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Deep Night Season 9: Superfund Shaman

Dale celebrates his succulents and loosens his meditation cloak as it turns out he’s at the white hot center of the new shaman trend. With the end of another podcast season drawing near, Dale reflects on some highlights of the last year including his well-received cameo on HBO’s Crashing, his experiences chasing voice over gigs, and being lonely backstage with Dick Cavett. Because he’s been staying up too late and paid a lot of extra money for Showtime, Dale also shares some thoughts on the return of Twin Peaks and tries for the umpteenth time to get that story straight. He talks about a successful turtleneck swap, meeting new people, the influence of Phil Hartman, and his ever more powerful bond with his wife and partner, Galinda.

A special thanks to everyone who came out to experience the Deep Night in person in San Francisco and New York. Thanks also to Dale’s extraordinary guests (so far!). The following have all spent time sharing their regrets and revelations with Dale: Sovereign Syre, Tara Clancy, Rachel Chavkin, Dan Kennedy, Rosebud Baker, James Habacker, Lindsay Goldwert, Colin Dickey, Scout Durwood, Marie Faustin, Michael Kupperman, Kyle Ayers, Shalewa Sharpe, Glockabelle, Mo Fry Pasic, Joe Rumrill, Catie Lazarus, Nina Tarr, Jenny Zigrino, Phil Ross, Allie Goertz, Joel Kim Booster, Greg Hildreth, Lisa Rosman, Michelle Buteau, Daniel Kibblesmith, Vinny DePonto, Sandy Honig, Jes Tom, Hadiyah Robinson, Maggie Serota, Alex English, Shannon Taggart, Melissa Febos, Farah Brook, Michael Chernus, Dave Mizzoni, Maeve Higgins, Jason Zinoman, Ike Ufomadu, and Amy Zimmer. Plus the fantastic Cornelius Loy who provided such beautiful theremin music for our live shows. That’s a lot of talent folks. If you missed an episode – go back and give em a listen.

SPECIAL SUMMER BONUS SEASON FINALE ALL POLITICAL EPISODE COMING TO NYC JUNE 21! We’ve got a special episode coming up on Wednesday, June 21st at 8pm at the Slipper Room in NYC. This is a benefit episode for the organization Brand New Congress. Look em up – they’re doing great things. And the night is being co-produced with the exceptional new action group, BLOW (Brooklyn Ladies of Winning the vote). We’ll have comedians, presidential historians, and journalists on the panel as we talk about whatever the heck horrible thing has happened at 5pm that night. Mitra Jouhari (The President Show), Lily Herman (Teen Vogue), and more will join Dale in the swampy terrain of the political Deep Night. Plus music from Cornelius Loy. For more info or to purchase tickets click here.

Photo in original post by John Huntington.

Deep Night Season 9: Live with Maeve Higgins, Jason Zinoman, Ikechukwu Ufomadu, and Amy Zimmer

Dale tunes into the strange frequencies that make late night talk shows so compelling on this special live episode of Deep Night, recorded at the Slipper Room in NYC. The garrulous guru of gab begins the evening with a conjuring thanks to ancient instructions sent via the all-seeing Zardulu. Spooked by his own powers, he ends up summoning comedian Amy Zimmer who demonstrates her own considerable mystic abilities that quite simply have to be seen to be believed. Dale then speaks with the New York Times comedy critic, Jason Zinoman, whose new book Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night, is a terrific look back through the influential years of the Late Night with David Letterman program and a guide to its enduring comedic legacy. Rising comedian and late night impresario Ike Ufomadu drops in for some deep night thoughts about his unique approach to hosting and some of the theatrical essentials of late night TV. Comedian, writer, and all around delight Maeve Higgins joins the group to dish on the high-flying life of a podcast host and share some of the things she’s learned about American history, ancestry, and more. This Deep Night episode also features music on the theremin by Cornelius Loy.

To buy Jason’s book Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night visit your local bookstore, or choose convenience and make your purchase at a reputable online resource like this one. Catch Ike Ufomadu at Joe’s Pub or elsewhere around town by staying up to date with his appearances via his website http://www.ikehimself.com/. Maeve Higgins hosts the fabulous podcast Maeve in America: Immigration in Real Life and co-hosts Star Talk with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Find both on itunes or whatever podcast platform is best for you. Amy Zimmer performs regularly throughout NYC, but you can follow her on Twitter @oneamyzimmer.

NEXT LIVE SHOW! Deep Night with Dale: Political Edition, Wednesday, June 21st 8pm at The Slipper Room. A benefit for Brand New Congress, organized by BLOW (Brooklyn Ladies of Winning the Vote).

