Denis says before he began writing Why We Suck, his wife, Ann, told him he'd never get away with making fun of Oprah. "I said, 'Oh, I am! You watch me!' And then, sure enough, when I got in there ... she said, 'What did I tell you?'" Denis says. "I watched so many episodes of the show, and I got so sucked in. I wasn't even writing the chapter. I was just watching episodes of the show and learning things."
Denis has been with Ann—whom he calls "a real writer"—for nearly 27 years, and they've been married for 19. "This is what happened. We started dating on a Monday, and on Wednesday, I just moved into her apartment," he says. "I was like, 'I'm here.'"
Denis says he truly feels lucky to be with her. "I wake up every day and go, 'She's still here?'"
In the Leary household, Denis says he does the cleaning. "Vacuuming is great. I do the laundry. I love washing machines," he says. "I'm the maid in my house. I think that's why she stayed with me. ... My favorite thing in the world is to do laundry. I wash and I fold in front of a game."