Deep Night Season 10: Jim Tews

Dale sketches out a fine conversation with comedian and cat lover, Jim Tews. Dale and Jim discover they had similar upbringings full of flea markets, marching bands, and questionable parenting choices involving vans. The two take a Deep Night dive into the finer points of Jim’s summer gig as a caricature artist at a Pennsylvania theme park. They also discuss Jim’s time spent guarding the Northern Border in Cleveland and talk through a recent project involving the founder of MyPillow. Jim shares what it was like to compete on Last Comic Standing and how he turned a cat blog into a best seller. Over the course of the episode Dale suggests some essential truths about his guest and they end with some thoughts on meditation and keeping in shape. Plus Dale sails into some new scholarship with a recently revealed item about those new-age-loving Vikings.

Comedian and writer Jim Tews is the creator of the New York Times Bestseller “Felines of New York.” He made his stand-up television debut on Last Comic Standing and was featured in an episode of Louie. Previously he was one of 2011’s New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal and has performed in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, as well as SF Sketchfest. His recent comedy album “I Was In Band” debuted at #3 on the iTunes comedy charts. He performs regularly in New York at the Comedy Cellar, UCB, and many other venues around town.

Deep Night Season 10: Dale Thinks About Joining a Cult

Dale finds out that his wife Galinda has left the apartment leaving him alone for an undetermined amount of time. Operating from this dark and lonely place, Dale struggles to find something to occupy his time while keeping his long simmering anger in check. He considers joining a cult; revisits some classic video game characters of his youth; and imagines what would happen if he passed on then miraculously came back to life and opened up a franchise restaurant. Dale also reports back from his recent experience at the holistic healing center where he got punctured and cupped and explains the ways in which certain crystals can enhance one’s love life. Plus Dale pines for the boho lifestyle he keeps seeing on Instagram. Who are these folks in the big hats?

Next live show is May 16th at the Slipper Room. Save the date!

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 Casts Its Spell on San Francisco!

LADY WIZARDS AND GIFTED MAGICK USERS! Dale’s opening up his portal to travel across the country to his old home of San Francisco for his fifth appearance at the venerable SF Sketchfest. And he is desperate to see you! The show is happening at the witching hour, 5:30pm – that special time between day and later in the day. He’ll be presenting a wonderful live episode of the program in a cozy venue in the city’s glamorous Tenderloin district. While he doesn’t recommend visiting the bodega on the corner, he does suggest coming to the show – Saturday, January 13th, at 5:30pm at Piano Fight, 144 Taylor St. Not only will Dale be there in all his mystical glory (meaning a fresh turtleneck) – but he’ll be visited by a talented group of comedians and occult investigators including superstar Michelle Buteau (Two Dope Queens, Key & Peele); Shewolfe and Beatrix, the hosts of the popular occult broadcast, Astral Projection Radio Hour (Bff.fm); and rising comedic powerhouse, Becky Braunstein (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Festival). Plus we’ll have music from the Bay Area’s own Yea-Ming and The Rumours! Best of all – the show is FREE – but RSVPs are encouraged. You can do that here: https://sfsketchfest2018.sched.com/event/CzHL.

In advance of the show – we’re offering a chance to get to know Dale’s Deep Night SF guests – with some brief video clips of their work in the comedy and radio and television realms. Please enjoy, then charge your crystals and get to Piano Fight for Deep Night with Dale Live at SF Sketchfest.

Michelle Buteau handles this talk show host pretty well, let’s see how she does when she returns to sit with Dale! Confession, Dale bought Harry’s albums through Columbia House and enjoyed them!

Becky Braunstein hails from Alaska but now lives in comedy hotbed, Portland, Oregon. She and Dale did the Hell Yes Fest in New Orleans this past fall and had a terrific time of it. Get to know Becky in this comedy set:

Shewolfe and Beatrix are two witches who also host an internet radio program! HEY THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR! They take on so many subjects that Dale is dying to find out more about from Ancient Egyptian curses to death rituals to cat magic! You can tune into their program here.

Astral Projection Radio Hour Stars

And hey now, it’s Yea-Ming and The Rumours! They’re going to be the Deep Night House Band for the hour – complementing the evening with their distinctive sound! Get into it!

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.

Deep Night Season 10: Tim Barnes

Dale sort of wishes he was hosting a breezy morning talk show in this week’s episode of Deep Night, featuring comedian Tim Barnes. A great deal of this program is about physics, which is surprising because Dale is awful at physics and it’s always disappointing to him how much of life is guided by the old every action has a reaction thing. Is that physics? Dale still doesn’t know, but he does enjoy a lot of the actions of his guest, Tim Barnes who is getting a lot of great reactions from his audiences and podcast listeners. Tim shares some stories from the mean streets of Santa Barbara, identifies the best place to get pizza not-from-Chicago in Chicago, and explores the secret rhythms of terrific conversations. Plus Dale makes a phone call and offers some terrible coping strategies for loneliness. This week’s hashtag is gourdwife.

Be sure and visit Tim’s website https://timbarnescomedy.com/ for upcoming shows and potential new podcast releases or events.

The next Deep Night with Dale Live is happening on Weds, November 15 at 8pm at The Slipper Room in NYC. Dale’s guests will be Lola Kirke, Petal, Wanjiko Eke, and Sarah Lazarus. Music on the theremin from Cornelius Loy. Tickets are available now for $10: http://www.slipperroom.com/event/1519644-guest-event-deep-night-dale-new-york/. SEE YOU IN THE DEEP NIGHT.

Deep Night Season 10: Andrea Silenzi

Dale swipes at the pulsing walls of the Deep Night in hopes of trying to understand what dating is like in the 21st Century. To help him out, Dale invites expert Andrea Silenzi, host of the dating podcast Why Oh Why, to walk him through it. Though it’s been ages since Dale had to electronically select a mate, he finds that some of his old ideas still have merit and others as usual, are worthless. Andrea is in the throes of it all herself, so Dale tries to offer some perspective from his advanced age, but it seems that he might just not know the right words to say. Meanwhile, Andrea and Dale also discuss opening lines, dating types, ideal scenarios, and the role humor plays in the back and forth of a successful romance. Dale also reveals some secrets to dating in the Deep Night, where one can be anything and date anyone.

Why Oh Why is a weekly podcast about relationships from Panoply. In each episode, Andrea Silenzi speaks with friends, experts, and guys in bars about where love and sex meets technology. The show tells the stories about relationships by blurring the lines between memoir, documentary, and fiction. Why Oh Why was named Best New Podcast of 2016 by The New York Times, NPR, Apple Podcasts, and Huffington Post. Prior to her work on that program, Andrea was the founding producer of The Gist with Mike Pesca. In her time there, The Gist was highlighted as a Best New Podcast by iTunes, named a Webby honoree, and was twice featured on the popular public radio show This American Life. You can listen and subscribe to both Why Oh Why and Deep Night on Apple Podcasts.