Category: Podcast Episodes

Deep Night Season 9: Live with Hadiyah Robinson, Maggie Serota, Alex English, and Shannon Taggart

Dale appears mysteriously in all your family photos in order to send this special message from the Deep Night. Recorded before an enthusiastic crowd at the Slipper Room in New York City, this live episode explores the fascinating world of American Spiritualism and its various rituals with a lineup of illustrious and learned guests. The evening begins with Dale describing his personal vision of the Deep Night, then Dale welcomes researcher and photographer Shannon Taggart for an overview of spirit photography and seances. Like a spoon bent with your mind, the conversation tightens around itself as Dale also invites comedian Alex English, writer Maggie Serota, and comedy superstar Hadiyah Robinson to the padded chairs. Through the lens of ghostly visitors and impending death, the discussion veers off in many unexpected directions to include such subjects as sleep paralysis, the Philly Phanatic, floating Ouija boards, New Edition, and the hidden history of Detroit. Ethereal and appropriate music throughout the evening provided by Cornelius Loy on the theremin.

To support the publication of Shannon Taggart’s book, SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm visit . To tune into Hadiyah Robinson’s Black A$$ podcast, find it on itunes or via her site Alex English can be found performing stand up all over NYC. Read more from Maggie Serota on twitter or via Death and Taxes Magazine. Cornelius Loy will be performing, along with many other fine theremin players as part of the Theremin Society’s Sunday Theremin Soiree, April 9 at the Slipper Room. Tickets and information for that show are available here:

The next Deep Night live show is May 10th at the Slipper Room with another fantastic lineup of guests! Stay attuned!

Oh, and if you enjoyed this episode, might we also suggest taking a listen to Dale’s conversation with Colin Dickey, author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.

Photo in original post by John Huntington.

Deep Night Season 9: Jes Tom

Dale skitters over the icy sidewalks of New York for another visit to the Deep Night studios. Once there, he meets up with talented comedian, Jes Tom. Dale and Jes share a love of San Francisco and both have spent afternoons in that city under a cold gray blanket of fog wondering about their capacity to love. Dale discovers his inner cyborg and the two take on the incredibly problematic practice of cinematic whitewashing in Hollywood. The two also talk about comedic trajectories, letting the air out of progressive bubbles, stage combat of a different sort, and killing it onstage in front of a giant, somewhat ominous video projection.

Jes Tom has performed in all five boroughs of New York City, as well as at colleges and conferences spanning the frigid American northeast. Jes tells jokes in venues of all sorts, from hipster bar basements to historic performance spaces such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Town Hall, and The Friar’s Club. Jes debuted their first full length solo show, FRESH OFF THE BANANA BOAT, to a sold out audience at Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival in 2014. Jes developed & performed a satirical performance piece titled JOKE’S ON YOU as a featured artist of La MaMa’s SQUIRTS: New Voices in Queer Performance curated by Dan Fishback in January 2016. Jes’ first 30 minute comedy special, Cold Brew, was recorded live in August 2016 at Astoria’s QED: A Place to Show and Tell. For an amazing evening of comedy featuring Jes and a lot of other great comedians, get to the Brooklyn Museum on March 23rd for The Brooklyn Comedy Marathon. Information up on the Brooklyn Museum site,

Next DEEP NIGHT Live is happening on Wednesday, March 22nd at 8pm at The Slipper Room in NYC. A terrific lineup of comedians, artists, and writers will join Dale as he continues his year of mystical thinking. Deep Night guests include Hadiyah Robinson, Maggie Serota, Alex English, and photographer Shannon Taggart. Plus music from Cornelius Loy. Tickets are $12/10 and available at the door or online.

Deep Night Season 9: Land of the Lost

Dale reports back from a recent trip to the blustery, dust-covered plains of Kansas and Nebraska in this solo episode. Off to the Midwest to assist his wife Galinda with her energy healing workshops, Dale discovers a lot about himself during the extensive downtime between clients. A simple jaunt to a vintage gas station turns traumatic and Dale remembers why he prefers pants with fewer pockets. Suddenly without his trusty navigational gadgets, a wandering Dale tunes into the news to keep him company only to end up confounded by the President’s fashion choices and begins to question whether this person has just completely lost it or is on to something. Maybe there is a missed opportunity for a clothing line at Office Max? Dale also reflects back on eight years of doing this show and what new adventures are still ahead for him. Plus he goes courting agents and offers a few thoughts on wealth. Of which he has none thanks to doing his taxes early.

Next Deep Night live is Weds, March 22nd at 8pm at The Slipper Room in NYC. With special guests Nicole Silverberg, Alex English, and seance photographer Shannon Taggart. Tickets and more information available over at the Slipper Room’s website or on

Deep Night Season 9: Live with Michelle Buteau, Daniel Kibblesmith, Vinny DePonto, and Sandy Honig

Dale bends his mind around this magic-filled episode, recorded live at The Slipper Room in NYC. Accompanied by Cornelius Loy on the theremin, Dale conjures a vision of the future in the form of comedian Sandy Honig (Three Busy Debras), who shares some thoughts about what lies ahead. Comedian and writer Daniel Kibblesmith (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert) shows off his latest digital comic book and receives an early wedding gift from Dale. Mentalist Vinny DePonto (Drama Desk Awards) freaks Dale out by reaching into his brain and pulling out a word that only he thought he knew. And finally, the brilliant and hilarious Michelle Buteau (VH1) drops in and bonds with Dale over the freedoms of being a latch key kid and what it’s like to host a low budget talk show.

