Hot Rod: Two Lifestyles, 24/7
Dennis Rodman and DotComGuy offer contrasting websites with round-the-clock coverage
Despite all the headlines, Dennis Rodman isn’t tired of the spotlight. The 38-year-old former Chicago Bulls forward — and one-time blushing ”bride” of Carmen Electra — is now webcasting his infamous house parties live and uncensored at http://www.rodmantv.com. The concept is hardly unique. In Dallas, where the Worm once played with the NBA’s Mavericks, a 26-year-old who legally changed his name to DotComGuy has been living off the Internet for the past nine months (www.dotcomguy.com). DotComGuy (who won’t divulge his birth name), a huge Rodman fan who hosts weekly ”Saturday Net Live” parties at the house he plans on staying in for a whole year, says, ”I don’t think we’ll be competing for demographics or fighting for viewers.” Here’s why:
DotComGuy teaches the benefits of online shopping.
Party-hearty Rodman teaches visitors how to get drunk and break stuff.
The ”DotCompound” address is undisclosed to ”keep this place from turning into a circus,” says DotComGuy.
Rodman’s 3,000-square-foot Newport Beach, Calif., house is such a circus that the police have been summoned there by neighbors 50 times since he moved in.
DotComGuy: 25; Rodman: 8.
The difference? Nudity is forbidden in DotComGuy’s house.
Rodman’s rule: ”Take a claim check and drop your clothes at the door.”
RodmanTV: $29.95 per month.
DotComGuy: free (but his sponsors get plugged often).
WHERE THE CAMERA ISN’T
In DotComGuy’s bathroom and shower.
In Rodman’s bedroom: ”Nothing happens in my bedroom,” he says. Riiiiight.
Ed McMahon and Incubus dropped in on DotComGuy.
Korn and Eddie Vedder hang at chez Rodman. What about Carmen Electra? ”I wouldn’t even allow her to come here,” he says.
”You never can go wrong with the ’70s, like KC & the Sunshine Band,” says Rodman.
DotComGuy plays ”mainstream rock & roll, country.”
WORST PARTY MOMENT
Rodman: ”A girl passing out in my house when she took too much GHB.”
DotComGuy: ”My first true college keg party.”
HOW TO GET KICKED OUT
DotComGuy: ”Foul language.”
Rodman: ”Talking s—.”
(Hey, maybe these guys aren’t so different after all.)