Article: 19980201060

Title: Couch Tomatoes

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Where were you on the night of August 25, 1995? If you were glued to the tube for the debut of Playboy TV's Night Calls, you were a charter member of its now very popular fan club. The interactive sex fantasy program is so hot in both ratings and content, it makes 900 numbers seem limp. At the show's helm are Juli Ashton and Doria--bisexuals who are as uninhibited as the show itself--sharing sex tips ("I'm an expert. Only happy men leave my bed," Doria says) and exploring their fantasies. Night Calls is Playboy TV's highest-rated program, receiving more than 150,000 calls per show (only a fraction get on). What's the secret of its success? With to-die-for hosts clad in headsets and little else, topics such as "fun with dildos" and visits from Fax Girl and Helmetcam Man, Night Calls was a no-brainer. "It's an erotic comedy," Juli says. The show has inspired Night Calls: The Movie and a sequel that teams Juli and Doria with the hosts of Night Calls UK. "We have a huge cult following. We're like The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Doria says. Call it prime time, Playboy style.
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Where were you on the night of August 25, 1995? If you were glued to the tube for the debut of Playboy TV's Night Calls, you were a charter member of its now very popular fan club. The interactive sex fantasy program is so hot in both ratings and content, it makes 900 numbers seem limp. At the show's helm are Juli Ashton and Doria--bisexuals who are as uninhibited as the show itself--sharing sex tips ("I'm an expert. Only happy men leave my bed," Doria says) and exploring their fantasies. Night Calls is Playboy TV's highest-rated program, receiving more than 150,000 calls per show (only a fraction get on). What's the secret of its success? With to-die-for hosts clad in headsets and little else, topics such as "fun with dildos" and visits from Fax Girl and Helmetcam Man, Night Calls was a no-brainer. "It's an erotic comedy," Juli says. The show has inspired Night Calls: The Movie and a sequel that teams Juli and Doria with the hosts of Night Calls UK. "We have a huge cult following. We're like The Rocky Horror Picture Show," Doria says. Call it prime time, Playboy style.

There are three rules on Night Calls: no last names, no brand names and, as Juli and Doria demonstrate above, no underwear. "It makes for interesting wet spots on the couch at show's end," Doria says. The show also has a no-rehearsal policy, which means anything can happen. Doria's most memorable call involves a challenge to a viewer: "We dared a guy who was masturbating to open his window and scream, 'I'm watching Juli and Doria right now and I'm so horny I can't stand it!' Of course, he did it. We've never been refused."

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For a good time (and better sex talk) dial up Juli Ashton (left) and Doria (right). Since the show debuted three years ago, it has become Playboy TV's top-rated program. How do they field calls, crack jokes and keep things running smoothly in a live setting? "Sure we mess up," Juli says, "but it's the realness that people like." "We're not intimidating," Doria adds. "We're normal girls talking about sex."
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For a good time (and better sex talk) dial up Juli Ashton (left) and Doria (right). Since the show debuted three years ago, it has become Playboy TV's top-rated program. How do they field calls, crack jokes and keep things running smoothly in a live setting? "Sure we mess up," Juli says, "but it's the realness that people like." "We're not intimidating," Doria adds. "We're normal girls talking about sex."
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Before strapping on a headset for the show, Doria, who hails from Peoria, illinois, was a flight attendant. "I've always talked openly about sex," she says. "On long flights, I'd entertain the crew by describing the sex I had the night before." Juli, a former Spanish teacher from Colorado who is now famous in the adult film industry, says she has always been sexual. "When I was younger I'd read sex books. I learned early that sex is healthy, fun and happy--all the good things in life."
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