Photo in original post by John Huntington.

Deep Night Season 9: Dave Mizzoni

Dale rouses himself from a week-long meditation session with a clear vision of something that he never truly realized. Until this episode, Dale had not acknowledged what an important role NYU plays in shaping and fueling the comedy world of New York. With NYU’s massive presence, it’s no wonder the city is so well populated with such a large number of gifted performers and creators, many of whom have appeared on this program, including today’s Deep Night visitor, comedian Dave Mizzoni. Dave grew up in Rhode Island and started acting at a young age. He had a memorable audition with Oskar Eustis, performed in countless theatrical productions, and found his way to NYU’s acclaimed Tisch School of the Arts. He gained valuable insight and critical guidance from mentors at the school, including the late theater artist and composer Liz Swados. Dave emerged from that program with a solid skillset as a performer; skills he uses to inform his stand up and his work with the musical comedy ensemble, Pop Roulette. The group is responsible for some very funny viral videos which musically skewer everything from unwieldy neck wear to the dragon loving queen on Game of Thrones. Dale and Dave spend a long time exploring their mutual affection for the Ocean State and the beautiful strange music of the Providence accent. For you serious Prov-Heads tuning in, don’t worry…Roger Williams, Buddy Cianci, and Filene’s Basement all get significant shout outs. In addition to loving Rhode Island, Dave’s a super fan of Ms. Britney Spears, which prompts a few questions from Dale about fame and what we do with it.

For more on Dave Mizzoni, and where the next Pop Roulette show might be springing up, visit his website: www.davemizzoni.com. To book your next getaway to Cranston, RI visit http://www.cranstonri.com/ “We’re on the Move!” – which is a funny slogan for a town, but ok.

The next Deep Night Live is coming up – Weds, May 10th, at 8pm at the world famous Slipper Room on the Lower East Side. For tickets and information about Dale’s amazing lineup of guests, visit http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1408668-guest-event-deep-night-dale-new-york/.

Who Will Join Dale in the Deep Night 5/10?

The ninth wondrous season of the program has almost reached its end, and we’re celebrating with another live edition of the program at the world famous Slipper Room in NYC. On Weds, May 10th at 8pm, Dale will explore the legacy of late night TV and the challenges of hosting a successful talk show in this discussion with critic and New York Times columnist, Jason Zinoman. Jason’s new book, Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night is essential reading for anyone who grew up on or was influenced by the former weatherman from Indiana and his Stupid Pet Tricks, Monkey Cam, and Larry “Bud” Melman. One performer exploring the tropes and format of late night tv is comedian Ike Ufomadu, currently in residence at Joe’s Pub with his show, Nightcap. Dale welcomes Ike to talk about his personal relationship to giants like Carson, Paar, and Sajak. We’ll also explore the international perspective on the host position with podcasting superstar and all-around amazing comedian, Maeve Higgins. Maeve’s show Maeve In America is a timely and hilarious glimpse into immigration, comedy, and living in New York. Plus, thrill to the sounds of the magical theremin as played by the brilliant Cornelius Loy. Below are some video and audio clips of our guests so you can get to know them in advance of the big night.

But first, here’s the info you’ll need to attend:
Deep Night Live with Jason Zinoman, Maeve Higgins, and Ike Ufomadu.
With music on the theremin by Cornelius Loy
Wednesday, May 10th, 8pm Show/Doors at 7pm

The Slipper Room, 167 Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington St
Tickets $10 in advance/$12 at the door $25 VIP Seating Available
http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1408668-guest-event-deep-night-dale-new-york/

AND NOW, SOME CLIPS!

First up, Jason Zinoman recently sat down with fellow podcaster, and someone who has turned down Dale plenty of times, Marc Maron on his popular program, WTF. This was a double-bill with Hank Azaria, who is also very funny, but skip ahead to Jason’s bit and you’ll hear about his life, and a little bit about his long-standing fascination with the Late Night with David Letterman program. Marc’s interview with Jason starts around the 30 min mark.

Maybe you’ve seen her on Inside Amy Schumer, or a live version of the hit podcast Star Talk with Eugene Mirman and Neil deGrasse Tyson, or performing stand up around the world at festivals and comedy events. She’s a global phenomenon. So many people have compared Dale to Garrison Keillor over the years, that it seems only fitting to include a video clip of Maeve on the Keillor-less Prairie Home Companion. It’s like late night tv for older people. In that it happens on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, right before supper.

