Category: Podcast Episodes

Deep Night Season 10: Erin Fein of Psychic Twin

Dale descends to the creative basement within, for a conversation with Erin Fein of the band Psychic Twin. Erin’s debut album Strange Diary was released in 2016 through Polyvinyl Records. Its dense compositions and piercing lyrics captured the emotional upheaval of Erin’s personal life, while signaling the start of a new chapter in her artistic career. Erin and Dale talk about seeking out the light in what seems like unyielding emptiness and going literally underground to find one’s creative voice. Dale can certainly relate to Erin’s path. In Dale’s case it was picking up the microphone after long walks down by the Gowanus, for Erin it was months surrounded by dusty synths in a basement in Urbana, Illinois. With great openness and honesty, the two talk about early influences, choosing the right exo-skeleton, manifesting another self to process grief, and having your signature sound be something associated with your most painful memory. Ultimately, Erin describes a journey not unlike Dale’s, but with more competitive ice skating. Plus Dale shares the story of a recent encounter with a man who may have been a psychic twin from another dimension.

For more on Psychic Twin, visit https://psychictwin.bandcamp.com/ or keep an eye out for her touring schedule, especially if you are in LA. Upcoming shows include appearances at SXSW and a show at The Peppermint Club with Monogem and others. Link for that show is here: http://bit.ly/2nTLY5b.

Deep Night Season 10: Melissa Stokoski

Dale tries to imagine what life would be like in a dystopian future where corn chip companies decide to manufacture quieter snack options for ladies – OH WAIT! That’s happening now. What a good time to produce a version of The Handmaid’s Tale for contemporary audiences, but with singing, loud lady singing! Well, that’s exactly what Dale’s guest comedian Melissa Stokoski is doing. In collaboration with comedian Marcia Belsky, Melissa is mounting The Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical. It’s happening at Union Hall this weekend and probably several more times in the coming weeks. Dale sat down with Melissa to talk about that project, but as often happens, the two discover several points of connection over the course of the conversation, which covers topics like: regional news personalities; how one becomes a holistic health coach; hateful Broadway musicals; and working as a tour guide for people who still can’t get enough of Sex and the City. A fine episode in the Deep Night with the very funny Melissa Stokoski. Plus Dale hypes his recent experiments with skincare. Deep Night? More like Moist Night!

Melissa hosts the long-running comedy showcase, Bitches Brew at Halyards Bar, in Gowanus every Friday Night. And tickets for The Handmaid’s Tale: The Musical are -whoops – SOLD OUT – but if you want to try to see out the next one – here’s the link with more info.

Photo of Melissa in original post by Mindy Tucker.

Deep Night Season 10: Mitra Jouhari

Dale seizes the comet-like opportunity to talk with comedian and actor Mitra Jouhari. Mitra joined Dale in the Deep Night studios to discuss carefree days in the wilds of Southern Ohio; pulling off a huge show at Carnegie Hall; and landing gigs working for places like Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The President Show, and Miracle Workers. Mitra was also featured in the award-winning film, The Big Sick and can be seen regularly at comedy venues in NY with shows like It’s a Guy Thing and with the comedy trio, Three Busy Debras. The two also talk politics including the ongoing effects of the harmful and misguided travel ban, plus Dale reports on his experience as a protestor walking in the Women’s March. The episode wraps with some thoughts on self-care and the benefits of talking things out. Oh, and CATS, Dale and Mitra also talk about CATS, because Dale is just wild for that dumb, beautiful thing.

Photo of Mitra in original post by Sandy Honig.

Deep Night Season 10: Live with Kate Willett and Friends Who Folk

Dale strums his psychic banjo and summons almost everyone he thought would appear for another live edition of the program. This show is a lesson in sometimes things don’t go as planned and also sometimes people cancel as the show is happening. It’s all part of the unbridled Deep Night experience. This magical realm is full of surprises and this night is no different. Luckily, Dale is aided throughout the evening by his exceptionally talented guests, comedian Kate Willett (Netflix, Comedy Central) and Friends Who Folk (Ars Nova, The New Yorker). Kate and Dale pull an especially bad tarot card which may have been a kind signal that things were going to go in a new direction. They also talk about living in polyamorous communes and bad sex in tents, because of course they have that in common. Friends Who Folk offer not one, not two, but three amazing songs, as the show hurdles toward its conclusion. The duo, comprised of Rachel Wenitsky (Reductress) and Ned Riseley (Six Degress of Separation) also share some of their thoughts about the modern folk scene and the things that go wrong when you drink from a gourd. Plus – listen for the big reveal of Dale’s bedazzled turtleneck. And special thanks to our sponsors, The Gowanus Souvenir Shop.

