Once the camera's off, Thomas and Morgan head to the patio for a smoke. The mood is as casual as if two office workers were chatting by the water cooler.

Inside the house, legendary porn star Ron Jeremy is watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. Brett's known Jeremy for years and will be shooting him in a scene the following day for the company's video library. Jeremy landed in Phoenix an hour ago, and he looks tired. Every so often, he pulls a harmonica out of the pocket of his sweatpants and blows a few bars.

At the other end of the living room, the heavy and heavily tattooed Lee Mroszak, better known as "Crazy Cabbie" to listeners of Howard Stern's show when it was on WXRK, is showing off his joke business cards to Thomas' little brother, Vince. They're hit-man cards, he says, and people really have called the number on them with assassination assignments.

Thomas says she doesn't really know Mroszak, that he's a longtime friend of Brett's. He's here because of "the Stern video," a.k.a. The Howard Stern Porno DVD, which consists of footage Mroszak shot of people — including Ron Jeremy — wearing Howard Stern masks and having sex in Stern's studio chair.

Mroszak had been shopping the film around since 2007, right after he finished directing Please Pay My Tuition — the film in which Thomas and Brett met. The couple agreed to release The Howard Stern Porno through Taryn It Up Entertainment, and the DVD release party is tonight. Ron Jeremy's along for the ride — and the $4,000 appearance fee he makes for showing up at a club, according to Brett.

For the moment, though, Jeremy's dozed off, and Brett goes running for a giant dildo to wave over Ron's mouth while Vince snaps a picture. Just as Brett comes snickering around the corner of the couch, dildo in hand, Jeremy's eyes snap open.

"Damn," Brett says. "That would have been funny."

Later that night, everybody heads to Pink Cabaret for the DVD release party. Thomas is wearing a tight black dress, short enough to show off her hot pink G-string underneath. Morgan's donned an expensive, form-fitting denim dress. Jeremy's also dressed up some, having changed from sweats into a black shirt and pants. After posing for several flesh-flashing photos with the dancers at Pink, he dozes off yet again. Thomas and Morgan head upstairs to escape the growing mob of ogling drunk men, one of whom has already fallen out of his chair trying to talk to Morgan.

Mroszak has pretty much disappeared, hiding out at the DJ booth and on the club's second floor most of the night. In less than two months, he'll have a major falling out with Brett and Thomas, and The Howard Stern Porno will remain unreleased.

Thomas and Brett claim they invested big bucks in promotional costs for the Stern video, money they lost when Mroszak, who owns 50 percent of the footage, decided not to let them release the film after all.

Mroszak's side of the story is that Brett "maintained control over the film, and I wasn't allowed to make any decisions on what was going to happen." Mroszak also explains that releasing the footage "would probably ruin my friendship with Howard."

Thomas and Brett say they don't care anymore whether or not the movie comes out. They just hope they never lay eyes on Mroszak again.


Taryn It Up Entertainment recently finished shooting its first feature film, Vogue Nasty, and it has a handful of other projects in the works.

One is a racy spoof on IndyCar driver and GoDaddy.com spokeswoman Danica Patrick, wherein Thomas plays a lusty lass who drives a race car and has a sponsorship through a company called "HoDaddy.com." Another film in the works is Jon Minus Nine, a spoof on Jon and Kate Gosselin of the Jon & Kate Plus 8 reality show.

Thomas and Brett are hoping to make money in the flailing DVD market. In fact, Taryn It Up is the only local adult company that's shooting videos for DVD; every other Phoenix-based porn company focuses on either still photography or exclusive Web video. Thomas says the movies she's filming could prosper because she's already known in the business and because she's shooting original content, which is becoming scarce in the adult industry.

"The majority of the movies being released right now are all compilation DVDs from different movies. The fans are getting bored," says Morgan, who co-directed Vogue Nasty with Thomas. "They'll e-mail and say, 'Hey, I got this new movie, but I've already seen this part.' It's because of the economy. Companies are finding it hard to shoot, so they just grab stuff from various movies and put it on one disc.

"Taryn's got the ability to shoot fresh, new stuff with awesome talent," Morgan oozes. "I think it's going to be really big because no one else is doing it."

Antigua Pictures is now distributing Thomas' work. The 20-year-old company has represented some of the biggest names in the industry: Vivid Video, Club Jenna, and Tera Vision. Antigua national sales manager David Peskin says, "We've been very aware of what a big name Taryn Thomas was in the industry. She has a loyal fan base, and her DVDs sell very well."

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18 comments
Guest
Guest

The porn industry today is in bad shape, and will likely become worse before it gets better. Porn has become a victim of its own success. When a product has been commoditized to the point it's nearly free, there's far fewer willing to pay for it.

http://www.latimes.com/busines...

Josh Reading
Josh Reading

The Phoenix adult industry has surely came along way in a short period of time. It is truly amazing to see it growing right before my eyes. I am really thrilled Taryn Thomas has started her own company and is making things happen for herself. Way to go Taryn!

Now on to other things. All of you bad mouthing Taryn is absolutely uncalled for. So stop being so childish, and saying things that are not facts.

