low
buy_from_amazon

Whipping Boys
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buy_from_amazon

Blowing Off Class
blowing_off_class_low
buy_from_amazon

Straight No More
straight_no_more
buy_from_amazon

Team Players
team_players
buy_from_amazon

Daddy Knows Best
daddy_knows_best
buy_from_amazon

Indecent Exposures
indecent_exposures
buy_from_amazon

live_performanceography

Accidentally Overserved at M Bar
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M Bar, Hollywood
November 18-19, 2011

Giving 'Til It Hurts You
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Split.Id Theater, Hollywood
July 31-August 21, 2004

Danglin' Man
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The Gardenia, Los Angeles
October 30, 2003

One Night Only
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The Gardenia, Los Angeles
August 6, 2003

  • Saucy yet heartfelt, On The Edge takes classic material, turns it upside down, and then spits it out with panache.

    ― Frontiers
  • Winston Gieseke’s script [for Hollywood Off-Ramp] has more than a few surprises, along with a memorable conclusion.

    ― The Hollywood Reporter
  • [Saw] a performance by Winston Gieseke at the Split.Id Theatre on Santa Monica Boulevard. It was a pretty good show...

    ― Confessions of a Songwriter

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FAQ

We begin our classroom with a questionnaire that was invented by some guy named Bernard Pivot...

What is your favorite word?
prevaricate

 

What is your least favorite word?
mischievious

 

What turns you on?
a Judy Garland marathon on TCM

 

What turns you off?
Bernard Pivot

 

What sound or noise do you love?
silence

 

What sound or noise do you hate?
car horns

 

What is your favorite processed food product?
Velveeta

 

What is your favorite curse word?
!*%?#

 

Who is your favorite Australian author?
Neal Drinnan

 

What profession, other than yours, would you like to attempt?
sound engineer

 

What profession would you not like to participate in?
Chinese food menu deliverer

 

Who is your favorite musician who disappeared in a plane during WWII?
Glenn Miller

 

What sort of music is on your iPhone?
I like showtunes and classic country. And Simon & Garfunkel. Queen really inspires me, as do Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Katy Perry, and Robbie Williams. I also enjoy audiobooks. Biographies and self-help, mostly.

 

Who’s your favorite actress?
Anna Kendrick and Mandy Moore.

 

That’s two. Who do you most want to meet before you die?
Patty Hearst. Before she dies.

 

Are your TV and film credits real or are they made up?
They’re real. If I’d made them up, they’d be more impressive.

 

Do you think Oswald acted alone?
No.

 

I think you’re cute and I’d like to date you. Are you available?
Depends on how cute you are. I mean, no.

 

Do you believe in life after love?
I can feel something inside me say I really don’t think you’re strong enough. No.

 

Are these questions really frequently asked, or did you make them up and then answer them yourself?
Actually, I wrote them and someone else answered them.

 

Can I borrow five dollars?
No.

 

Finally, if heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arive at the pearly gates?
"Here's some Velveeta."

 

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