If you catch Sandy in the present moment, perhaps it’s because she’s taking your picture since she’s a fantastic photographer, or perhaps you’re seeing her perform with the comedy trio, Three Busy Debras. And boy are they BUSY. For Daniel Kibblesmith’s latest comic book, Valiant High, check out the online comics retailer, Comixology. Vinny DePonto is shattering reality and reshaping your mind with his amazing talents in secret shows and guest appearances around New York, so be sure and seek him out. Michelle Buteau…what can we say. Visit her website for more information about her own talk show and the latest stand up dates.

The next Deep Night Live is Weds, March 22nd at 8pm, back at the Slipper Room. We encourage you to get tickets and come out to spend some time with fellow Deep Nighters and get the chance to meet Dale live!

Photo in original post by John Huntington.

Deep Night Season 9: Lisa Rosman

Dale replaces his personal projector bulb for an illuminating conversation with film commentator and writer, Lisa Rosman. Perhaps it’s the post-V-Day glow, but Dale and Lisa bond quickly over their fondness of perfect cinematic moments and inspired sequences like those found in All That Jazz or In the Mood For Love. The two discover that they also have similar perspectives on faith, cosmic energies, and one’s presence in the universe. Lisa sums up Dale amazingly accurately based only on his favorite motion pictures and shares some stories about her experience as a co-host on NY1’s Talking Pictures on Demand. Dale offers a few thoughts on the many celebrities he has known/served wine to as a caterer and the two discuss the past year in movies in advance of the Academy Awards.

Lisa Rosman has reviewed film for such publications as Marie Claire, Salon, Vulture,, Time Out New York, Premiere, indieWire, LA Weekly, iVillage, and Us Weekly. She has appeared on CBS News, ABC Radio, the Oxygen Channel, TNT, the IFC, HuffPost Live, AOL Build, and Wisconsin and Cape Cod Public Radio. From 2003-2005, she served as the Brooklyn Rail’s film editor and, from 2005-2009, as Flavorwire’s film editor. She also ran the film blog The Broad View from 2005-2008. In 2012 she was honored as one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year for her relief work in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Currently, she appears weekly on the NY1/Spectrum national film review show Talking Pictures, and is a reviewer and essayist for Signature. She is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

Follow Lisa on Twitter or on her blog, Signs & Sirens and watch for her reviews on Talking Pictures On Demand.

Want to see Dale Live? Come on out, Weds February 22nd at 8pm for DEEP NIGHT LIVE at the Slipper Room on the Lower East Side! Tickets are $10/$12 and worth getting in advance. Dale’s guests will be comedian Michelle Buteau, Daniel Kibblesmith, Vinny DePonto, and Sandy Honig. With music from thereminst Cornelius Loy! A fine evening of comedy, ghosts, spirits, and mind reading.

Deep Night Season 9: Greg Hildreth

Dale proves once again that there’s no people like show people, in this delightful conversation with New York-based actor, Greg Hildreth. Greg grew up serenading woodland creatures in Boston, before honing his craft and making his way to the Great White Way. He’s lent his considerable talents to roles in acclaimed productions like Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Peter and the Starcatcher, and Cinderella. The two discuss what it’s like to be in a Broadway musical that closes prematurely; how one prepares to do eight shows a week; the beauty in being the perfect sidekick; and what’s really going on with bodega coffee bags. This is an episode about finding ones comedic voice in the theatrical realm. As an added bonus, the show features short clips of Greg performing and a few stories from Dale’s time marching in and out of protests.

The next DEEP NIGHT live is happening Weds, February 22nd at 8pm at The Slipper Room in NYC. Join Dale and his guests Michelle Buteau, Daniel Kibblesmith, Vinny DePonto, and Sandy Honig. With music from theremin maestro, Cornelius Loy. Tickets at $10/$12 and available now. An unforgettable evening of regrets and revelations that the AV Club calls, “a must listen for anyone interested in the art of comedy”.

Deep Night Season 9: Joel Kim Booster

Dale submerges his crystals in a cleansing bath and steals a clarifying moment with writer and comedian Joel Kim Booster. Dale welcomes Joel to the Deep Night studios for a talk about their unique experiences at the recent edition of SF Sketchfest and how politics is straining our social media selves. Joel also shares some insights into his comedy career, including thoughts on festivals that matter, how to maximize after-party small talk, and what he learned as a writer for a couple of popular television programs. Dale loves hearing the behind-the-scenes tale of Joel’s appearance on Conan and discovers that he and Joel both think a lot about comedy clothing choices. Two certified road warriors, Joel and Dale also bond over time spent in creaky churches, empty auditoriums, and hotel rooms with paper-thin walls. All this and more about Dale’s life at home, in a fine comedy-centric episode.

Follow Joel Kim Booster on Twitter and catch him at Videology in Brooklyn on February 12 for F#ck That Movie with Anna Drezen. He’s also hosting SHOWGASM at Ars Nova with a stellar line up of Deep Night favorites on Thursday, February 2nd. Next Deep Night Live is coming up on Feb. 22nd at The Slipper Room!

Photo in original post by Nicolas Maloof.