John Philips
John Philips

I think this is a wonderful story. Taryn sure did a great job with taking control of her life. I have to give the girl credit. Congrats to Taryn and The New Times for such a great story.

Layal
Layal

At the risk of nerding up the drooling frenzy and the smack talking battles, I have a few observations and questions:1)Her dad creeps me out. 2)I wonder if the AIDS mess in the LA porn industry will follow them here, or if they are doing anything to prevent it. 3)What type of health care are they provided in conservative AZ? - Does Taryn require STD tests and provide them to her employees? - Are there organizations or clinics that cater to them here?

Now, back to your regularly scheduled flame war.

Someday, I'd like to read a story about a porn star without a troubled past. But then again, we all have trouble in our past.

sean
sean

Carly, think you made ya point with all ya posts??

Wanted to say that i wish Taryn the best.If anyone deserves a shot at this she does.

Good luck

Carly
Carly

Agree with John..

All you shit talkers need to get laid!

I Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve this girl!

So what if she put a bit of weight on.. its called "growing" for all you dumb assholes out there..

She looks fucking awesome now as she did back then. And if anyone knows anything about her then you'll know that her movies rock!I love the way she gets right into her movies..I watched porn for a few years now, and there is alot of dumb sluts that fuck good, but I havent seen anyone who really gets into it as much as Taryn.

fuck all ya'll!!

Carly
Carly

Agree with John..

All you shit talkers need to get laid!

I Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve this girl!

So what if she put a bit of weight on.. its called "growing" for all you dumb assholes out there..

She looks fucking awesome now as she did back then. And if anyone knows anything about her then you'll know that her movies rock!I love the way she gets right into her movies..I watched porn for a few years now, and there is alot of dumb sluts that fuck good, but I havent seen anyone who really gets into it as much as Taryn.

fuck all ya'll!!

Carly
Carly

Agree with John..

All you shit talkers need to get laid!

I Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve this girl!

So what if she put a bit of weight on.. its called "growing" for all you dumb assholes out there..

She looks fucking awesome now as she did back then. And if anyone knows anything about her then you'll know that her movies rock!I love the way she gets right into her movies..I watched porn for a few years now, and there is alot of dumb sluts that fuck good, but I havent seen anyone who really gets into it as much as Taryn.

fuck all ya'll!!

Johnathan
Johnathan

I read this article and smiled at all the shit talk all you lot have said about Taryn.

I've followed Taryn since the day she stepped foot in the industry and i am aware of all the shit talk that has been said about her too, but i guess that comes with any line of work people do in their lives.

I got a question for all you "none" Taryn fans out there, have you actaully seen any of her movies??

This girl is fucking AWESOME!!

"wannabe mobster"?? how old are you dude..?

AND you think if they was under federal investigation, Would Taryn of even done this article..? Would she still be the number one sort after pornstar in LA?Would there be such a fucking high demand to see her when she feature dances?

Mykal
Mykal

Tarny is a talentless angry drug addict.

Her "boyfriend" is a wanna be mobster who lies and is under federal investigation.

She is fat and her XXX scenes are very week, or phoney.

Her comeback is a joke.

Liar and thief is a they are.

Jon G
Jon G

I have to laugh at how other people have revered Arizona as "the next upcoming porn capital".... This comment was made before when Channel 5 did an expose 5 years ago and it's not any closer now than it was then. When in reality, more adult based businesses are in Florida or even New York. Does our proximity to Cali make us the next big thing?? It's a good article overall, it actually makes Taryn It Up Entertainment great PR too. But nothing is what it seems in this business; other than the fact that people make money in it. And Christian values continue to give free press to it and drive sales... ;0)~

Zac
Zac

I really liked this article. I enjoy this author's writing style and the way she handled the risque topic. The goal of the article was not to be accusatory or inflammatory, or to attack Ms Thomas, least of all with rumors. The author didn't hide Thomas' troubled past, and felt free to mention her problems and slight impropriety. I look forward to reading more of this kind of writing!

Will Donovan
Will Donovan

1. California is the only state where it is explicitly legal to produce pornography. See the case Miller v. California. In any other state, pornography can be considered a form of prostitution.

2. Taryn is not well liked in the XXX community. She burned a ton of bridges when she left, few people would have anything to do with distributing her DVDs. They derisively refer to her as "Chub-Chub) for her frequent weight gyrations.

3. Your writer failed to ask--or reveal--how Taryn got all the money to buy a house in Fountain Hills and start her own business--working on the East Coast for 3+ years as a prostitute.

4. She didn't start spreading her legs for money until 2004.

Will Novak
Will Novak

^Huh? Why would shooting porn be illegal in any state? Maybe its illegal in some backwards place like Utah, but not here we wouldn't do that.

Anyway, good to here the Valley is diversifying its economy, always glad to have an industry thats not tied to the housing industry :D

Steve Langord
Steve Langord

Excuse me but isn't it illegal to shoot porn in Arizona? I thought California was the only state in which porn can be legally shot on video.

 
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