Category: Podcast Episodes

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.

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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 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).

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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: To book your next getaway to Cranston, RI visit “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

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

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:

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 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:

Deep Night Season 9: Melissa Febos

Dale steadies his vessel for a conversation with acclaimed author, Melissa Febos. Abandon Me, Melissa’s recently-released collection of personal essays, describes her life growing up as the daughter of a sea captain and the ways in which those early days of longing for a loved one affected her relationships later in life. Melissa and Dale share a great deal in common, from their working-class backgrounds to a similar outlook on faith and a shared love of early Peter Jackson films. Both Dale and Melissa have spent time investigating personas and the two talk about what it means to disappear almost entirely into one’s invented self. Dale reveals that he was greatly moved by particular passages in the book, especially those dealing with the struggle between loneliness and the desire to be left alone. Abandon Me is full of compassion, humor, humility, and lots of perfectly deployed references to the sea, things that are always welcome in the Deep Night.

Melissa Febos is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, Whip Smart (St. Martin’s Press 2010) and the essay collection, Abandon Me (Bloomsbury 2017). Her work has been widely anthologized and appears in publications including Tin House, Granta, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Glamour, Guernica, Post Road, Salon, The New York Times, Hunger Mountain, Portland Review, Dissent, The Chronicle of Higher Education Review, Bitch Magazine, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Drunken Boat, and Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York. She has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, CNN, Anderson Cooper Live, and elsewhere. Her essays have twice received special mention from the Best American Essays anthology and have won prizes from Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and The Center for Women Writers. The recipient of an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, she is currently Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Monmouth University and MFA faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA).

You can purchase Abandon Me wherever books are sold including this online retailer. But you can also support your local bookstore, cause those folks are terrific.