Kate Willett just landed a 15 minute comedy special on Netflix, so catch her around town or on tour as she hones her material for that. Friends Who Folk perform regularly in NY and have recently launched their own website https://www.friendswhofolk.com/ with info and touring dates. Thanks to all who came out to The Slipper Room for another cleansing dip in the vast and unpredictable, Deep Night.

Photo in original post by Rebecca Greenfield. For a full set of photos from the live show click here.

Deep Night Season 10: Live from SF Sketchfest with Michelle Buteau, Becky Braunstein, and Astral Projection Radio

Dale sounds his personal fog horns, and sends out a mighty call throughout the hills and valleys of San Francisco to alert its residents of his arrival, for a fifth appearance at SF Sketchfest. Flying out via mystic portal by way of Delta’s Economy Plus, Dale is joined on the Piano Fight stage by comedian and actor Michelle Buteau; comedian Becky Braunstein, and Shewolfe & Beatrix, the hosts of the popular occult internet broadcast, Astral Projection Radio Hour. Dale enlightens the audience as to the true source of a crystal’s power, while showing off a succulent he bought in Japantown and a tiny owl sculpture purchased from a giftshop carved into an ancient redwood. Dale and his guests get into some pretty explicit conversations right from the get-go in an episode that finds Dale also revealing his breakfast ayahuasca routine, visits to Target stores in strange cities, fending off wildlife in Alaska, and what to pack in one’s end-of-life kit. Music provided by Yea-Ming and The Rumours, whose new single Baby Blue, is out now. Thanks to everyone who came out for a packed house and to the always fabulous organizers of SF Sketchfest.

Be sure to tune into Astral Projection Radio over on Bff.fm, where you can listen to the entire past archive of witchy-sounds and thoughts about death rituals. Download and follow Yea-Ming and The Rumours on Bandcamp. Michelle and Becky are probably doing a show right now – so go find em and support your local comedy festivals.

Photo in original post and on the past shows photo page by Melissa Dale Neal.

Deep Night Season 10: Solstice Special

Dale rolls out the welcome yoga mats and fills an antler mug full of cheer as he invites you to is annual pagan celebration of endless darkness in this special solo episode. Yes, it’s time for a trip to the outermost reaches of the Deep Night for A Very Seever Solstice Special. Dale shares some holiday recipes that are sure to make you forget how your body works; channels himself inside a spider bachelor who may or may not be plotting the end of human existence; and offers a guided meditation through one the bourbon-soaked back alleyways of New Orleans. Alight your altars and don your ceremonial podcast listening robes, this night is DEEP!

Dale wishes you a beautiful time of renewal and a very happy holiday ritual. He and Galinda both are sending paper balloons full of fire up into the heavens in your honor, with the hope that you will have a wonderful New Year and that you will consider rating and reviewing this show on Apple Podcasts. Dale and Co. will be taking a couple of weeks off to recover from his eggnog recipe, but will return in the dawn of the new age with brand new live shows in SF and NY in January. Check the listings and this website for shows at SF Sketchfest and The Slipper Room. Lots of great guests, big laughs, and a male witch playing a theremin. The Deep Night has it all! Thanks for your support!

Deep Night Season 10: Julia Wertz

Dale takes a break from his elaborate solstice preparations for a conversation with cartoonist and graphic novelist, Julia Wertz. Dale invites Julia to talk about her new book, Tenements, Towers, and Trash: An Unconventional Illustrated History of New York City, which is an extraordinary, eclectic, ambitious work full of beautiful drawings of New York as it once was and as it appears in the present day. Like Dale, Julia enjoys a good historical tangent, and the book contains numerous insightful digressions into the personalities and peculiarities that continue to shape modern city life. Having a touch of seasonal sadness this time of year, Dale maybe picks up on maybe too much emptiness in some of Julia’s work, but the two have a fine conversation about spending time alone and growing up among the strange architecture in old buildings. Plus a deep dive into the ancient messages of hot springs, an update on the wildfires, and Dale recounts his first visit to Manhattan.

To purchase Julia’s latest book, Tenements, Towers, and Trash – visit a fine bookstore in your neighborhood before it becomes a New York Sports Club, or order online and watch your mailperson wince as they carry it up the steps. Julia is also selling original pages from the book and they are amazing and beautiful and you should get one. Lots of great gift ideas here in the Deep Night Holiday nook! Visit Julia’s website www.juliawertz.com for more.