Ike Ufomadu has been reinterpreting and reinventing the late night format for the last few years. He’s been in residence at Joe’s Pub with Ike at Night, his take on a late night broadcast. On this episode, Ike discusses his thoughts on Letterman retiring, and has some fun imagining a replacement.

And because who doesn’t love a shirtless theremin player, here’s Cornelius Loy making music out of energy waves. This show has it all, folks!

Deep Night Season 9: Michael Chernus

Dale delves into the finer points of crafting compelling characters in this conversation with acclaimed actor, Michael Chernus. Keen viewers will recognize Michael from his many appearances in such films as Captain Phillips, People Places Things, Complete Unknown, and Mistress America. On the TV and streaming devices, he’s garnered critical attention for his performances in Patriot, Easy, and Orange is the New Black. In July he officially joins the Marvel Universe, portraying the villainous Tinkerer in the blockbuster Spider-Man: Homecoming. Dale and Michael seize the rare moment between red carpet events and television shooting schedules to talk about Michael’s Ohio roots; his early forays into complicated theatrical terrain; and how his affinity for world building allows him to create believable personas for the stage and screen. Dale and Michael are not so different at the end of the day, and unfortunately the two ran out of time before really getting into their love of magical altars and mystic practices for the home, two passions to be explored on a future episode. In the meantime, Dale is thrilled to bring additional awareness to the wonderful upstate project, Space on Ryder Farm, for which Michael is an enthusiastic ambassador.

There are two exciting opportunities to catch Dale live in the coming weeks! On May 1st, at The Slipper Room, Dale rejoins the gang at Running Late with Scott Rogowsky for a show alongside some of his talk show heroes including Dick Cavett, Tom Scharpling, and Sal Vulcano. For tickets and details visit The Slipper Room’s site. Then on May 10th, Dale’s going deep on the legacy of Late Night, with guests Jason Zinoman (Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night); comedian and podcast superstar, Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America, Star Talk Live); and comedian and talk show host, Ike Ufomadu (Ike Night at Joe’s Pub, The Special Without Brett Davis). We’ll also have music from Cornelius Loy and a special visit from beyond. Tickets are $12/10 and available via this link, or on www.daleradio.com.

Deep Night Season 9: Easter Seever

Dale rolls his personal boulders out of the way as he pays a visit to his family for an annual celebratory spring meal. He travels by train to Pennsylvania for an all-Seever Easter spectacular that, true to form, doesn’t go quite as planned. As Galinda practices healing on some of the outer-most branches of the Seever family tree, Dale mingles with cousins and neighbors, in anticipation of a main course that is taking longer than usual. Aunt Dem and Uncle Duck attempt to make the most it and Dale’s mind wanders as he considers the language of bats; the base instincts of our holiest figures; and the lingering appeal of loaf-shaped meats. After the festivities, Dale returns to Brooklyn via the train and reflects on the simple pleasures of riding through New York in a rickety cab on a warm night with the windows down.

Dale makes a special appearance on Tuesday, April 25th at Jalopy in Brooklyn as part of a benefit for PS29. Come by 8-10pm and see a whole lot of awkward on one tiny stage! Parents. With talents! The next Deep Night live is happening on Weds, May 10th at 8pm at the Slipper Room in NYC. Dale’s guests will be comedian Maeve Higgins (Maeve in America, Star Talk); NY Times Comedy Critic Jason Zinoman (Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night); and comedian/talk show host, Ike Ufomadu (Ike Night/ Night Cap by Ike). Plus music from Cornelius Loy! Tickets available $12/10 here: http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1408668-guest-event-deep-night-dale-new-york/.

Deep Night Season 9: Farah Brook

Dale gazes into the swirling mists of his crystal ball, but not even that most reliable method of seeing into the future could predict the enjoyment Dale finds in this conversation with comedian, Farah Brook. Psychic Hotline $1/Min is Farah’s new podcast and it features Farah and her guests phoning in to psychic call centers around the country, seeking genuine responses to whatever is troubling them. Ultimately Farah ends up discovering a great deal about the person on the other end of the line, gaining insight into the life choices that lead to one pursuing their gifts as a medium, and what it’s like to field calls all day from people in need. Dale discusses his own misguided call to a psychic hotline back when he was in college and what a financial trap he found himself in. Dale and Farah also talk about ghosts, strange happenings, broken engagements, and how podcasting might also lend comfort to those in distress.

To subscribe to Farah’s podcast visit itunes and download the latest episodes. Or visit www.farahbrook.com. The next live episode of Deep Night is happening on Weds, May 10th with Maeve Higgins, Jason Zinoman, and Ike Ufomadu. For tickets and info on that show visit: http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1408668-guest-event-deep-night-dale-new-york/.